The Media Honcho has spoken and he's coming packed full of bold predictions as is his wont. Stephen A. Smith appeared on ESPN's First Take show on Monday, Sept. 4, he addressed a very pressing question, and he made the best possible pick of those available.
The Kansas City Chiefs might be the reigning Super Bowl champions but they can't say they boast one of the only two Unanimous NFL MVPs. That's something only your Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots can claim.
That's correct, folks. GOAT quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson are the only two players in NFL history to be voted MVPs by every living soul casting a vote without ever doubting them.
That, alone, backs up Stephen A. Smith's decision (h/t Pedro H. Rhormes for the clip) to pencil Lamar in as the upcoming 2023 NFL MVP, something the sixth-year quarterback already did all the way back in 2019.
"I think it's going to be Lamar Jackson," Smith claimed in response to Shannon Sharpe's picking of Patrick Mahomes for the award.
According to Smith, the Ravens won't come out on top of the AFC to make the Super Bowl, but not even that will be enough for the NFL voting members to keep Lamar off snatching his second MVP award.
"I think his numbers in the regular season are going to be exorbitant enough for [Lamar] to get the MVP award," Smith reasoned.
Back when Jackson won his 2019 MVP award, he threw for 3,127 yards on 265 completions at a 66.1% clip. He passed for 36 touchdowns against just six interceptions, the most and the fewest respectively through his five-year career (min. 12 games started).
Entering Week 1 of the regular season, Patrick Mahomes is the leading candidate to win the 2023 NFL MVP award at most books with Joe Burrow and Josh Allen close to the Chiefs quarterback.
On an entirely different level, Jalen Hurts and Justin Herbert wrap up the top five while Trevor Lawrence, Lamar Jackson, and Aaron Rodgers are all considered long shots for the award while still in the run to win it with solid seasons.