For the second straight week, the most significant turning point in a Chiefs game was the result of a special-teams play.
Last week, Skyy Moore cost KC 6.5 expected points when he muffed a punt following Indianapolis’ first possession.
The Chiefs were the recipient of the gift Sunday against the Buccaneers. On the opening kickoff, Tampa Bay’s Rachaad White coughed it up after getting hit by the Chiefs’ Jack Cochrane and Chris Lammons, with Elijah Lee falling on it at the Buccaneers’ 21.
That single moment was the most prominent point shift according to the model at rbsdm.com, costing Tampa Bay 6.0 expected points on the game’s very first play.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ signature play Sunday only came after a whole lot of running.
Patrick Mahomes went full Mahomes on this touchdown, crazy stuff.pic.twitter.com/HKMHEjoyvd
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 3, 2022
Next Gen Stats also shared this nugget: Since 2018, Mahomes’ 11 completions after scrambling 30 or more yards on a play are six more than any other quarterback.
Patrick Mahomes scrambled 39.4 yards before finding Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a 2-yard TD.
Mahomes has thrown 4 TD passes in his career after scrambling 30+ yards. No other QB has more than one since 2018.#KCvsTB | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/DX2HvcJm3a
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 3, 2022
One of Kansas City’s greatest weaknesses in last week’s Indianapolis loss turned into a resounding strength for the Chiefs against Tampa Bay.
KC converted 12 of its 17 third down attempts — good for 71%. That was after the Chiefs went 3 for 10 on third downs the previous week.
For context, heading into Sunday, there had been 65 NFL games this season where a team had 12 or more third-down conversion attempts. The best mark in third-down percentage among those squads — before the Chiefs on Sunday — was Cleveland converting 8 of 12 third downs (67%) in Week 2 against the New York Jets.