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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Wilson finally gave us a reason to start him by making a bad road pass defense look bad. In a potential shootout with the Steelers this week, Wilson should be treated as a QB1.

Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Seattle stomped their divisional rivals San Francisco/Santa Clara last week (29-13), and while they literally ran over the 49ers with Thomas Rawls and company (44/255/1), Russell Wilson also got in on the fun in this phase of the game throwing 24/29 for 260 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions against the prostrate 49ers D. Tyler Lockett had 4/48/2 receiving to his credit, while Rawls hauled in the other TD pass (3/46/1) - old reliable Doug Baldwin led the team in receiving with 6/60/0, while Jimmy Graham (3/39/0) and Jermaine Kearse (3/34/0) both also contributed to keeping the chains moving. It's all good for the Seahawks in this phase of the game, friends. Pittsburgh's pass D is vulnerable - over the past four weeks, they have allowed an average of 22.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL), with opposing wide receivers faring very well (fifth-most points allowed by Pittsburgh, averaging 31 fantasy points per game). Pittsburgh has been in the middle of the range in fantasy points allowed to tight ends during that span, averaging 9.1 (16th in the NFL). To date the Steelers are ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 278.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given up vs. just nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 28 sacks (tied for eighth) generated. Put it this way - now-benched Johnny Manziel threw 33/45 for 327 net yards passing, one TD and one interception against Pittsburgh before the bye week (that's after taking off for six sacks for -45 yards). Advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at DAL 62 19 30 210 1 1 6 32 0 0 16.7
10 vs ARI 61 14 32 240 1 1 6 52 0 0 19.2
11 vs SF 78 24 29 260 3 0 9 30 0 0 28
12 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 19 30 * * * 7 * * * *
12 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 20 30 * * * 7 * * * *
12 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 19 27 * * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs SF (24 / 29 / 260 / 3 / 0 pass, 9 / 30 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson turned in his best performance of the season in Week 11, quite possibly one of his best days as a pro. He completed 24-of-29 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns with a 138.5 quarterback rating. The 49ers struggled to get to Wilson all day as they are severely lacking in the pass rush department. Even behind this subpar offensive line Wilson made it look easy and the running game couldn't be stopped. The biggest difference in this game was the improvement on third down, arguably there most glaring issue last week against the Cardinals. Wilson and the Seahawks converted 8-of-14 third downs on the night and were able to score touchdowns on each of the first three drives of the game. Wilsons first touchdown pass was reeled in by Rookie Tyler Lockett where he showed amazing touch dropping it in right behind the 49er defender, hitting Locket in stride for the 24-yard score out of the slot. His second touchdown came on the third drive of the game on a slant pattern against to Lockett who broke a tackle from 11 yards out. His third touchdown was just a wheel route to Rawls where the 49ers barely got a finger on him as the defender overcommitted to one side in the flat.

2015 Week 10 vs ARI (14 / 32 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 52 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson and the whole Seattle Seahawks offense was unable to get anything going in the first half against one of the top defenses in the league. He finished the game with 240 yards and went 14-of-32 for a touchdown and one interception. He also added 52 yards on the ground but the majority of his rushing yards came on their final drive. His long run of the night was for 20 yards as Wilson scrambled right out of the shotgun late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals held Wilson to just 5 first half completions and forced a fumble that resulted in a safety. His interception was a deep throw intended for Doug Baldwin that was broken on by cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. The theme of the season for the Seahawks held strong as Wilson was often seen extending plays behind the line of scrimmage as a result of poor offensive line play. Seattle committed a season high 14 penalties in their Week 10 loss and failed to convert on a two point conversion with 14:14 left in the game following a Lynch touchdown. Next week against the 49ers should be a much better outing for this offense.

2015 Week 8 vs DAL (19 / 30 / 210 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 32 / 0 rush)

The leading rusher in the league at quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw for 210 yards for one touchdown and one interception in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys. He added 32 yards on the ground and went 19-for-30 on his pass attempts on a night where the offense struggled to find a rhythm. A major theme in this game was that the Seahawks offensive line was not the primary issue, as they did not allow a single sack for the first time since beating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson's accuracy was an issue in this game and his interception came on a great individual effort from Greg Hardy at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. His lone touchdown in the game went to second-string tight end Luke Wilson off play action for the 22-yard score through the middle of the field in the second quarter. Before the game winning drive the Seahawks had gone 2-for-8 on third down and it seemed the struggles of this offense would ultimately lead to another loss for this team. In true Russell Wilson fashion, a calm confidence fell over this offense as he put together his first game-winning drive of the season. The 17-play, 79-yard drive set up a field goal from Steven Hauschka and also took 5:35 off of the clock, which left the Cowboys with just over a minute left in the game and zero timeouts. The key to this drive was third down plays, in particular Wilson using his elusiveness to scramble to the right for a 10-yard gain with 3:01 left in the game. The Seahawks will enjoy a well-deserved bye in Week 9 as they clawed back to a .500 record.

