Maybe Belichick was spoon feeding him strained peas early in the season, but Jones has moved onto solid food. If he continues to make plays like he did this week, winter may be coming again for the NFL.

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Chiefs vs. Raiders

Chiefs vs. Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs
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If you have opened social media, looked at the sports section on your Apple News app, or turned on ESPN in the past month, you’ve heard about the Chiefs’ offensive struggles. It was a real concern. The Chiefs had won their last three games, but hadn’t scored more than 20 points since Oct. 17. Still, there was a sense that this could all be remedied in their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.

With the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers losing earlier in the day, the last place Chiefs all of a sudden had an opportunity to take the lead in the AFC West. The Chiefs took that opportunity to the endzone at Allegiant Stadium, over, and over, and over again.

Their offense could do no wrong. The “double-high safety look” that supposedly confounded K.C. this season got carved like Thanksgiving turkey — or ham if you’re one of those people who dislike turkey because whoever cooked the bird you ate growing up served you parched poultry.

Mahomes threw for 405 yards and five touchdowns in the 41-14 victory. He threw underneath and when the Raiders crept up, he threw over the top. Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill both had huge games as well, as the Chiefs now have sole possession of first place in the division.

Was their offensive performance prior to this concerning? Of course. They were turning the ball over too much and getting called for way too many penalties for a team that has played in two consecutive Super Bowls. It may be hard for some to believe that the Chiefs are mortals, but there are men made of flesh and bone underneath the pads. They make mistakes and sometimes don’t play well. Still, they’ve won four consecutive games and absolutely remain a favorite to play in the AFC Championship Game.