Week 10 was a case of good news-bad news for the Kansas City Chiefs. The good news is that Patrick Mahomes returned from a dislocated kneecap and showed no signs of a quarterback who missed the last two games. However, the bad news is that it wasn’t enough to get a win, as the Chiefs were shocked by the Titans in dramatic fashion 35-32.
A 63-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman put the Chiefs up 29-20 with less than 12 minutes left to play. However, Ryan Tannehill was able to orchestrate two touchdown drives for the Titans sandwiched between a Kansas City field goal to put Tennessee ahead. The Titans then blocked a last-second field goal to secure the win despite being out-gained by over 150 yards.
With the loss, the Chiefs have now lost four of their last six games, including a 0-3 record when Mahomes has played the entire game. They’ve already matched their loss total from last season with less than six games left in the regular season. They are also clinging to a slim lead atop the AFC West, as they are just half a game ahead of the 5-4 Raiders and only two games up on the 4-6 Chargers, who they host next Monday.
The only silver lining is that Mahomes appears to be healthy after his return. The reigning MVP threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns against a solid Tennessee defense. Perhaps more importantly, he looked as mobile and athletic as ever, making an impressive jump-pass on the 63-yard touchdown for Hardman.
However, now that he’s back, the Chiefs are putting everything on Mahomes’ shoulders. The Kansas City defense continues to be unhelpful, even with a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The Chiefs have also had a sluggish and inconsistent rushing attack all season. For most of last season and the first part of this season, the Chiefs have relied on Mahomes to overcome those flaws, and it seems they will continue to ask that of their quarterback for the rest of the season.