2015 Week 7 vs SF (18 / 24 / 235 / 1 / 2 pass, 7 / 20 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson has been sacked an NFL-leading 31 times this season and Thursday Night and against the San Francisco 49ers he was brought down 5 times. Wilson finished the game 18-of-24 for 235 yards and one touchdown. He threw two interceptions in this game including one in the end zone in the third quarter intended for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. On the ground, Wilson rushed for just 20 yards on seven attempts and thankfully avoided injury on an awkward slide where his cleat stick in the turf. Both interceptions were poorly thrown balls and uncharacteristic mistakes from the Seattle quarterback. On his lone touchdown of the night he threw a deep pass to rookie Tyler Lockett who continues to prove he can make plays for this offense with a 43-yard touchdown grab. The production between Wilson and tight end Jimmy Graham continues to be inconsistent and after a great Week 6 performance, faltered in Week 7 where the two hooked up for just two catches for 31 yards.

2015 Week 6 vs CAR (18 / 30 / 241 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 53 / 0 rush)

The chemistry between Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham finally took off in Week 6 but it wasn't enough to overcome another 4th quarter collapse against the Panthers. Wilson went 18-of-30 passing for one touchdown and 239 yards where he added 53 yards on the ground. The theme of Week 6 was consistent with the rest of the season as Wilson was sacked four times and spent most of the game running for his life behind this sieve of an offensive line. The Seahawks first touchdown drive was capped off by a Marshawn Lynch run from the one-yard line but got going when Wilson started to use his legs. He was able to scramble for 24 and 11 yards respectively on back-to-back plays and then hooked up for Jimmy Graham deep through the middle for 25 yards. After taking a sack Luke Wilson brought Seattle inside the 5-yard line off of a 16-yard pass then Lynch did the rest. The lone touchdown pass from Russell Wilson came off of a flea-flicker early in the 3rd quarter. After receiving a handoff Lynch tossed it right back to Wilson who went deep downfield to Ricardo Lockette for an impressive 40-yard catch in tight coverage in front of the defenders helmet. The Seahawks offense stalled out yet again in the fourth quarter as they failed to score on four of its final five drives on which they were forced to punt three times.

2015 Week 5 vs CIN (15 / 23 / 213 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson was sacked another four times this week as he went 15-of-23 for 213 yards and a touchdown. He added three rushes on the ground for 21 yards in the Seattle Seahawks loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first half Wilson was efficient avoiding pressure making throws on the move like he does so well. His lone interception of the game came off of a tipped pass trying to connect with tight end Jimmy Graham. Wilson was consistent in a game where Seattle turned to the run game for a large part of the second half. The slow starts for the Seahawks as well as poor offensive line play have been a theme for this team so far but in Week 5 they came out of the gates firing. Wilson brought the team on an 80-yard drive capped off with a touchdown to Jermaine Kearse on a 30-yard pass. The touchdown came on surprisingly good protection, which allowed Wilson to hang in the pocket and find Kearse in the corner of the end zone. Bengals defenders, Lamur and Kirkpatrick had a communication breakdown where Kearse was wide open after a busted coverage. The rest of the contest revolved largely around the run game and punts, as Seattle punted on six straight possessions, including two more in overtime. The Bengals would win the game in overtime with a field goal.

