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By: Justin Rivers
Simply stated, Showtime is SHOWTIME! With pedestrian showings by Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson the last three weeks, the MVP race has dwindled to a two-man competition between Aaron “Rodgers Rate” Rodgers and Patrick “Patrick Price” Mahomes. In those same three weeks, the reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes has since used an epic back-and-forth Sunday Night Football matchup against the Raiders, a not so competitive outing versus the Bucs, and a clutch second-half rally against the Broncos to re-introduce himself as not only the surest of sure things in football, but also the frontrunner for the AP NFL Most Valuable Player award.
Two weeks ago, Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders frankly did just about everything right. They came into that contest ready to go blow for blow with the defending Super Bowl champs. And. They. Did. As the Raiders displayed earlier this season in Arrowhead Stadium, they’re equipped to match Kansas City’s explosiveness on offense, and they’re more than willing to exchange body blows and get into a shootout. Like the Chiefs have Travis Kelce, the Raiders have their own freak at tight end in Darren Waller. Like the Chiefs have Tyreek Hill, the Raiders have their own speedster in Henry Ruggs. Their defense even forced a turnover, picking off Patrick Mahomes. Gruden’s team truly did everything right …. EXCEPT, they left a minute and forty-five seconds on the game clock.
With under two minutes left in regulation and 75 yards to the end zone, the Chiefs were down 31-28 with an opportunity to take the lead. And just like that, “Showtime” Mahomes predictably marched his team down the field and delivered a go-ahead touchdown pass to his favorite target, Travis Kelce, with twenty-two seconds left on the game clock. The score turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
Two Sundays ago, Mahomes faced off against the GOAT incarnate in Tom Brady. Albeit that game ended in a 27-24 Chiefs win, the Chiefs-Bucs game wasn’t a contest. In the first quarter, Kansas City came out and blitzed Tampa Bay to the tone of a 17-0 deficit at the end of the period. The Mahomes-Hill connection just took the Buccaneers out back and utterly beat the snot out of them. While continuing to traumatize and completely dominate the Bucs defense and poor Carlton Davis, Hill was even seen on the sideline taking a fake phone call and telling Bucs fans that help is on the way. It was that bad. In the first quarter alone, Tyreek Hill had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
At halftime, the Chiefs led 20-7, and the Bucs were fortunate Andy Reid and the gang were merciful. Mahomes had 219 yards in the first quarter. Through two quarters, he had 359 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for more yards than the Bucs had total offense. He threw for more yards in one half than Lamar Jackson, last year’s MVP, has had in total yards (rushing + passing) in any game this season. By the time Sunday’s game ended, Patrick Mahomes two main targets, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, were leading the league in receiving yards! In the best performance of his MVP-calibre campaign thus far, Mahomes set season highs in completions, attempts, and passing yards, while tossing three touchdowns.
Last Sunday, the Chiefs rallied from a 10-9 halftime deficit to down a Broncos team that had an actual quarterback under center – sorry Kendall Hinton. Nevertheless, Mahomes was money, accounting for his eighth 300+-yard passing game of the season.
After taking the lead early in the third quarter, Mahomes responded to the second Lock-Patrick touchdown with a 15-yard scoring dime to Travis Kelce as a defender was hanging from his jersey. Albeit nobody believed the Broncos were going to win – besides maybe the residents of the Mile High City, Mahomes and the Chiefs appeared to escape with a win in a game where touchdowns appeared hard to come by for their offense.
In case you need more convincing, allow me to further explain the manner in which Patrick Mahomes is the MVP coming out of Week 13.
Firstly, let’s look at his team. Led by the best player in football, the Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in football. The Mahomes-led Chiefs are 2nd in offensive points per game going into week 14 putting up about 31 points a game. Through 12 games, they are 11-1 and tied with suspect-looking and injury-prone Steelers for the best record in the NFL and the top-seed in the AFC. With a 6-0 record away from Arrowhead, they are utter road warriors. Their only loss was a 40-32 defeat suffered against the Raiders in Week 5; however, by beating Las Vegas two weeks ago, they avenged that loss.
This season, Patrick Mahomes has been nothing short of amazing, too. He has thrown 31 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions. Plus, both of his interceptions came in the division against the Raiders. If the season ended today, his TD/INT ratio of 15.5 would be the best in NFL history. With four games remaining, it’s not outside the realm of possible belief that Mahomes breaks Tom Brady’s all-time single-season record of 14, which he set in 2017 when he threw 28 touchdowns against 2 interceptions, by an even larger margin.
Going into Week 14, Patrick Mahomes leads the league in passing yards, having yet thrown for 3,815 yards. He boasts a league-best passing yards per game. Furthermore, he’s 4th in passing attempts, 2nd in completions, 3rd in passing touchdowns, 1st in total offense, and he has a league-best total quarterback rating. Sure, he may not have another fifty-touchdown season like he had when he previously won MVP; however, he can be historic and dominant in other fashions – like leading his team to a better record than the one they had in 2018 and setting a new all-time single-season TD/INT ratio mark in the process.
This guy is phenomenal. In 2018, he won the AP NFL Most Valuable Player award. Last season, he was awarded Super Bowl MVP. It’s simple. In 2020, he’s MVP. So, So, stay tuned and check out our case for Aaron Rodgers as MVP here.
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