Turnovers prove to be costly in Chiefs’ slow start

Costly offensive mistakes have the Chiefs sitting in last place in the AFC West through three weeks.

As the Chiefs currently sit at 1-2 on the season, turnovers have greatly affected their ability to close out games.

In Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs began the game with three straight turnovers. All three occurred on the Chargers’ side of the field.

A Patrick Mahomes no-look pass was tipped up by wide receiver Marcus Kemp for an interception. Two fumbles from wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire abruptly ended two other efficient drives.

Against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, the Chiefs had a pair of costly turnovers as well. Mahomes threw a questionable pass that got intercepted. That play was a huge shift in momentum and led to points for Baltimore.

Along with that, Edwards-Helaire fumbled in the closing minutes of the game as they were nearing field goal range. Turnovers down the stretch have cost this team victories.

Against the Chargers, Mahomes and their explosive offense had the ball to take the lead after the defense held Herbert and the offense to a field goal. But an overthrown pass to tight end Travis Kelce led to an interception, the game-winning touchdown, and where we are today.

The good news for Chiefs Kingdom is that these problems are fixable and may not be a problem heading forward. There is enough leadership in the team and organization to fix these mistakes.

The bad news is that the Chiefs are the sole last place of the division for the first time since 2015, with the Raiders and Broncos each at 3-0 and the Chargers now at 2-1 (with a head-to-head advantage).

However, Mahomes and the offense have plenty of time to correct this, and it starts with the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. A solid road test in a hostile environment against a team that also needs to better their 1-2 record.