Mahomes, Chiefs on top of season's first AP Pro32 poll

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes against the Houston Texans in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NEW YORK – Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have been riding high since winning the Super Bowl in February.

And after their opening 34-20 win over the Houston Texans, the defending champs are off to a good start in their bid to repeat.

“What makes this offense so good,” Mahomes said on Monday, “is that we can change within games. We can go through our game plan and find ways to score and find ways to move the ball down the field, and (against Houston) it was running the football and taking the short passes.”

The Chiefs are also No. 1 in the first AP Pro32 poll of the season. Kansas City earned 10 of 12 first-place votes for 382 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

The Baltimore Ravens are No. 2 in the poll. They received the remaining two first-place votes for 371 points.

The Ravens, who finished with the best record in the NFL last season at 14-2, cruised to a 38-6 win in their opener against Cleveland and travel to Houston to face the Texans on Sunday.

“It’s just hard work and dedication,” Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said on Monday. “Our guys just dialed in. They helped me out a lot, made my job a lot easier.”

The New Orleans Saints are next at No. 3 after their impressive 34-23 win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who despite enormous preseason buildup start out at No. 14.