Many people have been saying this since week 1 of the 2020 iteration of the NFL Season, but its abundantly clear at this point. Letting Russell Wilson cook has led to him winning the NFL MVP. Seriously, give him the award now because nobody is going to top what he has done this season.
Week 8 will be underway in just the blink of an eye and we’ll pass the halfway point of the season with Russell Wilson recording 22 total touchdowns in just 6 games. The Seahawks with a record of 0-0 are showing that they are without a doubt a serious contender for a trip back to the Super Bowl so long as they are led by the arm of Russell Wilson.
This season has been a revelation for many that weren’t quite aware of what Wilson brings to the NFL. A dynamic passer and runner, he is clearly indefensible week after week.
As we headed into tonight’s matchup, Wilson had recorded 1, 502 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. His last five games entering tonight’s matchup were:
- 217 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int
- 360 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int
- 315 yards, 5 TDS, 0 int
- 288 yards, 5 TDs, 1 int
- 322 yards, 4 TDS, 0 int
Tonight he had yet another night over 300 yards passing with another trio of touchdowns. Of course, this is just what he’s done through the air. He’s also added 153 yards on the ground displaying just how elusive Wilson can be on the ground.
Watching Wilson play this year reminds me of the prime years of Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Rodgers, much like Wilson, could do whatever he wanted on the field at any time. If he wanted to throw his way down the field ending in a touchdown, he could. If he needed to move around the field, extend the play and strike quickly with a deep bomb, he could. Wilson is doing similar things and is supported by the two headed monster at wide receiver for the Seahawks in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Aaron Rodgers looked to have a claim at this year’s MVP, but his showing in Tampa Bay last week in the top game of the weekend really hurt his chances at the award. Wilson has now delivered in two primetime games this year.
Josh Allen had a nice start, but has completely fallen apart over the last 3 weeks.
Derrick Henry quite likely will challenge for the award, but running backs seldom see much consideration for the MVP Award.
The problem over the years for Wilson has been that his consistency stopped being impressive and started to be expected. Unless he pulled out an unbelievable statistical season, it was going to be difficult to see him claim the award.
He is doing just this season.
I’m typing this up as I watch the finish of Game 5 of the World Series and the final 2 minutes of Wilson’s impressive showing tonight against the Cardinals. As I wrote about his scrambling ability, I see him scramble close to a first down bringing him to a ludicrous 84 yards on the ground so far while adding over 300 yards passing. Wilson did throw 2 interceptions tonight, but a total of 5 interceptions through 6 games with their schedule is nothing short of incredibly impressive.
Someone is going to have to go on an absolutely unbelievable tear to match or beat the start Wilson has had thus far.
UPDATE: SERIOUSLY THIS GAME IS GOING TO OVERTIME BECAUSE THE UNIVERSE LOVES US! ITS SUCH A GOOD GAME!
Okay, so Wilson didn’t succeed to lead them to a game winning drive in overtime at this point. He’s actually suffering from two sacks on this drive. Even if they lose or tie, he is the MVP.
UPDATE 2: OF COURSE HE THROWS 3 PICKS AND BLOWS A CHANCE TO WIN THIS GAME WHEN I WRITE THIS!
I’m not changing the article, though. He’s the MVP. He’ll bounce back next game its gonna hurt somebody real bad. He ended up losing this game, but he was awesome for the majority of it.
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