Turnovers a teach­able mo­ment for both the Chiefs and Ma­homes

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - JOE REEDY

LOS AN­GE­LES — Patrick Ma­homes threw for the most yards in the Na­tional Foot­ball League this sea­son and had his sec­ond six-touch­down game. But it is the five turnovers the Kansas City quar­ter­back com­mit­ted that led to the Chiefs drop­ping their sec­ond game this sea­son.

Ma­homes threw three in­ter­cep­tions and had two fum­bles in Mon­day night’s 54-51 loss to the Los An­ge­les Rams at the LA Me­mo­rial Coli­seum. Three of the turnovers re­sulted in Rams touch­downs, in­clud­ing a fum­ble and in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for TDs by Rams line­backer Sam­son Ebukam.

“I gave them 21 points through turnovers,” said Ma­homes, who com­pleted 33 of 46 passes for 478 yards. “It sucks right now, plain and sim­ple. You wanted a win like that over a play­off team.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the Mar­cus Peters in­ter­cep­tion with 1:18 re­main­ing was mostly the re­sult of pres­sure by Ebukam. The last one, which was picked off by LaMar­cus Joyner with 13 sec­onds re­main­ing at the Rams 28, was Ma­homes try­ing to make a play late.

The two fum­bles were the re­sults of strip sacks by Aaron Don­ald, who has a league­lead­ing 14.5 sacks.

“He’s made enough of those plays where you have full trust in him,” Reid said. “We al­ways talk about pro­tect­ing the ball and he usu­ally does a good job of that.”

For a team that has high post-sea­son as­pi­ra­tions, one con­cern could be that most of Ma­homes’ in­ter­cep­tions have come against qual­ity de­fences. Be­sides the three against the Rams, he threw two in a loss to New Eng­land on Oct. 14 and two against Jack­sonville on Oct. 7.

For Ma­homes, the lessons from this loss were the same as when the Chiefs lost to the Pa­tri­ots 43-40 on Oct. 14: You can’t make mis­takes against good teams.

Kansas City goes into the bye at 9-2 and with the best record in the AFC. Reid and Con­ley are con­fi­dent that Ma­homes will be ready for the De­cem­ber stretch drive.

“Patrick is a gamer. We are be­hind him and we know he will bounce back from this and get bet­ter,” Chiefs wide re­ceiver Chris Con­ley said.

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