KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire garnered more than 160 rushing yards Monday night against the Buffalo Bills -- the third-most single-game rushing yards by a rookie in team history.
Head Coach Andy Reid praised the young back, who had taken the field for just his sixth NFL game.
“You gotta tip your hat off to the young kid," Reid said. "I mean, he stepped up and I think he did a nice job running the ball.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed.
"They gave good holes for Clyde to run through," Mahomes said. "We had to shuffle guys around, and Clyde really hit it and finished runs well.”
After last week's loss to the Raiders, the Super Bowl champions responded with nearly 250 team rushing yards, the most net rushing yards in a single game under Reid.
The team expects its successful run game to continue next week against the Denver Broncos with the addition of former Jets running back Le’Veon Bell.
Edwards-Helaire said he is more than ready to learn from Bell.
“You know, I think talking to Le’Veon, he’s another guy coming in another piece of the puzzle, so ultimately for me I feel like we can only go up," Edwards-Helaire said.
Mahomes also said Bell's addition will only help the Chiefs.
“He’s gonna come in and make plays happen, and when we have days like today having him, Clyde, Darrel, Darwin, all these guys that can come in and run the football and go at the defense over and over again, it will open up the passing game and it will help me out a little bit too," Mahomes said.
Monday’s win against the Bills was only the second time in Mahomes' career that the Chiefs ran the ball more than they passed it, helping the Super Bowl Champs secure the 26-17 win.