(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When the ‘MVP’ topic is brought up, two names come to mind: Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots; two candidates that have led their teams to the postseason and won their divisions with minimal weapons to work with. However, a player that has played spectacular and has been under looked is the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson.

In his last 7 games, Russell Wilson has thrown 24 touchdowns while only being intercepted once and leading the Seahawks to a 6-1 record in that span. In his most recent game, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks took it to the Arizona Cardinals beating them 36-6. Wilson completed 19 of his 28 passes for 197 yards and throwing 3 touchdowns. Before Sunday’s performance, Wilson needed just 173 of the 197 yards to pass the 4,000 passing yard mark. And with that, Wilson became the first NFL quarterback to pass for over 4,000 yards, 30 Passing Touchdowns and 500 Rushing yards in a single season. Wilson was able to do this all without a dynamic running game with RB Marshawn Lych and RB Thomas Rawls missing several weeks and after Jimmy Graham being lost for the season.

With Russell Wilson’s strong finish to the season and impressive performances he was able to help lead the Seahawks turnaround and make the playoffs as well as throw his name into the MVP race. Wilson’s biggest knock will be his struggle to begin the season as the Seahawks started off 2-4, as well as having trouble scoring. Wilson only threw one touchdown in 5 of the 6 games and threw his lone two-touchdown game in Week 2’s loss against the Packers through Week 10. Both Cam Newton and Tom Brady have played well all season and have put together a more dynamic season throughout the entire year while leading their teams to a 15-1 (Panthers) and 12-4 (Patriots) record.

Although Russell Wilson won’t win the MVP award, he’s someone to keep a close eye on as he looks to steal some first place votes and place in the top 3 for the award. Wilson had a great season and finished the year strong including two games where he threw 5 touchdowns. With the Legion of Boom, combined with Wilson’s progress and Lynch set to return in the playoffs, the Seahawks suddenly appear as strong candidates to reach the Super Bowl for their 3rd consecutive year and look to redeem last year’s loss to the Patriots.

Christian Mena covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow the site on Twitter @MyFntsySprtsTlk

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