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Russell Wilson Has More Motivation Than Ever to Prove MVP Deniers Wrong

Russell Wilson has put forth nothing short of an incredible start to the 2020 season. Wilson‘s play has been critical toward guiding the Seattle Seahawks among the top records in the league. His production has also thrust him firmly into the MVP conversation. The Seahawks’ star quarterback just got even more reason to prove his doubters wrong with his MVP bid.

Russell Wilson’s career-best start to 2020 season

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Before the 2020 campaign, Russell Wilson voiced that he is playing some of the best football of his career.

Wilson has more than proved that through the first six games with his historic pace of production. He currently leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes along with 1,890 passing yards and a 119.5 passer rating. The 31-year-old has broken the league record with 14 touchdown passes through the season’s first three games.

Wilson also set the NFL mark with three straight games with at least four touchdown passes. Although he has struggled a bit with interceptions in the last few games, he’s still on pace for a single-season record of 59 touchdown passes.

The Seahawks are coming off their first loss of the year, but that gave way to Wilson receiving even more motivation to strengthen his case for the MVP award.

Russell Wilson remains MVP favorite

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Russell Wilson’s blazing fast start to the 2020 season has put him firmly in the discussion for the MVP award.

Wilson has remained atop the list for much of the year but has some stiff competition behind him. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the star quarterback is still the clear-cut betting odds favorite to win the prestigious honor at -110.

His production at a historic pace combined with the Seahawks’ nearly perfect start to the season has given him an early decisive edge. However, plenty of other quarterbacks around the league are making some strong cases for the award.

Aaron Rodgers is currently second at +400, while reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes isn’t too far behind at +450. Both Rodgers and Mahomes each have guided their teams to top records in their respective conferences behind their stellar play. Tom Brady and Kyle Murray have also made strong showings through the first seven weeks to put themselves in the MVP picture at +1200.

The competition for the award will remain stiff, but Wilson has etched out some early separation.

Seahawks eyeing a Super Bowl push

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Russell Wilson’s impressive start to the season has generated plenty of buzz around the Seahawks, but the focus remains on their Super Bowl aspirations.

Wilson is the guiding force to the offense behind his play as it further emphasizes the unique skill sets of the talents around him. DK Metcalf has taken the next step into stardom as one of the most dangerous wide receivers, while Tyler Lockett continues to be an x-factor in the passing game.

Seattle’s strong start has created much optimism, but there are obvious issues to address defensively. The Seahawks have been among the least effective defensive units through the first seven weeks. They currently rank last in the league, giving up 368.7 passing yards per contest and allow 28.7 points per game.

The holes defensively are glaring, but as long as Wilson is healthy under center, the Seahawks will have an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl. There will be stiff challenges ahead against the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers, which should see an entertaining road ahead in the NFC.