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For entirely different reasons http://www.chiefslockerroom.com/authentic-spencer-ware-jersey , young quarterback Patrick shared most of the public's attention through the first four weeks of the season.Mahomes had been nearly perfect. The defense had been nearly inept.Yet in their biggest test so far, against a Jacksonville team that reached the AFC title game a season ago, Kansas City responded with its most complete performance. Mahomes was still humming against the Jaguars' top-ranked defense Sunday, while the KC defense piled up five sacks, forced five turnovers and returned one of Blake Bortles' four interceptions for a touchdown in a 30-14 rout ."The sky is the limit if we play all phases of the game like that," said Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who had six catches for 100 yards. "It's a special thing when you get a whole group of guys to come together for one goal. It's special and it's sure as fun as hell."The Chiefs (5-0) certainly appear to be special right now.They've already scored 175 points to set the franchise record for the five-game mark, while Mahomes threw for 313 yards against Jacksonville to give him a franchise-best 1,513 yards through Week 5.Mahomes has four straight 300-yard passing games, becoming the first QB in NFL history with four in his first six career games. He will try to set the franchise record with five consecutive games when the Chiefs head to New England for a Sunday night showdown this week."When you play a defense like that," Mahomes said, "you're not going to score a ton. The defense stepped up, made a lot of great plays and got us into great field position. I just went out there to maximize the game plan and score when I could."Indeed, it sure seemed as if the Kansas City defense played with a chip on its shoulder after hearing all season how bad it has been Womens Carlos Hyde Jersey , and hearing all week how good the Jaguars would be.The Chiefs held on fourth down inside their 5-yard line early in the second quarter. They held again on fourth down late in the game. They strip-sacked Bortles, picked him off four times and returned one for a touchdown, all despite losing a handful of players to injuries and ejections .Chris Jones, who had the pick-6, was ejected after dropping an elbow on a Jacksonville lineman. Pass rusher Dee Ford followed him to the locker room a few minutes later after getting a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Outside linebackers Justin Houston (hamstring) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) joined Eric Murray (lower leg) and fellow safety Armani Watts (groin) in getting banged-up.Yet a bunch of unheralded fill-ins responded quite well.Rookie pass rusher Breeland Speaks brought some pressure late in the game. Kpassagnon played well until he went down. And young safety Jordan Lucas, who was traded from Miami just before the start of the season, picked off his first pass after spending most of the season playing special teams."It's a team. We don't point fingers, any of that," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "We know that every week we expect every phase — offense, defense and special teams — to pick it up if the other phase is down. We've been able to do that so far."The result has been another 5-0 start, the Chiefs' third under Reid and second in a row. But while last year's team followed with six losses in a seven-game stretch, there are reasons to believe this year's team will follow a different path through the middle portion of the schedule."We learned a lot from what happened after our 5-0 start last year," Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said. "We know that we can't be excited about being 5-0. We have to be looking forward to the next game. We have to know that it's a long season and you have to build if you want to win."It helps that this year the Chiefs appear to be a more complete team."Last year we had a great team and we won a lot of games," Mahomes said. "This year we're just trying to learn from last year Demarcus Robinson Jersey , the little drought we had, and just try to make it a procession."NFL seasons are long," he said, "and there's going to be ups and downs. But you kind of just grind out every single day and try to get better, and you hope you can limit the downs and maximize the ups."chiefStats: Five stats that could determine the Chiefs’ game against 49ers Welcome back to chiefStats — the place where I toss a few stats out into the ethos for Kansas City Chiefs fans to absorb before the game. I am hoping this article can work its way into Chiefs fans pregame ritual.Last week we talked about the Steelers having difficulty with top five points per game offenses, and it came to fruition when Pittsburgh couldn’t keep up with the Chiefs high powered offense.Now our focus turns towards the 49ers, and below are five topics which could alter the outcome of the game.1. 