Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs receivers Week 11 loss team's biggest problem
Kansas City Chiefs lose to Philadelphia Eagles, raising questions about the effectiveness of their wide receivers and potential Super Bowl chances.
The Kansas City Chiefs entered halftime of their Super Bowl rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles appearing to be the top team in the NFL, but as they walked off the field with a loss, questions arose about the team's wide receivers. Despite taking a 17-7 lead into halftime, the Chiefs' offense was shut out in the second half of their 21-17 loss. Kansas City turned the ball over twice and struggled in the red zone, highlighting ongoing issues with the team's passing attack.
The Chiefs' wide receivers dropped five passes for the second time in a primetime game, with a crucial drop by Marquez Valdes-Scantling costing them a potential game-winning touchdown. While many on social media were quick to blame the receivers, quarterback Patrick Mahomes took some of the blame, acknowledging that he could have thrown a better pass.
Throughout the season, Mahomes has defended his teammates and expressed confidence in the young receivers, despite their struggles. However, the issues with the Chiefs' receiving corps run deeper than just dropped passes. Metrics show that the wideouts are among the worst in the NFL at creating separation from coverage, leading to an inability to consistently move the ball down the field.
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl without an All-Pro wide receiver, but the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster and the underdevelopment of the young receivers have left the team struggling in the passing game. General manager Brett Veach bet on Mahomes' talent and veteran Travis Kelce to carry the aerial attack, passing on opportunities to acquire top-tier receivers in the offseason and at the trade deadline. This decision may ultimately impact the team's chances of winning it all this season.