Patrick Mahomes is still the best starter in the 2019 NFL season and yet the Kansas City Chiefs lost their last two games. In fact, Mahomes is performing better than his MVP year but it is not converting into victories for the Chiefs. Where does the problem lie then, with the quarterback, with the offense or defense or the team management is responsible?
When you evaluate Patrick Mahomes' full season stats, just remember his 1st interception was on a play where Travis Kelce was thrown to the ground & the officials picked up their flag.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) October 13, 2019
There is no concrete answer as it involves a lot of factors but one thing is certain that NFL teams have found a weakness of Mahomes and the Chiefs are suffering. If the same continues for a few more weeks, Kansas City can forget about beating Patriots in the AFC Championship. The Chiefs have to utilize Patrick Mahomes in an efficient way and improve their defense to make a comeback in the NFL 2019 season.
Teams are Keeping Ball away from Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes made 50 touchdown passes in NFL 2019 season and was awarded as MVP in his first year with the Chiefs as a starter. Even in the six games, he played in this NFL season, Mahomes has rushed for 2,104 passing yards with 14 touchdown passes and is only behind Matt Ryan from Falcons.
If we’re going to talk about Patrick Mahomes as an MVP candidate — and we are, he’s awesome — it’s time to talk about #Texans QB Deshaun Watson the same way. Huge win taking down KC in Arrowhead.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2019
Patrick Mahomes had 116 yards passing on the opening drive.
That’s not a typo.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 13, 2019
Yet the Chiefs somehow lost the last two games against the Colts and the Texans. The reason is very simple, the opposite teams are keeping the ball away from Patrick Mahomes. The Houston Texans had the ball for 39:48 (mm: ss) while Kansas City had only for 20:12 time duration. Even in the game against the Colts, the Chiefs had the ball only for 22:45 which makes it so difficult for Mahomes to make a difference.
Chiefs needs to Improve their Defense
The reason why the Chiefs lost two games in a row is their poor defense which is unable to stop the opposing teams from scoring. The Chiefs have given up 5.2 yards per carry in this NFL season, which is just 0.1 better than the Bengals who are the worst at 5.3 yards average.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 41 yards in the second half. That's the fewest yards he's ever passed for in a single half, according to @ESPNStatsInfo.
— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) October 13, 2019
Kansas City has tried everything they can to improve their defense, they even replaced Bob Sutton with Steve Spagnuolo (Giants defensive who made them beat the Patriots in Super Bowl) and yet nothing is working. The offensive line of Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes can’t do everything and the defensive players have to step up if they want to keep the Super Bowl dreams alive.