With two Super Bowls and two MVPs to his name as he enters his seventh year in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes is rapidly entering the conversation as the NFL’s greatest-ever quarterback, and the Kansas City Chiefs star has been told what he needs to do to usurp Tom Brady. Mahomes was inarguably the best player in the NFL in 2022 as he led the Chiefs to Super Bowl glory, despite losing his best receiver Tyreek Hill in a trade before the start of the season. Despite losing one of the league’s best playmakers, the 27-year-old threw for a career-high 5,250 yards in the regular season, and he was sensational in the post-season, too.
Despite playing with a badly sprained ankle, he threw for seven touchdowns against no interceptions in the playoffs as the Chiefs triumphed in a thrilling 38-35 finale in Glendale, Arizona in February, thanks to a fourth-quarter comeback inspired by Mahomes. In just 94 career games, he has already established one of the greatest legacies in the sport, prompting debate whether he is perhaps already the best man to ever play the quarterback position.While it is highly unlikely he will be able to match Brady’s seven Super Bowl rings across glorious stints with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mahomes can still surpass the 46-year-old’s legacy, according to former New York Giants and Houston Texans defensive back Jason Bell. Bell, who features on Sky Sports’ NFL coverage in the UK, believes Mahomes must lead the Chiefs to back-to-back Lombardi Trophies to be compared to Brady.
No team has won successive NFL titles since Brady and the Patriots in 2003/04 and 2004/05.“For storyline’s sake I want Kansas to make it back to the Super Bowl,” Bell told 888sport. “Patrick Mahomes is the best player in the NFL, he’s such a likeable guy and you want to see him on the field. If you want to have a story that we can talk about in the media and as fans about who can chase Tom Brady and who can be the next dynasty, they have to win it.
The Chiefs’ defence of their Super Bowl crown begins on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium against the Detroit Lions. A knee injury for star tight end Travis Kelce means he is a doubt to feature, but Mahomes and the Chiefs remain favorites to start the season with a win. But the Lions showed themselves as one of the league’s up-and-coming teams last season and they will be desperate to make a statement in primetime on Thursday night.