Chiefs’ rookie quar­ter­back Ma­homes eyes mile­stone in con­fronta­tion with Car­di­nals

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>> KANSAS CITY: The num­ber Len Daw­son wore is re­tired af­ter he played 14 sea­sons in Kansas City, led the AFL in passer rat­ing five times and was named MVP of Su­per Bowl IV af­ter he paced the Chiefs to vic­tory.

Now, with Kansas City off to an 8-1 start, first-year start­ing quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes is about to break one of Daw­son’s most hal­lowed fran­chise records. Ma­homes needs one more touch­down pass to tie the sin­gle­sea­son mark, 30, Daw­son set in 1964 as the Chiefs en­ter to­day’s home game against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals (2-6).

More than 50 years later, foot­ball is played dif­fer­ently. Ma­homes is on the fore­front of en­gi­neer­ing more of the spread ten­den­cies that first grew pop­u­lar in the col­lege game.

Yet Ma­homes is also aware of Chiefs lore and the es­teem for Daw­son, a Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame se­lec­tion as both a player and broad­caster.

“Len had a ton of suc­cess in the NFL and was kind of ahead of his time,” Ma­homes said. “Throw­ing all those touch­downs, I think the record has stood for a very long time. It would be awe­some to pass that, but hope­fully we can just keep build­ing and get­ting more and more wins.”

A sweep of NFC West ri­val San Fran­cisco rep­re­sents Ari­zona’s only vic­to­ries.

“You can let [point] spreads and all th­ese things, ‘trap game’, all th­ese terms that pop up and things that hap­pen come into it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “If you can hon­estly fo­cus on the process and dis­ci­pline your­self to do that... you are not go­ing to let dis­trac­tions get in the way.”

Ma­homes has been sen­sa­tional at de­flect­ing at­ten­tion. He leads NFL passers with 2,901 yards while record­ing eight con­sec­u­tive 300-yard games and post­ing a league-best touch­down-to-in­ter­cep­tion ra­tio of plus-22.

The Car­di­nals, mean­while, are strug­gling be­hind their own first-year starter, Josh Rosen.

Not all the blame can be pinned on the rookie quar­ter­back, who fired two fourth-quar­ter touch­down passes to rally Ari­zona past the 49ers on Oct 28 in the Car­di­nals’ first game af­ter pro­mot­ing By­ron Leftwich to of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Ari­zona, re­turn­ing from an off week, are keep­ing an eye on a po­ten­tial mile­stone. Vet­eran wide re­ceiver Larry Fitzger­ald needs 33 yards to pass Ter­rell Owens into sec­ond place on the all-time list for re­ceiv­ing yardage. Fitzger­ald has 15,902 ca­reer yards af­ter post­ing eight catches for 102 yards against the 49ers.

Chiefs quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes cel­e­brates a win.

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