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The Kansas City Chiefs stayed red-hot offensively with a 45-10 blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night.
Patrick Mahomes had 358 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Kareem Hunt scored three times as the Chiefs recorded at least 38 points for the fifth time in seven games. The effort helped the team bounce back from its first loss of the year in Week 6 to move to 6-1 on the season.
Andy Dalton had just 148 passing yards in the Bengals’ second straight loss after a 4-1 start to the year.
Kareem Hunt Is NFL‘s Most Underrated Superstar
Mahomes has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL season and is the face of the Chiefs’ success so far in 2018. However, Hunt showed against the Bengals that he should not be overlooked as a major factor in this attack.
Mahomes had his numbers, but Hunt was the best player on the field Sunday.
The running back had a pair of receiving touchdowns that required impressive work after the catch:
“Brilliant Quarterback Play!” @PatrickMahomes5 finds @kareemhunt7. That’s a @chiefs TOUCHDOWN. 📺: @snfonnbc #ChiefsKingdom https://t.co/ddyOy0SWHq
.@PatrickMahomes5’s 2nd TD pass of the night. @Kareemhunt7’s 2nd TD CATCH on the night. The @Chiefs! 📺: @snfonnbc #ChiefsKingdom https://t.co/AchjYU780q
Meanwhile, his best run of the day didn’t even score a touchdown but required a high degree of difficulty:
You know the play was especially good when it got the attention of arguably the best running back in history:
The Chiefs have enough weapons that Hunt sometimes gets overlooked, but he had 185 yards from scrimmage against the Patriots last week and followed it up with 86 rushing yards and 55 receiving yards against the Bengals.
More importantly, he did a lot of the work himself with broken tackles and strong finishes on each play, rather than relying on schemes and blocking.
Hunt led the NFL in rushing last season and continues to improve as an overall player. He is not just a cog in the machine but instead a bona fide superstar who is not getting enough respect. You put him in any situation, and he would succeed, though he will probably be fine benefitting from an elite offense at the moment.
Things will get easier for the Bengals in Week 8 thanks to a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs will have an important divisional battle at home against the Denver Broncos.
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