Russell Wilson enters the very short list of MVP candidates

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Through four weeks and one game, the MVP race currently is down to Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes. And Russell Wilson.

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.

On Thursday night, he seemed to reach an even higher level, starting with the needle-threading throw to Tyler Lockett and continuing with multiple examples of gyrating away from pressure but also delivering accurate throws to receivers who inevitably become wide-ass open thanks to Wilson’s extension of the play.

“I can’t even remember all those plays,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “There’s so many plays. I’m thinking, ‘Russ, get down!’ And all of a sudden he pops out and he’s still going, and we start over again. And then he finds somebody and makes a 20-yard play. Must have happened five or six times tonight.

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I thought he was spectacular. I don’t remember him being that on, that thoroughly in the game in really difficult situations. It wasn’t just a classic in-the-pocket-throw-the-football. He was having to create and do stuff all night long. I thought his play was exquisite, awesome.”

Indeed it was. While Mahomes may ultimately become the unanimous MVP, Wilson deserves to be in the conversation. And maybe one of them eventually will be the Super Bowl MVP, in a game played against the other.

68 responses to “Russell Wilson enters the very short list of MVP candidates

  1. No Gardner Minshew? Who cares if he’s not “winning games.” His value cannot be limited to statistics and on-field impact.

  2. Wilson was astounding last night. I’m no Seahawks fan but that guy has always been the young QB every NFL team wants, and he still is eight years later.

  3. Russell Wilson needs to get his due. Can anyone even argue against him being the best QB from the 2012 draft now? He hasn’t missed a game. Luck is retired and RG3 is a backup.

  4. At then end of a good game last night the refs were less than spectacular when the Seahawks were given a free 15 yards when Matthews hit Wilson in the shoulder, with his shoulder.

    Not bashing Wilson, but c’mon refs…

  5. His ability to escape and make yards with his passing and his feet was impressive. But both he and Goff courted serious injury last night.

  6. Russel Wilson should not even be discussed for MVP.
    Your right, the list for MVP is short.
    Patrick Mahomes.PERIOD. That is the short list.

  7. At this point in the season why wouldn’t the top 5 QBs be there? Goff, Mahomes, Wilson, Ryan, and Rivers lead the league in yards. A lot can happen with 12 more regular season games to play.

  8. credit goes to Wilson for last night’s win. His scrambling and threat of scrambling created opportunities for receivers to be open for big gains. He may have done it once too many because he tried to do it on third and 2 with time running out, instead of giving the ball to Chris Collins up the middle. The play lost 8 yards when Tyler Lockett was tackled for a loss. Instead of running out the clock, they had to punt, and I can see from Petey’s facial expression that he was worried that the game would be lost. A quarterback like Goff can march his team downfield and kick a winning field goal easily. Without Wilson’s scrambling, the Seagulls could easily be 0-4 insead of 3-1. There is a good case to be made that he is deserving of being MVP, if he can keeping performing these miracles. If his team misses the playoffs, there is not a snowball’s chance in Hawaii that he will be voted MVP.

  9. Wilson is elite. Once brees brady rothelisberger rivers all retire he will pretty much unquestionably be a top 2 QB and he might be there already.

    If you cant measure MVP candidacy by on field impact what exactly are you supposed to measure by? Moustache quality?

  10. Until any active player can show they can lead their team to 4 of the 5 most recent SBs and not lose a game since lifting their most recent title, the league MVP must remain Tom Brady.

  11. McVay’s decision to try for 2 extra points proved to be the margin of defeat when Goff failed to cross the goal line.

  12. Dak.

    Dak took out poor ‘ole Russel in the playoffs last year. Handed them the “L” himself as he lead the Cowboys to a convincing late 4th quarter comeback win.

    I watched Wilson play. He was aided time again by the refs, much like Brady. This is the NFL’s version of picking their own hero/poster-child. When they play defenses that don’t regularly give up 50 points like the Rams, it will be apparent that Wilson is nothing more than a media and ref darling who is gifted so many additional opportunities until it eventually works.

