The struggles of the Kansas City Chiefs continued Sunday in a surprising 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans. For star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the tribulations of the 2021 season are a necessary lesson after the success of the previous years.
"It's been rainbows and flowers and awesome for these last few years, but when you want to build something substantial, something great you're going to go through parts like this," Mahomes said after the game, per Chiefs reporter Blair Kerkhoff.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the game that Mahomes cleared concussion protocols and is expected to play on Nov. 1 against the New York Giants.
Through seven games Mahomes now has 11 turnovers this season, more than he's had in each of the previous two seasons including the playoffs, according to NFL Research. He currently has nine interceptions after throwing 11 picks combined in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Kansas City fell to 3-4 after the loss and is now 1-4 against the AFC this season. It was their lowest point total since a 38-3 loss to the Denver Broncos on Dec. 30, 2012. After giving up 27 points in the first half, it was the team's largest halftime deficit with Mahomes as its starting quarterback.
The Chiefs, who are tied with the Broncos for worst record in the AFC West, have many problems to fix on both sides of the ball. They entered Sunday's game allowing an average of 410.5 yards. Against the Titans, Kansas City had no balance on offense with 51 pass attempts compared to 13 rushing attempts.
Kansas City will look to get back on track when it hosts the Giants in next week's Monday night game.