One of the newest and biggest rivalries in the NFL sparked a conversation that would captivate the football world. Recently, quarterback Joe Burrow was asked who he believed was the best quarterback in the NFL. While many would expect a player of Burrow’s caliber to choose himself for the top spot, this would not be the case and he was quoted as saying, “I don’t think there is any argument now, it’s Pat. Until somebody has a better year than he’s had. He’s the one to knock off”.
However, things would get interesting when Bengals’ wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase caught wind of what his quarterback said. After a reporter asked Chase the same question and made him aware of what Burrow said, Chase was quoted as saying, “Pat who?”.
It would not take long for the Kansas City Chiefs frontmen to fire back. Mahomes would take to Twitter to post a photo of himself with his two Super Bowl rings with the captions “That’s Who” with two ring emojis.
Along with this, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce would say on his podcast, “I thought it was a little bold. Mahomes is a two-time league MVP and a two-time Super Bowl MVP. To say “Pat who” is like I don’t know. It is what it is dog. Who doesn’t love some good locker room banter, man? Shoutout to Ja’Marr Chase for holding it down for his QB, but don’t you ever disrespect Pat Mahomes now. If you wanna talk your s**t, talk your s**t pimp. Just better back it up”.
It is clear that there has been no love lost between two of the top teams in the AFC. Leading up to their matchup in the AFC Championship, both sides would do their fair share of talking trash before the Chiefs would ultimately win the game by a final score of 23-20 en route to their Super Bowl victory.
However, while Burrow felt that he still had a ways to go before he could take the title of the best quarterback in the NFL, Chase and many others feel as if he has already accomplished the feat. There are three quarterbacks that currently have an argument for being the best in the world.
After the season that he just had, there is no excuse for anyone not to rank Patrick Mahomes as the best quarterback in the league. He finished the regular season passing for 5250 yards, 41 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. This would be a year to remember for Mahomes and arguably the best of his career. He set a single-season career high in yards. Most impressive about this is he accomplished this feat in his first season since the departure of star wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
In 2022, Mahomes had arguably the worst wide receiving core of his entire NFL career, however, he made the best of what he had and ended up being named the league’s MVP. However, the job was not finished for him and he would continue this dominant tear through the postseason.
In the playoffs, Mahomes threw for 703 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Along with this, the Chiefs would bring home the Lombardi Trophy and Mahomes would be named as the MVP of the Super Bowl. Out of all of the quarterbacks currently in the league, Mahomes is the one with the best chance of catching the ghost of Tom Brady. To even be in that conversation, you have to be one of the best that the game has ever seen, and the rest of the league has a bit of catching up to do before they will take this top spot from Mahomes.
While it may be a bit until Burrow dethrones Mahomes as the best quarterback in the league, he has put together an incredible start to his NFL career. His rookie season would be cut short due to a devastating injury after he tore both his ACL and MCL. However, he would make a miraculous recovery and go on to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2022 playoffs. While Burrow and the Bengals would fall short to the Los Angeles Rams by a final score of 23-20, it was amazing how quickly he was able to lead the team to success.
Last season, he had another great year, finishing the regular season with 4475 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. This would be good enough to finish fourth in the MVP voting. In the playoffs, he had a strong showing throwing for 721 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.
Burrow has one of the brightest futures of any quarterback in the league. While he still has a way to go before he catches Mahomes, he has already established himself as one of the best quarterbacks that the league has to offer.
The final player that rounds out the top three quarterbacks in the league is Jalen Hurts. Last season, Hurts burst onto the scene in what was a make-or-break year for him. If he would have had a down year in 2022, there is a strong chance the Philadelphia Eagles would have moved on from him. However, he would finish the regular season in second place in the MVP voting.
Hurts was arguably the most elite dual-threat quarterback in the league last season. He finished the regular season with 3701 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions through the air and 760 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He would follow this up with a very strong showing in the playoffs with 579 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions through the air and 143 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.
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