CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Patrick Mahomes threw a pair of touchdown passes, solidifying his spot as the Chiefs’ primary backup, and three Kansas City quarterbacks threw for a score on Saturday night during a 30-12 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kansas City (1-1) got a lot to like out of its offense overall and its top pick in particular.
Mahomes moved into the role of Alex Smith’s backup a week ago and was smooth against the Bengals (1-1), who chased him from the pocket but couldn’t stop his accurate on-the-move throws. Mahomes, the 10th overall pick from Texas Tech, was 10 of 14 for 88 yards with touchdowns of 1 and 7 yards .
“Of course I always love a touchdown throw,” Mahomes said. “That’s the big thing, getting the ball in the end zone. I just tried to go in there and do what Alex was doing.”
The Chiefs scored on each of their first five possessions for a 30-9 lead. Smith was 8 of 9 for 83 yards with a TD , and Tyler Bray threw an 18-yard touchdown on his first play.
“Patrick had some nice plays, and Tyler had a nice shot right at the beginning,” coach Andy Reid said.
Kansas City piled up 410 yards, including 228 rushing. Charcandrick West ran for 113 yards on only seven carries.
The Bengals had to settle for a pair of field goals during Andy Dalton’s three possessions. He was 7 of 13 for 98 yards with one sack.
“We moved the ball really well,” Dalton said. “We have to make a play when we’re down there.”
Cincinnati’s kicking competition remained all even. Randy Bullock and Jake Elliott have made all of their attempts in two games. Bullock connected from 47 and 26 yards on Saturday, while Elliott was good from 32 and 39 yards.
Chiefs: Third-round pick Kareem Hunt got a chance to show his versatility in his home state. He was limited to one carry and one catch in the preseason opener. On Saturday, he was the featured running back on the first two drives. Hunt had 8 carries for 40 yards and 3 catches for 23 yards.
Hunt is Toledo’s all-time leading rusher and had a lot of family and friends at Paul Brown Stadium.
“Honestly it kind of felt like a homecoming for me,” he said. “It meant a great deal to come here and play the way I did.”
Bengals: Top draft pick John Ross was held out of a second straight preseason game as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He was cleared to fully practice on Monday. … Second-round pick Joe Mixon carried five times for 13 yards.
ONE WAY TO LOOK AT IT
The Chiefs had scoring drives of 80, 46, 75, 80 and 18 yards on their first five drives, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it wasn’t necessarily all bad for the defense.
“That’s good for those guys to have to play that way,” Lewis said. “If we go in there and stop them too early and they think they should come out, and they don’t have their wind and aren’t ready for the regular season.”
Chiefs: TE Travis Kelce missed the preseason opener with a sore knee but practiced during the week and had one catch for 26 yards. S Eric Berry was sidelined again with a heel injury.
Bengals: S Shawn Williams hurt his right elbow in the second quarter and was taken off the field on a cart. … RB Giovani Bernard sat out a second straight preseason game as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict leveled RB Anthony Sherman with a high hit to the chest on a passing play in the first quarter.
NOTHING BUT NET
Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris had a pair of touchdown catches. After the second one, he celebrated by stopping as if he were at the free-throw line and shooting the ball toward the sideline.
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos was out again with a groin injury. Sam Ficken, signed to fill in while he heals, made a 23-yard field goal, but was wide right on one of his extra-point attempts.
The Chiefs play at Seattle on Friday. The Bengals play at Washington Sunday.