On this week’s Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com and I discussed one of the subplots to the Week 3 matchup between the Seahawks and Cowboys: The inevitable MVP race between Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott (and others, of course).
The game will be in the 1:25 p.m. PT slot, meaning it will have a national audience on FOX with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman likely on the call.
“You win the MVP playing in national windows,” Helman said. “You don’t win the MVP playing at noon (central) with 10 other teams. The Cowboys and Seahawks are on in the late afternoon, and there won’t be a lot of competition for eyeballs.
“I assume Dak and Russ are both going to play great, and whoever comes out on top, Monday morning when the talk shows start talking, that’s going to be the guy. He’s going to be the face of Week 3.”
Wilson is off to a torrid start with 610 yards, nine touchdown passes, a 14.3% touchdown percentage, an 82.5% completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 140.0. Outside of the yardage total, Wilson leads the NFL in the rest of those categories.
Prescott has been scorching as well through two games. He’s thrown for 716 yards, two touchdown passes, and he’s run for three more scores.
Here are the eight way-too-early MVP candidates:
- Josh Allen
- Cam Newton
- Lamar Jackson
- Patrick Mahomes
- Aaron Rodgers
- Kyler Murray
Seahawks vs. Cowboys isn’t the only notable game featuring some of the aforementioned players. Chiefs vs. Ravens on “Monday Night Football” is another marquee game this week. The entire country will surely be fawning over Jackson and Mahomes, which makes it even more incumbent on Wilson to perform well and ultimately beat the Cowboys.
This note remains important as the season goes along and the MVP takes intensify: The attention paid to Wilson having never received a single MVP vote will work in his favor. Voters will pay more attention to the Seahawks QB than ever before. Because of that, I anticipate any potential tie between Wilson and anyone else will be broken in his favor.
The season has obviously only just begun, but the race for MVP in 2020 should be one of the most competitive in recent memory. It will take an all-world season from Wilson in order to claim the award. But as you’ve seen in the first two weeks, it’s clear he’s capable of doing just that.