Patrick Mahomes dominates as Chiefs send message to rest of the NFL with Raiders rout

Patrick Mahomes threw for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns.

In case anyone forgot, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs showed the NFL world just how deadly they could be over the first half of the season.

The Chiefs' 41-14 victory over the Raiders on Sunday night propelled them back to the top of the AFC West and back into postseason contention. Furthermore, it appeared that whatever shakiness the Chiefs had been experiencing during the first nine games of the season had vanished.

Mahomes threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns on 35 of 50 passing attempts. Mahomes is the first quarterback in NFL history to have a stat line of at least 400 yards, five touchdown passes, and zero interceptions, according to Stat Muse.

It's exactly what the Chiefs were looking for.

Darrel Williams and Travis Kelce both had over 100 yards receiving. Williams had nine catches for 101 yards and Kelce had eight catches for 119 yards. Tyreek Hill scored two touchdown receptions, while Byron Pringle and Noah Gray each had one.

Hill had seven catches for 83 yards, Pringle four for 46 yards, and Gray's one catch for one yard was the game-winning score.

The Chiefs have now allowed 20 points or fewer in three straight games. The Derek Carr-led attack was shut down by the defence. Carr completed 25 of 35 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception to Daniel Sorensen. Carr had 18 rushing yards to lead the team.

Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards both had touchdown catches. Renfrow had seven catches for 46 yards, while Edwards had three catches for 88 yards.

In his debut, DeSean Jackson had one grab for 38 yards, but the ball was punched out and recovered by the Chiefs. It was one of the game's two turnovers.

The Chiefs had real doubts going into the contest.

Many sceptics wondered if the rest of the league had caught up to the Chiefs since the offence wasn't humming as well as it had in the past. Mahomes' spectacular passes weren't landing, and the Chiefs seemed to be in disarray.

Mahomes had no intention of playing more conservatively after last week's win against the Green Bay Packers.

"I mean, I'm gonna take shots. The last few years I've taken those shots, and they've worked. I've taken those shots, and they haven't worked (as well this season), and we've still been able to find ways to score points," he said, via the Kansas City Star. "Whenever I've got a guy with a chance to make a play downfield, I'm going to give him a chance to make a play."

Sunday night was certainly aided by not being afraid to take a chance for the biscuit philosophy. Mahomes completed at least three passes of 30 yards or more. The Chiefs pulled away from the Raiders in the fourth quarter thanks to two lengthy touchdown plays.

The Chiefs improved to 6-4 on the season, while the Raiders dropped to 5-4.