Cardinals show improvement despite loss in Kansas City

Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk left and Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins right

Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk left and Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins right

Patrick Mahomes will always have some special TV footage of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrating his record-setting touchdown pass in a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Chiefs have benefited from playing with the lead, on occasion a sizable one, in many of their games.

"The one thing we're doing right now is we are minimizing big plays", defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins said.

She posted a picture of her smiling as the team played behind her just moments before he collapsed. He connected with Tyreek Hill for a 38-yard gain on the first play of the game. A 46-yard field goal makes it 13-7. "It was good. You want to play as many snaps as possible". I'm very happy for him and Dorian (O'Daniel). But allowing the quick score to start game disappointed him.

"It was definitely a grind out there", Hunt said, "and definitely a team that was trying to come up big in a big-time win to get their program back on track, but most importantly we got the win".

Mahomes who was not available for interviews after the game because of his girlfriend's family emergency. That score put the Chiefs ahead 20-7 heading to halftime. "For him to come in and do that, that's incredible".

Hill leaped into the stands to celebrate, just as he did on his first TD catch, and then got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he commandeered the CBS camera in the end zone.

Hill also managed to film himself being penalized for the celebration.

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Fans cheered the move, but the act didn't go over well with Reid, who called it "too much". "He's here this morning and he's got things set there, organized and settled down", Reid said, "so he can do what he's got to do here". The Chiefs perhaps are the best team in the National Football League, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a high-flying offense.

A first-round pick a year ago, Mahomes is on pace to throw for 5,040 yards, 50 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and is a legitimate MVP candidate.

The Cardinals are unable to stop the Chiefs' streak of scoring on the first drive.

"Our opening drives were pretty long and sustainable and kept our defense (fresh) with pretty well-time possessions", Rosen said. "It's tough when the pocket is collapsing on you and you're not able to go through your progression". Fitzgerald also needs 58 catches to pass former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez for second behind Rice in career receptions. "We didn't have an opportunity there", Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. "We weren't really throwing, we were mostly just coaching the kids. He's going to be a great player though".

Last week, Mahomes shredded the Cleveland Browns while outplaying their rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield. It was fair to wonder why coach Steve Wilks made a decision to hand the ball first to the NFL's most explosive offense to start the game.

FITZGERALD'S NUMBERS: Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been climbing into the upper reaches of the NFL's career receiving marks, and he is closing in on a couple very high rungs.

"A lot of people doubted him, saying he wasn't going to do, he wasn't going to do that", Hill said.

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