Seahawks’ Russell Wilson ties Peyton Manning’s record, potential MVP precedent
Russell Wilson had himself another outstanding performance for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The 31-year-old quarterback threw three touchdown passes on the evening, which allowed him to tie a long-standing Peyton Manning record.
Wilson now has a very impressive 22 touchdown passes in Seattle’s first six contests, which at this point, has the experts talking about a potential MVP campaign for the six-time Pro-Bowler. The fact that he just matched a record set by the great Peyton Manning from seven years ago only solidifies Wilson’s case. This via ESPN Stats & Info:
Russell Wilson's 3rd Pass TD gives him 22 for the season, tying him with 2013 Peyton Manning for the most through a team's first 6 games in NFL history
Every other player to throw at least 20 TD through his team's first 6 games won MVP (Manning, 2007 Tom Brady, 1996 Brett Favre) pic.twitter.com/DOmi92MpBD
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2020
The tightly-contested matchup ultimately resulted in a 37-34 win for Arizona, but despite being on the losing end, Wilson still earned a ton of praise for his impressive play. He came up with a number of key plays for the Seahawks, but unfortunately for them, they were unable to hold on for the win, as the Cardinals took the victory in overtime.
Wilson completed 33-of-50 passes against Arizona for 388 yards. It wasn’t a perfect performance for him, though, with Seahawks star also responsible for three interceptions, including one in overtime that eventually resulted in the Cardinals scoring a game-winning field goal.
This was Seattle’s first loss of the season, after opening their campaign with five consecutive victories. Their excellent form can be attributed to Wilson’s inspiring play, and if this trend continues for him, then we should certainly expect him to be in the MVP conversation at the end of the year.