Can Patrick Mahomes climb back into the MVP race?

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Not long ago, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the odds-on favorite to win the league MVP award. Now, after missing two games and more than half of a third, his candidacy faces an uphill climb.

But he’ll be back on Sunday at Tennessee, and despite the time he has missed Mahomes still has a chance to take the award for a second straight year.

In his absence, players like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have seen their chances increase, with Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Saints receiver Michael Thomas also lingering in the conversation.

Mahomes has fallen to 15th in passing yards, and he’s tied for seventh with 15 passing touchdowns. But he’s capable of closing ground quickly, and with seven games left Mahomes can climb back to the top of the list. Also, if the 6-3 Chiefs can narrow the gap on the 8-1 Patriots and 6-2 Ravens and take one of the two AFC playoff byes, Mahomes will be taken even more seriously.

Still, the fact that he missed more than 1/8th of the season won’t help, especially since the other finalists likely will have played in all 16 games. No MVP has played fewer than 15 games since the late Steve McNair shared the award with Peyton Manning in 2003; that year, McNair missed two games due to injury. From 2004 through 2018, only one MVP — Aaron Rodgers in 2011 — missed a single game, and Rodgers was rested in Week 17 after the Packers had clinched the No. 1 seed.

So it won’t be easy for Mahomes to overcome the lost time, but Mahomes possesses the kind of skills that will generate highlights and numbers and wins and basically everything needed to vault him back into the discussion.

19 responses to “Can Patrick Mahomes climb back into the MVP race?

  1. He is not concerned with winning the MVP. He is concerned with winning games, the division, the conference championship and of course the Lombardi.

  2. Well, there is a different MVP Leader every week so I guess he can. Biggest who cares award of the year.

  3. Climb back in? From where? He’s one of the leading candidates, has been and should be. Missing 2.78 games isn’t a problem. He’s the best player in the league and I’m not even a Chefs fan.

  4. Considering that Lame-Mar from Baltimore only plays QB 60 percent of the time, then Patrick should be allowed to compete for MVP after missing the games he has. Patrick plays QB 100 percent of the time he plays so he would still be more ethical and positional consistent than Lame-Mar.

    Now if Lame-Mar wants to be called a running back (which he is), then he could compete with Christian in Carolina and be given as much consideration.

    But as he plays his position, he is no MVP of anything. He is a fraud.

  5. Given y’all were saying the 8-0 Pats (before they lost @Ravens) hadn’t faced any good teams, it should be worth noting the Chiefs were only 4-2 with Mahomes, losing to 2 of the 3 good teams they faced and the good win a close home one v Ravens partly thanks to the refs. With backup Moore the Chiefs have gone 2-1, inc a win over a pretty good Vikings and the one loss being to a Pack they could’ve won.

    The salty mountain of hate always defend Brady rarely getting MVP as the Pats could win without him, but based on Chiefs performances with Moore nor does Mahomes deserve it.

  6. I’m sorry, but I’m tiring quickly of this guy being designated as the Anointed One. Let’s see where he’s at after year four.

  7. “This isn’t the NBA. No true football fan cares about the MVP award.”

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    Many people love both the NBA and the NFL. I love sports in general. Love both college and pro football. Love both college and pro basketball. I don’t think fans of the NBA care about the MVP award any more or any less than NFL fans.

    I’m not sure what you were getting at with your comment, but it comes across as extremely ignorant at best.

    Also, if you truly didn’t care about the MVP award you wouldn’t have clicked on a headline that reads ‘Can Patrick Mahomes climb back into the MVP race?’

    I love when people take time out of their lives to whine about not caring about something that they just chose to read about.

    Seems to me you aren’t a “true football fan” at all, but really just a troll.

  8. SHOULD the MVP be the best player, the player with the best stats or the player who is most responsible for his team’s success? By the end of the season Mahomes could be all 3. I’m sure he’s not worried about it though. Pretty soon he will be the most valued player (highest paid) in the NFL … and he deserves to be.

  9. After 9 weeks, the NFL MVP is, ta-da, JIMMY G.

    His team is the only unbeaten team in the NFL. His team is 14-2 when he starts between 2017 and 2019, but 4-20 when he is not the starter. His team is one of the top offenses in the NFL, scoring 29.4 points per game (third behind Baltimore’s 31.4 and New England’s 30.0 points per game).

    Move over cynical rovers, and let Jimmy G. take over.

  10. californianewton says:
    November 9, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    After 9 weeks, the NFL MVP is, ta-da, JIMMY G.

    His team is the only unbeaten team in the NFL. His team is 14-2 when he starts between 2017 and 2019, but 4-20 when he is not the starter. His team is one of the top offenses in the NFL, scoring 29.4 points per game (third behind Baltimore’s 31.4 and New England’s 30.0 points per game).

    Move over cynical rovers, and let Jimmy G. take over.
    +++
    You mean the 27 mil a year MVP wannabe?

  11. “Given y’all were saying the 8-0 Pats (before they lost @Ravens) hadn’t faced any good teams, it should be worth noting the Chiefs were only 4-2 with Mahomes, losing to 2 of the 3 good teams they faced and the good win a close home one v Ravens partly thanks to the refs. With backup Moore the Chiefs have gone 2-1, inc a win over a pretty good Vikings and the one loss being to a Pack they could’ve won.
    The salty mountain of hate always defend Brady rarely getting MVP as the Pats could win without him, but based on Chiefs performances with Moore nor does Mahomes deserve it.”

    I can tell you’ve really given this some thought…

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