KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adversity was bound to hit Patrick Mahomes at some point. And maybe it's no surprise that it came at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the #1 ranked defense in the NFL.
"You can't let that stuff bother you," said Mahomes. "In football, you have to have a short memory."
That "stuff" was two interceptions Sunday thrown by Mahomes, his first two picks of the season.
"For him to get back out and just go and still lead that group, I thought was important," said head coach Andy Reid.
Mahomes shrugged off the duo of picks -- and the fact that he didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time all season -- and still led the Chiefs on six scoring drives: three touchdowns, three field goals.
"The defense got the ball right back to us and we just tried to go down there and put points on the board," said Mahomes about his first interception. The very next play the Chiefs defense forced a fumble, one of five takeaways on the day.
"He didn't let that (the turnovers) affect his leadership when he talks to the defense and the offense, that's important from that position," said Reid.
Now it's New England's turn to figure out Mahomes's kryptonite. They've got a guy who's been known to do just that.
"Bill (Belichick) is going to find what he feels is best and he'll test you, but you've got to trust your eyes (if you're Mahomes) and what you see and go play," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
The Chiefs shocked the NFL world last season when they stepped into Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and pummeled the Patriots 42-27. This year's Pats are 3-2 thus far and the Chiefs are the only unbeaten team left in the AFC at 5-0.