NFL Player Props

Don't Trust Russell Wilson as MVP Candidate in 2021

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 10, 2021, 1:33 PM EDT
Russell Wilson isn't set up to have the greatest 2021 season.
Russell Wilson isn't set up to have the greatest 2021 season. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

At the beginning of last season, Russell Wilson was a hot pick to win MVP, and his play was backing it up. The Seattle Seahawks were listening to the fanbase and “letting Russ cook.”

In the first half of the season, Wilson was absolutely cooking. He averaged 317.5 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game through the first eight games of the season. 

Then, after a 4-turnover game in Buffalo, his season went downhill. Wilson began averaging only 209 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. The Seahawks also began facing some of the top passing defenses, but Wilson began being pressured instead of applying pressure to the defense.

With the offense projected to be led by Wilson again, Seattle has a lot of uncertainty at which Wilson it’ll have during the season. For that reason, Wilson cannot be trusted as a legitimate MVP candidate. 

WynnBET is giving Wilson the seventh-shortest odds at +1800, tied with Carson Wentz. Wilson’s odds and caliber of player suggest he’s the perfect candidate to be a dark horse pick. However, considering team success is usually a big factor along with statistics, the Seahawks might not be in a good enough position to where Wilson is a legitimate candidate.

Seattle is projected to finish third in the NFC West. With the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams tied at the top with +185 odds to win, Seattle finds itself floating in the middle of the best division in football. Even the Arizona Cardinals who are +500, could easily find their way to third. 

For Seattle and Wilson, this season may be more about trying to survive than thriving at the top. If Wilson continues his trend from the second half of last year, Seattle and Wilson believers are in trouble.