Patrick Mahomes conceded he needs to re-evaluate his decision-making after his turnover-laden display in a painful loss to the Buffalo Bills for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs are looking to win their third successive AFC Championship this season as they bid to atone for last campaign's 31-9 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

But a month into the season the Chiefs stand at 2-3 following a 38-20 home loss to the Bills, the team they beat in last term's AFC Championship Game, which saw Mahomes commit three turnovers.

Mahomes was intercepted twice, including a third-quarter pick-six following a drop from Tyreek Hill, and lost a fumble as the Chiefs failed to click on offense, their star quarterback taking full responsibility for their unexpected shortcomings. 

"It starts with me," Mahomes said. "It's something I've not usually done in my career, but I have to re-evaluate where I'm at, what decisions I'm making.

"I've been a crazier player as far as scrambling and making throws. But in my career I've never been someone who throws a lot of interceptions.

"I have to look at it now, re-evaluate what I'm doing, and I have to cut it out.''

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said afterward that he did not see their mistake-prone display coming, and he will have to deal with more he did not anticipate after several key Kansas City players suffered injuries.

Hill and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire sustained knee injuries, guard Joe Thuney fractured his hand and tight end Travis Kelce suffered a stinger.

"We weren't on the same page with the receivers and where they were going and with Pat," Reid said of the offense's struggles. 

"Gotta do better with that. Got to make sure that takes place.

"We know we can do better on turnovers, big plays — I know what we are capable of. I see that. We just have to get that done."

Josh Allen and Emmanuel Sanders called for some calm after the Buffalo Bills saw off a careless Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Following a long delay caused by lightning, the Bills avenged their AFC title match defeat last season with a 38-20 victory in Kansas City

Though the Chiefs controlled much of the ball, running 25 more plays than the Bills, their four turnovers were the difference as they dropped to 2-3 this season. 

Buffalo (4-1) intercepted Patrick Mahomes passes on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, with Micah Hyde taking the first of those 26 yards for a touchdown after plucking a tipped ball out of the air. 

It was just the second pick-six of Mahomes' career after Week 11 of the 2018 season.

While Mahomes completed just 33 of 43 passes for 272 yards, Bills quarterback Allen was 15 of 26 passing for 315 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score.

It proved a famous match for Allen. The 25-year-old became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards and three or more touchdown passes, rush for 50 or more yards and a touchdown, and average 20 or more yards per completion in a single game.

It was also a win to savour for the Bills after they were swept aside 38-24 in the AFC Championship game last season by the Chiefs on their way to their Super Bowl triumph, but Allen was not prepared to get carried away.

"I think this is going to be made a bigger deal than it is. We're in Week 5," he said. "Four wins doesn't get you to the playoffs.

"We ended up with a win. That's our goal each and every week, to come out and be resilient through lightning delays. I'm proud of how our team handled the situation."

Sanders, who ran in a 35-yard score from Allen's pass to give the Bills a 14-10 lead in the second quarter, said: "We're going to enjoy it on the plane back.

"You can tell I'm enjoying it out there; I lost my voice screaming. But at the same time, it's not like we won the Super Bowl. It's Week 5. We have to get back to work."

Similarly, Mahomes saw no reason for the Chiefs to panic.

"We know we have what it takes to be great," he said. "We have a lot of great players that have been really good in other places.

"We know we have what it takes. It's a matter of coming together now and finding a way to do that."

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to struggle on the heels of a Super Bowl season, falling 38-20 to the Buffalo Bills after a series of self-inflicted mistakes on Sunday. 

Though the Chiefs controlled the ball for much of the AFC title game rematch, running 25 more plays than the Bills, their four turnovers were the difference as they dropped to 2-3 this season. 

Buffalo (4-1) intercepted Patrick Mahomes passes on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, with Micah Hyde taking the first of those 26 yards for a touchdown after plucking a tipped ball out of the air. 

It was just the second pick-six of Mahomes' career after Week 11 of the 2018 season.

That score consolidated the Bills' advantage after the visitors had reeled off 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take the lead for good. 

Both touchdowns in that sequence came from the arm of Josh Allen, who hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 35-yard score and Dawson Knox for a 53-yard TD. 

