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Patrick Mahomes hoping to eliminate turnovers after rough outing vs. Rams

Patrick Mahomes put up 478 passing yards and tossed six touchdowns in last week’sĀ history-making showdown with the Los Angeles Rams on “Monday Night Football.”

The Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback, however, was responsible for five turnovers (three interceptions, two lost fumbles), miscues that played a huge role in an epic 54-51 loss.

With well over a week of time to digest the loss — not to mention game film review — Mahomes came away from the loss recognizing the onus is on him to avoid such costly mistakes.

The Chiefs practiced for the first time since the setback against the Rams Wednesday, and Mahomes made it clear in comments to reporters that his focus this week has been on the turnover issue.

“You have to eliminate the turnovers, first off,” Mahomes said Wednesday, via ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “Some of those turnovers came at crucial moments. … I think the biggest one for me was the one where we were almost in field goal range, just knowing when to and when not to take a chance. Every experience, bad or good, you have to learn from. You take the positives.

“We had a lot of successful plays and successful things that happened in that game, but you have to find ways to win them in the end.”

When specifically discussing two turnovers from the game, Mahomes blamed himself for being “indecisive” with a pass that resulted in pick-six by Rams linebackerĀ Samson Ebukam. On two lost fumbles caused by Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, Mahomes credited the standout pass-rusher, saying, “The guy made great plays.”

Mahomes had not lost a fumble this season before the loss to the Rams, and his 37:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio make for ample evidence that he generally takes pretty good care of the ball in the passing game.

It goes without saying Mahomes is enjoying a breakout, MVP-caliber season despite his youth and inexperience. A couple of bumps along the way in the form of an off game turnover-wise arguably is no huge cause for concern.