Should we expect more performances like this out of Russell Wilson in 2020?
Though they weren’t perfect, the Seattle Seahawks asserted their dominance over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. Even with three of the four NFC West teams getting Week 1 wins, Seattle was the most impressive of the bunch, given how well Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looked vs. Atlanta. Will the Seahawks offense finally let him cook?
The Fantasy Footballers were impressed by Wilson’s Week 1 performance vs. Atlanta. He completed 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had three rushing attempts for 29 yards. This netted Wilson on average 31.8 fantasy points, as he continued to prove he’s a top-three quarterback in football and a QB1 in any fantasy league.
What we saw last Sunday was Wilson pick apart an undermanned Falcons secondary. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield didn’t play and slot corner Darqueze Dennard succumbed to injury. This allowed Wilson to pick on cornerback Isaiah Oliver like many of the best passers in the NFL tend to do. What we want to know is if this is a sign of more good things to come from Wilson in 2020?
If Russell Wilson keeps playing like he did in Week 1, he’ll win NFL MVP.
With the San Francisco 49ers looking lackluster vs. the Arizona Cardinals last week and the Los Angeles Rams needing a bad OPI call on Michael Gallup to win, Seattle feels like its in the driver’s seat to win the NFC West already. The Seahawks will make the playoffs because that’s what they do during the Pete Carroll era with Wilson at quarterback. This year is about him winning NFL MVP.
Wilson is the best player in the NFL to never be named First-Team All-Pro. If Seattle wins the NFC West, earns a top-two seed in the playoffs and Wilson continues to play this like, it will be his award to lose. It’s games like Sunday that have to make things frustrating for the 12s because they know he’s capable of this type of production, no matter how much they love to run the ball.
Philosophically, Brian Schottenheimer’s 21st century Martyball scheme complements the defensive approach firmly entrenched by Carroll. However, the Seahawks showed us they can win more than one way by besting a high-octane Falcons offense in a Southeastern domed shootout. It’s Wilson’s turn to win NFL MVP, so let’s hope Schottenheimer let’s him let it rip this season.