Last season the only obstacle that stood in the way of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in their pursuit of a Super Bowl title was Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that’s why the 26-year-old was initially one of the favourites for the NFL MVP award and his side the strong favourite to win the race for the title this time around.
Things didn’t start out quite as the Arrowhead Stadium side would have expected, a series of early-season losses saw Andy Reid’s side sitting at 3-4 after their shocking 3-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans on October 24th, and there was every possibility that the Chiefs wouldn’t even make the postseason, let alone back to back Super Bowl appearances.
Perhaps that’s what’s so exciting about football betting? The rollercoaster of emotions that a sports bettor can go through is quite something to behold, and now after a run of eight straight wins, the Chiefs and Mahomes are once again the toast of the town.
Early on in the season, Mahomes was being criticised for throwing far too many interceptions though it’s clear that on many occasions, this was due to his adventurous attitude, which has, of course, helped him to be arguably the brightest young talent in the NFL.
Over the course of the first eight games of the season, Mahomes threw ten interceptions, but he has successfully reduced this tally to just three in his last seven games. His total of 33 passing TDs is bettered by just three quarterbacks, and his total of 4310 passing yards puts him among the best also.
The mid-season correction to his form has led Mahomes to once again be high up on the NFL MVP betting, standing at (+1600), though by all accounts Aaron Rodgers is a shoo-in, no doubt the Kansas City star would rather bag a Super Bowl title, and that’s very much within his reach as his side is very much on an upward curve right now.
On his recent display, during the Chiefs 36-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reid commented on Mahomes;
“This was one of his great games, and he only played two and a half quarters,”
“The way he was seeing things and handling himself out there against one of the best pass defences in the NFL — my hat goes off to him; he never flinched. He went in, got work done during the week with the receivers that stepped in. We were confident that if we didn’t have Tyreek or Travis — either one of them — that we’d still be efficient.”
Kansas City sits top of the AFC and sees out their regular season with match-ups with Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos, and Reid will look to Mahomes to keep up his fine run of form as complacency is an issue the Chiefs head coach will need to avoid as the postseason comes into view.
Mahomes clinched the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP double in 2020, and it would be a brave man to bet against a repeat occurrence happening next February.