For a few moments early in the fourth quarter, it appeared the Chiefs had forced a key turnover of their own, as Rashad Fenton intercepted Allen inside Bills territory.

But Buffalo retained the ball thanks to a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Frank Clark and made it count, marching downfield before another Allen-to-Saunders touchdown pass with 5:51 to play that effectively sealed the win. 

Allen was 15 of 26 passing for 315 yards (12.1 per attempt) and ran for 59 more, including a touchdown. Mahomes completed just 33 of 43 passes for 272 yards (5.0 per attempt) while running for 61. 

 

The Buffalo Bills' 2020 season came to an end as their defense was gashed by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After an offseason seemingly geared towards preventing that from happening again, in Week 5 they will get the clearest indication yet of whether their moves were the right ones.

Buffalo and Kansas City will renew acquaintances on Sunday for the first time since the Chiefs crushed the Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game.

Kansas City put together a typically prolific offensive performance, Mahomes averaging 8.55 yards per pass attempt as he racked up 325 yards and threw for three touchdowns in a game that was not much of a contest after the Chiefs responded to falling 9-0 behind early by scoring 21 unanswered points.

The Bills pressured Mahomes 12 times, having tallied 33 across the first two rounds of last season's playoffs, and sacked him only once.

That anaemic pass-rush display prompted Buffalo to spend major draft capital on the defensive front this year.

Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau was selected with the Bills' first-round pick, and they followed that up by adding Carlos Basham from Wake Forest to their defensive line in the second.

Those additions have not seen the Bills leap to the top of charts when it comes to total pressures – their tally of 60 is 22nd in the NFL – however, they are doing a significantly better job of getting to the quarterback.

Buffalo's 11 sacks for negative yardage is a total bettered by only six teams so far this year, with Rousseau registering two sacks in an encouraging start to his career despite having a year away from competitive football after his college career effectively ended in 2019 due to his decision to opt out in 2020.

With Buffalo excelling in preventing opponents from getting going on the ground and through the air, the Bills are first in the NFL in opponent yards per play allowed with an impressive average of 4.00, while their 11 takeaways are also a league high.

The issue is that the Bills haven't faced an opponent close to the calibre of Mahomes and the Chiefs, who lead the league in yards per play. Of the four teams they have played this year in a 3-1 start, only the Washington Football Team (eighth) rank in the top half of the league in yards per play. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins are all in the bottom seven.

Similarly, none of the four quarterbacks the Bills' defense has gone against is above the league average for signal-callers with at least 10 attempts in well-thrown percentage (78.5). Mahomes is third in the NFL in that metric, delivering an accurate, well-thrown ball 84.8 per cent of the time and performing at the kind of level that saw him named MVP in the 2018 season.

When a quarterback of Mahomes' physical gifts is displaying that kind of accuracy, he can be near-impossible to stop. If the Bills cannot do it this time, then Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and Mahomes would likely end up in another shootout expected to tilt in the direction of the Chiefs star.

Early signs against inferior opposition have been encouraging, but Sunday's primetime duel at Arrowhead Stadium will provide a true picture of whether the Bills' defensive improvement is for real.

Josh Gordon could make his Kansas City Chiefs debut against the Buffalo Bills this weekend after he was promoted to the active 53-man roster.

Wide receiver Gordon had been in the Chiefs' practice squad, but comes into contention to take on the Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The 30-year-old joined Kansas City after he was reinstated by the NFL last week following a series of suspensions for violations of its policies on substances of abuse and performance-enhancing substances.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on Monday revealed he was weighing up whether Gordon would play a part versus the Bills.

"I'm just gonna play it by ear and see how he feels," Reid said, via the Kansas City Star's Sam McDowell.

"Really, it's more of a comfort thing with the offense. I don't want to put him in a bad situation out there."

The Chiefs also confirmed on Tuesday that DE Joshua Kaindoh has been on injured reserve.

Gordon saw a comeback with the Seattle Seahawks halted in January when the league rescinded his conditional reinstatement.

He recorded 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 87 catches with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 but has since seen his role restricted by his various absences.

After spells with the New England Patriots and the Seahawks, he has been given another chance by a Chiefs side that is 2-2 at the bottom of the AFC West following a 42-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

That victory saw Reid become the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two teams, having also achieved the feat with the Eagles.

