The historic case for Seahawks Russell Wilson as MVP

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Chris Carson

SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 01: Running back Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Nate Hairston #27 of the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on October 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

So what has Wilson’s supporting cast done?

Glad you asked. As it turns out, not that much. Again, I’m talking about the ground game, as the receivers can’t catch it if Wilson doesn’t deliver it. We started off on a good note with Chris Carson, but then the football gods decided we can’t have too much of a good thing. Including Carson (but not Wilson), all Seattle rushing plays have netted 731 yards and one touchdown on the season. Yes, one. In case you were wondering, Pro Football Focus graded Chris Carson as the 10th best running back in the league. Three of the top four graded backs play for Atlanta, New Orleans and New England. Just thought I’d mention that.

Take Carson out of the picture and it gets really ugly, as if it wasn’t bad enough. Since his exit from the lineup, the Seahawks backfield has amassed 385 yards rushing in those seven games, not counting Wilson’s total. With number 3’s contribution, they totaled 648 yards. Wilson also accounted for the only two rushing touchdowns in that span as well. 263 yards of the running game, or 40 percent of the team’s ground game, was all Wilson.

No matter where you look, Wilson has been a huge part of the Seahawks run game

For the entire season, he’s accounted for 35 percent. With Carson in the lineup, he accounted for just under 29 percent of the rushing attack, 138 of 484 yards. So even with Seattle’s only legitimate running back (at least so far), Wilson was a major factor in the running game. Since then, he’s been just about it.

As for the Seahawks offensive line, you knew it wasn’t going to look good. They are 20th in pass protection and 29th in run blocking, according to Football Outsiders. You’re shocked by this, I’m sure. the same way you were shocked when the sun rose today. Matt Ryan is the only quarterback ranked ahead of Wilson that didn’t have his offensive line ranked in the the top two in either the pass or the run. And his unit was ranked 11 and 17 places ahead of the Seahawks. Like I said, Wilson isn’t getting much help.

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