The Kansas City Chiefs were heading down the wrong path after getting embarrassed by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. It was a tale of two halves for Patrick Mahomes in Week 6, but his decision-making has been uncharacteristically questionable at times.
Mahomes’ mother wants to take some of the blame off of the former MVP.
Patrick Mahomes’ mom disputed a Chiefs interception
The Kansas City Chiefs led the Washington Football Team 7-3 at the beginning of the second quarter. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense drove down the field into Football Team territory.
Mahomes rolled to the right and tried to connect with wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The five-time Pro Bowl wideout slipped while breaking on his out-route. The ball tipped off of Hill’s hands before being intercepted by Washington cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Hill should’ve caught the ball, and he usually makes that play. Technically, the interception wasn’t Mahomes’ fault. His mother, Randi, thought so, too. She came to her son’s defense on Twitter.
“That should not be an interception on the QB,” she said. “That should be a fumble or anything else.”
Randi Mahomes isn’t wrong to suggest the interception wasn’t the Chiefs’ signal-caller’s fault. However, a fumble wouldn’t make sense. The NFL will never credit receivers with an interception, so Patrick Mahomes will have to eat that.
Mahomes made a head-scratching play before the half
While Tyreek Hill’s drop may have caused the first interception of the day, the second one is all on Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City was driving yet again, but this time, trailing 13-10. The ball was at the Washington 20-yard-line, with less than a minute left in the second quarter.
Mahomes fumbled the snap, picked it up, and tried to get the ball to Travis Kelce. Instead, he did something he doesn’t normally do. He just launched the ball into the air while under duress. The Football Team recorded its second interception in the first half.
The Chiefs were in scoring position and could’ve even gone for it on fourth down if they wanted to. The fifth-year quarterback tried to make something out of nothing, and it backfired.
Patrick Mahomes bounced back in the second half, but questionable decisions like that are inexcusable.
Mahomes hasn’t consistently played like an MVP so far in 2021
Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs are currently 3-3, putting them in third place in the AFC West. They entered the 2021 NFL season as the favorites to win the Super Bowl but have underwhelmed through the first six games.
Patrick Mahomes rebounded in a major way in the second half against the Washington Football Team. Still, the Chiefs need more of that from him moving forward.
Mahomes’ decision-making has been a point of concern early in 2021. His 18 touchdowns lead the NFL, but he’s also thrown eight interceptions. That ties Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence and is one less than New York Jets rookie Zach Wilson.
Kansas City’s three losses have come against AFC-contending teams, but he’s turned the ball over in all of those games. He needs to play better, especially in the big games.
KC’s defense has some glaring holes on defense, so the pressure continues to mount on the shoulders of Mahomes and the offense.
The Chiefs’ dominance over the past several years doesn’t give Patrick Mahomes a pass. Given the state of the current roster, he is needed more now than ever before.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.