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Russell Wilson and the connection between MVP and Player of the Week

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Russell Wilson just received 2020’s first Offensive Player of the Week award in the NFC. Additionally, Wilson generated early national conversation in his bid to finally win the NFL MVP.

It got me thinking: how many Player of the Week awards does the run-of-the-mill MVP winner receive throughout the season?

In short, Wilson is exactly one-third of the way to securing his Most Valuable honors.

In 2019 Lamar Jackson won the Player of the Week award five separate times, the most of any MVP winners over the last four seasons. He also won player of the month once.

In 2018 Patrick Mahomes won the award only twice, tied for fewest among the MVP winners. He did win player of the month once as well.

In 2017 Tom Brady was actually still good won Player of the Week three times, and also tacked on a Player of the Month win.

If we go back to 2016 we find how incredible it is that L.J. Collier just registered two pressures against Matt Ryan, because he was the MVP winner four seasons ago. Ryan also only won Player of the Week two times that year. For symmetry he also won player of the month once, which makes me think the NFL puts a limit on that one for some reason.

Wilson’s got his first one in the bag, on his quest to all the honorifics his detractors have unjustly denied him these nine long years.

Just for fun, here’s the Seattle Seahawks schedule this year.

Since Wilson is apparently required to win a Player of the Month as well, which month would you give him best odds based on teams played?

Poll

Russell Wilson’s best chance to win Player of the Month

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    September
    (322 votes)
  • 5%
    October
    (53 votes)
  • 9%
    November
    (88 votes)
  • 51%
    December
    (490 votes)
953 votes total Vote Now