One of the largest talking points amongst Seahawks media this offseason was how Russell Wilson has never received a vote to win MVP.
Well, the season's still young but it's looking like that will change this season.
The Seattle Seahawks signal caller has become the odds-on favorite to win the 2020 NFL MVP at +300, Odds provided by our partner, PointsBet. Before the season began, Wilson was +1600 in many other books to win the award this season.
Behind Wilson are the last two MVP winners Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (+500) and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (+500). Aaron Rodgers (+800), Kyler Murray (+1400) and Dak Prescott (+2000) round out the top-five.
This could be the equivalent of the "September Heisman" in college football, but it's still cool nonetheless. Also, Wilson was the early-frontrunner last season to win MVP before Lamar Jackson and the Ravens dominated the league week in and week out to end the season. As a result, Jackson was named MVP unanimously.
But this season feels different. The Seahawks are letting Russ cook and playing aggressively on offense from the first quarter, rather than try to play field position and win games in the fourth, and Wilson has delivered. Mike Florio of NBC Sports reported Wilson told the team "he wanted greater urgency from the offense earlier in the game" this offseason and it appears the staff took his words seriously.
Through two weeks, Wilson has completed 82.5% of his passes (52-63, 1st in the NFL) for 610 yards (5th in the NFL), 9 touchdowns (1st in the NFL) and just one interception, that wasn't his fault. Additionally, Wilson's 9.7 yards per attempt is second in the NFL, only behind Lamar Jackson at 9.8.
After his nearly perfect Week 1 performance, NFL Live host Ryan Clark predicted Wilson to win the award this season.
"This is the year. You know how it happens. Pat[rick Mahomes] got his and Lamar [Jackson] got his," said Clark. "Every year everybody's like 'Oh man, Russel Wilson's right there but this dude had a better year. Russell Wilson's right there but this dude had a better year.' You heard what Bill Belichick said, he believes that Russell Wilson is underrated by the media and sometimes the fans but he didn't say it was coaches and players because everybody understands what he's done with less on that offense of Seattle."
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