6 major takeaways from Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season

Russell Wilson, Seahawks
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‘Letting Russ Cook’ is going to be a lot of fun

After seasons on seasons on seasons of begging, pleading, crying for the Seattle Seahawks to open up their offense just a bit and let Russell Wilson throw the ball more– Pete Carroll finally caved, and let their six-time Pro Bowl quarterback throw the ball 35 times. So how did it go?

Well, it went okay. Wilson completed 31 of those 35 passes, turned four of those attempts into touchdowns, threw for 322 yards, and guided his offense to 38 points in an opening week win over the Atlanta Falcons. 

So, not a bad opening for the premiere of the Russell Wilson cooking show.

Even with the Seahawks holding onto a lead for most of the game, Carroll never dipped back into his “establish the run” ways, letting Wilson have control well into the fourth quarter. And it WORKED! Seattle’s 38 points were more than all but one game from 2019, Wilson’s passing yard total was higher than all but two games from 2019, and the Week 1 win was a fitting result for an MVP-level performance for Wilson.

The 31-year old quarterback might finally be getting the passing volume he deserves. And if he uses it as he did against the Falcons, he could be well on his way to a runaway first NFL MVP award.