Midway through the 2022/23 NFL regular season, Fox Sports’ co-hosts Nick Wright and Chris Broussard made a bold claim. Wright, in particular, stated that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, was the finest player in NFL history. It wasn’t just an opinion either; it was based on in-game statistics. Below, we explore why Mahomes should already be regarded as one of the greats of gridiron.
Mahomes and the Chiefs reached the AFC Championship game again this season. As the postseason heads towards its climax, the sportsbooks could not separate the four teams remaining in the AFC and NFC Championship games. The Chiefs, who were up against the Cincinnati Bengals in their qualifier for Super Bowl LVII, were priced as +275 third favorites for the Lombardi Trophy by Caesars Sportsbook. According to OddsChecker, this operator’s latest promo code is eligible for use in the NFL Playoffs or the upcoming Super Bowl LVII.
The Facts and Figures That Back Up This Big Call on Mahomes
The Chiefs have many big-game players, but none more important than their star quarterback, Mahomes. After Game Week 7, Nick Wright analyzed the 70 games played by Mahomes in a Kansas City jersey. Wright revealed that Mahomes has the most wins in his career, with 55 victories in those first 70 appearances. He’d also racked up the highest average for most yards thrown per game (302.1 yards). He’d even posted the highest number of touchdowns in 70 games (171).
Wright even used statistics to prove that Mahomes comes into his own when the Chiefs have their backs pressed firmly against the wall. As of Game Week 7, Wright revealed that Mahomes is 3-0 this season alone when the Chiefs have trailed games by at least ten points. In terms of his career figures, in 59% of the games Mahomes has been trailing by at least ten points, he’s still gone on to win. Only Tom Brady comes close to that figure with a 38% win percentage, while the average across the rest of the league is a mere 19%.
Sustained Super Bowl Success Will Help Mahomes Outdo Tom Brady
Wright’s colleague, Chris Broussard, found it hard to argue with Wright’s data. In fact, Broussard admitted when watching Mahomes’ performance against the Buffalo Bills in Game Week 6 that he was witnessing the “best quarterback we’ve ever seen.” Broussard insists the number-one challenge for Mahomes to cement his place in NFL folklore is to “keep winning” Super Bowls.
Broussard fears he “will not get rated as that” without more Lombardi Trophies under his belt, but he concluded by saying he is “the best we’ve ever seen, period.”