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Forget About Mahomes and Jackson: Who Will Be the Next NFL MVP?

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Forget About Mahomes and Jackson: Who Will Be the Next NFL MVP?
Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Yes, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the two best quarterbacks in the league. That said, you can find more betting value for your NFL picks with another player. Someone who has a decent chance to be named MVP next season.

Mahomes and Jackson won the last two NFL MVP awards and their future is extremely bright. However, BetOnline has Russell Wilson at +1000 to be the MVP for the first time in his career. You have to love those NFL odds.

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Russell Wilson is Underrated

Wilson is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a one-time Super Bowl champion. A former player and analyst thinks that he is disrespected.

NFL legend Tiki Barber, who works at CBS Sports Radio, appeared on an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson recently. Barber explained why Wilson is taken for granted.

“At the end of the day, a team that has a quarterback who interestingly never gotten a MVP vote, but is always in the MVP conversation; I mean, it’s baffling the disrespect that Russell Wilson gets. Maybe the most underrated quarterback in the NFL these days. But a team that has a Russell Wilson – who is always going to find a way to create and make plays happen, has a chance in the NFL.”

Tiki Barber knows what he’s talking about. Barber was the star running back for the Giants from 1997 to 2006. He finished with 10,449 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns on 2,217 carries in 154 games.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Russell Wilson has never missed a game in his eight-year career. Last season he completed 341 of 516 passes for 31 touchdowns and five interceptions in 16 games. He also ran for 342 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries.

Wilson has completed 2,436 of 3,777 passes for 227 touchdowns and 68 interceptions in 128 games in his career and he has 3,993 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on 720 carries.

Russell Wilson Stats Last Season

66.1 completion percentage, 4,110 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, five interceptions, 69.8 total quarterback rating

Russell Wilson Career Stats

  • 64.5 completion percentage, 29,734 passing yards, 227 touchdowns, 68 interceptions

Russell Wilson Career Playoff Stats

  • 62.3 completion percentage, 3,612 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Russell Wilson Stats in the 2013-14 Playoffs

  • 63.2 completion percentage, 524 passing yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions

Russell Wilson Stats When the SeahawksWon Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014

  • 72.0 completion percentage, 206 passing yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions

Wilson is Still in His Prime

Russell Wilson’s value to the Seahawks is undeniable. His completion percentage has never fallen below 61.3 percent and his career-low for touchdown passes is 20.

Russell Wilson increased his passing yards from 3,448 to 4,110 over the last two seasons and the Seahawks know that they will not find a more capable and consistent quarterback via free agency or the NFL Draft, which is why he was given a lucrative… contract in 2019.

Wilson is arguably the face of the Seahawks and he’s a serious threat to Mahomes and Jackson for the MVP award.

Offensive Changes Are Coming

The Seahawks promoted quarterbacks coach Dave Canales to passing game coordinator and Austin Davis moved up to become the new quarterbacks coach in March. These may appear to be minor moves but Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network reported that this is part of a plan for the Seahawks to be more aggressive on offense.

“They are exploring ways to run that uptempo style of offense more often during games without changing their identity, which is one of the reasons they created a pass game coordinator, promoting former quarterbacks coach David Canales to that spot and promoting former offensive assistant and former Seahawks and Rams quarterback Austin Davis to the quarterbacks coach spot,” Ruiz said.

Russell Wilson was vocal about the changes he would like to see on offense. This offseason he admitted to ESPN 710 Seattle that the Seahawks left many touchdowns on the table last year.

“We’ve thrown a bunch of touchdowns, you know,” Wilson explained. “We’ve been throwing a bunch of touchdowns and I think there’s a lot more out there, too. I think there’s about 10 to 15 to 20 more, so let’s go get those. That’s just how I think about it. Touchdowns help us win. I think we’ve got to find ways to win and we’ve got to score more points than they do and I think we’ve got great talent.”

The Seahawks have to be more aggressive on offense to take full advantage of Wilson’s prime years. The addition of DK Metcalf last season opened up more opportunities for Wilson to thrive and that will be even more evident next season.