Gordon is unlikely to be a primary option unless he returns to his early career form, although he did make a competitive 15.8 yards per reception in his last season in the league in 2019 – ranking 21st among WRs with 20 or more targets.

He was targeted on a relatively low 17.0 per cent of his routes, however, and got open on just 56.5 per cent of his targets – the 12th-worst rate among the same group of players.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid enjoyed a record-setting homecoming in Philadelphia after becoming the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two teams.

Reid saw his Chiefs take down former team the Eagles 42-30 on his return to the place where it all began on Sunday.

The 63-year-old spent 14 seasons with the Eagles, where he started his head coaching career in 1999 and compiled a 140-102-1 record (including playoffs) with a trip to the Super Bowl following six NFC East championships.

After leaving at the end of the 2012 season, Reid was appointed by the Chiefs in 2013 and he has since delivered a Super Bowl to Kansas City – Super Bowl LIV.

"The people here have been phenomenal since I got here," Reid said after the Chiefs moved to 2-2 for the season, having lost their previous two matches.

"My room was loaded with food so it was good to have a cheesesteak and a lot of other things. It's good to be back."

Asked if his Philadelphia return made him emotional, Reid – who was hospitalised following the Chiefs' loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last week – added: "I'm pretty good. You want me to cry up here?"

Kansas City star Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes to fuel the Chiefs in Week 4 and he revelled in Reid's achievement.

"It was definitely exciting to get him that win," Mahomes said. "We were due to get him that win, it had been a couple of weeks now, but I’m glad we got to do it in Philadelphia and around where he kind of came into his own.

"And now he's in Kansas City, and it's a good thing he's here with us."

Patrick Mahomes is looking forward to working with Josh Gordon in Kansas City after the Chiefs capitalised on "a heck of an opportunity" to sign the reinstated wide receiver.

Gordon was reinstated by the NFL this week after a series of suspensions for violations of its policies on substances of abuse and performance-enhancing substances.

Most recently, the 30-year-old saw a return with the Seattle Seahawks halted in January when the league rescinded his conditional reinstatement.

Gordon recorded 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 87 catches with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 but has since seen his role restricted by his various absences.

After spells with the New England Patriots and the Seahawks, he is back again and hoping to play a part for AFC champions the Chiefs.

Gordon must earn his place on Kansas City's 53-man roster but is linking up with outstanding quarterback Mahomes and a highly talented receiver room.

"We like bringing in good football players," Mahomes said. "It was a heck of an opportunity to bring him in here, involve him in that receiver room, and he'll have his role.

"He's a great football player. In this offense, everybody gets a chance to make plays.

"He's a big receiver, and even when he's covered, he's not covered. I'm excited to work with him."

The Chiefs led the league in net passing yards last year (303.4 per game) and are on pace to beat that mark in 2021 (306.0), although they rank fifth through three weeks.

Tight end Travis Kelce is leading the way on 20 receptions for 289 yards and three TDs, ahead of top WRs Tyreek Hill (19 catches, 267 yards, one TD) and Mecole Hardman (11 catches, 107 yards, one TD).

Seven players have scored receiving TDs this year, while Mahomes has targeted 14 different team-mates.

Gordon is unlikely to be a primary option unless he returns to his early-career form, although he did make a competitive 15.8 yards per reception in his last season in the league in 2019 – ranking 21st among WRs with 20 or more targets.

He was targeted on a relatively low 17.0 per cent of his routes, however, and got open on just 56.5 per cent of his targets – the 12th-worst rate among the same group of players.

The 1-2 Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 on Sunday.

Josh Gordon is set to begin his latest attempt at an NFL comeback with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The receiver was reinstated Monday by the league after serving his sixth suspension for violating the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. 

Gordon said on Twitter he is joining the Chiefs, and multiple media outlets reported he was expected to start on the team's practice squad before being promoted to the active roster when he gets up to speed. 

The 30-year-old missed all of 2020 while under suspension and applied to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement in July. 

It was the third full season Gordon has forfeited since entering the league with the Cleveland Browns in 2012. 

He was an All-Pro selection the next season after leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, but that remains the high point in a career filled with lows. 

