Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs

CIN
17
KC
38
FINAL
1234T
CIN 703717
KC 71014738

Game Information
Location: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 69,813

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes took his first snap of the preseason, dropped back and set his feet, then threw a perfect pass down the sideline to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce for a big gain.

It's was almost as if last season never ended.

The league MVP picked up where he left off from his record-breaking debut as the starter, leading Kansas City to a first-quarter touchdown in a 38-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

Mahomes did a bit of everything on his only series with the first-team offense, too. The gunslinger was 4 for 4 for 66 yards, added a wild 10-yard scramble in which he wisely slid at the goal line to avoid a big hit, and even induced an offside penalty with his barking cadence.

"I felt great. To get out there, make some throws, get the guys kind of rolling," he said. "Run game, pass game, I thought it was a good drive to start everything off."

It came after an equally impressive drive by the Cincinnati starters.

Andy Dalton converted a series of third downs while leading the Bengals on a 14-play, 75-yard TD march to open the game . And he did it without the services of injured wide receiver A.J. Green or his top two running backs, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, who were given the night off.

"That's how you want to start the game," Dalton said. "We feel like we've got depth on this team. We've got talent. So for us to miss some of our guys that'll be starting for us this year, not in there, I thought we did a great job."

On that drive, perhaps. But first-year head coach Zac Taylor had a different assessment as a whole.

"You really look at a game like this, 38-17 final score, we had two turnovers on special teams, countless penalties on offense and a defensive pass interference that extended a drive that had a big stop," he said. "That's life in the NFL right now. We've got to correct those mistakes."

The most interesting thing to happen in the game came late in the first half, when Kyle Shurmur was marching the Chiefs downfield. His throw to Byron Pringle down the sideline was picked by safety Brandon Wilson, scuttling the drive and giving Cincinnati a chance with the ball.

But under a rule change approved by NFL owners in March, pass interference calls can be reviewed - a response to the controversial on-call in the NFC title game last season. And when officials reviewed the play Saturday night, they decided that cornerback Tony Lippett had caused interference.

The penalty gave the Chiefs the ball back and they wound up kicking a field goal.

In a delicious coincidence, the provision passed by a 31-1 vote of owners at the league's annual meeting in Phoenix. The only team that voted against the rule was Cincinnati.

STAT WATCH

Dalton was 7 of 9 for 80 yards. ... Bengals rookie Ryan Finley outplayed Jeff Driskel in the race for the No. 2 QB job, going 13 of 18 for 109 yards with a TD and a pick. ... Josh Caldwell led the Chiefs with 59 yards rushing and a TD. ... Each team was penalized 11 times for 206 yards total.

EARLY EXIT

Chiefs CB D'Montre Wade, who has been competing for a backup job, was ejected in the third quarter for hitting a defenseless receiver near the head. The Bengals ended the drive with a field goal.

ROOKIE WATCH

Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman caught a shuffle pass from Shurmur in the second quarter and went 17 yards for a touchdown . The second-round pick finished with two catches for 31 yards in his debut.

"They called it in the huddle and I was like, `Oh yeah, it's my chance to score right here,"' Hardman said. "Got the pitch and I saw it open up, I saw the seam. I just said, `Let's hit it and get into the end zone.' I got in there. It felt good. Hopefully there are many more to come."

EYE ON THE BALL

Bengals punt returner Darius Phillips recovered his own muffed punt in the second quarter, but he wasn't as fortunate in the third. The Chiefs' Deon Yelder recovered his next one, and quarterback Chase Litton proceeded to hit running back Darwin Thompson with a 29-yard touchdown throw.

INJURIES

Bengals SS Clayton Fejedelem was carted off with a right ankle injury. TE Cethan Carter left with a neck strain, RB Trayveon Williams hurt his ribs and DT Christian Ringo hurt his thumb.

Chiefs TE John Lovett left early in the second half with a shoulder injury.

MISSING STARS

Bengals DT Geno Atkins joined Mixon and Bernard in getting the night off. The Chiefs sat RB Damien Williams, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, and DE Frank Clark, who has been dealing with a sore wrist after signing a $104 million, five-year deal in the offseason.

UP NEXT

Bengals: At Washington on Thursday night.

Chiefs: At Pittsburgh next Saturday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Chiefs
07:45 Trayveon Williams 1 yd run (Randy Bullock kick) 7 0
03:58 Carlos Hyde 1 yd run (Harrison Butker kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Chiefs
11:45 Mecole Hardman 17 yd pass from Kyle Shurmur (Harrison Butker kick) 7 14
00:50 Harrison Butker 35 yd FG 7 17

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Chiefs
12:39 Darwin Thompson 29 yd pass from Chase Litton (Harrison Butker kick) 7 24
10:21 Tristan Vizcaino 47 yd FG 10 24
01:03 Deon Yelder 14 yd pass from Chase Litton (Harrison Butker kick) 10 31

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Chiefs
11:22 Jordan Ellis 10 yd pass from Ryan Finley (Tristan Vizcaino kick) 17 31
01:56 Josh Caldwell 4 yd run (Harrison Butker kick) 17 38

Team Stats
  Cincinnati Kansas City
1st Downs 16 23
Total Yards 274 400
Passing 253 285
Passing Completions/Attempts 28-46 23-38
Yards/Pass 5.2 7.3
Rushing 21 115
Rushing Attempts 12 24
Yards/Rush 1.8 4.8
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Possession 28:13 31:47

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Finley 13 18 109 6.1 1 1
Andy Dalton 7 9 80 8.9 0 0
Jeff Driskel 8 19 79 4.2 0 1