  13. Russell Wilson cares about padding his stats, that’s why he is looking so good. This is a guy who wants to throw TDs at the 1 yard line instead of handing it off to his RBs, who have a combined total of 3 rushing TDs on the season. Just think, if he cared more about winning he would have handed it off to Marshawn Lynch…

  14. Its WEEK FIVE, picking any player for MVP is kinda silly. Anything can happen in 11 weeks. Players can emerge, others may stumble. Then add the dreaded “I” word (Injury).

  15. spartan01 says:
    October 4, 2019 at 10:16 am
    At this point in the season why wouldn’t the top 5 QBs be there? Goff, Mahomes, Wilson, Ryan, and Rivers lead the league in yards. A lot can happen with 12 more regular season games to play.
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    Dude you need to check your stats every once in awhile Andy Dalton is in the top 5 for most yards.

  16. I have to say that Russell Wilson makes plays and throws that just stop you in your tracks. When he’s on,look out…MVP? He’s definitely near or at the top of the list right now. Amazing.

  17. Seattle fans have long known RW is a great QB worthy of the MVP discussion. The majority of the NFL fans and media just ignore him or dismiss him because of prejudices against Seattle and the fact he isn’t on TV starring in insurance commercials.

    You can be sure the players and coaches in the NFL know how good he is.

  18. darcrequiem says:
    October 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Russell Wilson needs to get his due. Can anyone even argue against him being the best QB from the 2012 draft now? He hasn’t missed a game. Luck is retired
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    I would argue that Wilson was better than Luck all along. Both very good to excellent, but only Wilson has/had proven championship pedigree, in spite of Wilson’s faux pas in the ‘Malcolm, Go!’ game.

  19. ate This
    jdubkc says:
    October 4, 2019 at 10:33 am
    If the kicker hits the 44 yard field goal we are not having this discussion…
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    If the Hawks make the kick at the end of the first half we’re still having this conversation…. Blabady blabady blah blah !

  20. Carson Wentz ….56% completion rate on 3rd downs. Come on the kid is playing lights out. He deserves/earned a nod for MVP

  21. I suppose. He’s good, but what I saw last night was a lot of his receivers having to stop, turn around, and wait for his passes to arrive, which made for some first downs but hardly any receivers hit in stride and fewer YAC as a result.

    I’m not sure why the Rams didn’t adapt to this better, because they were fairly easy throws made to targets who had stopped running. Apart from that “throw it to the back corner of the end zone and hope for the best” catch that was more about Lockett than Wilson, I didn’t see much that looked like highly skilled passing. Extending plays and the Rams not defending predictable throws is what I saw.

    Seahawks and Wilson are good, but let’s be honest – without that missed FG at the end, we’d be talking about the lack of 3rd down conversions and the missed chances instead of “MVP”.

  22. even with all that they should have lost….they know, the 12’s know it, but them’s the breaks…

  23. MVP doesnt mean “Most Valuable Player” anymore…
    it means QB Statistical leader
    because of the MEDIA DRIVEN HYPE MACHINE that doesnt want NFL fans to consider what is actually important to a team victory (ps: Super Bowl win = TEAM VICTORY, not QB victory)

  24. Mahomes definitely should be in discussion and so should Wilson. I just look at this way: if Wilson wasn’t on the field and Geno Smith was, would they be 4-1? of course not. They probably would be 2-3 or 1-4. That’s how valuable Wilson is to the team. And where would KC be without Mahomes? Those two are just so fantastic to watch and make the NFL more fun, so we’re lucky they are playing. Can you imagine if the league was just a bunch of Kirk Cousins?

  25. Seattle isn’t a huge media capitol, so Russell Wilson kind of flies under the radar. But if you wanted to put together a list on the most valuable players over the past 5-8 years, Wilson would be right behind Tom Brady.

  26. aarons444 says:
    October 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Watch out Steve Young, Russell Wilson is coming for the title of “Best dual-threat QB of all time”
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    John Elway laughed at this
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    Why would Elway laugh? Steve Young rushed for more yards than Elway, and a higher average, in the regular season and playoffs, in spite of being a starter for far fewer years than Elway in the NFL. Elway threw for more yards, and had far more abysmal games than Young but, again, Elway played for more years.

    Both great QB athletes, both dual threats, yet the only thing they really have in common is that they both needed their respective teams to cheat on the salary cap, and other ways, in order to win a Super Bowl as starters with their teams.