Gordon missed all but five games in 2014 due to league and team suspensions, then sat out all of 2015 and 2016 before returning for the final five games of the 2017 season. 

The Browns traded Gordon to the New England Patriots in September 2018, and he was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks in November 2019 but he has not been able to stay on the field consistently since his first year in New England. 

All told, Gordon has played in 63 NFL games across nine seasons and has made 247 receptions for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been released from hospital and is expected to return to work on Monday or Tuesday.

On Sunday, the Chiefs said Reid left Arrowhead Stadium in an ambulance following their 30-24 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers having felt ill.

He was taken to The University of Kansas Health System for further evaluation.

In an update on Monday, the Chiefs said Reid was in "great spirits" and "doing well" after being released.

Taking Reid's Monday media conference, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said: "The most important thing is coach Reid, so we're glad that he's feeling better."

Kansas City's loss dropped them to 1-2, their first losing record since the 2015 season.

The Chiefs will attempt to bounce back in Week 4 on Sunday when they visit Reid's former team the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brandon Staley says the Los Angeles Chargers are lucky to have "gangster quarterback" Justin Herbert after he outdueled Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The Kansas City Chiefs are bottom of the AFC West with a losing record for the first time in over five years after they were beaten 30-24 by the Chargers.

Kansas City led 14-3 at half-time, but fought back to lead 17-14 with under four minutes of the third quarter to go.

Reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert took centre stage in the final quarter, connecting on the first of two touchdown passes to Mike Williams and, after Mecole Hardman found the endzone for the Chiefs, leading a field goal drive to tie the game at 24-24.

Mahomes still had over two minutes to potentially clinch victory but threw a critical interception and the Chargers' gamble to eschew a game-winning field goal paid off as Herbert hit Williams for another touchdown and, despite a missed extra point, Los Angeles held on as a late Hail Mary from the Chiefs came up short.

Chargers head coach Staley said: "We're fortunate enough to have a gangster quarterback."

Victory for the Chargers over their AFC West rivals moved them to 2-1 ahead of a showdown with the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) next Monday.

Staley hailed the pivotal contribution made by both Herbert and Williams.

"I thought that those two guys really stood out to me," he said. "Justin had four touchdowns, no interceptions. There was a fierce rush out there. I felt like he really played the position how you need to.

"I felt like he was patient when he needed to be. We had a couple play-action shots that didn't quite express themselves. I felt like he was awesome in the check-down game getting the ball underneath.

"They played a lot more two-deep zone coverage with some of their corner situation. He just played the position at a high level. He showed high-level toughness and then certainly in a two-minute drill, the big throw to Keenan Allen and then finishing off with Mike.

"You can't say enough about Mike Williams. I felt like this guy all year through three games, this guy played fantastic and he came through for us today."

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to pass for 15,000 yards, reaching the landmark in the third quarter of his 49th game. 

The 2018 MVP finished the game with 260 passing yards, taking his tally to 15,092.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is in a stable condition and "doing well" after he was transported to hospital following Sunday's defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Reid was on the sidelines as the Chiefs suffered consecutive NFL losses, beaten 30-24 by visiting AFC West rivals the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The 63-year-old Super Bowl-winning coach, however, fell ill and left the stadium in an ambulance.

"Head coach Andy Reid felt ill at the conclusion of the game," the Chiefs said in a statement amid reports the veteran was treated for dehydration.

"He was evaluated by our medical staff in the locker room, and [as] a precaution, was transported to The University of Kansas Health System for further evaluation. Coach is doing well, currently resting and in stable condition."

Reid did not address the media as a result, with assistant head coach Dave Toub speaking to reporters after the Chiefs fell to 1-2 to start the season.

The Chiefs – two-time defending conference champions – have a losing record for the first time since Week 11 of the 2015 season.

"This is unusual for us, to be honest," Toub said. "It's a little bit of a crossroads for us, I think. We've got great leadership and our guys are going to battle back.

"Our guys are going to battle back strong. We're going to have a great week of practice and clean it up. We've got to clean up the game, clean up the turnovers, execute on the offensive side of the ball, create turnovers on defense and stops on defense and play solid special teams. We'll get back on track."

