Halfway into in the NFL season Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has found himself in the MVP discussion again. With Josh Allen struggling in his last game along with an apparent injury, is Patrick Mahomes the MVP frontrunner?
Mahomes is accustomed to accumulating eye-popping stats. Through nine weeks Mahomes has the most passing yards (2,605) and passing touchdowns (21) in the league. Many thought his numbers would be affected by the departure of the speedster Tyreek Hill. But Mahomes has shown the ability to adapt to new wide receivers.
In his last two games he has thrown for over 420 yards while leading his squad towards two crucial wins. Mahomes also led the team in rushing against the Tennessee Titans while his platoon of running backs failed to get anything going.
There are also many things that Mahomes does that don’t show up on the stat line . His ability to escape pressure has given his receivers time to make big plays. He also uses his escapability to scramble for large gains
In the game against the Titans, Mahomes and the offense failed to get anything going until late in the game. This was another game in which Mahomes showed his leadership skills to rally against a formidable opponent coming back from a 17-9 deficit.
Before last week, most would say Mahomes was in the top three for the MVP chase with Josh Allen being the frontrunner. But after Allen’s injury and loss against the New York Jets, Mahomes might have jumped ahead of him.
Josh Allen was the favorite for the award heading into the season and that carried on through the first eight weeks. But now looking at the numbers, Mahomes has surpassed him in most statistical categories.
The other quarterback in the MVP discussion is the league’s biggest surprise this year in Jalen Hurts. Hurts’ stats won’t pop out in comparison to the other gunslingers, but his performances and undefeated record does.
Hurts has lead the Eagles to the franchises first 8-0 start and has looked incredible doing so. He has thrown for a little over 2,000 yards with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. But where Hurts really hurts his opponents is with his legs. the dynamic quarterback has six rushing touchdowns to complement his passing stats.
I think it is safe to say that nobody chose Jalen Hurts to be having an MVP season like he is having. If the NFL had a most improved player award like the NBA it would go to Hurts without question.
It is tough to say that Patrick Mahomes is the MVP frontrunner for sure. But going into the last half of the season these three quarterbacks are set to be the stars of the league and fight for the NFL MVP trophy.