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    picked the ball off the turf and threw a laser to Tyreek Hill in the corner of the end zone, giving the Kansas City ChiefsWomens Customized Atlanta Falcons Jerseys another touchdown on a night full of them.Even the young quarterback’s mistakes rarely end up awry.The Chiefs’ record-setting quarterback wound up throwing for 358 yards and four touchdowns Sunday night, Kareem Hunt totaled three scores and Kansas City rebounded from a last-second loss in New England by throttling the Cincinnati Bengals 45-10 before a boisterous crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.”I mean, you always think you’re going to have success,” said Mahomes, whose 22 touchdown passes in his first eight career games set an NFL record, “but I didn’t think it would happen this much.”Mahomes was 28 of 39 with his only costly mistake an underthrown interception, though the Chiefs (6-1) were already so far ahead of Cincinnati (4-3) by that point it didn’t really matter.He spread the wealth, too, connecting with eight targets. Hill had seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, Travis Kelce had five catches for 95 yards, and Demetrius Harris hauled in the other TD catch as the Chiefs piled up 551 yards total offense.”We’re just rolling,” Harris said. “We’re unstoppable when it’s clicking like that.”Meanwhile, the Bengals’ Andy Dalton was held to just 148 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception by the NFL’s worst defense. Joe Mixon managed only 50 yards rushing.”We had a lot of plays,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, “where we’ve got to do better.”The Chiefs, wearing their all-red uniforms for the primetime matchup, flexed some rare defensive muscle to open the game, creating a three-and-out for their first forced punt in 17 possessions.Mahomes and Hunt immediately went to work.With their quarterback shredding the Bengals’ depleted backfield, and Hunt making the rest of the defense look downright foolish, the Chiefs marched 95 yards for a score. Hunt capped it with a short TD grab, but it was his play immediately before that set social media ablaze.Hunt spun loose from a clutch of Bengals, then hurdled safety Jessie Bates on a 21-yard run .”That was just one of those to get the team going,” Hunt said. “You just got to want it. You need touchdowns instead of threes in the red zone. We learned that last week.”Mahomes connected with Hunt again early in the second quarter, when the Pro Bowl running back left Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict grasping at air on his way to the end zone. And he answered a TD toss by Dalton with one to Harris as the Chiefs took a 24-7 lead into halftime.Run the ball and protect the lead? Nah.Mahomes opened the second half by hitting Sammy Watkins for 50 yards. And six plays later, Hunt punched it in from a couple yards out for his third touchdown and first on the ground.Ron Parker’s pick-6 on the ensuing play gave Kansas City two TDs in 9 seconds, and Mahomes connected with Hill — just after the speedster dropped a touchdown catch — to make it 45-10 in the fourth.By that point, it was hard to tell what was more entertaining — the Chiefs’ offense or their crazy touchdown celebrations — because the reality is there were plenty of both.Harris celebrated his score by jumping into a camera well and using it as a foxhole while chucking the football as if it were a grenade. Hill fainted at the foot of an official and got CPR from offensive lineman Eric Fisher after his score , then reeled off a backflip before sprinting to the sideline.The Bengals certainly weren’t enjoying it. They got dinged for a pair of personal fouls down the stretch, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit on Hunt by safety Shawn Williams.”A lot of season left,” Dalton said. “Everything’s in front of us. It’s just one game.”QUOTABLE”That was a great feeling, man,” Parker said after his interception return for a touchdown. “That’s what I was waiting on my whole career. It was crazy. My daughter asked before the game like, ‘Daddy, how come you don’t score touchdowns?’ So that one was for her.”STATS AND STREAKSThe Bengals are 3-16 on Sunday night, losing nine straight. … The Bengals’ A.J. Green had seven catches for 117 yards. … Chiefs coach Andy Reid won his 200th game. One more will tie Dan Reeves for eighth in NFL history. … Kansas City has won 13 straight when its defense scores.CELEB SIGHTINGSRoyals OF Alex Gordon pounded the ceremonial drum to start the game, while NASCAR star Clint Bowyer and retired driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. checked out the game. Bowyer and Earnhardt were in town for the Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, where Bowyer advanced to the third round of the playoffs.INJURIESBengals: TE Tyler Kroft (knee), LB Nick Vigil (knee) and CB Darqueze Dennard (shoulder) were among the inactive players. … Burfict limped off with a hip injury late in the third quarter. WR John Ross (groin) and TE Mason Schreck (knee) also left in the second half.Chiefs: OLB Justin Houston (hamstring), SS Eric Berry (heel) and C Mitch Morse (concussion) were inactive. … LB Terrance Smith left in the first half with a knee injury.UP NEXTBengals: Return home to face Tampa Bay next Sunday.Chiefs: Go for the season sweep of Denver next Sunday. The NFL’s coaching ranks are littered with former players. Todd Bowles spent eight seasons as a defensive back. Doug Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles before leading them to their first Super Bowl title as a second-year head coach. Frank Reich led the greatest comeback, non-Falcons division, in NFL history.On Sunday, we’ll get the rare opportunity to see one of these veterans stare across the field at the man for whom he played the bulk of his career. Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel did a little bit of everything for Bill Belichick in his eight years in New England. He pestered quarterbacks as an All-Pro outside linebacker, pulled his weight as a special teams stalwart, and even caught eight touchdown passes as a goal line tight end.And now he’ll face the man who built him up from overlooked free agent into do-everything weapon when the Patriots face the Titans in Nashville. That raises a logical question; who’s next? The current NFL landscape is littered with players — quarterbacks, defensive backs, linemen, and more — whose next step after retirement will be to begin the long climb from underpaid assistant to leading a pro team? We’ve got some ideas.The case for: Pierre GarconI pray for a world where Philip Rivers is a new generation’s Jim Harbaugh, overseeing a staff made entirely of his 27 children and screaming near-obscenities at the opposing sideline. But also I can’t imagine the man so uncomfortable with moving from San Diego to Los Angeles that he’d pay $200,000 for a custom film-room SUV rather than relocate would be up for more travel once his playing career is over. Phil’s gonna make one hell of a pee-wee coach, though.Instead, let’s go with a veteran player whose understanding of offenses across the sport ranges from Division III fields all the way to Santa Clara — Pierre Garcon. The NFL has held no surprises for Garcon, who has adapted to a myriad of different offensive philosophies and strategies in an 11-year career. He’s been a key part of every offense he’s ever been a part of, developing from a sixth-round flyer out of Mount Union College into a league-leading receiver thanks to his innate understanding of the game. Over that span, he’s worked to create plays for quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Kirk Cousins Atlanta Falcons T-Shirt , Robert Griffin III, and Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s worked with coaches like Kyle Shanahan, Tony Dungy, Frank Reich, Jim Bob Cooter, Mike Shanahan, and Sean McVay.So over that decade-plus, he’s had the opportunity to absorb lessons from a true variety of coaches and passers, and he’s been a lauded teammate at each stop. When he leaves his cleats behind, he’ll have no shortage of opportunities to pass that knowledge on as a coach. And if his coaching career is anything like his playing days, he won’t need long to level up from quality control assistant to a big-time job. — Christian D’AndreaThe case for: Marshawn LynchLynch’s career with the NFL may already over and that’s too bad, because that’d mean it ended in a storm of incompetency in Oakland. He already called it quits once, but came back for another go with his hometown Raiders. But now he’s on injured reserve and the Raiders still have no clear plan where they’ll be in 2019. It’d seem like the time is right for the 32-year-old running back to ride off into the sunset for good.That’s a sad thought, but if his first retirement showed us one thing, it’s that he probably won’t be too far out of sight. During his 2016 season away from the NFL, Lynch hiked in France with Bear Grylls, rode camels in Egypt, and handed out Skittles in Scotland. But we’d really get our daily dose of Lynch if he ended up an NFL head coach.Hear me out.Standoffish with the media? You bet. He’d even give Bill Belichick a run for his money.Ridiculous quotes? Jon Gruden’s given us some gems, but Lynch is a quote machine:Prepared for the job? Lynch coaches with dang chicken wings in his socks. Don’t tell me he doesn’t come prepared.And lastly, he’s one of the most accomplished backs in NFL history. Jokes aside, he’s one of 31 players to crack 10,000 career rushing yards and he’s 16th all-time in rushing touchdowns. His teammates have always seemed to love him and you could probably do a lot worse than putting Lynch in charge. — Adam StitesThe case for: Tyrod TaylorAll offseason, the Browns insisted that Tie/Tuh-rod Taylor was their starting quarterback. They didn’t want to No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield to suffer the same gruesome fate as their previous rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer, who threw 22 picks and went 0-15 as a starter the year before. That seemed a bit like Hue Jackson “logic.” Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy winner, the top pick in the draft, and clearly more ready for the NFL than a project like Kizer. But it was also understandable if you ever paid attention to what the coaches, and the Browns players Atlanta Falcons Hats , said about Taylor.It wasn’t just about what they said, either. It was the way they said it. They flat-out gushed about him. About his leadership, his thoughtfulness, his worth ethic, his steadiness, and yes, his play too.Because make no mistake: Taylor can still play. In a league where Brock Osweiler, Nathan Peterman (or Matt Barkley), and Nick Mullens are starting games — and that’s THIS week only — Taylor is more than worthy of a spot on an NFL roster. His brief time as the Browns’ starting quarterback doesn’t change that.And what else hasn’t changed, even if he’s Mayfield’s backup now, is Taylor’s demeanor in the locker room. He’s still a leader and still the guy his teammates can turn to when they need a pick-me-up. That ability to read people, and know what they need to hear and when they need to hear, isan underrated skill. So is Taylor’s ability to be a walking motivation quote and just a plain ol’ good dude.And if you have questions about his coaching chops, he seems to have those too:Come to think of it, the Browns really should’ve just made him the player-coach this year. — Sarah HardyThe case for: Josh McCownJosh McCown has been a journeyman quarterback since entering the league in 2002 (he’s played for 10 teams!) and he’s played in a myriad of different systems and schemes. While he’s currently not the active starter for the New York Jets, he’s played an invaluable role in the development of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.McCown is already acting like a pseudo-coach, standing right next to offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the game and helping Darnold understand the playbook during the week. McCown is already acting as a coach for Darnold, so why not let him do the real thing when it’s time for him to hang it up? He already has some experience in the area, so the learning curve wouldn’t be very high for him. — Charles McDonaldThe case for: Sam BradfordNine seasons, four teams, five different head coaches and no fewer than 100 offensive coordinators … it’s safe to say the guy’s seen a veritable buffet of styles and philosophies, even a couple of successful ones. He’d also be a great fit for a team all set to draft their franchise quarterback. Who better than Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, to know what NOT to do with a can’t-miss kid like himself? Still not convinced? Jon Gruden, labeled an offensive guru himself (lol) is making $100 million to be a head coach. HOW HARD CAN IT BE!?!?! — Ryan Van Bibber

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