When you are the reigning Super Bowl MVP like Kansas City Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes is, then you have to expect that all eyes will be on you that next season to see if your rise to dominance is for real.
With Mahomes, it is easy to conclude that he is indeed the real deal, the 24-year old coming off two of the most productive seasons a young NFL quarterback could expect, his 2018 filled with a league MVP after throwing for 5,000+ yards and a league-high 50 touchdowns in those sixteen games and his injury-shortened 2019 concluding with a Lombardi Trophy.
2020 will be Mahomes’ fourth season in the league, third as the KC starter, and with the selection of all-purpose running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the draft, the Chiefs’ offense looks as potentially unstoppable as they were in 2019.
Odds taken May 9 from DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards in 2018 and if he wouldn’t have been injured and missed two games last season, he most likely would have beat the over here again.
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Throwing for 36 touchdowns in the NFL is no easy feat, but Mahomes made tossing 50 of them look simple in 2018, so can definitely make the over here if he can stay safe.
When you watch Patrick Mahomes play football (or baseball, for that matter), you get to see a natural athlete with superior size (6’3”, 230-pounds) and decent speed (he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds) with a miraculous throwing arm and in-game IQ that allows him to play the sport at an entirely different level.
From occasionally throwing with his left arm or without looking when necessary, to evading tackles and fitting the ball through slender windows and simply making things work regardless of what it might take.
In the 32 games he’s played in the NFL (with just two of his three seasons as the starter), Mahomes has completed 724-of-1099 passes for 9,412 total yards and 76 touchdowns with just 18 interceptions, mind-boggling numbers that equate to a completion percentage of 65.9 and a quarterback rating of 108.9.
When the football world watched Mahomes go in for a run-of-the-mill quarterback sneak in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos last season, nobody expected it to result in the dislocated knee (patella) that he immediately suffered.
After seeing him struggle painfully off the field, it was assumed that Mahomes would miss at least three or more weeks recovering from the injury, but somehow, he was back under center two weeks later to continue his run to the Super Bowl.
Hard to say what that example of toughness and resiliency does to the mentality of a pro football team, but at the very least it seemed to solidify Mahomes as the team leader who would do anything to help his brothers win.
The Chiefs selected Mahomes 10th overall in the 2017 draft and signed him to a fully guaranteed four-year deal worth a total of $16.42 million with a signing bonus of $10.08 million.
In April, Kansas City picked up the fifth year of Mahomes’ contract for 2021 and will pay him $24.83 million next year, which keeps him off the list of top-10 NFL quarterbacks for at least another season.
But unless he retires (he won’t), Mahomes will be due to a record-breaking contract next offseason if the Chiefs expect him to stick around for 2022 and beyond (they do), and that potential deal will undoubtedly place him somewhere near the top of that highest-paid list.
Pick: Take both overs here – Mahomes is as close to a sure thing as you can get in the NFL, and barring injury, he and the Chiefs are set to have another outstanding season.
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