Patrick Mahomes Week 11 Review: Errors elsewhere torpedo the offense
In a performance similar to the Green Bay outing, KC shot itself in the foot multiple times.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs had a game against the Cowboys in Week 11 that felt oddly familiar to me.
This season has been an up-and-down experience for the Chiefs’ offense. Despite moving the ball well in most outings , they’ve struggled with self-inflicted wounds and unforced errors at critical moments that have ruined promising drives. This issue was particularly prevalent against the Green Bay Packers, a week where people assumed Mahomes’ played poorly due to the lack of offensive output, but was actually a case of the rest of the team crumbling around him on multiple drives.
The season has essentially consisted of 3 different kinds of game for the Chiefs’ offense this year:
Games in which they’ve played well and looked close to unstoppable.
Games in which they’ve moved the ball well but shot themselves in the foot with turnovers or unforced errors in a way that took multiple scores off the board.
Games in which Mahomes played poorly (TEN, NYG)
It would be nice if the Chiefs/Cowboys game had fit into the first category, but as the final scoring output of 19 points shows, it did not. And so naturally the question arises as to whether Mahomes slipped back into the form that had the entire national media talking about him being “figured out” or “broken” (you know, that whole 2 games… but I digress), or whether the problems were elsewhere. And so to the film we go.
If you are unfamiliar with how I chart and write about quarterback play, the Week 1 review explains the methodology and reasoning, as well as the definitions used. The goal, as ever, is to separate the QB play from what is around the QB to get a better gauge on how he did on his own (and get a real idea as to what did and didn’t go well against an opponent). You can find the previous views by clicking the links below:
Week 4 film review (one of the best performances of his career)
There’s no Week 8 film review due to time constraints, but one of these days I’ll get the numbers here for purposes of all the information being available. Let’s look at the numbers, then talk about what happened against the Cowboys.