The NFL this season has already been filled with drama and controversy. The league has already thrown up a number of shocking results, such as an out-of-sorts Green Bay Packers defeating Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium on game week three. There have also been injuries that shook the sport, none more so than the one suffered by Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa in their defeat on the road against last year’s runners-up, the Cincinnati Bengals.
There has also been the emergence of new contenders. The Buffalo Bills have been made the favorites to lift the Lombardi trophy for the first time this term, and they have certainly lived up to the billing. OddsChecker, which compares odds and provides free offers on the NFL, has made their superstar quarterback (we’ll get to him a little later) the favorite for this year’s MVP award. With that being said, it’s easy to see why the Bills are serious contenders for the first time since the 90s when they lost no less than FOUR Super Bowls on the bounce.
Another NFL team that has lost four championship games – admittedly not on the spin – is the Minnesota Vikings. And they, too, look impressive this season. They currently have a 5-1 record, with their only defeat coming at the hands of the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles’ finest hour came when they lifted the trophy at Super Bowl LII five years ago, but that could be set to change this season. The Pennsylvania-based franchise is currently the only unbeaten team in the league. Can they carry their momentum forwards, perhaps becoming the first team since the New England Patriots in 2008 to complete the perfect regular season?
The player that is front and center of any football team’s success is the quarterback. When things are going bad, he’s the first to take the blame. So it’s only fair that when things are going well, they are allowed their time in the sun. Here are the quarterbacks that have taken the NFL by storm this season.
Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
It’s hard to believe that Josh Allen is still just 26 years of age. The former University of Wyoming star has become one of the finest quarterbacks in the league in the last few years, but this season he has taken his game to another level. There are plenty of reasons why the Bills are being tipped for Super Bowl success by fans and experts this season, and Allen is right at the top of the list.
He has led his side to five wins and one defeat in their first six games this term. And during that time, he has racked up a mammoth 1,980 passing yards, which was the highest in the league before game week seven, which was the Bills’ rest week. Prior to their week’s rest, Allen was also tied for first place for the number of touchdowns thrown, with 17.
But it isn’t just his passing game that has impressed onlookers. The 26-year-olds ability to remain calm under pressure has led him to 257 rushing yards, the sixth-best in the NFL. He also produced a memorable rush in their recent win away at the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have reached at least the conference championship game in each of the last four seasons, twice defeating the Bills along the way. But Allen led them to victory in game week six, in the Chiefs’ backyard nonetheless, with 318 passing yards and three touchdowns to his name. If the Bills do end their Lombardi Trophy hoodoo this season, Allen’s performances will have been a key reason why.
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
We’re running out of superlatives for Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback has been perhaps the finest QB in the league for a number of years, and he is still performing at the highest level even now.
As mentioned, the 27-year-old has led the Chiefs through perhaps their finest-ever era. They’ve reached four consecutive conference championships – winning two of them – and it would take a brave punter backing against them to make it five on the spin this season.
Their crowning moment came back at Super Bowl LIV in February 2020. That year, the Missouri-based outfit swept before them as they lifted the Lombardi trophy for the first time in half a century, and Mahomes was a key part of it.
Since then, heartbreak has followed. His side lost the Super Bowl the following year to Tom Brady’s Buccs, failing in their attempt to become the first team to retain the trophy since the Patriots back in 2004 and 2005. This year, however, he’s a man on a mission once again.
Mahomes leads the league in terms of passing yards thrown (2,159 yards) and touchdowns thrown (20). If he continues in the same vain, to count out the Chiefs from reaching the Super Bowl again this year, their third appearance in four years.
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
One man who knows the feeling of heartbreak is Joe Burrow. He led the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years last season. And if it wasn’t for Cooper Kupp’s last-gasp touchdown, he would have taken the Lombardi trophy to Cincinnati for the first time in their history.
It wasn’t meant to be, however. And it looked like more heartbreak was on the way this season. In week one, the Bengals lost at home to their arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. They followed that up with another bitter defeat in week two, succumbing to Brett Maher’s last-second field goal, which confirmed back-to-back defeats.
But since then, the Ohio-based side has reeled off four consecutive victories, and Burrow has been at the heart of their success. ‘Jackpot Joey’ as he’s affectionately known by the home faithful, has thrown 2,097 yards this season, enough for second-best in the league. If he continues in the same vein, the Bengals may yet rescue their season.
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