Kansas City Chiefs Still Pushing for Super Bowl Glory Despite Poor Mahomes Form

When the NFL season got underway, most pundits and sports betting enthusiasts had the Kansas City Chiefs as the favorites for Super Bowl glory and their quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the likely NFL MVP, but while the Arrowhead Stadium side is sitting pretty at the top of the AFC West, it would be fair to say that their star player hasn’t been performing all that well.

While 26-year-old Mahomes sits in the top ten of NFL passing yards this season, it’s worth noting that few have conceded as many interceptions as the Chiefs man; indeed he’s  managed to suffer at least one interception in nine of his 12 games this season. 

He has blown hot and cold for much of the season, completing magical numbers in clashes with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Las Vegas Raiders, where he managed five passing TDs in each.

If you take a look at the NFL odds, via sidelines.io, you can see that Andy Reid’s teams is still well placed, standing at (+650), second to the team that beat them in last season’s Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

It’s pretty clear that the Kansas City Chiefs have been carrying Mahomes for much of the season, and in some ways, that’s a positive given many prior to the start of the campaign may have surmised that Reid over-relied upon the man who led them to the NFL Super Bowl a little over 18 months ago.

There has been much talk of why Mahomes is not doing so well this time around, some pundits feel it’s down to defenses loading up on him, but then that is nothing new. Prior to this season, you could put his high number of interceptions down to his penchant for trying something outrageous, but that is not really been the case thus far in 2021. 

Mahomes has not shied away from the spotlight during this poor run, which is the sign ofmaturity and the mark of a player willing to admit his flaws, which is not necessarily a bad thing. On his recent form, he stated, “I mean, it just happens. It’s part of football. Luckily enough, our defense is playing good enough that whenever they happen, they’re able to get stops and get turnovers or whatever it is and not let it impact the team. But you understand that turnovers are a huge part of this game. Our defense is getting a lot of turnovers and winning that turnover battle. I’ll try to limit them as much as possible, but at the same time, I have to be me and continue to throw the football and give guys chances to make plays.”

The Chiefs remain on course to make the post-season for the seventh season in succession,but they are only one game ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers, and two clear of the Denver Broncos, such is the competitive nature of the AFC West currently. Mahomes will have to get himself back in gear pretty quick as Kansas City still has to face all three of their divisional rivals in their final five games, as well as taking on the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers in what is a fairly tricky run-in.