Last night Russell Wilson was not great. 10/20 with no touchdowns and an interception are not MVP numbers, but to not consider him as a candidate is just wrong. Pat Mahomes and Drew Brees are throwing out numbers that you can only getting while playing Madden on easy. They are flashy and dominate offenses, but are they the singular reason their teams are winning? Not to the level of Russell Wilson.
He’s set to post career-highs in touchdowns (39), yards per attempt, and passer rating, while only throwing it about 27 times per game. In a season when quarterbacks are shattering records for completion percentage and Patrick Mahomes is virtually a lock to go over 50 touchdowns, Wilson is doing it his own way while still keeping pace with some of those prolific scorers in the league. When the game was on the line last night Wilson made the play that changed the momentum, his 40-yard scramble that led to the 2-yard TD from Chris Carson was a thing of beauty in a game that was dominated by defense.
The Seahawks have made wholesale changes to their offense. Jimmy Graham, gone, Darrel Bevell gone, Doug Baldwin injured most of the season. Wilson has found a way to make a star of Tyler Lockett and relevance to WR David Moore a former 7th round pick and TE Nick Vannett. These are not premier players, they may not even see the field on most teams that are playoff relevant. Wilson works with what is around him and makes them play to his level.
Wilson has the third best passer rating on the road behind the aforementioned Mahomes and the veteran slinger Phillip Rivers. He has 21 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the NFC this season. He is the reason that the Seahawks are able to score, his ability to move and create allows the running game to develop as it has, becoming the #1 rushing attack in the NFL, averaging an astounding 153 yards per game. Wilson will most likely not win the MVP but he is by far the single most important player on any playoff team.