They say a win is a win, and that's true, but this one doesn't feel good—at least right now. In time, we might not even remember the circumstances of the Kansas City Chiefs' 23-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 4 at MetLife Stadium, but that's more about our longing to forget what we saw on Sunday night than anything else.
On a night in which the Chiefs went to 3-1 against a tough, physical Jets roster, we're also left with a number of perplexing questions about the team even after picking up another victory, their third in a row. Let's look at those questions now.
What's up with Mahomes's passes?
It would be irresponsible for us, or anyone us, to speculate with any sort of certainty that Patrick Mahomes has an injury. Other than what is in a team's injury report, it's wrong to say specifically that something is going on, so we're not going to say that Mahomes is injured in a way that we don't know. But we will say this: something seems off.
That might sound like the most obvious statement ever, but it needs to be said from the jump here. The Jets were projected to cause Mahomes some problems because of the talent at all three levels and Robert Saleh's reputation as a strong defensive mind, but that still fails to explain the myriad issues plaguing Mahomes in the passing game on Sunday at MetLife.
Here's the thing: Mahomes threw two official interceptions and that's bad enough in the box score, but there were at least two or three more passes that could have easily been turnovers as well that were just dropped by Jets defenders. Some of those throws came out so soft that it looked as if Mahomes was purposefully trying to keep the game close (no, we're not really saying that).
Mahomes entered the game on the injury report with an ankle concern, but then he ended up single-handedly winning the game with one heroic scramble after another. The ankle did not look like the concern. The pressure from New York was impressive but that was also not the sole explanation. Instead, it felt like there was a real arm strength problem on display and we're without clear answers. That's disconcerting going forward.