The Kansas City Chiefs defence took their turn to shine on a rainy Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, holding the Jacksonville Jaguars scoreless in the first half of a 30-14 NFL victory.
A Chiefs defensive unit that has been overshadowed by the exploits of the offence guided by young quarterback Patrick Mahomes forced Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles into five turnovers, including a pick-six by defensive end Chris Jones.
Jones grabbed a Bortles pass in the second quarter for his second career interception and ran it back for a touchdown from 20 yards out. It was his first career score and the Chiefs’ first defensive points of the season.
Kansas City improved to 5-0 on the strength of the outstanding defensive effort, which held up despite the fact that Jones was ejected in the second half after striking a Jaguars player in the thigh as both were on the ground.
Defender Dee Ford followed him out when he was called for a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Kansas City’s prolific offence did their part as well, despite the fact that Mahomes threw his first two interceptions of the season.
Mahomes completed 22 of 38 passes for 313 yards and ran for a touchdown.
Kareem Hunt added 87 yards on 22 carries and Travis Kelce caught five passes for 100 yards as the Chiefs attack shrugged off Jacksonville’s league-leading defence.
Elsewhere Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams looked to improve to 5-0 behind their own talented young quarterback Jared Goff.
The rapidly maturing 23-year-old Goff and the Rams headed to Seattle to face the Seahawks in a divisional game that saw them stretch further ahead in the NFC West, following a 33-31 victory.
In early games, the Cincinnati Bengals scored 27 unanswered points as they rallied for a 27-17 victory over the visiting Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill committed two fourth-quarter turnovers that were returned for Cincinnati touchdowns and fell into a 3-2 tie with the New England Patriots top the AFC East.
The Bengals top the AFC North at 4-1, improving their best start since 2015.
In Charlotte, Graham Gano booted a game-winning 63-yard field goal with one second remaining to lift the Carolina Panthers to a 33-31 victory over the New York Giants.
“Piece of cake,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of Gano’s kick, which matched the longest game-winner in NFL history a 63-yarder by Saints kicker Tom Dempsey in 1970.
Gano’s field goal came after quarterback Cam Newton piloted a game-winning drive with little more than a minute left, following a touchdown from Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
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