Peer pressure.

That’s probably one way to explain what’s happening with the Kansas City Chiefs about now. Step into a huddle with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, and there’s a certain standard to uphold.

Hello, Isiah Pacheco, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson.

The Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill, one of the NFL’s most lethal weapons, last spring to the Miami Dolphins, and look at them now: It’s the same sort of flow. Never mind the recent rash of injuries on the offensive unit. Despite relying on a cast of new characters in key roles, Kansas City (8-2) has the NFL’s top-ranked offense and leads the league in averaging 30 points per game.

If you thought the Chiefs were destined to take a step back after dealing Hill, aka The Cheetah, for a cache of five draft picks, think again.

Sure, the presence of Mahomes – on pace to set the league’s single-season record for passing yards – is as big a reason as any for the juggernaut. We saw it again on Sunday night when Mahomes finished off another 300-yard game by sparking another last-minute touchdown drive to beat the Los Angeles Chargers. Add the shrewd coaching from Andy Reid and his deep staff of lieutenants, plus the impact of a personnel department headed by GM Brett Veach, and well, the formula works.