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NFL: The 1 Drive Everyone Will be Talking About if Russell Wilson Wins MVP

Russell Wilson got a little bit of the old school quarterback life during a Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns. When the Seattle Seahawks quarterback’s headset went out, he could have easily gone into panic mode and lost himself. Instead, he threw caution to the wind and decided to lead the team without the benefit of a headset and the coaches. 

The drive that proves Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate

As an NFL quarterback, it is on Russell Wilson to stay on his toes and face adversity head-on. After noticing that he couldn’t hear his offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, he could have called a timeout to try to get the technical glitch out of the way. He instead decided to take things on himself and call the plays himself. Although nobody knows which plays had comms in the drive, the fact that any or all of these could have been done at the spur of the moment is impressive. 

The headset went out with the Seahawks down the field 58 yards. He began the drive with a scramble for a three-yard gain. Then, the quarterback found tight end Luke Wilson for an 11-yard pass. Chris Carson got the ball next, leading to a 25-yard run by the Seahawks. Then, there was an 11-yard pass to David Moore. It all culminated in a six-yard pass to Jaron Brown for the touchdown. 

When asked why he didn’t call for a time out, Wilson played it cool. 

“There’s no need to,” he said (per NBC Sports Northwest). “Schotty and I are so close, understanding what we want to do and how we want to attack a defense. I’ve been playing this game for a while. It’s good to continue to keep the pressure on the defense.”

This type of synergy with his coach has to make it incredibly easy for the Seahawks’ coaching staff to work with Wilson, and he did not disappoint. At the end of the day, it was just one drive, but it proved to be the difference between a win and a loss as the Seahawks won the game 32-28. This kind of play was just icing on the cake for what is already impressive.

Russell Wilson’s impressive 2019 season

One drive against the Browns shows why Russell Wilson deserves to win the NFL MVP award in 2019.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (right). | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Wilson might be having the best season of his career. Through seven games, he is completing 68.3% of his passes and holds a 114.1 quarterback rating. With 15 touchdowns and only one interception, he is making every possession count, and at 1,945 yards, he could be on par to have a career-high in that aspect, too. 

The Seahawks are showing glimpses of a juggernaut. After Wilson signed his historic deal this offseason, he is still finding ways to exceed even the greatest expectations and play in a way that nobody has seen him play before. The result is a 6-2 season (through Week 8), which could see the Seahawks in their first deep playoff run since their back-to-back Super Bowls. 

Will Wilson win the MVP?

Although Patrick Mahomes could be the favorite to win another MVP in just his second year as a full-time starter, Wilson’s case is not lost. If Mahomes wins any time with his recent injury, Wilson is likely to take Mahomes’s place as the favorite if he continues playing at the high level he’s shown. The Seahawks are winning, and he is firing on all cylinders and doing exactly what needs to be done to bring the Seahawks to victory. 

Wilson’s drive was a nice highlight, but without the same ability he has shown since 2012, it would be just that. For a consistent, deadly, and intelligent quarterback like him, however, the play shows fans a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a superstar quarterback who does not need a coach with a clipboard in front of him to be effective.