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Patrick Mahomes II backs up promotion to Chiefs' No. 2 QB

The Kansas City Chiefs were so impressed with rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in last week's preseason opener that they promoted him to the No. 2 spot.

He won't climb on the depth chart this week, but that's not because of any failing in his part in Saturday night's 30-12 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mahomes led the Chiefs to touchdowns on each of his two drives. He was 10-of-14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed three times for 29 yards.

Patrick Mahomes II is in The game for the Chiefs midway through the second quarter. It's earlier than scheduled but starting quarterback Alex Smith was two for two leading score in drives tonight. Plus, this gives Mahomes a chance to play with starting offensive line and wide receivers.

Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer ago

Pat Mahomes first past was almost intercepted. He threw late for Anthony Sherman along the left side line and one of the Bengals defensive backs got a hand on it.

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But Patrick Mahomes II rebounded nicely after that near interception on his first throw. He threw passes to convert twice on third down on his first drive in the game.

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Patrick Mahomes II showed he has some Alex Smith in him in leading the Chiefs to a touchdown on his first drive in the game. Mahomes scrambled for 14 yards to set up the score, a 1-yard pass to Demetrius Harris. Here's what Mahomes said after practice one day this week about always looking to throw before he takes off and runs: "Throughout my whole football career, I have always known I wasn't the fastest guy. I'm a little quick, I can run a little bit, but I know I can't make a lot happen. So, my thinking always was, 'Why don't you put it in the fast guys' hands and let them make plays?' "

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Patrick Mahomes II's first-half stats: 4-of-5 passing for 35 yards and a touchdown. Two rushes for 18 yards. A passer rating of 135.4. Alex Smith has him beat at 8-of-9 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown and a 142.1 rating. The Chiefs lead 16-9 at halftime.

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Another third down conversion by Patrick Mahomes II on his first drive of the second-half. He bought himself some time by sliding door to the right and then threw back across his body to De'Anthony Thomas for 15 yards and the first down.

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Patrick Mahomes leads another touchdown drive, this one on a 7-yard swing pass to DeAnthony Thomas. The previous play was another impressive one from Mahomes. A play action fake didn't fool a Cincinnati defender, who flushed him out of the pocket. The rookie still kept his focus down the field and while on the run to his right fired to Gavin Escobar for a first down. The Chiefs lead 23-9 in the third quarter. They've scored on all four of their drives. Mahomes is 10-of-14 for 88 yards and two TDs.

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Now it's quarterback Tyler Bray's turn to join the party. After the Chiefs come up with a turnover, Bray threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Seantavius Jones on his first play in the game. The Chiefs lead 30-9 in the middle of the third-quarter.

Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer ago