NFL Analyst: Russell Wilson Is MVP Frontrunner

The NFL MVP race could be one of the most competitive in years

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 04, 2019 - 9:26 am
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With the second half of the NFL season upon us, the NFL MVP debate has begun in earnest, and the list of deserving candidates is extensive.

But for founder Russell Baxter, one player has emerged as the favorite.

“It’s hard to argue with Russell Wilson,” Baxter said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The proof is in the pudding when it comes to Russell Wilson. Very rarely does he make a mistake. The Seahawks did have that one bad home game against Baltimore. They had a couple of turnovers returned for touchdowns. Seattle’s defense is not the defense of the Legion of Boom; it’s been more of a thud at times.”

Wilson threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-34 overtime win against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He is having perhaps his best season as a pro, having thrown for 2,505 yards, 22 touchdowns and one interception. He’s also rushed for 203 yards and three scores, as the Seahawks (7-2) have won four of five.

“Another high-scoring game for both teams that Seattle managed to survive and win in overtime,” Baxter said of the win over the Bucs. “It’s the way he’s carried the team because it’s a team that’s not dependent on defense.”

And then there’s Lamar Jackson, who has led the Ravens (6-2) to four straight wins, including a 37-20 victory over the Patriots on Sunday. Jackson threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and added 61 yards and two scores on the ground.

“I think he’s certainly in the mix, there’s no question about it,” Baxter said. “What they have done as a team in that offense, which we saw on full display Sunday Night against New England – a New England team that had such a great start defensively but kind of got exposed.”

Jackson has thrown for 1,813 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 637 yards and five scores.

“I don’t think you can dismiss Lamar Jackson,” Baxter said. “I think that’s an excellent choice as well. I just look at the way Russell Wilson has performed. As good as the Ravens have been, we have seen Lamar Jackson have some games where he’s turned over the football. We’ve seen few turnovers from Russell Wilson.”

As for a non-quarterback, don’t sleep on Christian McCaffrey, who has 12,44 total yards and 13 touchdowns (10 rushing, 3 receiving) in eight games this season.

“I don’t think you can dismiss Christian McCaffrey as an MVP candidate as well,” Baxter said.