Winners and Losers: Russell Wilson, MVP?

Winners and Losers: Russell Wilson, MVP?

32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. When the Browns took a late lead, Wilson calmly led a game-winning drive in the final five minutes.’ data-reactid=”19″>Wilson was brilliant again on Sunday, as he puts together the type of season that could be historic. Wilson had 295 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. When the Browns took a late lead, Wilson calmly led a game-winning drive in the final five minutes.

The Seahawks are 5-1. If they didn’t have Wilson, it’s fair to wonder if that record would be flipped. Wilson is the very definition of valuable.

The Seahawks have made some odd organizational decisions, but it doesn’t matter because Wilson erases so many mistakes. Seattle wants to play a run-first style in a pass-first NFL. They’ve let several superstars from the “Legion of Boom” era go. They have not done a great job getting Wilson a competent offensive line or a great set of receivers. Wilson just thrives with whatever he’s given.

Kyle Allen’s emergence is the biggest headline. Christian McCaffrey has been perhaps the best player in the NFL. The defense, led by the great Luke Kuechly, has been a driving force in the winning streak.’ data-reactid=”48″>The Panthers are 4-0 since then. Kyle Allen’s emergence is the biggest headline. Christian McCaffrey has been perhaps the best player in the NFL. The defense, led by the great Luke Kuechly, has been a driving force in the winning streak.

Kirk Cousins: This is what the Vikings paid for. Not that one big game against a quality opponent means Cousins was worth that $84 million contract. But it helps.’ data-reactid=”55″>Kirk Cousins: This is what the Vikings paid for. Not that one big game against a quality opponent means Cousins was worth that $84 million contract. But it helps.

Cousins has played well against bad opponents and has mostly disappeared against good opponents since signing with the Vikings last year. That wasn’t the case on Sunday. He torched the Eagles.

Stefon Diggs, who was reportedly unhappy with his role a couple weeks ago, went off for three touchdowns. Adam Thielen, who complained about the offense two weeks ago, also caught a touchdown.

The Vikings have a lot of good pieces. Their defense is full of playmakers. Dalvin Cook is having a great third NFL season. Diggs and Thielen might be the best 1-2 receiver punch in football. But the Vikings aren’t going to go to the next level without Cousins playing his best against Minnesota’s toughest opponents. Maybe Sunday was a breakthrough.

The Saints lost quarterback Drew Brees for what was to be about six weeks. It seemed 3-3 would be a good outcome in Brees’ absence. The Saints are 4-0. They have mostly transformed their identity, and are now a grind-it-out defensive team. That’s where Allen comes in.

Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab‘ data-reactid=”98″>Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab


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