As the NFL season enters its final month of the season, the talk about who should be the MVP is starting to heat up.
Four players merit MVP consideration.
Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and running back Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans.
You can make a strong case for a running back to win the award this year. Derrick Henry is the best running back in the NFL, has rushed for 1257 yards and is averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Besides a quarterback, no other position player has won the MVP award in the last eight years since Adrian Peterson won the award in 2012. Since 2000, there have been three running backs that have won the prize. Quarterbacks have taken home the hardware every other year during that span.
My vote goes to Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Quarterback is the most critical position of any team sport, and Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL.
Mahomes uses his legs when he has to make plays to keep the chains moving. No other quarterback can backpedal to elude the pass rush and fire a dime 25 yards downfield to the receiver like Patrick Mahomes.
At the age of 25, Mahomes already has one MVP trophy on his shelf and a Super Bowl ring. If I’m Mahomes, I am clearing some space in my trophy case for the second MVP trophy.
When you compare Mahomes stats with those he is in contention with for the MVP, Mahomes numbers are better than his competition.
Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a 10-1 record, second-best in the NFL, and are quickly closing on another AFC West title.
Mahomes has passed for 3,497 yards and is completing 68.8 percent of his games. Mahomes has 30 touchdown passes on the season against two interceptions.
Mahomes has the Chiefs offense at number one in the NFL at 426 yards per game. Mahomes also leads the league in passing at 318 yards per game.
The Chiefs are tied with Green Bay for the best offense in the NFL, averaging 31 points a game. The Chiefs have scored 348 points, which is one point behind Green Bay’s 349.
Mahomes has a 115.5 passer rating, which is second in the NFL but leads the NFL in the all important QBR at 86.1.
Mahomes has five 300 yard passing games this season and has had two games where he has passed for over 400 yards.
He has one game with five touchdown passes, which came against the New York Jets. Mahomes also has two games with four touchdown passes.
If you had a choice of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Patrick Mahomes to take your team on a game-winning drive, I’d take Mahomes every time.
Wilson has cost his team a game or two this season with his poor play, same with Aaron Rodgers. You can’t say that about Patrick Mahomes.
In the Chiefs game against the Buccaneers, Mahomes made two plays late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock moving and keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands.
Mahomes made one play with his legs to get a first down, and on a third and seven, threw a strike to Tyreek Hill to keep the chains moving and secure the Chiefs win.
Mahomes may be the only quarterback that would have the confidence from his coach to throw a pass in that situation.
Where would the Chiefs be without Patrick Mahomes? Would Matt Moore have the Chiefs on the verge of a division title? I don’t think so.
Mahomes will put this Chiefs team on his back and carry them to a victory if needed.
It’s fair to say the Chiefs would not have won the Super Bowl last year, nor would they be the favorites this year if Patrick Mahomes is not the quarterback.
If Patrick Mahomes does not win the 2020 NFL season’s MVP, it will be one of the great injustices done in MVP voting history.