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Patrick Mahomes slams ‘stupid’ mistakes against Rams

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Everyone loves responsibility, and it’s no surprise that this is another area where Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II excels.

The superstar signal-caller seemed pretty pissed off after the Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Rams, despite throwing for another easy 320 passing yards from 27 shots. Why? — Because of the “stupid” pieces he shouldn’t have done.

Mahomes wasn’t mad at his teammates after the 26-10 win over the Rams, he was mad at himself.

“The defense kept us in the game,” praised the Chiefs QB during his post-game press conference, “made some turnovers for us, got some big stops after some turnovers we made, but especially in the red Zone we need to run at a higher level – I need to run at a higher level.”

Mahomes went on to criticize himself in front of reporters. “I have to take out the one silly play I do every game it seems,” he said. “If I can take that out, I think we’ll be fine.”

As smooth as the 2022 offense has been, Mahomes is never satisfied and, frankly, his unit has stalled in the red zone numerous times in Week 12. It was a busy day for kicker Harrison Butker, who drilled four field goals just 32 yards in length.

The gunslinger also threw an interception into the end zone, dropping a second risky improvisation harmlessly to the ground next to a waiting defender. When it comes to a talent like Mahomes, most fans will accept the fleeting moments of bad, considering the positives are overwhelming. The Chiefs superstar isn’t that forgiving.

“I wanted to throw it to Trav [Kelce] and then, at the last second, I didn’t think I could get that [ball] So I tried to pull it down a little and I threw it right in the guy’s stomach,” Mahomes explained of his week 12 interception. “I just have to be careful not to do that, especially in the red Area. Those are the ones that kill you in big games.”

“I have to find ways to play at a higher level,” the MVP favorite later concluded. “Bring it to those guys in space [and] If we have chances, we have to make sure we get them [the ball] into the end zone…I missed a lot of open guys.

Mahomes seemed eager to revisit the film and work on “basics” in practice this week. That relentlessness is a big part of what makes him great.

Aside from himself and the overall offense, Mahomes has also been somewhat critical of the special teams department — and with good reason. Rookie returnee Skyy Moore banged another punt and the ST game was overall poor for most of the season.

“Of course there are a few special teams and offensive that we have to eliminate,” the team captain stated courageously at the beginning of the presser.

The Chiefs have switched people in and out of Dave Toub’s unit throughout the year and re-signed veterans like Marcus Kemp when things haven’t worked out. The kicker position also had its problems and the second leg was a downright disaster for the most part.

Toub has been around for a long time and he’s head coach Andy Reid’s assistant HC for a reason. There will always be loyalty, but the excuses grow old.

The Chiefs QB was also asked about his upcoming rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13.

“It’s not a good place [in my mind]’ Mahomes replied while reflecting on last year’s AFC Championship game. “They beat us, I played horribly in the second half and we lost at home… we’ll be ready for sure next week.”

Mahomes admitted the crushing defeat taught him never to be satisfied with where he is, which explains a lot about his comments on the Rams. “[The Bengals] gonna fight to the end,” he noted, “that’s why they were in the Super Bowl.”

It looks like Mahomes has been down 2-0 to Cincinnati since Joe Burrow’s call-up.

“It’s not a good place [in my mind]’ Mahomes replied while reflecting on last year’s AFC Championship game. “They beat us, I played horribly in the second half and we lost at home… we’ll be ready for sure next week.”

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