  27. kevpft says:
    October 4, 2019 at 11:20 am
    I suppose. He’s good, but what I saw last night was a lot of his receivers having to stop, turn around, and wait for his passes to arrive, which made for some first downs but hardly any receivers hit in stride and fewer YAC as a result.

    I’m not sure why the Rams didn’t adapt to this better, because they were fairly easy throws made to targets who had stopped running. Apart from that “throw it to the back corner of the end zone and hope for the best” catch that was more about Lockett than Wilson, I didn’t see much that looked like highly skilled passing. Extending plays and the Rams not defending predictable throws is what I saw.

    Seahawks and Wilson are good, but let’s be honest – without that missed FG at the end, we’d be talking about the lack of 3rd down conversions and the missed chances instead of “MVP”.

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    Point taken, but…..

    Consider that he’s playing behind a O-line that wouldn’t be good ion a D1 college team. If he had a middle of the road NFL O-line, he’d be an assassin.

    Wilson has never had a complete O-line in his NFL career. He’s has some good pieces at times (1-2 good players), but never a complete unit.

  28. If Russell Wilson broke season records for TDs, passing yards, rushing yards, comp %, QBR, passer rating, fewest ints, etc and maybe, maybe then the media would consider him worthy of MVP……

  29. You could name 1 or maybe 2 other QB’s who could make that throw to Tyler Lockett. That was one tiny window. The catch and the toe tap on Lockett’s end was pretty amazing too.

  30. How about we wait until at least HALF the season has been played? It’s like the nonsensical media created “If the playoffs started today” stuff. Unless they DO start today, who cares?

  31. It is unlikely but if McCaffery can continue to carry the Panthers to wins, breaks the scrimmage yard record and becomes one of very few RBs to break the 1000/1000 threshold then he at least has to be in the conversation.

  32. dynastykingblog says:
    October 4, 2019 at 11:56 am
    Where would KC be without Mahomes? Where they were with Alex Smith – a devastating offense. The Mahomes worshipping is out of control.

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    You CLEARLY have not watched Mahomes play. Alex Smith was a good guy, and a game manager with average talent. Mahomes is setting the bar for talent. Alex Smith was a 6, Mahomes is the new 10.

  33. If you can’t see and acknowledge how great this guy is, there is something seriously wrong with you.

  34. nelly837
    nelly837
    1h ago
    spartan01 says:
    October 4, 2019 at 10:16 am
    At this point in the season why wouldn’t the top 5 QBs be there? Goff, Mahomes, Wilson, Ryan, and Rivers lead the league in yards. A lot can happen with 12 more regular season games to play.
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    Dude you need to check your stats every once in awhile Andy Dalton is in the top 5 for most yards.
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    Dalton is 7th in yards according to nfl.com which I checked this morning. Dude.

  35. Wait. He gets on this list because the Rams missed a very makeable field goal?
    OK, I get it.
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    No, you clearly don’t.

    Some of the comments in this particular Thread about Russell Wilson make me wonder if they know football at all.

    The guy talking about yards, you know he’s a Fantasy Football guy… but the people trying to say Russell is still no good? A game manager?

    When you are looking at greatness but have so much hate that it looks like a game manager…smh. I feel sorry for you, you are lucky that you get to watch Russell Wilson play football. He is magical.

  36. Wilson is good at improvising, using his scrambling ability to get receivers open or to run for chunks of yardage. If he just plays like a regular NFL quarterback, then he will flop just like the ears of a Labrador retreiver.

  37. Let’s be clear…..If Myers hit his FG then whether or not Greg make his FG or not it doesn’t matter. Second How is Mahomes better than Wilson?
    Mahomes 156 att 106 Comp 10TD

    Wilson 156 att 114 Comp 12TD
    If you base it on yard thrown Goff has thrown for almost a 1000 yds in the past 2 games..record 0-2 3td 4ints yards doesn’t mean SQUAT!

  38. Loved Danger Russ as a Badger, knew he would beat out Matt Flynn, he is elite but cmon….its week 5
    and the Claymaker must think he is in the twilight zone with what is and what is not roughing the passer.

  39. Russell Wilson cannot hold the jockstraps of Patrich Mahomes, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.

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