If Week 9 of the NFL football season taught us anything, it’s that Patrick Mahomes is the frontrunner to be named 2020 NFL MVP.
It’s funny how things can change in only a matter of weeks in the NFL. In late October, it seemed like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was getting ready to run away with the MVP award. He had the Hawks undefeated, with the team from The Emerald City looking like the favorites to win the NFC.
Fast forward to present time, and Seattle has lost two of its last three games, with Wilson struggling in both losses. At the same time, Patrick Mahomes has looked brilliant, making the Kansas City Chiefs look unstoppable in the process.
With Seattle losing to Buffalo over the weekend and Kansas City taking down Carolina, it only seems fair to give Mahomes the advantage in this MVP race, with things not looking as close as they used to be.
Patrick Mahomes continues to make history for the Kansas City Chiefs
In the Sunday win over the Panthers, Mahomes tossed for four touchdowns, helping him eclipse the 100-touchdown mark already in his young career. Mahomes is the fastest player ever to join the century club. Simply remarkable.
As for Wilson, he had a day to forget on Sunday in the loss at Buffalo, throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles. In his last three games, Wilson has turned the ball over an eye-opening seven times. In the 34-31 OT loss to the Cardinals in Week 7, he tossed three interceptions, including one in the extra session which helped set up Arizona’s game-winning field goal. He just can’t play like this against good teams, especially if Seattle fans are dreaming of another Super Bowl.
It’s been completely uncharacteristic of Wilson to hand the ball over to the opposition so much. Known for making magic happen when plays break down, the opposite has been the case of late for the superstar signal-caller.
On the season, Wilson has thrown for 2,541 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mahomes is at 2,687 yards, 25 touchdowns and just one interception. What makes the reigning Super Bowl MVP standout is how he’s taken exceptional care of the ball, while stepping up for his team in huge games. Wilson did that in early-season wins over the Patriots, Cowboys and Vikings, but something’s been a bit off in recent games.
In order for Wilson to get things back on track, we’ll need to see him play close to his best ball on the road in Week 10 against the LA Rams. If he struggles, though, and Seattle suffers another loss, we may as well start getting ready to give Mahomes the MVP honors.