Is wind affecting Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs vs Raiders? Exploring weather issues in Kansas City for Week 16

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense had an uncharacteristically poor first half against the Las Vegas Raiders in their Christmas Day battle. It was one of their weakest performances since he took over as the team’s starting quarterback.The Chiefs’ first two drives were quick three-and-out, and the third was trending in that direction, but a holding penalty saved their blushes. They capitalized on it and scored the game’s first touchdown, with Isiah Pacheco finding the endzone after a well-executed trick play.

On the next snap, Mahomes threw a poor pass, which Raiders cornerback Jack Jones picked off and returned for a touchdown.

Post the touchdown, it all went sideways. After a punt pinned the Chiefs deep into their territory, a mishandled hand-off between Mahomes and Pacheco left the ball on the floor and the Raiders capitalized with a scoop-and-score.

Mahomes completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for only 97 yards in the first half, an uncharacteristically poor outing for the two-time NFL MVP. While the Chiefs’ offense has had its issues this season, it has rarely struggled as much as it did in the first two quarters against the Raiders.

Broadcaster Tony Romo mentioned that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ passing game could be affected by the strong winds blowing in Kansas City. Weather reports suggest winds as strong as 20 miles per hour are blowing at Arrowhead Stadium.That could be a legitimate factor. The Raiders also botched their PAT attempt after a bad snap. They decided to attempt a two-point try after their second touchdown. The wind also probably affected Harrison Butker, who missed a routine field goal attempt from 36 yards out