Russell Wilson continues to fade as MVP candidate

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Overtaken in recent weeks by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has now been leapfrogged again in the MVP odds.

Wilson, via PointsBet, now has +700 odds to win the top annual individual award. The bet-$100-win-$700 proposition puts him behind both Mahomes (-400) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+600).

Next on the list is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, at +2500. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has plunged considerably since the Hail Murray moment; he’s now at +3300. Also at +3300 is Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Titans running back Derrick Henry has moved to +4000. Then come the ultra-longshots: Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (+10000), Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (+10000), Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill (+10000), Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (+15000), Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (+15000), Saints running back Alvin Kamara (+15000), Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (+15000), Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (+15000) and Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins (+15000).

At the very bottom of the list is Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2019 MVP. He’s now at +50000 after missing the Week 12 loss to the Steelers, due to a positive COVID-19 test.

43 responses to “Russell Wilson continues to fade as MVP candidate

  1. Because its obvious Seattle can dictate a game better when Wilson isn’t trying to Matt Stafford it all game. The Seahawks need to figure out how to get past the divisional round of the playoffs. Its been 6 years. I will say though, between the ”Let Russ Cook’ version and the Turtle up version of last week’s Eagles game….they might want to try something else come playoff time.

  2. Nothing against a great player, but it would be pretty funny if Wilson gets zero votes again after everyone in the media was rushing to the microphones to scream about what a travesty that has been.

  3. It’s is a 2 man race. Really always has been between Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.

    I would give Mahomes the advantage now, but A-Rod could change that with a strong stretch run at the end of season here. For those that don’t know, the MVP is voted on before the playoffs, and awarded just before the Super Bowl.

  4. It’s no secret that this is just a popularity contest. If it were truly the player most valuable to his team Wilson would have won it long before this year. To never have even received one vote verifies it.

  5. Seems like this turns into “Best Player” Award. AGAIN.
    Put Tannehill in KC with the same cast, and they don’t lose a beat, IMHO. Maybe one more Löss, after a full season, but still #2 Seed in the AFC, at worst, and not much difference when all is said and done.

    If you look at the team around Rodgers, though… Losses to starting OL, mediocre (at best) WR, and a sub par DEF. He is taking his team to a level way beyond their actual talent level.

    Ain’t that the definition of Most VALUABLE Player?
    Don’t get me wrong, Mahomes is by far the Best Player. Most “VALUABLE” though? Don’t think so.

  6. He may be a “long shot” in your eyes right now, but I fully expect Dalvin Cook to move up that list very rapidly. Not only is he the best running back in the league, he is the best player in the league!! And winning the MVP will prove it!! Minnesota will have a clear advantage now that the winds have turned cold, and they have the most passionate fan base in the league, bar none!!!

    The only problem Cook may have is that the team is so stacked with talent up and down the roster on both sides of the ball, his own teammates may siphon votes from him!! I can see Cousins, Thielen, Jefferson and now Beebe receiving MVP votes, which will obviously reduce the number of votes Cook may receive.

  7. Those MVP dreams are gone, Pete Carroll is going run the ball into a load box with the practice squad running back after that terrible turnover stretch Russell had.

    Russell is still efficient but Pete’s style of football is old school. I guess with the 2nd best record since he’s come to the NFL as a coach its hard to argue it doesn’t work. My problem with it is without a great defense, every team they play will be in play for am upset until the clock expiries.

  8. I’ve always thought that the MVP was misnamed, and the odds agree. Who is the most valuable to their team? The fact that Tyreek Hill is mentioned on the list, sort of discounts Mahomes IMHO. Where would the Titans and the Cardinals be without their candidates? Well, look at the Cardinals before they drafted him. #1 pick. Murray has made a huge difference in that team. Yes having a top tier receiver, as well as a fading Hall of Famer, helps, but neither of them are in the MVP list. Derrick Henry. Similar logic.

  9. If the Steelers go undefeated after going 8-8 last year, that means that Ben is worth 8 wins. I know mahomes is the best player, but no player is more valuable to his team than Roethlisberger.

  10. What’s funny is Rodgers has done more with less. Mahommes is the Golden boy now though so he’s going to really have to finish poorly not to win it.

  11. Did someone say big ben? Don’t they have the same crappy schedule as browns? Mahomes is protected by the league. You can’t even look at him mean or you get flagged, plus he has lots of talent around him. Russell has metcalf. Rodgers was doing it all season.

  12. Of course it’s Mahomes. The “Let Russ Cook” campaign is completely corny. Wilson will be the Drew Brees of his generation to never win a MVP award — great player but playing at the same time with other superior players. Just like Brees, at least he won a Super Bowl.

  13. N Lu says:
    December 4, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Seems like this turns into “Best Player” Award. AGAIN.
    Put Tannehill in KC with the same cast, and they don’t lose a beat, IMHO.

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    There is something to this. Mahomes is the best player in the NFL, but some people forget the Chiefs were already a divisional-round playoff team before he took over. He’s the best, but it’s a lot easier to be good on a team like that as opposed to the pits that Darnold, Rosen, etc. were stuck in. He’s taken the team a couple games further.

    The flip side is, maybe he shouldn’t be punished because other greats like Rodgers are on teams so poorly assembled that they fall apart without him.

    Along these lines, Henry definitely deserves to be in the conversation as well.

  14. pkrlvr says:
    December 4, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    What’s funny is Rodgers has done more with less. Mahommes is the Golden boy now though so he’s going to really have to finish poorly not to win it

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    And by doing more with less you, you must mean that he still hadn’t beat a team with a winning record when they played? Correct?

