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Russell Wilson: 5 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks’ Star Belongs in the NFL MVP Debate

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Is Russell Wilson The NFL's MVP?

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Overshadowed by Peyton Manning and his wonderful 2013 season is the job that Russell Wilson is doing in Seattle.

It’s understandable, however. Manning has thrown for NFL-bests in passing yards and touchdowns. His 41 passing touchdowns are 12 more than any other quarterback. He’s probably the overwhelming favorite on ballots throughout the country and that’s fine. But everyone should take a step back and appreciate Wilson’s season as well.

Wilson has been playing great all season long but solidified his spot at this discussion’s table this Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees was one of Wilson’s idols growing up, and he outplayed the former Super Bowl MVP. The way Wilson led Seattle to a dominant 34-7 win over New Orleans really showed Wilson’s worth to his team.

Wilson is the quarterback and leader in the huddle for the best team in the NFC. He leads the team both on and off the field. He is the voice and face of the Seattle Seahawks.

Six of Seattle’s wins this season have come at home. Because wins are a big factor in the MVP discussion, some may say Wilson is at an advantage because of the Seattle crowd. But it takes a great quarterback to turn that energy into quality football.

Wilson’s value to the Seahawks is immeasurable. The same can be said for Manning, but if Seattle ends up with the best record in the NFL or possibly wins the Super Bowl then Wilson could very well be named the league’s MVP.

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5. He's Humble

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Isn’t that what every NFL fan wants out of its Most Valuable Player? The player who receives this award immediately becomes its poster child for the league — we don’t want this person to be unprepared for the exposure. The following quote from Wilson following the Seahawks win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night explains it all: “I want to be the best one day. But I’ve got a long way to go. It’s a journey, but I respect the process.”

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4. Ball Facilitator

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Russell Wilson leads a productive Seahawks offense without turning the ball over too often. He has just six interceptions sprinkled throughout his 22 passing touchdowns. In addition, he’s rushed for 456 yards without turning over the football once. He’s an incredibly smart player with the football which is a direct reflection on just how valuable Wilson is to this Seattle team.

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3. Home Record

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Any time a team loses at home it’s considered a major disappointment. Russell Wilson I suppose then doesn’t disappoint. He is a perfect 14-0 at CenturyLink Field in his career, including a perfect 6-0 this season. He knows how to get it done at home and doesn’t let opposing quarterbacks take over his home field.

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2. Performance vs. Saints

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Facing the toughest opponent he had seen all season, Russell Wilson delivered his best performance. He completed 22-of-30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He also picked up the slack for a struggling Marshawn Lynch and led the Seahawks in rushing with 47 yards. All that against Drew Brees, Wilson’s idol growing up. He really matured in that game and was his best showing in the MVP discussion.

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1. Seattle's 11-1 Record

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The Seahawks currently have the best record in the NFC at 11-1. One would have to think that at the very worst they’d finish the season 13-3 given their non-formidable schedule. NFL MVPs usually come from the best, if not one of the best teams in the league, and Wilson fits that part of the description nicely.