Russell Wilson continues his bid to Its Most Valuable Player award when the Seattle Seahawks host the Baltimore Ravens Only live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event on Sunday.
There can be no denying Wilson is currently playing at an MVP level.
Patrick Mahomes appeared to be – and could still be – Wilson’s greatest competition. But, his injury to his right knee on Thursday Night Football – a blow for its league – has definitely entrenched Wilson in the peak of the heap.
Wilson was arguably streaking before the harm into Mahomes, although there are arguments to be put forward for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
Ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs’ interview with the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, Wilson’s passer rating of 124.7 was already 12.8 points higher compared to the next best player in Mahomes.
Through just six matches to date this year, Wilson has accounted 17 touchdowns – 14 departure and three rushing – and is to throw a single interception.
His typical 284 pass yards per game, 72.5 conclusion percent, nine-yards-per-attempt typical and passer score are all career-high marks.
And these numbers aren’t a result of any scheme that suits any game-managing Wilson, or even some other hindrance from his skill-position gamers on offense.
Quite the opposite. This Seattle Seahawks team is carried by wilson. And he does this while trying and, more often than not, completing the most difficult throws.
According to Next Gen Stats, Wilson throws outside the figures on 59.3 per cent of his efforts – the highest speed in the NFL – and that he concludes 70.5 percent of these pitches, a indicate most quarterbacks will be satisfied with on simpler check downs. He’s nine of his touchdowns when projecting outside the amounts along with a 121.4 passer rating.
Does Wilson excel with an departure game, but he is still a threat with his legs too.
He may not possess the 460 racing yards his opponent this weekend – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson – has during this season’s initial six weeks, however, Wilson’s 151 remains good enough for fifth.
Additionally gone are the days that Wilson needed to do everything. Its no coincidence that the only time in his eight years in the NFL Wilson has failed to make the drama was at 2017, when he accounted for each one of those Seahawks’ offensive touchdowns.
If they could bottle up Wilson teams knew – a job still easier said than done – that Seattle did not have anybody. That’s not the case for 2019, with Chris Carson and his 504 racing yards through six games helping to take some of the heat off Wilson.
However despite also the team’s nice start to the year, along with Wilson success, the Seahawks are not receiving the attention they deserve, going unnoticed at the crowded NFC West.
Even the Los Angeles Rams might be in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but they are still fresh off a Super Bowl run last year, although 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.
Perhaps not helping that story is the simple fact that the 49ers and Seahawks have beaten four of the exact opponents through six months of the program – Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rams and Cleveland Browns – together with Seattle simply squeezing out a +8 point differential, while San Francisco have resisted the same resistance to the tune of +69 points.
However, while it’s the 49ers defense that has shone on that stretch, it is thanks to Wilson the Seahawks edged from the four close encounters and currently even sit.
Even the win over the Rams in Week Five, in particular, was a statement game, with Wilson projecting for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the last year’s NFC champs. An performance.
“All those games – because there have only been five [now six] thus far – has so much significance,” About the NFL’s Chris Wesseling told Sky Sports. “And last week’s game for Russell Wilson was the match you look back at the close of the season and say yes, that is when he made his candidacy.
“This week, he even took it , that was the stuff that MVPs are made of and he’s my choice.”
The Seahawks are currently sitting 5-1 for the second time at Wilson’s profession. The last time that they did so was in 2013, on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVIII.
They returned to the large game following year, suffering a heart-breaking loss on the final play of the game – .
Ever since, that Legion of Boom squad has slowly been chipped away at over the years, divided as gamers have either sought out chances (and cash ) elsewhere or’ve been forced to.
Wilson, meanwhile, has become the constant, rallying his team to the playoffs in every season aside from the 2017 misnomer, also has been finally – and – rewarded for his efforts with a new $35 million a year contract extension this offseason, making him the highest-paid participant in the NFL.
During six games of 2019, it looks money.
Watch all of Sunday’s actions live on Sky Sports Action from 5pm on Sunday; Ravens-Seahawks kick-off reaches 9.25pm.