Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has been a breath of fresh air since he joined the NFL in 2017. In his first full season in the league, he won the regular MVP award, scoring 50 passing touchdowns in the campaign.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 23, 2022
Mahomes led the Chiefs to Super Bowl success in his second full season with the franchise. He was named the Super Bowl MVP for his side’s comeback over the San Francisco 49ers. That victory earnt him a new 10-year contract extension with Kansas City, making him one of the highest-paid players in world sport.
The 27-year-old is on course for another excellent season in 2022. The Chiefs are 9/2 second favorites in the NFL betting for the Super Bowl in February. They are behind just AFC rivals Buffalo Bills in the outright market for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Should Mahomes lead his side to one of the top seeds in the AFC Conference going into the playoffs, he will have a great chance of landing the MVP award for the second time in his career.
Offense Still Firing Despite Loss of Hill
In the offseason, Mahomes lost one of his most explosive wide receivers, as Tyreek Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins. Hill scored 56 receiving touchdowns with the Chiefs before his move. He has already clocked up over 1,000 receiving yards with his new franchise in 2022.
New signings JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Travis Kelce are just three players that Mahomes has hooked up well with this year with the ball. He has 28 throwing touchdowns through his opening 10 games, while he is already over 3,000 passing yards for the campaign.
The Chiefs are in control of the AFC West division this year, particularly following their 30-27 victory over rivals Los Angeles Chargers at the SoFi Stadium in week 11. Mahomes picked up three touchdowns in that game, with 329 passing yards, in another big performance from the reliable QB.
Mahomes Masterclass is Now Expected Every Week
Such is his consistency, the high level Mahomes produces almost every week in the NFL is now expected. He has only been in the league for six years, but he is already considered one of the greatest players to feature in his position.
ANOTHER ONE!@packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins his 4th MVP!
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Mahomes’ legacy is likely to be determined by how many MVP titles and Super Bowl rings he finishes his career with. Aaron Rodgers won his fourth MVP award last season, while in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the seventh time. Those two greats are players the Chiefs QB will have in his sights when it comes to individual achievements.
The Texas-born QB already has numerous franchise and league records to his name. He is showing why he decided to quit baseball to concentrate on football when he was at Texas Tech.
Mahomes and the other leading contenders for the MVP prize will find out who has scooped the top award at the NFL Honors on February 11, 24 hours before the Super Bowl.