(AP) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Patrick Mahomes was excellent, backup Chad Henne, Shane Buechele is very better, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 on Friday night to win their second successive preseason game.
The Chiefs upset the Cardinals 17-10 with touchdown passes from Henne and Buechele.
Each quarterback, Henne, and Buechele threw a rushing touchdown. Mahomes received the ball and first hit 10 of 18 throws for 78 yards and one interception. In his most significant action thus far this preseason, the 2018 Most Valuable Player guided two 15-play drives.
The first 15-play drive concluded with Harrison Butker’s 24-yard field goal, and the second came to a sudden halt when Byron Murphy Jr. intercepted Mahomes’ pass in the end zone. It was Kansas City’s starting offense’s one major blunder in an otherwise promising outing.
Mahomes stated, “It felt nice.” “I thought we had some excellent drives, a couple of extended drives where we got to run the ball, pass the ball, and do a variety of things,” he said.
Henne completed six of eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Buechele, a rookie, completed 9 of 11 passes for 115 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Byron Pringle had a total of 63 yards on four receptions.
Kansas City (2-0) was up 10-0. With 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Juan Thornhill snatched an interception on a diving catch to put an end to a promising Arizona drive.
Kansas City coach Andy Reid remarked, “Overall, I was happy with the defense and how they played.” “Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable game. We had a lot of yards and plays on offense in the first half, and we certainly could have scored more points.”
Kyler Murray, the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, played the opening three series of the preseason. He completed one of four passes for two yards and added eight yards on the ground. None of the Cardinals’ (1-1) possessions resulted in a first down.
Cardinals left lineman D.J. Humphries remarked, “It would have been nice to get a touchdown.” “However, I don’t believe the sky is falling.”
Colt McCoy, the backup quarterback, completed 13 of 18 passes for 113 yards and one interception. Only 239 total yards were accumulated by the Cardinals.
“Offensively, not very sharp,” Kingsbury remarked. “However, that happens. They were strong on defense, and we have a lot of work to do this week.”
Midway through the third quarter, Buechele connected with Jerick McKinnon on a 5-yard touchdown pass, putting Kansas City up 17-0.
Late in the third quarter, Matt Prater kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Cardinals their first touchdown. With 9:03 remained in the fourth quarter, Chris Streveler connected with Ross Travis on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
REUNION OF TEXAS TECHNICIANS
The game marked a reunion for Kingsbury and Mahomes, who were teammates at Texas Tech in college. Before the game, the two exchanged words on the field.
Kingsbury’s success in developing Mahomes into an NFL-caliber quarterback helped him land a job with the Arizona Cardinals ahead of the 2019 season. In his senior season at Texas Tech, Mahomes threw for more than 5,000 yards in 12 games and was drafted by the Chiefs, where he has guided the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.
RB, Kansas City Chiefs Darrel Williams was taken out of the game in the second quarter after being diagnosed with a concussion. … Tyreek Hill, the wide receiver, went through pre-game warmups but did not participate due to a tight hamstring.
Cardinals: According to NFL Network, two assistant coaches, including tight ends coach Steve Heiden, were unable to participate in the game due to COVID-19 protocols. Earlier in training camp, Kingsbury stated that the entire coaching staff had been vaccinated. COVID-19 also kept three players out of the game, including starting left guard Justin Pugh and defensive lineman Jordan Phillips. Because of an illness, TE Maxx Williams was unable to play. It wasn’t tied to COVID-19, according to Kingsbury.
On Aug. 27, the Chiefs end their season campaign at home against the Minnesota Vikings’.
On Aug. 28, the Cardinals play the New Orleans Saints in their final preseason game on the road.