The 2019 season is months away, but that hasn’t stopped Patrick Mahomes from thinking about squaring up against his competition.
The Chiefs star finished his first season as a starting quarterback in 2018-2019 and impressed at every turn. Mahomes, the NFL’s 2018 Most Valuable Player, fielded questions Wednesday at a charity event — where he received yet another award as the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year — and a recent interaction with Bills signal caller Josh Allen came up.
The exchange happened on Twitter after Allen challenged Mahomes to a throwing contest in order to determine which quarterback can throw the football farther.
“Josh is a great dude,” Mahomes said, via the Daily News. “But no one that I’ve known has been able to throw a ball farther than me. I’ve never seen Josh throw in person but maybe next offseason we can set something up [to see who can throw farther].”
But, not everybody shares Mahomes’ confidence. He’s an overwhelming underdog for the hypothetical battle. According to Odds Shark, he’s plus-130 while Allen is minus-170.
Who will throw the ball further in a potential throwing contest?
Josh Allen -170
Patrick Mahomes +130
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) April 5, 2019
Mahomes, 23, ended 2018 near the top of almost every statistical category after transforming the Kansas City’s offense. He became one of only seven quarterbacks to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a season to join the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
He also casually turns heads with 90-yard pre-game passes and in-game no-look throws.
But Allen, who just finished his rookie season in Buffalo, would be tough to beat in this “contest.”
The seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft out-threw some of the best in his position last season with the longest completion by air-yards, connecting on a 63.9-yard throw, per Next Gen Stats. This tops Aaron Rodgers (61.4 yards), Jared Goff (62.7), Kirk Cousins (62.9) and Baker Mayfield (63.8).
“Hopefully I can get him to come down to Kansas City,” Mahomes added, “and we can do something for charity. It’s going to take at least 85 yards to win.”