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The Chiefs didn't score in the first quarter. They have scored twice in the second quarter to take their first lead at 14-10 with 5:51 remaining in the second quarter. Patrick Mahomes threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mecole Hardman on third-and-20. On the first play of the second quarter, Mahomes connected with Demarcus Robinson for a 44-yard score. Mahomes has completed 14 of 22 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson has three catches for 62 yards and a score. The Chiefs have had no success running the ball with six carries for 11 yards, but it hasn't mattered. After scoring on their first two possessions, the Raiders have only 28 yards on seven plays with two punts on their last two possessions. Imagine the first half Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would have had at Oakland if he had Tyreek Hill in the lineup. Without Hill, his best receiver who is out with a shoulder injury, Mahomes still threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns before halftime.
In the first 11 games of Week 2, the only quarterbacks to throw for more than 313 yards over an entire game were Arizona Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, is pretty good. Scroll to continue with content Ad [Watch live NFL games on the Yahoo Sports app, here's how] The Chiefs started in a 10-0 hole before Mahomes got white hot. None of his touchdowns were cheap ones. He threw a 44-yard score to Demarcus Robinson, a 42-yard touchdown to Mecole Hardman, a perfectly placed ball to Travis Kelce for a 27-yard score and then Robinson made a nice play for a 39-yard touchdown. All 4 of Patrick Mahomes' touchdowns in the 2nd quarter came on deep attempts (20+ air yards). Since 2016, only one other QB has thrown as many deep passing touchdowns in a single game (Jared Goff in Week 4, 2018). Mahomes did it in a quarter.#KCvsOAK | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/4m1giZXKjx — Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 15, 2019 Not that anyone thought Mahomes would struggle much without Hill, but not many quarterbacks could lose one of the NFL's best receivers and keep going at a record pace. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) threw four touchdowns in the first half against Oakland. Story continues Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab More from Yahoo Sports: