Can Patrick Mahomes reach a new level this season? Chiefs QB has eye on fixes after bye

Patrick Mahomes II is just like all of us.

He was looking for turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes. He was just fortunate that the bye week for the Kansas City Chiefs happened to fall on Thanksgiving, so he took one day to head down to Tyler, Texas, to visit his family.

“I had to get a few good meals in me from the Thanksgiving table,” he told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview.

After that, he said the bye was all about self-scouting. It stung, he said, that the review came in the wake of a 54-51 loss against the Rams. In particular, his second interception – with the Chiefs down three and near midfield with 1:28 left in the game – ate at him.

So during the bye, he focused on two things he wants to improve: eliminating turnovers (he had five total against the Rams) and speeding up his mental processing.

“You have to know when to take the chances and when not to,” Mahomes said. “I have to make those tight-window throws and trying to make those plays is the reason I have had success. But at the same time, it’s the reason I’ve had turnovers as well. I just try to learn from every mistake that I make so that I never make them again.”

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