2013-2014 NFL MVP Debate: Why Not Russell Wilson?

By Ryan Heckman


Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints geared up for what would surely be one of the best games we’ve seen all season long. In the NFC, right now, it doesn’t get any better than these two teams. Between their top-tier defenses to their undersized quarterbacks with enormous talent, the Seahawks and Saints have been as good as it gets this year.

What ended up ensuing on week 13’s edition of Monday Night Football would be one of the loudest echoing statements made in the NFL this season. Seattle not only won the game — they absolutely dominated the Saints in every single aspect.

One of the biggest reasons why Seattle won is due to their suffocating defense. Their line played a fantastic game, getting to Drew Brees and pressuring him all night long. The secondary, as always, was on point. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas were lights out back there along with the rest of the crew, not allowing much — if anything — behind them. This defense played an absolutely flawless game.

As good as the defense was, the offense was just as special. Specifically, quarterback Russell Wilson had himself another monster performance. On a night where Marshawn Lynch was kept in check, Wilson led the team in rushing and of course did some damage in the passing game, tossing three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Seahawks’ 34-7 victory.

Wilson made all of the right reads. If it was an option play and the defensive end fell out of containment even for a split second, Wilson kept the ball and took off for a gain. He continued doing what he’s done all season long in the passing game: Making everyone around him better.

He’s taken a guy like Golden Tate and turned him into a very good player. Aside from Tate, Wilson uses everyone at his disposal. This is one of the things that makes him so hard to defend; he spreads the ball around. Monday, he targeted nine different receivers.

With how well Wilson played not only Monday night, but how he’s played all season long, it must beg the question: Should he be amongst the top candidates to win the MVP this season? Of course there are guys like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Jamaal Charles in the conversation, among others. But, with the way Wilson has played, taking an offense that is otherwise mediocre and making it second-best in the league, he certainly deserves to be in the conversation.

Wilson is undefeated at home since entering the league. Coming into Monday night, he had a rating of 105.1 on the year. He ended Monday’s game with a rating of 139.6. Through 13 games, Wilson has thrown 22 touchdowns versus just six picks while completing over 64 percent of his passes.

With all of that said, I ask you, why not this guy?

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

You May Also Like