Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. Two quarterbacks at the top of the NFL MVP race. Which one would you choose? I’m taking Drew Brees.
In Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, Patrick Mahomes completed 71.7 percent of his passes for 478 yards and six TDs! Sounds pretty incredible doesn’t it? Looking at his season stats, they look even more incredible. Mahomes has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,628 yards and 37 TDs on the year.
Now let’s compare his stats to those of Drew Brees. Drew Brees has completed 76.9 percent of his passes for 2,964 yards and 25 TDs. Impressive, but Patrick Mahomes has 664 more passing yards and 12 more TDs than Drew Brees. How can Brees be the NFL MVP when Mahomes is putting up historic numbers?
Let me explain.
I’ll start by first going back to Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. While Mahomes threw for an incredible 478 yards and six TDs, his team lost 54-51. While it is hard to blame a loss on one specific person, this loss to the Rams was Patrick Mahomes’ fault.
How so? In addition to his 478 passing yards and six TDs, Mahomes threw three INTs. Two of those three INTs came on the Chiefs’ final two drives of the game. Being down 54-51, Mahomes had the ball with 1:49 left in the game. With about 1:28 left, Mahomes threw an INT to the former Chief, Marcus Peters.
The Rams had the chance to put the game away, but instead gave the ball back to Patrick Mahomes with about a minute left in the game. On this drive, Patrick Mahomes threw his third INT, giving the Rams the 54-51 victory over the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes had not one, but two chances to win the game. What did he do with those chances? He threw them to other team.