As it stands right now, Russell Wilson is in a three-man race for the NFL's MVP award along with quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott. All three have a strong case with six games left to play, but here's a brief overview of their numbers this season.
Wilson – 2,737 yards, 23 touchdowns, two interceptions and a QB rating of 114.9 with an 8-2 record. He's added 256 rushing yards and three rushing scores.
Jackson – 2,258 yards, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions and a QB rating of 106.3 with an 8-2 record. He's added 781 rushing yards and six rushing scores.
Prescott – 3,221 yards, 21 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a QB rating of 104.1 with a 6-4 record. He's added 193 rushing yards and three rushing scores.
Wilson, unsurprisingly, said he isn't concerned about where he stands among the three.
"No, I don't pay attention to it. I've got to pay attention to who we're playing this week," Wilson said on Thursday. "I don't think about the outside stuff. The reality is what helps is winning. What helps is finding a way to win in tough moments and everything else and I look forward to that opportunity just to play one game at a time, one moment at a time and just embrace it all. It's a great thing."
But for as robotic as Wilson can be – impressively so, I might add – the quarterback did concede it means something to him to be considered one of the league's best players.
"I think it's great to be in the conversation," he said. "At the end of the day, when I come into this season, I'm trying to be the best player in the National Football League every time I step on the field, every time I get a chance to play. I think that's just the reality."
Wilson doesn't discuss the chip on his shoulder as much as other athletes, but it's certainly there. He'll forever be the 5-foot-11 QB who slipped to the third round because there was just no possible way he'd be able to thrive as a pocket passer.
He remembers his humble beginnings in Richmond, Va., and all the people who told him he wouldn't make it. Those slights last forever, even for someone as level-headed and pragmatic as Wilson.
"It means a lot just to be able to play and have this opportunity to play the game," he said. "I take every opportunity as much as I can and really try to cherish it and really try to take advantage of it. I'm just grateful every day. That's really what I love doing is just playing with the guys and working the preparation part of it. That's the fun part of this process and hopefully by the end of the year, hopefully we can win a Super Bowl."
A road to the Super Bowl would be far easier if it went through Seattle. In order to do so, the Seahawks will need to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 in order to keep pace with the Packers, Saints and 49ers. Wilson is 3-0 all time against Philadelphia with 762 yards, six touchdowns and no picks.
Russell Wilson not worried about MVP, but 'great to be in the conversation' originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest