Patrick Mahomes is still a close-second in MVP race
By John Buhler
Patrick Mahomes was MVP last year for the Kansas City Chiefs. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is the leader for 2019, but Mahomes is a close second.
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The Kansas City Chiefs may have dropped their last two games because of consistently bad defense. However, they still have arguably the best quarterback in football in just his third season in the league in Patrick Mahomes. While he may not be leading the NFL MVP race, as he trails Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Mahomes may very well be a close second to him.
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, look at the early NFL MVP race and figure out how close the gap is between Wilson and Mahomes entering Week 7 (51:50).
“I think Russell Wilson is going to win the MVP,” said Schwartz. “There’s no slight to Pat Mahomes. I just think that Russell Wilson is playing at a level that’s elite right now and they have a much better defense.”
“For me, right now, he’s a close second,” said Verderame. He would go on to cite that Wilson playing on a better team now as him having the slight edge, as Verderame believes Mahomes is capable of throwing for 20 touchdowns in a month and blowing this whole thing out of the water.
He respects both quarterbacks but has no use for Deshaun Watson being in the MVP conversation. Watson’s team might have won in Arrowhead last week, but Verderame doesn’t think he was overly impressive. Watson may not have put up the numbers Mahomes did, but his team did something the Chiefs couldn’t do, which is winning on Sunday in Arrowhead in Week 6.
Quite frankly, it’s a tad silly to pick an NFL MVP at this point, as we still have 11 weeks left of football to decide that. But at this time, Wilson is the clear front-runner with Mahomes and Watson in some order at No. 2 and No. 3. Verderame may love the Chiefs quarterback, but this team has to win games against teams they’ll end up seeing in the AFC playoffs.
Here are a few other topics that were discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking The Box:
- Has Jason Garrett hijacked the Dallas Cowboys offense (11:12)?
- Chiefs should trade Tyreek Hill for Patrick Peterson (9:07).
- Did Kirk Cousins redeem himself (53:58)?
- Carolina Panthers will make the playoffs with Kyle Allen (55:00).
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