Russell Wilson is playing out-of-his-mind good football.
The Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback put on a truly magical performance in Week 5, vaulting him into the Most Valuable Player (MVP) conversation. Even Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was at a loss for words when describing the way Wilson has manned the helm with 1,409 yards, 12 touchdowns and 0 interceptions through five games.
“I thought Russell played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” Carroll said. “I just thought Russ stole the show tonight…and on top of what he has done to start the season off.”
Next up, the Seahawks (4-1) will head to Cleveland to take on the Browns (2-2), who are early favorites against an NFC West team for the first time in four years.
Before we look ahead to Sunday's matchup, let's take a look at What They're Saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 6.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk says Russell Wilson deserves to be in the MVP race.
“His numbers are better than ever. Wilson has completed 73.1 percent of his passes. He’s averaging nine yards per passing attempt. He has 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions. And his passer rating stands at 126.3.”
Florio isn’t the only person that thinks Wilson deserves some serious MVP consideration. Shannon Sharpe of UNDISPUTED believes Wilson has proven himself as an MVP candidate.
“Right now I got Mahomes, but Russell Wilson is a close second. He was unbelievable last night… If I had to win one game and I’m taking a quarterback from the NFC, I’m taking Russell Wilson over every other quarterback.”
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated’s Seahawk Maven shared his thoughts on Seattle’s defense through the first five games:
“During the first month, Seattle has been trying to figure out how to best utilize newcomers Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah in its defensive scheme on the fly and first-round pick L.J. Collier has been a non-factor after missing the entire preseason. As a result, this group hasn’t come close to its ceiling just yet.”
While Mike Florio praised Wilson for his sharp performance, he also criticized Seattle for its multiple blunders on Thursday night.
“If Zuerlein had made a kick that has gone from being a 50-50 proposition in the ’70s to a virtual chip shot in 2019, the narrative today would be that the Seahawks blew the game with a couple of head-scratching decisions.”
People have not stopped talking about Lockett’s toe-tapper catch he made for a touchdown against the Rams. According to Next Gen Stats, the pass from Wilson to Lockett was the most improbably completion of the last two seasons (6.3 percent).
Around the NFL Writer Kevin Patra raved about Wilson and Lockett’s improbable moment.
“The beauty of football is that it takes more than one magician to cast spells that defy expectations of onlookers. Thursday night, Wilson and Lockett authored a masterclass in turning improbable into reality.”