Though he finished Week 14 with a win, Patrick Mahomes is no longer atop the proverbial NFL MVP leaderboard.
It may have taken until Week 14, but this NFL MVP race has intensified.
With the on a season-long rampage, it is now time to take seriously as a favorite for the league’s highest individual honor. Not only is he the to notch 10-plus rushing scores in consecutive seasons, but the 24-year-old also leads the NFL in passer rating (108.4) and pass TD-INT ratio (22-3).
The Eagles torched the Giants over the weekend and have a relatively easy schedule for the rest of the year (Bears, Cowboys, Saints, Giants), so Hurts doesn’t really have to do much other than maintain his current form. But, perhaps a cheeky long TD bomb or a few more rushing scores would help stake his claim against the field.
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NFL MVP Odds 2022: Week 15
All are via as of Dec. 13 following the conclusion of Week 14 and are subject to change.
The squeaked out a win against and the this weekend, but it wasn’t enough to keep Mahomes in the top spot. Although Mahomes extended his road record against AFC West opponents to 15-0, he also threw three interceptions, two resulting in scores for the home team. With the win, the Chiefs reached their 10th victory and eighth consecutive 10-win season. For the gentleman under center, however, his chances at a second MVP trophy may be slipping away.
In the same game in which he tossed a no-look, 56-yard touchdown pass to Jerick McKinnon that left mouths agape in the first quarter, Mahomes somehow also managed to give the Broncos and their base a sliver of hope. A sigh of relief could be heard across Kansas City when the final whistle blew from Mile High Stadium, but one thing remains clear: The Chiefs have a heap of issues to fix before they can assume not only the top spot in the AFC, but Mahomes can call himself a two-time MVP.
Another noteworthy change: Justin Jefferson has entered the picture, rounding out the top six. Against the Sunday, he was targeted 15 times for 11 catches and 213 yards — a franchise record for the most receiving yards in a single game. Though Minnesota fell to Detroit, 34-23, having your name mentioned in the MVP conversation should only help his chances at a lucrative extension when Minnesota is ready to extend the offer.
As Boardroom , Jefferson is due for a raise after the 2022 campaign. It’s too early to tell what the Vikings might do, but the 23-year-old could earn $110 million for four years, or $27,511,085 annually, per . Compared to other receivers, that would rank him third in the league. But, for the Vikings and their fans, it would be a priceless transaction if that means a Lombardi trophy calls Minneapolis home for the first time in franchise history.
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