Ma­homes, Rosen to face off when Chiefs wel­come Car­di­nals

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11 a.m. Sun­day, FOX

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Patrick Ma­homes Re­union Tour rolls on Sun­day when the young, record­set­ting quar­ter­back leads the high-fly­ing Kansas City Chiefs against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

Last week, Ma­homes shred­ded the Cleve­land Browns while out­play­ing their rookie quar­ter­back, Baker May­field. The two met when Ma­homes was be­ing re­cruited to Texas Tech and May­field helped to serve as his host, and their re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ued even when May­field trans­ferred to Ok­la­homa.

This week, Ma­homes gets to rem­i­nis­cence about his time work­ing at Pey­ton Man­ning’s foot­ball camp with his old room­mate, Josh Rosen — now the quar­ter­back on whom the Car­di­nals are pin­ning their fu­ture.

“I’ve met him a cou­ple times, been out to Cal­i­for­nia and met him,” Ma­homes said. “He throws a beau­ti­ful ball. It’s al­ways a re­ally tight spi­ral. I know he’ll have a lot of suc­cess.”

It’s go­ing to be tough to top the suc­cess Ma­homes is hav­ing.

The Chiefs’ first-year starter is set­ting bench­marks just about ev­ery time he steps on the field, and the next one might be con­sec­u­tive 300-yard pass­ing games. Ma­homes has eight straight to match An­drew Luck from the 2014 sea­son, and he’s shown no signs of slow­ing down.

“I thought he was pretty good,” Rosen said, re­flect­ing on those days work­ing camp to­gether. “We weren’t re­ally throw­ing, we were mostly just coach­ing the kids. So we didn’t get to re­ally throw too much, but I liked him as a dude. We got along re­ally well.”

Rosen hasn’t seen a whole lot of Ma­homes with the Chiefs (8-1) this week, ei­ther, be­cause he’s spent all his time fo­cus­ing on the de­fense. But Car­di­nals coach Steve Wilks has seen enough to know that stop­ping him may be im­pos­si­ble, and slow­ing him down is nearly as dif­fi­cult.

That goes for the en­tirety of the Kansas City of­fense.

“One thing we talked about all week is re­ally try­ing to limit those big plays, un­der­stand­ing ex­actly who they’re try­ing to tar­get,” Wilks said. “This is a very ex­plo­sive of­fense. Go­ing against Andy Reid for sev­eral years in dif­fer­ent places, go­ing all the way back to the Ea­gles, this is part of his M.O. So, we’ve got to try to limit the big plays as much as pos­si­ble.”

The Car­di­nals (2-6) have strug­gled much of the sea­son, par­tic­u­larly on of­fense. But they’re com­ing off an uplift­ing, fourth-quar­ter come­back vic­tory over San Fran­cisco that was capped by Rosen’s touch­down strike to Chris­tian Kirk in the fi­nal minute.

“You can let point spreads and all th­ese things — ‘trap game’ — and all th­ese terms that pop up and things that hap­pen come into it,” Reid said of per­haps the big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing the Chiefs this week. “But if you can hon­estly fo­cus on the process and dis­ci­pline your­self to do that, that nor­mally takes care of things. ... You’re not go­ing to let dis­trac­tions get in the way.”

As the Chiefs and Car­di­nals pre­pare to meet Sun­day, here are some in­ter­est­ing notes:

ROSEN AND REID

Rosen’s fa­ther, noted physi­cian Dr. Charles Rosen, grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, and the young­ster was an avid fan of Reid and the Philadel­phia Ea­gles grow­ing up.

“I used to have an Ea­gles shirt when I was a kid that said, ‘Our coach will eat yours.’ I was a huge Andy Reid fan,” Rosen said. “Him and Mike Vick and the DeSean Jack­son days were very fun to watch.

FITZGER­ALD’S NUM­BERS

Car­di­nals wide re­ceiver Larry Fitzger­ald has been climb­ing into the up­per reaches of the NFL’s ca­reer re­ceiv­ing marks, and he is clos­ing in on a cou­ple very high rungs.

Fitzger­ald has 15,902 yards re­ceiv­ing, and he needs 33 more to pass Ter­rell Owens for sec­ond place be­hind Jerry Rice on the ca­reer list. Fitzger­ald also needs 58 catches to pass for­mer Chiefs tight end Tony Gon­za­lez for sec­ond be­hind Rice in ca­reer re­cep­tions.

Fitzger­ald had eight catches for 102 yards and a TD in last week’s 18-15 win over San Fran­cisco.

PER­FEC­TION, AL­MOST

Reid was asked this week how of­ten his creative plays are ex­e­cuted prop­erly — when all 11 guys do ex­actly what they are sup­posed to do. And his an­swer was quite can­did.

“I’d prob­a­bly give you 85 per­cent of the time,” Reid said. “Now, they can get beat and that would bring it down a lit­tle bit, but mostly guys will at­tempt to do the right thing. It amazes me how they can di­gest all this and in a split-sec­ond know — there’s 200 plays on that sheet, and you have to fig­ure it out like that, and th­ese guys do it.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

ARI­ZONA CAR­DI­NALS quar­ter­back Josh Rosen (3) throws as San Fran­cisco 49ers de­fen­sive tackle DeFor­est Buck­ner (99) pur­sues dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Glen­dale.

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