Patrick Mahomes’ struggles continue before injury in Chiefs’ 27-3 loss to Titans

Nothing went right for the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in Tennessee. They faced a 27-0 halftime deficit on the road, their superstar quarterback didn’t find any rhythm (then exited with an injury) and the team leads the league with 17 turnovers.

Kansas City’s struggles continued in Week 7 with a 27-3 loss, dropping the club to 3-4 on the season. At the half, Patrick Mahomes was just 5-of-9 with 41 yards, an interception and a fumble, putting him at nine picks for the season. He threw just six interceptions in all of 2020. It’s also Mahomes’ second game this season with an interception and a fumble; he had two such games in the entire 2020 season.

Mahomes finished the day with 206 yards and no touchdowns. He left the game in the fourth quarter after being grabbed from behind by Denico Autry. He fell forward and was kneed by Jeffrey Simmons in the front of his helmet as he went down. The quarterback was slow to get up and was helped as he walked over to Kansas City’s sideline. Backup Chase Daniel entered on the Chiefs‘ next possession, trailing 27-3.

The Chiefs gave up four sacks and converted on just four of 11 third-down situations. Chiefs running back Darrel Williams tallied only 20 yards on five carries, and no receiver had more than 11 yards receiving at the half. Byron Pringle led the way with 73 yards on five catches, but the Titans dominated on third down and held possession most of the game.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ defense couldn’t slow down Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, especially in the first half. He was 21-of-27 with 270 yards and one score thrown the air and another on the ground. Star running back Derrick Henry had 86 yards on 29 carries, and receiver A.J. Brown went for 133 yards on eight catches and one touchdown. MyCole Pruitt caught the other touchdown pass for Tennessee.

The Titans (5-2) are coming off a win over the Bills on Monday night and have now won three straight since losing to the Jets, backed by a steady offense and high-level pass rush. The Chiefs have not fared nearly as well: They haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this season.

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