Patrick Mahomes admitted the Kansas City Chiefs' situation "looks real dim right now" but the star quarterback remains optimistic in the wake of back-to-back NFL defeats.

The Chiefs are surprisingly 1-2 to start the season following Sunday's 30-24 defeat at home to AFC West rivals the Los Angeles Chargers.

Entering the matchup, two-time defending conference champions the Chiefs were 19-6 at home since the start of 2018 – tied for the second best in the NFL behind the Green Bay Packers (20-4-1).

But the Chiefs went down to the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium, where they have a losing record for the first time since Week 11 of the 2015 season.

"I think we're getting better. If you watched us, I think the offense played well, other than the turnovers," said Mahomes, who finished with 260 yards and three touchdowns to go with his two interceptions.

"I thought the defense stepped up and really kept us in the game for a long time there. I think we're getting better as a unit. This game, it's a tricky deal. If you don't play your best football every single week, you're going to lose.

"Every team has NFL players, every team is good. I think we're getting better and we'll find ourselves over time. With the guys we have in the locker room, I'm sure we'll find ways to win."

Kansas City trailed 14-0 in the second quarter and were behind 14-3 at half-time, however, Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a 17-14 advantage with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter and then a 24-21 lead midway through the fourth.

But reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert outduelled Mahomes in the final period – the later throwing a crucial interception as the Chargers scored another touchdown and withstood a late Hail Mary attempt.

Mahomes added: "Obviously, everybody is, I'm not going to say down, but is not happy with how we played. When you take a loss to a division opponent at home, it's not usually a good thing.

"We haven't done a lot of that in my time here. So, it’s just how you respond. We have a long season ahead of us, it looks real dim right now, but if you can find a way to get better from this and find a way to win these games at the end of the games, we'll be where we want to at the end of the season."

The Kansas City Chiefs have a losing record for the first time in over five years, suffering a second successive defeat as they were stunned 30-24 by AFC West rivals the Los Angeles Chargers.

Kansas City trailed 14-0 in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium and were behind 14-3 at half-time, however, a lead is rarely safe against the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes and, when they went 17-14 ahead with fewer than four minutes left in the third quarter, the outcome seemed inevitable.

But reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert continues to polish his increasingly impressive resume and he outdueled Mahomes in a bewitching fourth quarter that could prove pivotal in their division and the AFC playoff race.

Herbert connected on the first of two touchdown passes to Mike Williams and, after Mecole Hardman found the endzone for the Chiefs, led a field goal drive to tie the game at 24-24.

Mahomes still had over two minutes to work with to potentially win it for Kansas City but threw a critical interception and the Chargers' gamble to eschew a game-winning field goal paid off as Herbert hit Williams for another touchdown and, despite a missed extra point, Los Angeles held on as a late Hail Mary from the Chiefs came up short.

That missed extra point was the second of the day for the Chargers, the first coming after Keenan Allen caught a four-yard pass from Herbert, who then found Austin Ekeler for a 16-yard score.

Harrison Butker's 34-yard field goal was all the Chiefs could muster in the first half but Jody Fortson caught a high two-yard pass from Mahomes to narrow the gap and Clyde-Edwards Helaire scampered into the endzone to give Kansas City the lead on a 10-yard reception.

Herbert and Williams responded quickly but the Chiefs were in front again after Hardman scooted in on a six-yard pop pass. Tristan Vizciano's field goal levelled matters and, after Mahomes was picked off for the second time – Alohi Gilman snatching an ill-advised throw –  the Chargers were rewarded for their aggressive approach.

A fourth down was converted via a pass interference penalty and Herbert then hit Williams on a four-yard back-shoulder throw. Vizciano's errant extra point gave Kansas City a chance but 32 seconds and a timeout was not enough for Mahomes as the Chiefs dropped to 1-2, their first losing record since Week 11 of the 2015 season.

Tucker's record kick gives Ravens remarkable win

The Baltimore Ravens, winners over the Chiefs last week, avoided a stunning loss in the most improbable fashion thanks to the leg of Justin Tucker.

Baltimore trailed the winless Detroit Lions 17-16 with 64 seconds left and faced a fourth down and 19 with 26 seconds left.

