Russell Wilson continues his bid for the Most Valuable Player award when the Seattle Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event on Sunday.
There can be absolutely no denying Wilson is currently playing at an MVP level.
Patrick Mahomes seemed to be and could still be Wilson’s greatest competition. However, his injury on his right knee on Thursday Night Football – a devastating blow for the league – has definitely entrenched Wilson in the top of the heap.
Wilson was arguably streaking before the harm into Mahomes, although there are legitimate arguments to be put forward for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
Ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meeting with the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Wilson’s passer rating of 124.7 was 12.8 points greater compared to the next best player in Mahomes.
Through only six games to date this season, Wilson has accounted 17 touchdowns – 14 passing and three rushing – and is to throw one interception.
His typical 284 pass yards per game, 72.5 ending percentage, nine-yards-per-attempt typical and passer score are all career-high marks.
And those numbers aren’t a consequence of any particular scheme that suits any game-managing, Wilson, or even any obstruction from his skill-position gamers on offense.
Quite the contrary. Wilson conveys this Seattle Seahawks team. And he does completing the most difficult throws so while attempting and, more frequently than not.
In accordance with Next Gen Stats, Wilson throws outside the figures on 59.3 percent of his attempts the highest speed in the NFL – and that he completes 70.5 per cent of these pitches, a marker most quarterbacks would be satisfied with on simpler curb insecurities. He’s nine of his touchdowns when throwing outside the amounts and also a 121.4 passer rating.
Does Wilson excel with an expansive passing game, but he’s still a risk with his legs also.
He may not possess the 460 yards his rival this weekend – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson – has during this season’s first six months, however, Wilson’s 151 remains good enough for fifth.
Also gone are the times that Wilson needed to do everything for this Seattle team. Its no coincidence that the only time in his eight years at the NFL Wilson has failed to make the drama was at 2017, when he accounted for each one of the Seahawks’ offensive touchdowns.
Teams understood if they could bottle Wilson – a job said than – that Seattle didn’t have anyone else. That is not the case for 2019, together with his 504 rushing yards and Chris Carson through six games helping to take some of the warmth off Wilson.
Butdespite Wilson victory, along with the team start to the year, the Seahawks are not getting the attention they deserve, heading unnoticed in the NFC West.
The Los Angeles Rams may well be in the middle of a three-game losing streak, but they are still new off a Super Bowl run last season, although the San Francisco 49ers have taken out to a 5-0 start – 1 of just two groups in the league still unbeaten, together with the New England Patriots.
Not helping that narrative is the fact that the 49ers and Seahawks have both beaten four of the exact opponents through six weeks of their program – Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rams and Cleveland Browns – with Seattle just squeezing out a +8 point differential, while San Francisco have dismantled the identical opposition to the tune of +69 points.
But, while it’s the defense which has shone over that stretch, it’s thanks to Wilson that the Seahawks edged out the four intimate encounters and now sit.
The win over the Rams in Week Five, specifically, was a statement game, with Wilson casting against the NFC champs of a year. An MVP-worthy functionality.
“Each of those games – because there’ve only been [now six] thus far – has much meaning,” round the NFL’s Chris Wesseling told Sky Sports. “And last week’s match for Russell Wilson was that game you look back at the close of the year and say yes, that’s when he made his candidacy.
“That week, he even took it over, that was the stuff that MVPs are made of and he is my choice.”
The Seahawks are sitting at. The last time they did so was on their approach to winning Super Bowl XLVIII, in 2013.
They returned to the game year, enduring a reduction to the Patriots on the final play of the game – yes, that Malcolm Butler interception at the goal line.
Ever since, that Legion of Boom team has gradually been chipped away at over time, split as gamers have sought out opportunities (and cash ) elsewhere or’ve been forced to.
Wilson, meanwhile, has become the continuous, linking his team to the playoffs in every season other than the 2017 misnomer, and was ultimately – and – rewarded for his efforts with a new $35 million a season contract extension this offseason, which makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
During six matches of 2019, it looks money well spent.
Watch all of Sunday’s action live on Sky Sports Action from 5pm on Sunday; Ravens-Seahawks kick-off reaches 9.25pm.