Donny’s Football Hot Takes #1: Russell Wilson Wins MVP, Seahawks Win Super Bowl
I went back and forth a lot on this. For a while I thought Kansas City was a viable option to repeat as Super Bowl champions fresh off inking Patrick Mahomes to a 12-year extension. I had Mahomes as my MVP. But after the last week or so I changed my mind. I like a team that doesn’t have the flashy offense that KC has, but a team that has a damn good QB of its own and just added one of the best young defensive players in the league. That team is the Seattle Seahawks and that quarterback is Russell Wilson.
Seattle is one of those teams that will always be in the hunt as long as they have Wilson under center. The former third rounder-turned six-time pro bowler already has one Lombardi trophy and his most famous interception is the reason why he doesn’t have a second. A career record of 86-41-1, nearly 30,000 yards, 227 touchdowns and only 68 interceptions. Last season, Wilson was one of the best in the league and if Lamar Jackson fails to make history, Wilson could have found himself with his first MVP honor. 66.1% completion percentage, 4,110 yards, 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He was arguably better in 2018 than he was in 2019, although he had nearly 700 more yards last season. If the trajectory continues to go up for Wilson, it could make him the league’s MVP as he ages to 32 during the season.
Along with Wilson, I like some of his weapons. A running back by committee format led by Chris Carson, who ran for over 1,000 yards in 2019, along with a receiving core featuring Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, who many considered to be the best rookie receiver last season. The offensive line has regressed during Wilson’s career, but he has been able to make things happen no matter who he has protecting him. The Seahawks lost the NFC West crown by a foot last year after a dramatic match up with the 49ers. This year they can take it back for the first time since 2016.
Seattle acquired one of the best young defensive players in the league this off-season and it could take them over the top. Jamal Adams coming from the New York Jets has had huge success in his first three pro seasons. At least 75 tackles every year highlighted by 115 in 2018, and 6.5 sacks last season as a safety. He is turning into a Swiss Army Knife type defender who can make plays from all over the field and can line up all over the field. I love him in the Seahawks’ defense and it could prove vital in 2020-21.
With that being said, I have Seattle over Kansas City in the Super Bowl. I’ve been a fan of Russell Wilson ever since he came into the league and I believe the addition of Jamal Adams will revolutionize the defense on all three levels of the field.