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10 Feb 2023


Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs leads a huddle prior to the AFC championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. 

Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs leads a huddle prior to the AFC championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo.  (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

At the start of the NFL season, Wingo believed Kansas City heard all the slights in the offseason following its loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game and after trading away star wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason.  

With a wide receiver core minus a star, Wingo predicted Mahomes would go "scorched earth on the NFL this year."

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And he has. 

Mahomes led the NFL in passing yards (5,250) and touchdowns (41) in 2022, all while leading Kansas City to a 14-3 record and the top seed in the AFC playoffs. 

"There was so much insanity out there about Mahomes in this offseason," Wingo told Fox News Digital Thursday. "People that I used to work with would say things like ‘The Chiefs are missing the postseason. They’re not going to make the playoffs because of the stacked AFC West.’" 

Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with head coach Andy Reid after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo.

Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with head coach Andy Reid after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

"How are you doubting this guy? And I understand the loss of Tyreek Hill, but Andy Reid is the quarterback whisperer," Wingo added. "Let’s be clear. Every quarterback he’s ever had has his best seasons playing for Andy Reid. And this is the best quarterback in the NFL. You’re telling me you really don’t think they’ll figure it out?" 

In five seasons as the starting quarterback in Kansas City, Mahomes is 63-14 during the regular season, reaching the AFC championship game in each season as the starter. 

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"There are a lot of really good quarterbacks in the NFL right now. This is a new era," Wingo said.  

"We are in a new era of quarterbacks. Whether it’s [Justin] Herbert, or [Josh] Allen, or [Joe] Burrow, or Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa … all these young guys are sort of establishing themselves. But the gap between Mahomes and everybody else is vast."

Unlike the Eagles, who traded for star receiver A.J. Brown in the offseason, Kansas City’s offense has gotten it done with a solid but certainly not terrific receiving core. 

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs yells during his pregame celebration against the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 10, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs yells during his pregame celebration against the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 10, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

While all-world tight end Travis Kelce has had another fantastic season — 110 catches, 1,138 yards, 12 touchdowns — Mahomes has spread the wealth with his receiver group, connecting with 10 different receivers in the AFC championship game. 

"He’s making these guys brilliant. What Mahomes does better than anybody is the thing that all great players do – he elevates the players around him to be better than anybody thought they could," Wingo told Fox News Digital. 

"And I understand Travis Kelce is probably going to the Hall of Fame as a first ballot guy, and he may eventually surpass Tony Gonzalez in Chiefs history depending on longevity, but that’s a tight end. This is a receiver league right now. And he’s making guys that are average to good, good to great. That’s what separates Mahomes." 

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reacts during a morning workout at the team's training camp facility at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., July 24, 2022. 

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reacts during a morning workout at the team's training camp facility at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., July 24, 2022.  (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

And while fans of the NFL search for the "next best thing" at the quarterback position with the start of every season, Wingo says the "next best thing" is right in front of our eyes. 

"Before Mahomes became a starting quarterback, the Kansas City Chiefs had never hosted an AFC championship game," Wingo said. "Since Mahomes became the starter, they’ve only hosted AFC championship games. He’s the fastest quarterback to 10 wins in NFL history in the postseason. He is going to become the first quarterback under the age of 30 this week with two MVP awards and a Super Bowl MVP. He’s only 27. 

"This guy is transcending the game," Wingo added. "And you either see it or you don’t. You either see the brilliance of a Picasso, you either see the brilliance of a van Gogh, you see the brilliance of a Bruce Springsteen, or you don’t. But that’s what this guy is. He has changed the game."

As kickoff for Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, creeps closer, all eyes will be on Mahomes as he looks for his second Super Bowl ring. 

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates as he is introduced before kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 21, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. 

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates as he is introduced before kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 21, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo.  (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

For those inclined to have a little juice on the game, Caesars Sportsbook has a plethora of bets for the Super Bowl, including one prop bet Wingo loves. 

"One of the ones I really like is will there be a safety in this year's game? We’ve had nine safeties in Super Bowl history. It’s happened four times in the last 14 games, and the odds are +835," Wingo told Fox News Digital. "So, if you want something that’s low risk and potentially really high reward, pushing for a safety in this game is interesting because we have the top two sacks teams in the NFL this past season, the Eagles and the Chiefs. 

"Someone gets pinned deep, ball comes loose, could be a safety pretty easily. I like that bet a lot." 

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.