Patrick Mahomes’ ring chase of Tom Brady not so simple | Guregian

Patrick Mahomes is hands down the best quarterback in the league. Between his wizardry with the football and Andy Reid’s creativity as an offensive play caller, the Kansas City Chiefs have won two Super Bowls since Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018.

Of late, however, the defending champs are a team that’s become slightly unhinged.

The Chiefs (8-5) arrive in Foxborough in the midst of a two-game losing streak. They’re clinging to a slim lead in the AFC West but more importantly, appear to have a quarterback who’s losing his mind.

Mahomes has had the ball with a chance to win the last two games, but saw Marquez Valdez-Scantling drop a potential game-winning touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball in what was ultimately a loss to Green Bay. Then Sunday against the Bills, Kadarius Toney lined up offsides to negate a potential game-tying score. Another loss.

The point?

For anyone thinking it’s going to be a snap for Mahomes and Reid to do what Tom Brady and Bill Belichick did in Foxborough — pile up six championships — it’s not easy to sustain that kind of success even with the best quarterback on the planet.

As Brady showed over the course of two decades with the Patriots, he could mask a lot of issues, win without having elite weapons across the board.

Mahomes has done that as well, winning last year without Tyreek Hill, who was traded to the Dolphins before the season. But the collection of talent around Mahomes keeps shrinking. Fourteen weeks in, the Chiefs quarterback is in the midst of his worst statistical season, while the Chiefs no longer seem like a dominant team – offensively anyway.

In five of the last six games, the Chiefs have scored 21 points or less. Overall, they’re 11th in the NFL, scoring just 22.5 points per game. Mahomes, meanwhile, has thrown 23 TD passes with 11 picks. The interception total is one less than former Patriots starter Mac Jones.

No wonder he lost it last week.

At the end of the loss to the Bills, his frustration level clearly reached a breaking point when he went berserk when officials didn’t let a blatant offsides by Toney go in the wake of the Chiefs pulling off a magical play. Mahomes hit Travis Kelce, who was piling on a few yards after catch, then at the sight of would-be tacklers, the tight end pivoted and threw a perfect lateral pass to Toney on a play that went for a touchdown.