Russell Wilson continues his bid to Its Most Valuable Player award when the Seattle Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens exclusively live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event on Sunday.
There may be no doubting Wilson is playing at an MVP level.
Patrick Mahomes seemed to be – and could still be – Wilsons biggest competition. But, his injury to his right knee Thursday Night Football – a devastating setback for its league – has now entrenched Wilson in the top of the pile.
Wilson was arguably streaking before the injury into Mahomes, although there are arguments to be put forward for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
Before the Kansas City Chiefs interview with the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Wilsons passer rating of 124.7 was 12.8 points higher compared to the next best player in Mahomes.
Through only six games to date this year, Wilson has accounted 17 touchdowns – three racing and 14 passing – and is yet to throw a single interception.
His average 284 pass yards per game, 72.5 ending percentage, nine-yards-per-attempt average and passer score are career-high marks.
And those numbers arent a consequence of any specific scheme that suits any game-managing Wilson, or even some other hindrance .
Quite the contrary. Wilson conveys this Seattle Seahawks team. And he does finishing the most difficult throws so while trying and, more often than not.
In accordance with Next Gen Stats, Wilson throws outside the numbers on 59.3 per cent 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 check downs. Hes nine of the touchdowns when projecting out the numbers and a 121.4 passer rating.
Does Wilson excel with an death game, but he is still a danger with his legs also.
He might not possess the 460 yards his opponent this weekend – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson – has during the first six weeks of the season, however, Wilsons 151 remains good enough for fifth.
Long 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 playoffs was at 2017, when he accounted for each one of the Seahawks offensive touchdowns.
If they can bottle up Wilson teams knew – a job easier said than done – that Seattle did not have anyone. That is not true for 2019, with Chris Carson and his 504 yards through six games helping to take some of the warmth.
But, despite Wilsons personal success, and the nice start to the year of the team, the Seahawks are not receiving heading unnoticed at the NFC West.
Even the Los Angeles Rams may well be in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but they are still fresh off a Super Bowl run last year, while the San Francisco 49ers have taken out to a 5-0 start – 1 of only two groups in the league still unbeaten, along with the New England Patriots.
Not helping that narrative is the fact that the 49ers and Seahawks have both beaten four of the same competitions through six months of their schedule – Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rams and Cleveland Browns – with Seattle just squeezing out a +8 point differential, while San Francisco have resisted the exact same resistance to the tune of +69 points.
But, while it its thanks to Wilson the Seahawks edged outside the four near encounters and currently even sit 5-1.
Even the win over the Rams in Week Five, in particular, was a statement game, using Wilson projecting for 268 yards and four touchdowns against a years NFC champs. An performance.
All these games – because thereve only been [now six] thus far – has so much meaning, Round the NFLs Chris Wesseling told Sky Sports. And last weeks match for Russell Wilson was the game you look back at the end of the season and say yes, thats when he made his candidacy.
This week, he also even took it over, that was the things which MVPs are made of and he is my pick.
The Seahawks are sitting for the second time in Wilsons profession at 5-1. The last time that they did so was in their approach to winning Super Bowl XLVIII, 2013.
They returned to the game year, suffering a heart-breaking loss to the Patriots on the final play of this match – yes, that Malcolm Butler interception at the goal line.
Ever since, that Legion of Boom team has gradually been chipped away at over time, broken up as gamers have either sought out chances (and money) elsewhere or have been pressured to.
Wilson, meanwhile, has become the continuous, linking his team to the playoffs in each season apart from the 2017 misnomer, also has been – and – rewarded for his efforts with a new $35 million a year contract extension this offseason, which makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
During six matches of 2019, it looks money.
Watch all of Sundays actions live on Sky Sports Action from 5pm on Sunday; Ravens-Seahawks kick-off reaches 9.25pm.
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