The Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of room to improve despite a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon. Patrick Mahomes knows this.
Rarely has a 26-10 win been met with such cynicism, but here we are.
The Kansas City Chiefs, and their fanbase for that matter, expect perfection. It’s what they’ve grown accustomed to under the leadership of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. When a team suffers only a few losses every season, even wins can feel like defeats sometimes.
A two-touchdown win over the Rams certainly can’t be viewed as a negative, but it does suggest some room for improvement. Mahomes, for one, knows he could’ve played better.
“In the red zone, we have to execute at a higher level,” Mahomes said. “I have to execute at a higher level. I have to take out the one dumb play I make every game, it seems like. If I can take that out, we’ll be all right.”
Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes must be better in the red zone
Kansas City turned just one of their six red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. That’s putrid, especially considering they have one of the best offenses in all of football. The unit was constructed around Mahomes — especially with Tyreek Hill now excelling in South Beach. So, he must take the fall.
KC moved the ball effectively between the 20’s, of course. The issue became once they crossed the red zone threshold. Perhaps more creativity from the coaching staff could be a solution.
Mahomes was especially critical of a red-zone interception he threw with Kansas City up 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs had a chance to put Los Angeles away, and go up three scores. Instead, Mahomes gave them life.
“I have to make sure I don’t do that — especially in the red zone,” said Mahomes. “Those are the ones that kill you in big games.”
Mahomes knows this wasn’t one of those ‘big games’. They’re nearing, however, and it’s best to make adjustments now, rather than on the fly.