This should be the year that Russell Wilson finally gets his first MVP vote. Hell, if he continues on the torrid pace that he's on, he'll be the unanimous choice.
Wilson has nine touchdown passes through two games and just 11 incompletions. He also leads the NFL in touchdown percentage (14.3%), completion percentage (82.5%) and quarterback rating (140.0). The Seahawks star quarterback didn't mince words on Thursday when he was asked about being in the running for MVP.
"I don't want a vote. More importantly, I want to win (the award)," Wilson said. "Obviously MVP is a special award. It's the best football players in the world and there are so many great guys. I think about guys like Lamar last year, he was unbelievable last year. Such a great player. Guys like Patrick Mahomes."
Wilson has been tremendous his entire career, but for most of his first eight seasons, there was an obvious choice for MVP. That has been the case with Lamar Jackson last year and Patrick Mahomes in 2018.
This year feels like the spotlight is on Wilson more than ever before. Everyone is aware that he's never received a vote. That should work in his favor in case a tie needs to be broken at season's end. But beyond that, Wilson's supporting cast as well as Seattle's shift toward a pass-first identity on offense bode well for his chances.
Tyler Lockett is as reliable and efficient as any receiver in football. He already has 15 receptions on 16 targets for 159 yard and a touchdown. DK Metcalf is evolving into one of the game's elite players. He's up to 187 yards and two touchdowns through two games. That's before you mention complimentary pieces like Chris Carson, David Moore, Freddie Swain, Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and an improved offensive line.
"For me, I want to be regarded as one of the best to ever play this game," Wilson said. "I think it's part of the process and hopefully I can win enough games and do enough special things as a team to be able to do that. It's a team award. It's really a special award because everybody is involved in it."
It's never too early to separate yourself from other MVP candidates. Wilson will have a chance to do that by leading the Seahawks to a 3-0 start and out-dueling Cowboys star Dak Prescott on Sunday.