Will the Real MVP Please Stand Up?

Will the Real MVP Please Stand Up?

Patrick Mahomes showed everyone on Monday Night which of the two most recent MVPs is the real top dog in the NFL,  totaling 5 touchdowns in Kansas City’s 34-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Lamar Jackson is a star in his own right, but he was outplayed and outclassed by Mahomes who found open receivers all over the field and kept Baltimore’s defense guessing.  In all Patrick Mahomes  completed 31-of-42 passes for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns, and also ran in another score.  

Patrick Mahomes can make awkward throws look easy from anywhere on the field. Photo credit: Nick Wass

Lamar Jackson, who now has 3 times as many regular season losses to Kansas City as he does to the rest of the league combined, barely completed 50% of his passes for a paltry 97 yards. He did carry it 9 times for 83 yards, but still hardly enough to keep pace with the defending champs.  Give credit to Kansas City’s defense, as they have been one of the best units in the league since about the midway point of last season. Much maligned in the past, they have yet to give up more than 20 points in any game this season.

The first quarter started quickly with the Ravens marching down the field before settling for a field goal. That has become somewhat of an alarming trend for Baltimore in their losses, long sustained drives fizzle out in the redzone. It’s why the Titans upset them in the playoffs last year. Against Patrick Mahomes every chance you have to score 6 points you have to do it because they don’t settle for field goals often. Mahomes and co. can score from anywhere on the field at any moment and it showed last night. He threw sidearm, underhanded, and on the run and nothing slowed him down. They scored on their first two drives, one a run by Mahomes and the other a shovel pass to longtime fan favorite, fullback Anthony Sherman. It says a lot about Sherman as a player that the most high powered innovative offense in the league still regularly uses a seemingly archaic lead blocker.

Anthony Sherman scores a touchdown in the first half Monday night. Photo credit Tommy Gillian

The first half ended with the Chiefs up 27-10, the lone Ravens touchdown coming on a 93 yard kick return by Devin Duvernay. In the second half the Chiefs dialed it down and almost allowed Baltimore to get back into the game. Those thoughts were put to rest however, when Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 13-play drive that covered 75 yards and produced the final touchdown of the game. Mahomes kept the drive alive on 3rd and 5 with an 18 yard completion and then ran for another first down on 3rd and 10. He even threw a sidearm fastball to Sammy Watkins before getting the big man tackle Eric Fisher in the scoring column when he found him in the end zone from two yards out.

To be fair, the Ravens has opportunities and made it interesting for a while, they just couldn’t do anything to slow down Mahomes. He threw touchdowns of 20 yards to Tyreek Hill, and 49 yards to Mecole Hardman, and found favorite target Travis Kelce 6 times in the game. He wasn’t sacked or intercepted and actually looked even better when the Ravens brought pressure and blitzed him. It’s getting scary for the rest of the league as there are almost no ways left to slow Mahomes down.

The Ravens looked defeated as Eric Fisher scored the final Chiefs Touchdown. Photo Credit Kenneth Lam

You can call Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl MVP, Super Bowl Champion, or former MVP, regardless he showed Monday night that he is head and shoulders above the current MVP Lamar Jackson. Just don’t call him Pat!

Photo Credit David Ginsburg

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