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NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Patrick Mahomes, the record setting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, is the likely favorite to repeat as NFL Offensive Player of the Year for the 2019 season. Mahomes won the 2018 award going away and gamblers are likely to flock to him for a repeat as the Chiefs are tabbed as one of the top alternatives to the New England Patriots as far as winning the Super Bowl. One NFL betting factor that gamblers must keep into account is the fact that, with the exception of San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice in 1993, a quarterback or running back has won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year every year. And in fact, quarterbacks have won four of the last five seasons. Two active quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, have won the award twice.
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2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Overview
The Associated Press is often thought to be the organization that awards the NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors but that is not accurate. The AP counts the votes of around 50 media members across the United States. Media members include writers and broadcasters. Yet even with the reputations of the voters being supposed experts, the voting often comes down to the obvious. Big numbers are what impress the voting members and gamblers betting on who will win the award. And for 2018 nobody produced numbers like Patrick Mahomes. Considering that the importance of the quarterback position is even more pronounced it’s likely that the NFL’s top signal callers will top the board as chalks.
Certainly, Mahomes is coming off a dream season for the Chiefs in which he won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in addition to his NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors. Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship Game appearance since the 1993 season. What was most remarkable about Mahomes is that he was in his first year as an NFL starting quarterback. Mahomes posted a 113.8 rating with 5381 years and a 50/13 touchdown to interception ratio. While some gamblers will wager a repeat is not possible others believe that the KC QB is just getting started.
The 2018 season was something of a renaissance for Brees as he led the Saints to the NFC Championship Game where they suffered their infamous loss to the Los Angeles Rams based on a blown pass interference call. But that cannot take from the glory of a spectacular 2018 season in which Brees posted a 115.7 rating with a 32/5 touchdown to interception ration and 8.2 yards per attempt. In fact, at the age of 39 Brees posted the best quarterback rating of his career.
The Los Angeles Rams signal caller has been an immediate hit since taking over as starter full time for the 2017 season. Last year Goff threw for 4688 yards with a 32/12 touchdown to interception ratio and 8.4 yards per attempt. The one downer was a lackluster performance in the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
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Patrick Mahomes has shown the potential of re-writing the NFL record book. What is most impressive is that Mahomes is coming off his only year as a starter. Which means that there would be considerable potential upside for the 2019 season. And that is what terrorizes Chiefs opponents as well.
NFL Offensive Player of the Year Pick: Patrick Mahomes
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