Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Which QB Has More To Lose?
Thursday Night Football is just around the corner, and in this marquee match-up, we see the continuation of a bitter rivalry as the Seattle Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals. In this second head-to-head there are more than just bragging rights on the line. Both of these teams enter this game at 6-3 and a part of a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West division. The Cardinals currently hold a lead in the division due to them being 2-0 against divisional opponents with wins against the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Though many will be looking at this matchup for the playoff implications, there is another lens that this matchup has to be talked about; the quarterbacks.
Russel Wilson and the Chase for his First MVP
Russell Wilson was a preseason favorite to win the coveted MVP award, but now he seems to be dropping in the rankings since Seattle is currently 1-3 in their last four games and the defense is not doing their part. Entering this game Russell Wilson has 2789 yards throwing, 28 touchdowns, an 8.4 yards per throw average, and 10 interceptions on the season. Through the first half of the season, Russell Wilson seemed to be carrying the entire Seahawks team on his back as the team scored over 30 points a game and were 5-0 heading into the first matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. The current Seattle skid makes this game a must-win not only for the team as a whole but also to keep Russell Wilson’s MVP hopes alive.
Kyler Murray: The Hotshot On The Block
Kyler Murray has exploded onto the scene this season. Unlike Russell Wilson, people were hard-pressed to find any sources that mention Kyler Murray and MVP in the same sentence. After the Hail Murray this past Sunday? It seems that there are several rankings that actually have Kyler ahead of Russell. Let’s take a look at the statistics, headed into Thursday Night Football Kyler Murray has 2375 yards passing, 17 Touchdowns, 7.6 yards per throw, and 8 interceptions in the 2020 season. Kyler also has 604 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns using his legs. Kyler seems to be using more of his tools than Russell, however, due to the inexperience, he is being overlooked in many areas.
So Who Should Take Home MVP?
It is important to preface this section with the reality that it is way too early to call anyone for MVP. With that being said, though stats are vital, I personally am of the mindset that the MVP should be given to the player that does the most for his team. To put it another way, if you have five finalists and you took each of the five off their team for an extended period of time which team would be the worst off. As it stands right now, even though Kyler has accounted for a lot more of the Cardinals’ offense.
Taking Russell Wilson off the Seahawks would take them from a 10 win team to a six or seven win team almost instantly. According to Sportsnaut, Seattle’s defense is not even ranked in the top 20 of the league at this point in time while the Arizona Cardinals are sitting at 15. This defense has been nothing but false promises for Seattle fans since the offseason. The only reason the Seattle Seahawks are 6-3 is due to the leadership and the abilities of Russell Wilson and it is not even close. Fine, you wanna look at rushing statistics? Russell Wilson currently leads the Seattle rushing attack with 325 yards, following closely by their runningback Chris Carson at 323. Meanwhile, the Cardinals leading rusher is Kenyan Drake at 612 rushing yards, with Kyler following closely behind at 604.
Seattle is in shambles without Russell Wilson, so he should get the MVP. However, if Kyler beats Russell Wilson for a second time that means that Wilson is not better than Murray in head to heads so Kyler will most likely end up ahead of Russell Wilson in the MVP voting if the Cardinals end up sweeping the Seahawks due to optics. So it is imperative for the Seahawks to win this game if they want to do their best to get Russell Wilson an MVP award this season.
What QB do you think has more on the line Thursday night, Wilson or Murray? Leave a comment below.
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