CBSSPORTS BOSTON Explains Why Thru Week 13 Seahawks Russell Wilson Is MVP
In that debate at this juncture, the winner should be Brady, who has significantly better numbers in every single area except touchdowns.
But what about a candidate who deserves much more attention than he’s getting?
Out in Seattle, Russell Wilson has been as close to a one-man band as is possible in the sport of football. The numbers are truly insane.
The quarterback, who turned 29 on Wednesday, has thrown for 3,029 yards, tied with Drew Brees for third-most in the league. He’s thrown 23 touchdowns, which is also third-most in the NFL behind the aforementioned MVP front-runners.
But what’s most stunning is that Wilson has not only represented the entirety of the Seattle passing game. He’s also been the team’s only reliable rusher.
Through 11 games, Wilson has rushed for 401 yards — nearly double that of the next-leading rusher, Chris Carson at 208.
Of the 1,132 Seattle rushing yards this season, Wilson accounts for 35 percent of them.
What’s more: Of Seattle’s four rushing touchdowns, Wilson has three.
That means either through the air or on the ground, Wilson has accounted for 26 of the Seahawks’ 27 offensive touchdowns. Through 11 games, the Seahawks’ offense has scored just one touchdown that didn’t require Wilson to either throw it or run for it. Ninety-six percent of the offense’s touchdowns have been generated by Wilson.
And mind you, this is not on some hopeless Browns team. This is on a 7-4 squad that’s one game out of first place in the NFC West and is in a virtual tie for the second wild-card spot in the highly competitive NFC. (They lose the tiebreaker with Atlanta, at the moment, so they’re technically outside of the playoff picture.) CBS BOSTON
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