Thanks to their undefeated record heading into Sunday night's meeting with the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs have become quite comfortable being near the top of the 2018 NFL Power Rankings along with the Los Angeles Rams.
The wide receiver had a huge 42-yard catch on the drive in the fourth quarter that set up Tom Brady's four-yard touchdown run that allowed the Patriots to re-take the lead at the time. "I think we're a lot better than what we've played out there, so we better figure it out quick", Matthew Slater said after the game. "I feel like we moved the ball well the entire night".
"I don't think we have seen our best, we've got to play a lot better and that's what we are planning to do".
The last time New England wasn't favored with Brady starting was Week 13 of the 2014 season, when the Patriots were 2.5-point underdogs at Green Bay and lost 26-21. And, at least offensively, they seem to be finding a groove following a slow start that included lopsided losses to Jacksonville and Detroit.
The first 43-40 game in National Football League history went in the Patriots' favor, as they prevailed on a 28-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski as time expired. The two biggest probably being that the defense was, well, bad again and Patrick Mahomes was flat out off in the first half. New England's balanced attack could erupt at home against the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense. That score tied the game at 40-40 with 3:03 left, and having already seen Hill find the end zone twice before, a group of fans made a decision to let Hill know they were sick of his scoring. But they left too much time on the clock for Brady, who marched his team down the field to set up the eventual winning kick. They also did just enough to give Mahomes a chance to get them back in the game down the stretch. "Whether we get the flag or not, whatever happens, you've just got to go ahead and push through it and go ahead and make that play".
But just because Mahomes, Hill, Kelce and Hunt are electrifying doesn't mean they'll keep rolling against a Pats team that has found its mojo. "It is something to learn from and you have to start fast". In that game, Mahomes led the Chiefs to a walk-off field goal and a 27-24 victory.
But Mahomes still joined a dubious club. They are 6-1 with Mahomes as their starting quarterback, counting the final regular-season game against the Denver Broncos previous year.
Tom Brady revealed to reporters after the game what he was thinking when he saw Mahomes and Hill connect for the long game-tying touchdown.
Kansas City started the season 5-0 past year but stumbled to a 10-6 record and an early play-off exit. Stevens said Sunday that Holt's willingness to go back to the bench in the Sox series against the New York Yankees after hitting for the cycle is "how you win". The last Patriots rookie with a rushing touchdown in three straight games was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who did so in four straight in 2008. The fact that they've gone 5-1 and took Brady and the Pats down to the wire while still trying to hit their stride is a good thing.