Kansas City Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Chase Litton 11 15 122 8.1 2 1
Kyle Shurmur 6 15 77 5.1 1 0
Patrick Mahomes 4 4 66 16.5 0 0
Chad Henne 2 4 26 6.5 0 0

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jordan Ellis 3 11 3.7 0 5
Trayveon Williams 5 5 1.0 1 4
Quinton Flowers 4 5 1.2 0 2

Kansas City Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Josh Caldwell 4 59 14.8 1 47
Darwin Thompson 5 22 4.4 0 9
Marcus Marshall 2 10 5.0 0 7
Kyle Shurmur 2 10 5.0 0 7
Patrick Mahomes 1 10 10.0 0 10
Chad Henne 1 6 6.0 0 6
Tremon Smith 3 5 1.7 0 2
Carlos Hyde 2 2 1.0 1 1
Chase Litton 3 -4 -1.3 0 -1
Mecole Hardman 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jordan Ellis 5 44 8.8 1 13
Auden Tate 3 42 14.0 0 26
Stanley Morgan 3 42 14.0 0 19
Tyler Boyd 3 25 8.3 0 12
Josh Malone 2 23 11.5 0 13
Hunter Sharp 2 22 11.0 0 16
Cody Core 2 19 9.5 0 13
Trayveon Williams 1 13 13.0 0 13
Alex Erickson 1 9 9.0 0 9
Cethan Carter 1 7 7.0 0 7
Drew Sample 1 7 7.0 0 7
Mason Schreck 1 7 7.0 0 7
Damion Willis 1 4 4.0 0 4
Quinton Flowers 1 2 2.0 0 2
Jordan Franks 1 2 2.0 0 2

Kansas City Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Blake Bell 2 37 18.5 0 23
Travis Kelce 1 36 36.0 0 36
Deon Yelder 2 32 16.0 1 18
Mecole Hardman 2 31 15.5 1 17
Darwin Thompson 1 29 29.0 1 29
Nick Keizer 3 24 8.0 0 11
John Lovett 2 23 11.5 0 22
Cody Thompson 2 19 9.5 0 11
Jamal Custis 1 14 14.0 0 14
Marcus Kemp 1 9 9.0 0 9
Darrel Williams 1 8 8.0 0 8
Jody Fortson 1 8 8.0 0 8
Marcus Marshall 1 7 7.0 0 7
Sammy Watkins 1 7 7.0 0 7
Rashard Davis 1 7 7.0 0 7
Anthony Sherman 1 0 0.0 0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Davontae Harris 3 0 0 0
Malik Jefferson 3 0 0 0
Tony McRae 3 2 0 0
Shawn Williams 3 0 0 0
Andrew Brown 2 0 1 6
Anthony Chesley 2 0 0 0
Demetrious Cox 2 2 0 0
Jordan Evans 2 1 0 0
Trayvon Henderson 2 1 0 0
Darius Phillips 2 0 0 0
Germaine Pratt 2 0 0 0
Josh Tupou 2 1 0 0
Jordan Brown 1 0 0 0
Deshaun Davis 1 0 0 0
Tony Lippett 1 0 0 0
Hardy Nickerson 1 0 0 0
Nick Vigil 1 0 0 0
B.W. Webb 1 0 0 0
Jordan Willis 1 0 0 0
Brandon Wilson 1 1 0 0
Cethan Carter 0 0 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 0 0 0 0
Clayton Fejedelem 0 0 0 0
Dan Godsil 0 0 0 0
Tyree Kinnel 0 0 0 0
Hunter Sharp 0 0 0 0
Trayveon Williams 0 0 0 0

Kansas City Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darron Lee 4 4 0 0
Charvarius Ward 3 0 0 0
Mark Fields 2 0 0 0
Michael Hunter 2 0 0 0
Herb Miller 2 1 0 0
Dakari Monroe 2 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 2 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 2 1 0 0
Juan Thornhill 2 0 0 0
Armani Watts 2 0 0 0
Breeland Speaks 1 0 1 7
Tanoh Kpassagnon 1 0 1 6
Robert McCray 1 0 1 2
Jeremiah Attaochu 1 0 0 0
Bashaud Breeland 1 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 1 1 0 0
Justin Hamilton 1 1 0 0
Dorian O'Daniel 1 1 0 0
D'Montre Wade 1 0 0 0
Jamal Custis 0 0 0 0
Raymond Davison 0 1 0 0
Hunter Dimick 0 0 0 0
Jack Fox 0 0 0 0
D'Juan Hines 0 1 0 0
Joey Ivie 0 2 0 0
Marcus Marshall 0 0 0 0
Pace Murphy 0 0 0 0
Reggie Ragland 0 3 0 0
Andrew Soroh 0 0 0 0
Darwin Thompson 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Hardy Nickerson 1 9 0

Kansas City Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Herb Miller 1 67 0
Michael Hunter 1 0 0

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Stanley Morgan 3 72 24.0 0 30
Darius Phillips 1 40 40.0 0 40
Josh Malone 1 31 31.0 0 31

Kansas City Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Byron Pringle 1 50 50.0 0 50
Mecole Hardman 1 44 44.0 0 44
Rashard Davis 1 32 32.0 0 32
Tremon Smith 1 25 25.0 0 25

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Phillips 2 0 0.0 0 0
Davontae Harris 1 0 0.0 0 0

Kansas City Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Rashard Davis 2 13 6.5 0 11
Tremon Smith 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Tristan Vizcaino 1 1 100.0 47

Kansas City Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Harrison Butker 1 1 100.0 35

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 5 240 55

Kansas City Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jack Fox 2 93 51
Dustin Colquitt 2 79 47