The 2018 season has seen plenty of strong play across the leagues. Several star players are putting together impressive campaigns, headlined by Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes. This was evidenced by the first batch of voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl.
A familiar face in Brees sits at the top of the list while second-year quarterback Mahomes isn’t far behind, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network.
Thru Nov. 20, #Saints QB Drew Brees is the top fan vote getting for the Pro Bowl, with #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes coming in second. #Patriots QB Tom Brady is 6th. Brees' LT Terron Armstead is 1st at his spot. #Bears Khalil Mack is 1st for OLBs. #Browns Denzel Ward is 1st for CBs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2018
Mahomes is off to a historic pace with huge numbers so far this season, as he leads the league with 3,628 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes along with placing second with a 117.9 passer rating. The Texas Tech product is coming off a stellar outing in Monday night’s 54-51 loss to the Los Angeles Rams where he completed 33-of-46 passes for 478 yards with six touchdowns. Mahomes already set the franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season while he’s on pace for 5,277 passing yards and a near league-record 54 touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, Brees continues to put together an impressive campaign despite being in his 18th season in the NFL. He’s currently sixth in the league with 2,964 passing yards, first with a 77.5 percent completion rate, fourth with 25 touchdown passes, and first with a 126.9 passer rating. Bree has picked it up in the last three games, throwing 11 touchdown passes to no interceptions over that span.
All of this has made Brees and Mahomes the frontrunners for the MVP award along with essentially being shoo-ins to be voted into the Pro Bowl as starters. These two are set to add to their impressive campaigns with what could be deep runs in the playoffs with both of their respective teams being among the best in the league with opportunities to secure home-field advantage in their respective conferences.