For the primary half of the season, Patrick Mahomes form of received neglected of the MVP dialog, however that is probably going to alter this week after the Chiefs quarterback virtually single-handedly staved off an upset try by the Carolina Panthers throughout Kansas Metropolis’s wild 33-31 win on Sunday.
In a sport the place the Chiefs solely rushed for 30 yards, they wanted all the pieces Mahomes needed to supply and he got here by way of with 372 passing yards and 4 touchdowns, together with two to Tyreek Hill, who completed with 9 catches for 113 yards.
The Chiefs noticed the Panthers an early 14-3 lead, however after that Mahomes took over. The quarterback’s first scoring cross within the sport got here on a one-yard throw, and though a one-yard cross is not typically one thing that is price exhibiting you a spotlight of, this one was. On the play, not solely did the Chiefs ship Mahomes into movement, however he caught the shotgun snap whereas nonetheless in movement after which he did this …
It is virtually not honest. That one-yard cross to Demarcus Robinson reduce Carolina’s result in 14-13 simply earlier than halftime, and after the rating it felt like there was no approach Mahomes was going to let the Chiefs lose.
Though Carolina’s offense went toe-to-toe with Kansas Metropolis, Mahomes simply made too many massive performs. With the Chiefs trailing 17-13 within the second half, Mahomes led Kansas Metropolis to a landing on three consecutive possessions, and hastily the four-point deficit had became a 33-24 lead.
The Chiefs quarterback threw three landing passes within the second half, and a type of was a 28-yard rating to Hill in that gave Mahomes 100 landing passes for his profession, which is notable as a result of it made him the quickest participant in NFL historical past to succeed in 100 profession landing passes.
The cross to Hill helped Mahomes attain 100 touchdowns in simply 40 video games, which topped Dan Marino’s file of 44 video games that had stood for 34 years.
The quarterback who gained the MVP award in 2018 ought to now be thought-about the frontrunner to win it in 2020. For the primary eight weeks of the season, Russell Wilson grew to become the frontrunner because of Seattle’s determination to “Let Russ Prepare dinner,” however Wilson has burnt himself within the kitchen in two of the previous three weeks.
There have been different quarterbacks — like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Josh Allen — who’ve been good, however Mahomes has been nice. He went into Sunday’s sport with 20 landing passes and one interception on the season, which is notable as a result of no different quarterback in NFL historical past had ever thrown 20 or extra touchdowns with one or fewer interceptions by way of eight video games, and now he is added to that. By way of 9 video games, Mahomes has been almost good, throwing for two,687 yards and 24 landing passes together with that one choose.
Mahomes simply hasn’t been making any errors, and the Chiefs are almost inconceivable to beat when he is not making errors, because the Panthers came upon on Sunday.
Alright, let’s get to the grades for each sport from Week 9. When you’re on the lookout for a deeper dive on the Packers-49ers sport that was performed Thursday, you should definitely click on right here.
Kansas Metropolis 33-31 over Carolina
Atlanta 34-27 over Denver
Minnesota 34-20 over Detroit
Houston 27-25 over Jacksonville
N.Y. Giants 23-20 over Washington
Giants-Washington grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Buffalo 44-34 over Seattle
Seahawks-Payments grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tennessee 24-17 over Chicago
Bears-Titans grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Baltimore 24-10 over Indianapolis
Ravens-Colts grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Las Vegas 31-26 over L.A. Chargers
Pittsburgh 24-19 over Dallas
Steelers-Cowboys grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Miami 34-31 over Arizona
Dolphins-Cardinals grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
New Orleans 38-3 over Tampa Bay
Saints-Buccaneers grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)