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Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen still considering “throw-off” challenge

The coronavirus pandemic may have put their plans on hold — but they’re still talking about it.

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Back in February — in fact, the day before the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen challenged Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a throwing competition.

At that time, Mahomes had other things to worry about. Winning the team’s first championship in 50 years, being named Super Bowl MVP, going to Disney World and participating in a parade that was like nothing Kansas City had ever seen seemed... well... more important.

But by early April, Mahomes was thinking about it. At a charity dinner in Rochester, New York, Mahomes told reporters he was ready to face the challenge.

“Josh is a great dude,” Mahomes said, via Alex Brasky of 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 further). Hopefully, I can get him to come down to Kansas City, and we can do something for charity. It’s going to take at least 85 yards to win.”

On Wednesday, Allen told NFL Network that the two quarterbacks had actually made an arrangement to compete.

“We had something in place,” Allen said via KSHB.com “It was supposed to be this summer. But obviously some COVID restrictions had that shot down.”

The COVID-19 pandemic will probably keep this competition from happening any time soon. The two teams are scheduled meet in Week 6, but it’s a Thursday Night Football matchup in Buffalo following a Sunday game at Arrowhead; it’s hard to imagine the two players could find the opportunity to do it at that time. But when — and if — it happens, betting markets have already set the odds.

Our money’s on Mahomes.

Poll

Who throws the ball longest in the throw-off?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Patrick Mahomes
    (897 votes)
  • 11%
    Josh Allen
    (119 votes)
1016 votes total Vote Now