Patrick Mahomes again is unanimous choice by AP for the top spot among NFL quarterbacks

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Even after one of the worst games of his NFL career, Patrick Mahomes stands alone at the top.

The two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP again was the unanimous choice by The Associated Press for No. 1 quarterback at the midpoint of the season.

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A panel of nine AP Pro Football Writers ranked the top five players at QB, making their selections based on current status through Week 8. First-place votes were worth 10 points. Second through fifth-place votes were worth 5, 3, 2 and 1 points.

Mahomes also received all nine first-place votes in the preseason poll.

Tua Tagovailoa, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts each received second-place votes. Ten quarterbacks got votes, including Joe Burrow, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence and Brock Purdy.

Mahomes, who has led the Kansas City Chiefs to five straight AFC championship games, posted the second-lowest passer rating of his career in a 24-9 loss at Denver on Sunday. Battling flu-like symptoms, Mahomes was 24 of 38 for 241 yards and two interceptions for a 59.2 rating.

Still, Mahomes has the Chiefs (6-2) leading the AFC West.

1. PATRICK MAHOMES, Kansas City Chiefs

2. TUA TAGOVAILOA, Miami Dolphins

3. JOSH ALLEN, Buffalo Bills

4. LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS

5. JALEN HURTS, Philadelphia Eagles

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