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Friday Round-Up: NFL.com Lists Russell Wilson Among Top 10 Candidates For MVP

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, December 28 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Wilson For NFL MVP?

With one week to play in the 2018 regular season, Chris Wesseling at NFL.com assesses the race for the league's Most Valuable Player award, taking stock of the Top 10 candidates for the honor.

While most analysts around the web agree that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose 48 touchdown passes this season are 12 more than the next-closest signal caller, is this season's MVP favorite. Slotted behind Mahomes, however, is where you'll start to find differing opinions in the MVP discussion, from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to pass rushers like the Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald and Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, has entered many analysts' MVP lists, including Wesseling's, after Wilson has helped lead the Seahawks back to the playoffs and quietly enjoyed one of the best seasons of his seven-year career. In 2018, Wilson has matched a career-high with 34 touchdown passes while tossing a career-low six interceptions and posting a career-best 112.7 passer rating.

Wilson ranks at No. 8 in Wesseling's recent Top 10 take for NFL MVP. Here's some of what the writer had to say about Wilson's MVP case:

"In the wake of the 'Monday Night Football' loss to Chicago, the coaching staff rallied the troops, created an identity around the run-heaviest offense in football and asked Wilson to carry out run-pass fakes and hit big plays downfield. Mission accomplished. Wilson remains one of the most efficient downfield passers in football, unfurling Jeff Blake-like rainbow bombs that allow Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin and David Moore to make plays at the catch point. The Seahawks have spurted to the NFC's No. 5 seed with a 7-4 record over the past 11 games, bolstered by Wilson's NFL-best 120.6 passer rating over that span."

For a look at the rest of Wesseling's Top 10 candidates for NFL MVP, click here.

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