Originally written January 27, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Great season by #3 The Seattle Seahawks really seemed to luck out with taking QB Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. Little did we know that he would soon be the starting QB for the franchise, and go on to have what some could say was the best rookie season ever from the QB position. With that said, I am going to take a look at the game by game stats, and show by the numbers, just how well Russell Wilson improved from week one, to week 16, and the playoffs. Season highs are bolded. Week 1: Seattle at Arizona. 16-20. Loss Wilson: Passing: 18/34, 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 3 times for 14 yards. QB rating 62.5. Rushing: 8/20 2.5 yard average, 0 TD’s, 1 fumble. First game jitters is what I’m attributing this loss to, as the Seahawks came out a bit flat. They did start to roll for a bit, but momentum was turned when Kevin Kolb came in for the Cardinals. Wilson had the chance to win it at the end, but even with 8 chances inside the red zone, just couldn’t find a receiver who wanted to hold onto the ball. Tough first loss. Week 2: Dallas at Seattle. 27-7. Win Wilson: Passing: 15/20, 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, sacked 2 times for 18 yards. QB rating 112.7. Rushing: 4/28, 7 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. This game was the first win for the Hawks with Russell Wilson under center. Though the D and Special Teams were credited with the win, Wilson did have a good game despite having fewer passing attempts. Week 3: Green Bay vs. Seattle. 14-12. Win Wilson: Passing: 10/21, 130 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, sacked once for 19 yards. QB rating 99.3. Rushing: 3/18, 6 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. The Hail Mary play at the end of this game will be the only thing remembered years from now, but, Wilson averaged 13 yards per pass play during this game. Those are big numbers. And, a win is a win, no matter how you earn it. Week 4: Seattle at St. Louis. 13-19. Loss Wilson: Passing: 17/25, 160 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, sacked twice for 20 yards. QB rating 45.8. Rushing: 7/14, 2 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. This was the worst game of the year for Hawks fans and players alike. Wilson had a hard time getting anything done, as the road troubles continued. A very poor performance by Wilson, that had him all of a sudden looking like a rookie QB after all. In his best game on the year, Wilson led the Hawks to a 50-17 win over Buffalo Week 5: Seattle at Carolina. 16-12. Win Wilson: Passing: 19/25, 221 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, sacked twice for 9 yards. QB rating 82.2. Rushing: 5/12, 2.4 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. At last a road win! This was bigger than big especially after the rough loss at St. Louis the week before. And it was a battle of young QB’s as Wilson faced off against Cam Newton. Week 6: New England vs. Seattle. 24-23. Win Wilson: Passing: 16/27, 293 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, sacked twice for 10 yards. QB rating 133.7. Rushing: 5/17, 3.4 yard average, 0 TD’s, 1 fumble. Another close win at home by the Seahawks. This was exactly the kind of performance we all needed to prove to ourselves that Russell Wilson was the real deal. Adversity just isn’t a word that seems to be in his vocabulary. Going up against the Patriots, and winning like this was huge. This put Wilson on the national spot light for good. Week 7: Seattle at San Francisco. 6-13. Loss Wilson: Passing: 9/23, 122 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, sacked twice for 7 yards. QB rating 38.7. Rushing: 3/10, 3.3 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. This was an extremely tough loss to stomach. The Hawks had the Niners throughout the entire game, but just like in the Cardinals game, couldn’t come through at the end. Week 8: Seattle at Detroit. 24-28. Loss Wilson: Passing: 25/35, 236 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, was not sacked. QB rating 96.8. Rushing: 1/9, 9 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. Another heartbreaking loss on the road. Another game in which the Seahawks should of won. Defensive lapses led to the loss. Wilson was almost excellent, if not for the one pick. Week 9: Minnesota vs. Seattle. 30-20. Win Wilson: Passing: 16/24, 173 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, sacked once for 8 yards. QB rating 127.3. Rushing: 9/27, 3 yard average, 0 TD’s, 1 fumble. Back in the win column against a team that was in the playoffs. This game was all about Marshawn Lynch vs. Adrian Petersen, but Wilson had a damn good game too. Week 10: New York Jets vs. Seattle. 