Russell Wilson's MVP odds continue to rise
RENTON, Wash. -- With each game, whether in victory or defeat, Russell Wilson's legend continues to grow.
This year especially, when the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is again protected by a unit a moving pieces and without consistent run support.
Through 11 games, Wilson remains on pace for a career year in passing yardage and leads Seattle in rushing with 401 yards and three touchdowns on 65 attempts; Seattle's three active running backs have just one rushing touchdown (J.D. McKissic, in week four).
Wilson is one of two quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards and 20 or more touchdowns in each of his first six seasons. The other is Peyton Manning.
That would explain Wilson's rising odds to win the league 's Most Valuable Player award.
Wilson has 14/1 odds to win MVP, according to Bovada, up from 20/1 last week. Those are the fourth-best odds, trailing Tom Brady, Carson Wentz and Drew Brees. Wentz and the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles visit CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.
In Doug Farrar's weekly quarterback power rankings, the Bleacher Report scribe has Wilson staying put at No. 7 after throwing for 228 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, in addition to a rushing touchdown, in Seattle's 24-13 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
"Detractors will continue to point at his play style and argue that Wilson is often putting himself into trouble, bailing from clean pockets and that he is a one-read passer," Farrar writes. "But Wilson makes all of this work almost every week. It is unorthodox and more resembles games played at recess, but it is turning Wilson into an MVP candidate. He'll need to play like an MVP candidate over the next three weeks, as Seattle faces playoff contenders in Philadelphia, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams."
Wilson's spot remains the same in the offensive player rankings of NFL.com's David Carr. The 29-year-old checks in at No. 5 on that list.
"Wilson continues to be Seattle's offense, as he has accounted for 82.5 percent of scrimmage yards this season," Carr writes. "He also leads the team in rushing yards with 401. I'm not sure how long he can keep doing this, but it sure is impressive."
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