49ers sacks allowedWe’ll start our analysis with a nice little Tweet:For reference, the worst pass protection team in 2017 (the Colts) gave up a sack percentage of 10.3 percent.The Chiefs defense has been very inept at sacking the quarterback to start the 2018 season, tallying only two sacks. So far in 2018, the Chiefs have a miserable sack percentage of 1.8 percent; only the Giants have been worse (1.7 percent).All that said, I’m not ready to throw in the towel on the Chiefs pass rush. Perhaps one reason for the Chiefs low sack totals is that the Steelers and Chargers are just good at protecting the QB. In 2017, the Chargers finished first in the NFL in sack percentage (3.0 percent), and the Steelers finished third (3.9 percent).On Sunday against the 49ers, we should have a better idea of what the Chiefs pass rush is capable of.2. 49ers running gameThis is the 49ers’ strength. The 49ers have the second-best yards per rushing attempt average in the NFL so far in the young season.Matt Breida is leading the charge for the 49ers with 184 rushing yards on only 22 attempts — that’s an average of 8.4 yards per attempt. Breida should provide a good test for the Chiefs run defense.I’m very curious to see how the Chiefs fare against the 49ers running game. I believe the Chiefs strength on defense is their ability to stop the run. Sunday should prove to be a good test on the defensive side of the ball.If the 49ers get into a shootout with the Chiefs it could spell major problems for their offense if they have to abandon the run.3. It’s been a while...Remember last week when it had been a long time since the Chiefs had beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh? Well http://www.chiefslockerroom.com/authentic-mitch-morse-jersey , the same could be said about the 49ers playing in Kansas City.Cool story — the Chiefs haven’t lost at home to the 49ers in my lifetime... hopefully it stays that way.Of course, I missed an important piece of information when crafting the Tweet above:Ahhhh yes, there we go, now the facts are complete.4. QB PlayGaroppolo has not played up to the hype in 2018 amassing the following stats:55.9 Cmp%, 467 yards, 7.9 Y/A3 TD, 3 INT, 77.4 QB RatingContrast this with what Mahomes is doing:69.1 Cmp%, 582 yards, 10.6 Y/A10 TD, 0 INT, 143.3 QB RatingAs you can see, there is a massive disparity in quarterback play between the two. Obviously, the Chiefs defense hasn’t been on par with the ones Garoppolo has faced (Vikings Womens Xavier Williams Jersey , Lions), but Mahomes hasn’t had a cakewalk either. Both the Steelers and Chargers should have good defenses when everything is said and done in 2018.The last thing the 49ers want to do is get into a shootout with the Chiefs. If the start of the season has anything to do with how the rest of the year will go, the 49ers will lose the game if Garoppolo is asked to keep up with Mahomes.So if I’m the Chiefs, my goal is to be aggressive and score early.5. TurnoversThe 49ers have started the season with a bit of a turnover bug, coughing up four turnovers while only generating two of their own.If the 49ers were to continue to give up turnovers at this same pace, they would give up 32 on the entire season which would have been the third-worst mark in 2017. The 49ers are also on pace to have a minus-32 turnover differential in 2018 — this would have been the worst in the NFL in 2017.Obviously the 49ers are unlikely to finish the season at the same pace of allowing turnovers, but it bodes well for a Chiefs defense which has struggled to make splash plays so far in 2018.The Chiefs defense is currently sitting at two turnovers forced on the season. If the Chiefs want to adjust their defensive game plan to include more risk, in hopes to get more turnovers, this week against the 49ers the week to do it.So to summarize, the keys to the game are:Chiefs need to take advantage of the 49ers poor pass protection at the start of the season.Who’s going to win the running game battle? Will the Chiefs improved front be able to stop Breida and Morris?Will the 49ers continue to lose in Kansas City?The Chiefs should be heavily favored due to Mahomes’ play being significantly better than Garoppolo’s thus far.The Chiefs defense needs to play a ball-hawk style, and try to generate turnovers.

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