28-7. Win Wilson: Passing: 12/19, 188 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, sacked four times for 22 yards. QB rating 131.0. Rushing: 7/34, 4.9 yard average, O TD’s, 2 fumbles. Back to back wins, this one a romp over the lame Jets. A huge number in the QB rating department for Wilson leading his team into the bye week on a high note. Week 11: Bye Week Week 12: Seattle at Miami. 21-24. Loss Wilson: Passing: 21/27, 224 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, sacked twice for 8 yards. QB rating 125.9. Rushing: 5/38, 7.6 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. A tough loss coming out of the bye week, and at this point in the season, a playoff spot was not a gimme at all. It’s games like these that the Defense needs to overcome heading into next season. The last second losses kill us. Week 13: Seattle at Chicago. 23-17. Win Wilson: Passing: 23/37, 293 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, sacked twice for 10 yards. QB rating 104.9. Rushing: 9/71, 7.9 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. An overtime thriller on the road, led the Seahawks right back into the playoff picture. The next few weeks this team was going to be the talk of the football world, led by Russell Wilson. Week 14: Arizona vs. Seattle. 58-0. Win Wilson: Passing: 7/13, 148 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked once for 7 yards. QB rating 88.0. Rushing: 3/12, 4 yard average, 0 TD’s, o fumbles. A beat down to end all speculation that this team was not playoff ready. Wilson’s arms and legs weren’t needed in this one, but a TD pass was still a nice touch in the romp. Week 15: Seattle at Buffalo. 50-17. Win Wilson: Passing: 14/23, 205 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, sacked twice for 9 yards. QB rating 104.4. Rushing: 9/92, 10.2 yard average, 3 TD’s, 0 fumbles. A record setting day for Wilson. Three rushing TD’s and a passing TD in the first half of the game, a new NFL record! Week 16: San Francisco vs. Seattle. 42-13. Win Wilson: Passing: 15/21, 171 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, sacked once for 1 yard. QB rating 115.3. Rushing: 6/29, 4.8 yard average, 0 TD’s, 0 fumbles. Revenge sure is sweet isn’t it? This 49ers team sure didn’t look like the one that will be playing in the Super Bowl next week. Makes one wonder if that was the real NFC Championship game. Pete knows best! Week 17: St. Louis vs. Seattle. 20-13. Win Wilson: Passing: 15/19, 250 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, sacked 6 times for 41 yards. QB Rating 136.3. Rushing: 10/58, 5.8 yard average, 1 TD, 1 fumble. Capping off an excellent rookie season with his highest QB rating of the year, and adding another rushing TD for good measure. This game was a lot closer than we would’ve liked, but we still got the W at the end of the day. Regular season totals Wilson: Passing: 252/393, 64.1 completion percentage, 3,118 yards, 26 TD, 10 INT, sacked 33 times for 203 yards. QB rating 100.0. Rushing: 94/489, 5.2 yard average, 4 TD’s, 6 fumbles. Now on to the playoffs Wild Card Round: Seattle at Washington. 24-14. Win Wilson: Passing: 15/26, 187 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, sacked 5 times for 31 yards. QB rating 92.9. Rushing: 8/67, 8.4 yard average, 0 TD’s, 1 fumble. 24 unanswered points the Seahawks put up en route to their first road playoff victory since 1983. Wilson was a little slow out of the gate, but once he got rolling, it was all down hill from there. Divisional Round: Seattle at Atlanta. 28-30. Loss Wilson: Passing: 24/36, 385 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, sacked twice for 17 yards. QB rating 109.1. Rushing: 7/60, 8.6 yard average, 1 TD, 0 fumble. The most heartbreaking loss of all time I believe. Down by 20 with 15 minutes to go, Wilson led his team to a lead with less than a minute to go. But, like a few times before, the defense couldn’t hold on to the 1 point lead, as the Falcons won on a FG. Playoff Totals Wilson: Passing: 39/62, 62.9 completion percentage, 572 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, sacked 7 times for 48 yards. QB rating 102.4. Rushing: 15/127, 8.5 yard average, 1 TD, 1 fumble. The future is extremely bright in Seattle with Russell Wilson under center for the Seahawks. His numbers for his rookie season were veteran like, and hopefully will only get better as he ages, and becomes more comfortable with this league. A stolen gem in the third round, Wilson could very well become the most important Seahawks player of all time. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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