The regular season is now officially over for Patrick Mahomes who will rest on Sunday.
And on the 17th game, he rested.
Patrick Mahomes is officially going to rest on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, which means the regular season is now over for the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback. While it makes sense and, in many ways, was the expected call for head coach Andy Reid, it still is newsworthy in that it seals the regular season’s worth of stats for Mahomes and likely takes him out of the NFL MVP running.
Mahomes has been in the Most Valuable Player running all season long given his impressive statistics and the fact that he leads the team with the single best record in the National Football League at 14-1. However, in recent weeks, the Chiefs offensive output has been a bit lower while others like Aaron Rodgers have enjoyed strong numbers down the stretch. In fact, in the last week, Rodgers has become the odds-on favorite to win the award.
With the news that Mahomes will now officially sit in Week 17, it means that Rodgers or someone else will most certainly win the MVP since the stats for Mahomes aren’t going to be improved upon from this point forward. Rodgers already has the league lead in touchdowns and now it looks like the award is his to lose. Rodgers will certainly be playing as the Packers face the Chicago Bears this week for the chance to lock up the top seed in the NFC.
Mahomes finishes his season with 38 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and a league-leading (at this point at least) 4,740 passing yards with a 66.3 percent completion rate. He was already named to this year’s Pro Bowl and is bound to earn a bit more hardware for this year’s work when all is said and done—perhaps even another Super Bowl victory.