There was an air of mystery surrounding the Seattle Seahawks heading into the 2020 NFL season. The development of the unproven offensive line unit and the state of the Seahawks pass rush, which managed just 28 sacks last season, tied for the second-lowest total in the NFL, were amongst the biggest question marks.
Many wondered if Russell Wilson could once again put up a strong case for the league’s MVP trophy, despite not receiving a single vote of his eight-year career.
Entering Week 1 of his ninth season in a Seahawks uniform, Wilson’s MVP tour was in full swing. Seattle refined its technique and followed the popular plea "let Russ cook," and Wilson proved he’s an ace in the kitchen.
The 31-year-old QB was unbelievably effective, close to flawless, when completing his first 12 passes overall and powering Seattle to a quick, 14-3 lead in Sunday’s season opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons. He finished 31-of-35 for 322 yards in one of his best starts all time and helped the Seahawks get off to a 1-0 start.
Per NFL345, Wilson’s 88.6 completion percentage was the third-highest mark in a single game in league history with a minimum of 35 attempts.
Along with his heaping touchdown passes, Wilson increased his team career record to 231. He also ran for 30 yards and passed the 4,000-yard mark in his career becoming just the fifth QB in NFL history to surpass 4,000 yards rushing (the others being Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, Cam Newton and Steve Young).
Wilson’s stellar body of work is just the launching point for what could be a booming breakthrough in 2020. If Wilson’s going to be crowned MVP this year, his surreal Week 1 performance was a great start.
He is just getting started, after all.
“That's the scary part,” Wilson said in 2019. “That's the most exciting part. That's really where I believe that I am right now: I'm just getting started. And I believe this team is just getting started. So, I think that we can do anything that we set our minds out to do."
After leading his team to an 11-5 mark while throwing 31 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions in 2019, somehow 2020 feels like the year Wilson finally grabs the rest of the league’s attention.
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