Mahomes vs Allen: A precursor match for MVP & likely super bowl contention in this upcoming AFC showdown

Mahomes

Both Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have changed the game forever. Their keen ability to not only heave deep shots down the field with precision, get a ball through narrow coverage, and being able to avoid the pass rush, roll out the pocket, and scramble for a first down illustrates these two in their immense IQ and ability to carve up top tier defenses. The last time these two faced off was in 2022 divisional championship.

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While the Chiefs won 42-36, we saw 25 points in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, 2nd most all-time in Super Bowl Era, and an immaculate show having both quarterbacks throw for over 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and run for over 50 yards. You don’t get to see this often. This is one of a kind thing. And this week, we get to see it again, as where I would go as far to say we’ll determine who’s going to be the super bowl champion and at the least most valuable player.

One of the toughest matchups of the year

This season they’re stuffing the stat sheets. Josh Allen is currently sitting at 2nd in touchdowns with 14, 1st in yards with almost 1,500, and third-ranked in QBR. While Patrick Mahomes sits in 1st with 15 touchdowns, 2nd in QBR, and fourth in yards with almost 1,400. This upcoming duel, like the previous, will be in Arrowhead. I think this gives Kansas City the edge but I don’t want to come off as bias I want to evoke the truth. Yes, Buffalo’s got the receivers. Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and the rest of that group is no one to mess with.

New star Kaiir Elam and others are stepping up on the defensive front, making up for those wounded previous starters. But honestly, who can stop Travis Kelce. We witnessed on Monday night, the Chiefs come back in prime time down 20-7 at half in their stadium as they rallied back to win a nail bitter by 1 measly point to the Las Vegas Raiders. Led by Kelce and his 4 total touchdowns is the record in NFL history, and he did it with less receiving yards than Marvin Jones Jr. in 2019. While I do believe this will be one of the most exciting regular season games of the season and one where a mass amount of betting and avid fandom will take place, the Buffalo defensive unit is banged up with Micah Hyde out for the year and others playing through apparent injuries.

Mahomes Magic

I think the Chiefs are hungry and ready for this matchup more than ever. Against Tampa Bay, we saw Mahomes crumble Brady’s hopes along with everything else he’s going through with a Chiefs win of 41-31 where Pat threw a 360 spin 2-yard touchdown pass to running back Clyde Edwards Helaire. Or when Josh Allen was seen this week on his own two-yard line receiving a heavy blitz from the Pittsburgh Steelers, led by All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick coming for his head, while Allen all calm and cool fakes to Stefon Diggs and hits Gabriel Davis in stride for a 98 yard touchdown to start the game where Buffalo fans seriously can’t recall the last time they’ve seen someone make throws like this.

A lot of magic happens around the 2-yard line, must be magic. Their ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and make a play when nothing else is there is what sets Allen and Mahomes apart from the pack. Making something out of nothing. We will get to witness why Kansas City deserves to be back on TV in February come Sunday. But I won’t turn my head away from Allen as he sure as hell wants it to. I’m sorry, Joe Burrow. Mahomes is a madman. And Allen doesn’t have a cure yet.

 


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