  15. For some odd reason this always happens with Russell Wilson in that he will come out for the 1st half of the season like gang busters playing out of his mind but then he will slow way down playing just OK. Wilson has never put together elite QB play from opening kickoff through the last down played. Wilson still has time yet to turn it around so we’ll see what happens however Kyler Murray was on the MVP short list too and AZ’s schedule gets pretty easy over the last 4 weeks and he is now 100% healthy after injuring his shoulder so he will have competition inside his own division down the stretch. Should be fun to watch if both can turn it on through December.

  16. Rodgers is doing so much more with so much less than any other candidates, but it’s not about most valuable. It’s a popularity contest. Mahomes hasn’t been around long enough to get the undeserved negative attention from purposeful haters that a perennial winner gets, like Rodgers does.

  17. As does my chances of making the fantasy football playoffs. So much for “Let Russ cook”

  18. The refs are the ones who actually decide the outcome, shouldn’t they share the MVP?

  19. Winning the MVP is nice and all, but winning the Super Bowl is what really matters.

    KC seem like they are still the team to beat (despite the Steelers great season), but Wilson will have a shot.

  20. Its a 3-horse race around the last turn , 4 games to go , either of the 3 (or a surprise) could pull it out .. people blither-blathering like they know anything at this point bragging about how their dream/fav player definitely deserves it – only 3/4 way thru the season – know nothing at all ..

  21. Lamar is not at the bottom of the list because he missed the game against the Steelers, it’s because he has been figured out. He has looked average at best.

  22. Rodgers probably deserves it if you are going off of purely which team would be worse without their MVP candidate, but Mahomes is putting up crazy numbers, so even if you discount it because he’s on a super team (on offense) you have to admit he’s playing near perfect football.

    Wilson peaked early but their schedule is cake the rest of the way so he could put up some great numbers the last five games and if they end up as the one-seed, I don’t see why he couldn’t win it. I’d take his odds over either Mahomes or Rodgers right now if I were a betting man.

  23. And by doing more with less you, you must mean that he still hadn’t beat a team with a winning record when they played? Correct?
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    Rodgers doesn’t play defense. He’s got the highest scoring offense in the league and is leading in 10 different passer categories. With one receiver. What more do you want from him?

  24. Russ will be happy to settle for a ring. I hope we go head to head with Mahomes in February…or March…or whenever.

  25. pkrlvr says:
    December 4, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    And by doing more with less you, you must mean that he still hadn’t beat a team with a winning record when they played? Correct?
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    Rodgers doesn’t play defense. He’s got the highest scoring offense in the league and is leading in 10 different passer categories. With one receiver. What more do you want from him?
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    I don’t want anything from him. Im not claiming he should be MVP. Seattles d has been garbage most of the year. Russ has the same record as the overrated one. KCs def isn’t special-better record than GB. Big Ben plays with a better def-also a tougher schedule.

  26. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm
    Rodgers is doing so much more with so much less than any other candidates, but it’s not about most valuable.
    __________

    Green Bay has arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. Davante Adams and Aaron Jones are both top 5 at their positions.

    The “Rodgers has no help” narrative no longer holds weight. Just because Green Bay can’t play defense doesn’t mean Rodgers is carrying the offense all by himself.

  27. Please someone just vote for him anyways. I can’t handle another year of hE HaSn’T eVeR GoTtEn a MvP vOtE fan boys every time his name is brought up

  28. N Lu says:
    December 4, 2020 at 11:47 am
    Seems like this turns into “Best Player” Award. AGAIN.
    Put Tannehill in KC with the same cast, and they don’t lose a beat, IMHO. Maybe one more Löss, after a full season, but still #2 Seed in the AFC, at worst, and not much difference when all is said and done.

    If you look at the team around Rodgers, though… Losses to starting OL, mediocre (at best) WR, and a sub par DEF. He is taking his team to a level way beyond their actual talent level.

    Ain’t that the definition of Most VALUABLE Player?
    Don’t get me wrong, Mahomes is by far the Best Player. Most “VALUABLE” though? Don’t think so.

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    The umlaut in Loss really drives your point home

  29. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    December 4, 2020 at 2:17 pm
    The refs are the ones who actually decide the outcome, shouldn’t they share the MVP?

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    Coaches also partially decide the outcome of games, but they’re not eligible for MVP. I believe the P stands for “player.” That might be why

  30. Green Bay has had best offensive line in NFL for long times. Nothing against Rogers but except for TB and Colts , they have nit played any solid team.

  31. directdriver says: “Wilson will be the Drew Brees of his generation to never win a MVP award — great player but playing at the same time with other superior players. Just like Brees, at least he won a Super Bowl.”
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    You do know Wilson has won a Super Bowl too, right??

  32. On one hand, I definitely want to see Mahomes get it for obvious homer reasons. But if you take the root words “most valuable” it’s Derrick Henry, and it’s not even close. You take him off the roster and Tannehill isn’t the come back kid last year, they wouldn’t have even sniffed the Super Bowl…

    …but they definitely would have beat the Ravens

  33. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    December 4, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    1. Big Ben
    2. Mahomes
    3. Rodgers

    Deal with it

    3 31 Rate This

    ***********

    The group has spoken. Next deal…

  34. If Pitt goes 16-0 or 15-1, Ben should get MVP. His TD to INT ratio is like 25-6 & has been turnover-free in 7 of 11 gms. From 8-8 to 15 or 16 wins? Truly MVP impact.

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