It’s no surprise Patrick Mahomes is good, that was more than evident even before the quarterback led the Kansas City Chiefs to a championship in just his second full season, but after last weekend’s 27-24 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one statistic proved we’re all watching greatness, as he continues to make a strong case for Most Valuable Player.
Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns against who many consider the greatest to ever play quarterback, Tom Brady. It had all the makings of a classic quarterback bout, the kind rarely seen, where everyone tunes in to watch – like John Elway versus Brett Favre and Brady versus Peyton Manning, one of those instant-classics discussed later around the water cooler. But more impressive than leading the Chiefs to 10-1 was the fact it marked the fourth game of Mahomes’ career where he threw for at least 400 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
It put the 25-year-old’s name on yet another exclusive list, as he continues to set records, and only a select few have had that kind of single game performance multiple times in their career, according to a recent NFL Network graphic. He’s now tied with Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, trialing just three other players – Manning (5), Brady (5) and Drew Brees (9). All of those players listed needed at least 192 regular season games to make it on the list, which dates back to 1950. Mahomes did it in just 42 games – that’s right, less than three seasons.
With all of the other players likely headed to Canton in the future, it seems only logical that Mahomes could be taking his first steps towards the Hall of Fame. Sure, it’s a little early to speculate, because a lot can still happen, but this year continues to help make a strong case. Just look at the odds. According to the current NFL MVP odds, Mahomes is listed at -134 right now, while Wilson is at +319. The Seattle Seahawks star took the lead earlier in the season, after Mahomes opened as the favorite back in February, but now trails the Chiefs’ quarterback.
In 11 games this season, Mahomes has thrown for 30 touchdowns, just two interceptions and just under 3,500 yards, putting him atop the NFL’s Total QBR at 86.2. It comes two seasons removed from Mahomes winning the MVP, while becoming just the second player to ever throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Add in the fact that Mahomes is working with future Hall of Fame coach Andy Reid, who just recently signed a six-year contract extension, and the potential for a new Brady and Bill Belichick combination is quite possible. Bask in every 75-yard touchdown bomb to Tyreek Hill and every juke move during a 10-yard first down run, because what we’re witnessing could prove to be the best of a generation.