Why Has Patrick Mahomes Thrown So Many Interceptions?

Kansas City’s quarterback is on a pace for most interceptions in his career, but his rate has slowed as the season has progressed. What’s going on?

A strange and discomfiting phenomenon has infiltrated Kansas City Chiefs games this season: Their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, has been throwing the football to players not on his team.

He has thrown it to mythical creatures (Giants, Titans) and birds (Eagles, Ravens), frontiersmen (Bills, Cowboys) and Footballers (Washington). In all, Mahomes has accounted for 11 interceptions — as many as during the 2019 and 2020 regular seasons combined, and one away from the total he threw in 2018, his first season as a starter.

It’s also as

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