With the young quarterbacks starting to rule the NFL, Patrick Mahomes’ decline is coming at a peculiar time.
The Super Bowl LIV champion took responsibility for the Kansas City Chiefs’ symptoms sitting at a 2-3 record. Mahomes acknowledged that his increased turnover rate is the culprit as the Chiefs took a 38-20 “L” to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night.
Patrick Mahomes has thrown six INTs this season…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 11, 2021
“It starts with me,” said Mahomes. “It’s something I’ve not usually done in my career, but I have to reevaluate where I’m at, what decisions I’m making.
“I’ve been a crazier player as far as scrambling and making throws. But in my career I’ve never been someone who throws a lot of interceptions. I have to look at it now, reevaluate what I’m doing, and I have to cut it out.”
— R. Ridley (@i_am_shehateme) October 11, 2021
Mahomes threw two interceptions and lost a fumble against the Bills; it accounted for three of the Chiefs’ four turnovers.
After an hour delay due to lightning, the teams started the second half by traded punts. However, the usual one-two punch that is Mahomes and Tyreek Hill took a hit when a Mahomes missile bounced off Hill’s hands and into Bills’ safety Micah Hyde’s.
Hyde, who had an empty green field before him, was all smooth sailing, and he returned it for 26 yards. It was his first career pick-six.
Josh Allen outplayed Patrick Mahomes in Arrowhead on prime time. It’s that simple.
— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) October 11, 2021
Explanation or Excuses?
“We weren’t on the same page with the receivers and where they were going and with Pat,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Gotta do better with that. Got to make sure that takes place.”
Then the Chiefs drove into the Buffalo red zone fast on their next possession. However, it was more of the same as Mahomes threw a pass batted at the line of scrimmage by rookie defensive end Greg Rousseau; he managed to transition it for yet another interception.
139.3 QB Rating, 316 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, Rush TD
70.9 QB Rating, 272 Pass Yards, 2 Pass TD, 2 INT pic.twitter.com/nzeUWlTOOZ
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This season, Mahomes has committed six turnovers in his past three games. This includes five interceptions. In addition, he has six interceptions this season and is on track for 20 when his career-high is 12, which was back in 2018.
“It’s just we’re seeing different defenses that we’ve seen in the past,” Mahomes said. “We have a lot of stuff, we read coverages and run routes to different spots, and we’re just not on that same page.
“I have to trust in these guys that we’ll figure that out if that’s me knowing what they’re thinking and them knowing what I’m thinking, and that’s what makes our offense so good.”
Not Super Bowl Ready
The Chiefs have committed 11 turnovers in five games. They are now tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the most in the NFL.
“We know we can do better on turnovers, big plays — I know what we are capable of,” Reid said. “I see that. We just have to get that done.”
Josh Allen to Pat Mahomes tonight: pic.twitter.com/fRrrzgYew8
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 11, 2021
However, Mahomes does have 16 touchdown passes this season. Unfortunately, he has only 2.67 touchdowns for each interception. Again, in 2018 was the lowest percentage of his career at 4.17, when he threw 50 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions.
“We know we have what it takes to be great,” Mahomes said. “It’s a matter of coming together now and finding a way to do that.”
As the Chiefs head to Landover, Maryland, to face the Washington Football team this Sunday, Mahomes has to tighten up to rebound from a losing record.