Mahomes has TD, security Reid kicks PAT, Chiefs lose to Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Mahomes certain appeared like he was able to go. The one-time MVP, Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowler made it look simple in his quick time on the sector.
Mahomes threw for 60 yards and a landing on Kansas City’s first possession, then watched because the Chiefs misplaced to the Chicago Bears 19-14 within the preseason opener Saturday.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Mahomes stated. “We went out there, we were able to spread the football around, get a lot of different guys involved and found a way to get in the end zone.”
The sport was the primary for Chicago’s Matt Eberflus as a head coach. It additionally marked the return to Soldier Field for predecessor Matt Nagy, now the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach. He was fired in January after main the Bears to a 34-31 report in 4 seasons, then reunited with Andy Reid after beforehand working for him in Philadelphia and Kansas City.
Chiefs security Justin Reid confirmed he could possibly be an emergency kicker, nailing an extra point after Justin Watson caught a 22-yard landing from Shane Buechele within the closing seconds of the primary half. Reid, who made a 65-yard discipline purpose in a coaching camp observe, despatched the kick proper via the center of the uprights to make it 14-0.
Reid stated the coaches instructed him he may get a chance if he appeared good training kicks throughout warmups.
“Pregame went pretty well, and I got the opportunity and it went down the middle,” he stated. “That was awesome.”
Mahomes had no bother taking part in on a chopped-up discipline that drew heavy criticism from the president of the NFL Players Association. He additionally picked aside a protection lacking its two greatest gamers, with linebacker Roquan Smith in a contract standoff and the Bears holding out star move rusher Robert Quinn.
Mahomes was 6 of seven passing on a 72-yard drive after Chicago went three-and-out on the sport’s first possession. The completions have been to 6 totally different receivers, which could possibly be extra of the norm after the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to Miami. Mahomes dumped the ball off to Blake Bell for a 5-yard TD, capping an 11-play possession — then known as it a day.
“I think it’s gonna come from everywhere this year,” he stated. “It’s gonna be hard for teams to game-plan against. … I think the guys have kind of embraced that.”
Chicago’s Justin Fields, attempting to construct on a shaky rookie season, was 4 of seven for 48 yards. He performed three possessions earlier than veteran Trevor Siemian changed him.
“I think we can improve at everything,” Fields stated. “Coming up on the ball, executing better. Of course there were plays where we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to, so just continually getting better each and every day and keep stacking these days.”
Smith ran and stretched throughout warmups and watched the sport from the sideline. He threw down the gauntlet this week by going public with a trade request whereas insisting the Bears weren’t negotiating in good religion on an extension along with his rookie contract expiring after this season. Management clapped again by removing him from the physically unable to perform list, opening up the opportunity of fines for lacking practices.
Jack Sanborn had an interception and fumble restoration within the third quarter, resulting in a landing and discipline purpose.
Siemian was 7 of 13 for 89 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 12-yard TD to Trestan Ebner early within the third quarter after Sanborn picked off Buechele and a 13-yarder to Dazz Newsome that reduce it to 14-13.
Cairo Santos put Chicago on high 16-14 after Sanborn recovered a fumble by operating again Derrick Gore and added a 47-yarder to bump the result in 5 with about six minutes left within the sport.
“I think the guys did well,” Eberflus stated. “Just an overarching view of it, the guys operated well, there were no pre-snap penalties, very few penalties at all. I thought the kicking game operated really nice. And really, the defense played well, you know, in the second half.”
Chiefs: Bell hobbled off the sector with a hip damage after the Chiefs ran the ball on the primary play of their second possession. … RB Derrick Gore (neck) exited within the third.
Bears: CB Jayson Stanley (knee) left after he was injured masking a punt within the second quarter. … DB Michael Joseph (hamstring) limped off the sector within the second after he landed awkwardly defending a move. … LB Javin White (knee) left within the third.
Chiefs: Host Washington on subsequent Saturday.
Bears: Visit Seattle on Thursday.