Russell Wilson has what it takes
Let’s go through the checklist from the previous page. He is most definitely a quarterback, and amongst the best of all time too. The Seahawks can win their division, it will be tough as this is the best division in the NFL, but as I went through in a previous piece regarding the Seahawks schedule, I have them in for 13 wins. This certainly makes them a contender for the NFC West title.
If the Seahawks do rack up 13 wins, they are likely to be in the top 2 seeds in the NFC, even though we have an extra game in this year’s schedule. Again, 13 wins is above the minimum 11 required to be an MVP contending QB.
Finally, and I believe most significantly is that the perceived wisdom regarding the Seahawks prospects this year has the same journalists that will vote for the MVP putting them down as third favorites to win the NFC West.
In some recent articles I have read, they even have the Seahawks finishing last in the division. The consensus seems to be that the Seahawks will finish with somewhere between 9 and 11 wins, finishing third in the division and possibly making the playoffs.
So looking at item 5 on the checklist, if the Seahawks were to win their division with 13 or even 14 wins, rather than admit they got it wrong, the voting journalists will look for a reason to explain this unpredictable outcome. And the first place they will look is at Russell Wilson.
Added to this, the Seahawks have more than half of their scheduled games that are likely to be tightly contested games requiring the QB to make the difference between winning and losing. This is why I believe this is Russell Wilson’s best opportunity to win an MVP award.
If he can lift the Seahawks to win these tight games, bring the divisional title and high seeding to boot in what is the toughest division in the NFL he has to be a leading contender.
Add to that the uncertainty over other leading QBs such as Aaron Rodgers and DeShaun Watson plus the expectancy levels around the likes of Brady and Mahomes being pretty high this could well be Russell Wilson’s year to not only garner his first MVP vote but to win it.