However, Lamar Jackson hit Sammy Watkins for 36 yards to keep their hopes alive and Justin Tucker's 66-yard field goal bounced off the top of the crossbar and over, his kick from an NFL-record distance sparing the Ravens in an incredible finish.

Bills roll, Steelers slump

There was no such drama in Buffalo, where the Bills routed the Washington Football Team 43-21 behind quarterback Josh Allen's 358-yard, five-touchdown performance.

The team the Bills lost to in Week 1, the Pittsburgh Steelers, suffered a second straight defeat as they were beaten 24-10 by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Justin Fields was sacked nine times in his Chicago Bears debut, which saw them lose 26-6 to the Cleveland Browns, while Jamal Agnew tied the record for the NFL's longest play with a 109-yard return of Matt Prater's missed field goal but the Jacksonville Jaguars still lost 31-19 to the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't ones for panic, certainly not in the Andy Reid-Patrick Mahomes era. Even in the most trying of situations, facing third and long and trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter of their Super Bowl LIV triumph in the 2019 season, Reid and Mahomes kept their cool, the latter unfurling a 44-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill that turned the contest on its head.

While their high-powered offense has no reason to be anything other than coolness personified, with 61 points scored through the first two weeks, there might be some cause for desperation on the defensive side of the ball.

Steve Spagnuolo's defense is the eighth-worst in the league in terms of offensive points allowed (58). No defense is allowing more yards per play (7.56) than that of Kansas City, the Chiefs conceding 9.37 yards per pass (31st) and 6.03 yards per rush (last) after being gashed on the ground in their thrilling Week 2 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.

In other words, through two weeks, the Chiefs are not stopping anybody, whether that be a ball-carrier or a passer, and that is a significant issue heading into a matchup with a signal-caller who has only furthered his case for a place among the elite so far this season.

Los Angeles Chargers star Justin Herbert, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, is fourth in the NFL with 337.5 passing yards per game, producing a pair of hugely impressive performances to start the season.

Missed opportunities, including a pair of Herbert interceptions, doomed the Chargers to a last-gasp defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. Save for those picks, though, it was a display in which the former sixth overall selection continued to demonstrate his ability to make deadly accurate throws on passes of the highest difficulty.

And the numbers suggest the Chiefs will not have many avenues through which to disrupt him.

The Chiefs pass rush has endured an unproductive start to the season, registering only 20 pressures, third-lowest in the NFL, so far this term.

Star defensive lineman Chris Jones has played the majority of his snaps on the edge this season, having spent most of his career on the interior, and the switch has not yielded the desired results.

He has won just six of his 21 pass rushes this season, while Frank Clark has got the better of his pass protector only once in 17 attempts.

Jones and Clark have the talent to drastically improve those numbers. However, even if they manage to pressure Herbert, it may not lead to opportunities to create negative plays.

When pressured, Herbert, according to Stats Perform data, delivers an accurate well-thrown ball 88.2 per cent of the time, first among quarterbacks with at least 10 attempts under duress.

One area where the Chiefs defense has excelled is in creating turnovers. Kansas City have four to their name already, including three interceptions.

But those takeaways have not helped Kansas City keep opposing offenses in check, Baltimore prevailing in primetime despite a pair of picks for Lamar Jackson.

Their vulnerability against the run makes the Chiefs defense an enticing opponent for Chargers running back Austin Ekeler. His average of 2.83 yards after contact per attempt is second among backs with at least 10 carries, and all the signs point to another long day for Kansas City on that side of the ball.

There are, of course, changes that can be made to aid their cause. Shifting Jones back inside could up his production, while giving both him and Clark opportunities to rush against Storm Norton, who has allowed a pressure rate of 14.2 per cent in relief of the injured Bryan Bulaga at right tackle, may be a route towards Kansas City disrupting Herbert more often than they have opposing quarterbacks so far this year.

Yet the Chiefs need to not only disrupt Herbert but to affect his throws. Mahomes' ability to put up points can keep the Chiefs in any game; however, if they cannot find a way to impact Herbert or take away the run, Kansas City risk a shootout with a team that can go blow for blow with them and a potential 1-2 start that seemed unthinkable when they led the Ravens by 11 points last week.

It's only Week 3 but, for a Super Bowl favourite, the pressure is on a team that has struggled to generate it.

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