Patrick Mahomes Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls the play in the huddle during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

If you expect Patrick Mahomes to throw his wide receivers under the bus, well you might have the wrong idea of who the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback is.

The 7-3 Chiefs fell to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a 21-17 rain-soaked affair, which saw Kansas City get shutout in the second half. Teams are keying in on Travis Kelce, which has opened up more opportunities for the Chiefs’ wide receivers, who now lead the league with 26 drops on the season.

One of the drops affected the outcome of Monday’s game. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had what would be the go-ahead touchdown hit him right in the hands, only to drop a perfectly thrown pass, which would have likely given Kansas City a 3-point lead with just under two minutes remaining.

Mahomes shouldered the blame, electing not to criticize his wideouts, despite being asked multiple times about their critical drops.

“They triple-teamed Travis [Kelce] so I went to the guy that won downfield and Marquez won. He just didn’t come away with the ball. I could probably have thrown it a little shorter, he was that open,” Mahomes said, via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

For better or worse, this is what a leader does.

“They know I’m gonna keep firing it,” Mahomes said. “Usually they’re going to make the plays. It happens.”

They’re going to need to make plays sooner or later, otherwise, Kansas City’s hopes of winning back-to-back Super Bowls look pretty bleak.


About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.