(AP)– Patrick Mahomes sure didn’t need tight end Travis Kelce on the Kansas City Chiefs’ opening series against Pittsburgh.
Mahomes was 7 of 8 for 58 yards and connected with six different targets in a 14-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire bounced off Robert Spillane and into the end zone to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.
Kelce is among three starters that were ruled out early Sunday when they failed to test out of COVID-19 protocols. The Chiefs also are missing leading tackler Nick Bolton and starting right tackle Lucas Niang.
The Chiefs headed into the half leading 23-0.