Through the Seattle Seahawks’ first five games, no other quarterback in franchise history has thrown more touchdown passes than the twelve by Russell Wilson. Although he may be small in stature, there wasn’t a player on the field last night that had a bigger moment than the veteran signal-caller. During the first quarter, Wilson scrambled to his left as he was pressured by the Los Angeles Rams defense. For a moment, it looked as if the QB was throwing the ball away. Not so fast, he was actually throwing a touchdown that only the game’s “elite” passers are capable of.
Instead of dumping the ball out of bounds, Wilson hit receiver Tyler Lockett in the back corner of the end zone from about the 25-yard line. The catch was brilliant to see, as the Seahawks’ top pass-catcher laid out dragging both of his feet to stay in bounds. The window Wilson delivered the ball into was extremely tight, and according to ESPN the pass had a completion probability of only 6.3%, the lowest of any pass completed in the National Football League during the last three years.
Wilson has established himself as the front-runner for the MVP award in the early going this season. During the Seahawks’ 30-29 victory over the Rams, played at CenturyLink field in Seattle, he completed 17 of 22 passes for 268 yards to go along with 4 TD’s. It was the ninth career game that Russel has thrown four touchdown passes. With the win, Seattle improves their record to 4-1 this season.
ESPN reported that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll was impressed by the QB’s performance, and made sure the media was well aware saying, “I thought he was spectacular. I don’t remember him being that on, that thoroughly in the game in really difficult situations. It wasn’t just a classic in-the-pocket-throw-the-football. He was having to create and do stuff all night long. I thought his play was exquisite, awesome,” while also adding that Wilson “stole the show”.
On the season, Wilson has compiled a QBR of 71.6, and managed to throw for a career five-game best 1409 yards and 12 TD’s. His passing efficiency, as well as his keen ability to protect the football from turnovers is certainly one of the main causes for Seattle’s great start.
For years Russell Wilson has been quietly building up a case to be mentioned in the conversation of the modern-game’s “elite” quarterbacks. Having already claimed a Super Bowl championship as a “game manager”, we are now seeing him evolve into the highly-touted, efficiency-laced passer that experts predicted him to be when he was drafted out of Wisconsin. With the immaculate throw, and the backup of hard evidence referring to his season stat line, Wilson has put reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the NFL on notice that he demands to be the focal point of ALL quarterback conversations.
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