If you stayed up to watch the conclusion of Sunday Night Football this week, then congratulations for witnessing an incredible game!
Cam Newton and Russell Wilson traded blows back-and-forth all night in this instant classic. It was clear, to me, who the two best football players were on Sunday night. Both quarterbacks had amazing games, and they have the numbers to prove it, alongside a great coaching battle between two of the NFL’s best head coaches.
What a night it was in Seattle, and what a game it was for football fans.
Russell Wilson is the Early-Season MVP
I watched a lot of games in the first two weeks of the NFL season, and it is clear to me that Russell Wilson is an early-season MVP candidate — and for good reason. The New England Patriots defense allowed only four touchdowns to receivers in 2019; this same unit allowed four in just one game to Wilson & Co. Overall, Wilson threw for five touchdowns, and it was enough for Seattle to walk away victorious, 35-30. How dominant has Wilson really been this season? Well, 11 incompletions to nine passing touchdowns in only two games is just mind-blowing. Could this be the year that Wilson finally gets a single MVP vote? He has mine so far, and it is not a close contest.
Cam. Freaking. Newton.
Wow! What a game from former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton! Newton was nothing short of spectacular, and showed flashes of his old MVP self. He looks healthy, and very comfortable for the first time in a long time. Newton is fitting very well with his new coach in a new system. He has certainly developed a chemistry with veteran wideout Julian Edelman. Newton is also back to using his legs very effectively again, especially near the red zone for the Patriots. He has added another element to this offense that the Patriots were missing for about two decades — the ability to run the ball effectively on third down and in the red zone. Newton left it all out there on Sunday night, on the road against a great Seattle team. New England is my pick to win the AFC East again, with Cam Newton and Bill Belichick as two factors driving that prediction.
Seattle is very limited up front on defense. They generated little-to-no pass rush all game, leaving Cam Newton to pick apart the secondary. The secondary was also limited due to injuries in this contest. With Bruce Irvin going down for the season, that leaves a huge need for the Seahawks. At this point, Jamal Adams is their best pass-rusher. They will certainly need to search to try and find a solid pass-rusher to help this defense out. However, Seattle’s defense showed up when it mattered most, stopping Cam Newton on the one-yard line to win the game.
What a finish to this game.
D.K. Metcalf and Stephon Gilmore battled it out all night on the outside. Both players won and lost plays. After watching this match-up, I can say the combination of Metcalf and Russell Wilson is elite. The game, overall, was very chippy, extremely physical, and the pads were definitely popping.
The Seattle Seahawks improves to 2-0 and will host the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) next week.
The New England Patriots will look to bounce back, as they host the Las Vegas Raiders next week.
Seattle covered the spread of -4 and the game total went over 45 points, making me 2-0 on picks this week.
(Featured Image Credit: Seattle Seahawks)