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Kansas City head quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the NFL MVP in 2018. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson won that award in 2019. Monday night presented an opportunity for one of the two youngest MVPs in modern league history to prove the Football League. She To be seen as the most valuable player in the game now.
The Mahomes left no doubt.
In a commanding 34-20 majors victory, which was more Lopez than the score indicated, the reigning Super Bowl MVP was perfect. He completed 42 of 31 passes in eight different receivers and produced five touchdowns with his hands and feet in an effective performance against a defense that finished fifth in defense-adjusted value last year and entered Week 3 Wale finished third in the same category.
Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid spent much of the evening essentially showing off. He moved the ball at his leisure, tampered with trick plays and never looked intimidated in a prime-time matchup with a 14-2 team in 2019 and lost a regular season game in almost a calendar year.
If not for Darwin Thompson of the third quarter and fluctuating business on Kansas City’s next drive, it could be a setback. Harrison Bucher surprisingly missed a field goal as well, Maykol Hardman made a half-drop into the end zone, and Baltimore’s Devin DuVernay returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Nevertheless, it was stated that the Mahomes-led chiefs converted 517-228, converting 10 of the 13 13-down attempts in a controlled game from start to finish.
Mahomes cut off one of the best strongholds in the game laughing in Baltimore Stubborn blitting. He drew zero sacks, averaged 9.2 yards per attempt and posted a 133.5 passer rating while rushing four times for 26 yards and a touchdown.
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He was not as prominent on the ground as Jackson, who picked up 83 yards on nine attempts, but his scrambles were smart, deliberate back-breakers. Touchdowns broke the ice on Kansas City’s opening drive, and two of the other three came on scoring drives, later leading 12-yards out to fourth-quarters 3-and-10.
But the difference was all about what the Mahomes did and what Jackson had failed to do – in the pocket.
Mahomes’ first first-half deep creations for Tires Hill and Hardman were works of art, and he delivered another deep touchdown pass to Hardman’s hands (it was not a drop, but more than Catlesh.). The offense became more conservative but remained constructive in the second half (I mean, Eric Fisher caught a touchdown pass), and the damage was done.
On the other hand, in one of his young caretaker’s biggest games, Jackson completed just 15 of 28 passes for 97 yards, or 3.5 yards per throw. Dropped passes were a problem beyond his control, but this does not excuse his poor performance through the air against a good but unbeatable defense.
Robert mayes @robertmays
Lamar Jackson is great, and he is going to be fine. But the way he is playing tonight marks another reason that Patrick Mahomes is different. He never played a bad game. Lamar is averaging 2.3 yards tonight. The Mahomes have averaged less than 6.0 in the One Game. sometimes.
Jackson completed zero of his five attempts Traveled 15 or more yards In the air, one of which came when he eliminated the breaking-open Marquis Brown on a fourth-quarter touchdown that would have given Baltimore life. After a few plays, he took back-to-back sacks, and the game was essentially on ice.
Four sacks were recorded in Kansas City, and the Jackson-led Baltimore passing offense generated 70 yards on 32 dropbacks.
The Mahomes have defeated Jackson in all three of their matches. Jackson has passed just 52.6 percent in those games, while Mahomes has a 9-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
This is a small sample for both players, but it reinforces the notion that Mahomes is more valuable at this level. He has a Super Bowl MVP, 106.6 playoff passer rating and monster wins against Jackson’s Ravens, Bill Bellich’s New England Patriots and Ben Roethlisberger-led Pittsburgh Steelers (to name a few).
The Ravens of Jackson have beat the Pats of Beliché as well as the 2019 NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, but they have lost in both of their playoff games, received a PostShane rating of 68.3, and have been through all three heads Disappointed in a head fight are under the league’s other 25 or megastar quarterbacks.
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This does not mean that Jackson will never be as valuable as Mahomes. He is 16 months younger, and he has come up with professionals to do more work than most quarterbacks. His progress is thus far-reaching, and an argument can be made that his roof is even higher than the Mahomes.
In fact, Jackson overtook Mahomes in the process of earning MVP honors last year. But Mahomes is now healthy, and his majors have won consecutive games as of mid-November and his second game back after a knee injury.
Those bumps on the road may cost Mahomes a shot for the second consecutive MVP award, but he showed Jackson and everyone else in the sports world on Monday night that there is no one worth more now than No. 15.
Brad Gagnon has covered the NFL since 2012 for the Bluffer Report. Follow them on Twitter: @Brad_Gagnon.