The 2019 NFL MVP race is starting to take shape. Who we figured would be leading the race has changed from early September to mid-October.
Last year’s MVP, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, has dropped from being the leading contender. Who has emerged? Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
With a record of 5-1 and a string of close victories to his credit, Wilson has thrown for 14 touchdowns and ran for three, thrown no interceptions and has a passer rating greater than 100 in each game so far. That has moved the Caesar’s Sportsbook betting off of Mahomes and onto Wilson, who moved from a 20-1 favorite to start the year into a 2-1 favorite. Following Wilson and Mahomes is Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has 4-1 odds.
The Ringer is also starting to show some love to Wilson as well.
“The blend of high-level quarterbacking and borderline magical powers that Wilson displayed against the Browns is the same elixir he’s been brewing all season. In Seattle’s matchup with the Steelers in Week 2, Wilson—who typically ranks near the top of the league in time to throw—had an average release time of 1.82 seconds, by far the lowest mark in the league that week. He finished that game 29-of-35 with three touchdowns on passes that came in 2.5 seconds or less. Against the Rams in Week 5, Wilson’s average release time was 3.41 seconds—by far the highest mark in the league. On throws that came in 2.5 seconds or more in that game, he finished seven-of-10 with three touchdowns. Wilson’s brilliance this season has come from his adaptability. He can be whatever type of quarterback the situation calls for, and perform each role better than he ever has before.”
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio also is starting to by in on Wilson’s special season, even if it is in year number eight.
“He told me by phone after the game that it’s a product of the ongoing growth in his career. He continues to build experience after experience, with eight years of getting ready for various coaches and defenses putting him in a spot where he has complete confidence in his game.
“I’ve studied like crazy,” Wilson said. “It’s years and years of preparation. I’m feeling like there’s nothing you can show me I haven’t seen before.”
Aiding his development is the fact that he’s never missed a game.
“I think that’s huge,” he said. “Being available, being able to play at all costs and leave it all on the field. I always wanted to play every play and play every game.”
Yes, it is early, but Wilson could be on the brink of something special this year.