Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t holding back on his thoughts about NFL MVP. The NFL’s fifth-winningest coach of all time is letting it be known his quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the MVP. The MVP award has become like a campaign with a lot of politicking and changes of opinion from week to week.
Despite the ever-changing rankings, Mahomes has been the most consistent and reliable force in the NFL.
Is Patrick Mahomes The MVP Favorite?
Following Sunday’s 30-24 road win over the Houston Texans, where Mahomes went 36 of 41 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, Reid was very bullish on his signal-caller winning his second MVP award.
In his postgame presser, Reid said:
“You saw Pat and what he did. I mean. He took care of business today. He back to work and worked on it. I mean, you’re talking about a guy that, if he’s not the MVP in the league, I’m not sure what’s wrong with them.
“But he cleaned it up and comes out, and we have 500 yards of offense, minus 100 yards of penalties. That’s a pretty spectacular day there. But that’s what he did. Great example of how you go back to the drawing board and make sure that you clean everything up.”
Mahomes has been playing at an MVP-level all season, minus last week where he uncharacteristically threw three interceptions. But Sunday’s performance showed his resilience, and he was back on his “Mr Ketchup On Errthang” brilliance, and the Chiefs needed every bit of the “Mahomes Magic.”
Patrick Mahomes completed 36 of 41 passes (87.8%) for 336 yards and 2 TDs. He converted a solitary 2 point attempt and had 33 rushing yards with 1 rushing TD. Oh, he also completed 20 consecutive passes. Crazy numbers 🤯
MVP 😤 #ChiefsKingdom
— Let’s Chat Chiefs (@LetsChatChiefs) December 18, 2022
Mahomes Would Rather Win Super Bowl Than MVP
Mahomes says he isn’t focused on winning MVP, and he’ll let his coach and others decide that. The former Texas Tech gunslinger is more focused on winning another Super Bowl after suffering disappointment in the team’s Super Bowl 55 blowout loss to the Buccaneers two seasons ago.
After hearing what Reid said about him, Mahomes told reporters this.
“I honestly don’t care about winning the MVP award. As long as we win the Super Bowl, it won’t matter to me. I just try to go out there and compete. I’ve won an MVP, I won a Super Bowl, and a Super Bowl is a lot better.”
That has to be music to Reid and the Chiefs’ ears to hear their superstar say he’s only worried about how many Lombardi trophies he can collect. That’s “team goals” for every team in the NFL.
With Jalen Hurts Injury, Mahomes Has Best MVP Odds
Mahomes has passed for a league-best 4,496 yards and 35 touchdowns, versus ten interceptions. The 11-3 Chiefs are currently second in the AFC overall and won their seventh consecutive AFC West division title with Sunday’s win.
Mahomes chances to win the MVP increased Monday with the news that Eagles quarterback and MVP front runner Jalen Hurts is nursing a sprained shoulder and may miss some time. He’s questionable for this weekend’s game, and with the Eagles sitting pretty at 13-1 it may not be wise to risk further injury when the playoffs and probably home field advantage is in the bag.
— Alex Gold (@AlexGold) December 19, 2022
An MVP and Super Bowl win in the same season hasn’t happened since Kurt Warner did it with the Rams in 1999. Mahomes could change that, but as he stated, he only cares about the Super Sunday trophy.