2015 Week 4 vs DET (20 / 26 / 287 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 40 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson was effective both on the ground and through the air on Monday Night Football where he accumulated 287 passing yards and 40 rushing yards along with one touchdown and no interceptions. He is now 5-0 on Monday Night Football and was the difference in this game extending plays behind this putrid Seahawks offensive line. He finished with a passer rating of 125.0 and completed 20-of-26 pass attempts against the Detroit Lions. Wilson continues to be one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL as he was sacked six times in this game, narrowly escaping multiple more. Wilson lost two fumbles in this game battling behind the struggles of this offensive line, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the forth quarter to bring the Lions within three points. On the 1st drive of the game Wilson threw a short pass right to veteran running back Fred Jackson who took the pass into Detroit territory for a 26-yard gain. Later in the half he continued his consistency with wide receiver Doug Baldwin where they connected for 34 yards out of the shotgun. This would help set up Wilson's lone touchdown of the night from the 24-yard line where he stuck in the pocket just long enough to hit Doug Baldwin over the top of the defense deep through the middle of the end zone. The anticipation and touch on this pass was a great example of the chemistry these two have shown this year. On the other side of that spectrum Wilson is actively looking for him in the red zone, but is still having trouble finding tight end Jimmy Graham on a consistent level, even when he is wide open. Under constant duress, Wilson was able to get rookie Tyler Lockett going in the passing game as the two hooked up multiple times on short passes in the 2nd half. Wilson's talent working the pocket is evident even with a less than stellar performance from the running game and offensive line in this contest.

2015 Week 3 vs CHI (20 / 30 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)

In a game where the Seattle Seahawks were the heavy favorite against the Chicago Bears, quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle offensive line got off to a poor start. In the first half Wilson was sacked two straight plays by a Bears defense that had failed to sack the quarterback once in the first two weeks. Seattle was 0-6 on third down in the first half and was forced to punt three times. In the red zone late in the first half Wilson looked towards a huge size advantage in one-on-one coverage against defensive back Alan Ball who stood up with great coverage on both Jimmy Graham and Chris Matthews. The drive would end in a field goal and Seattle would end the first half with a 6-0 lead. Things would improve for the Seattle offense in the 3rd quarter after an electric kickoff return from Tyler Lockett. Wilson would start the second half 5/5 although he would continue to deal with repeated pressure in the pocket. Wilson finally hit a receiver for the first time when he connected with Doug Baldwin for 22-yards on the first drive of the 3rd quarter. This was also the first converted 3rd down of the game. Russell Wilson looked to his top target Jimmy Graham across the middle for a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Wilson gained good protection, which doesn't happen often, and was able to find Graham coming across the middle against Brock Vereen. Wilson and Graham have had success so far in this game in the middle of the field where they seem to find repeated mismatches. There were two things of note in this game that were vastly different than in Week 2 against Green Bay. The first is that Russell Wilson did not seem to be looking to run near as much as he ended the night with just 28 yards on the ground on 6 attempts. In the third quarter he was able to step up through a collapsed pocket off a play-action fake for a 13-yard gain but that was his longest run of the night. The second thing of note was without running back Marshawn Lynch for most of the game Seattle all but abandoned the read-option that was a staple for them in Week 2. Wilson is so effective off of bootlegs as well last week and the lack of those play calls was intriguing. On one of the few times Wilson rolled right to extend the play he went deep to Tyler Lockett in the end zone who was covered well downfield. Wilson was elusive on multiple plays in the backfield as he escaped a few sure sacks for positive yardage on passes to both Fred Jackson and Jimmy Graham to keep drives alive on 3rd down. Wilson would finish the game 20/30 with 235 yards passing and 1 touchdown.

2015 Week 2 vs GB (19 / 30 / 206 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 78 / 0 rush)

It was a tale of two completely different halves of football for Russell Wilson against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Just 104 total yards in the first half. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks struggled to get anything going early. Wilson completed just 6 of 10 passing attempts in the first half for a total of 62 yards. The offensive line actually protected Wilson well early in this game as opposed to Week 1 when he was under siege. On the second drive of the game Wilson connects with Doug Baldwin for a nice 32-yard gain that came after a blown coverage by Green Bay. Getting tight end Jimmy Graham involved does not seem to be a priority for Wilson as he had just one target in the first half and finished the game with just 1 catch for 11-yards. The read option game from Wilson and Lynch was not having a lot of success but in true Seahawks form they remained committed to trying to get the ground game going. In the first half Wilson had just 13 yards with his legs on two carries, both out of the read option, where as in the second half he totaled 65 yards on 8 carries. The only deep shot he took in the entire first half was to Jermaine Kearse down the sideline that fell incomplete. Wilson came out throwing in the second half with a couple nice throws to Luke Wilson and Tyler Lockett for 24-yard and 17-yard gains respectively on the first two plays. Wilson seemed much more engaged in the second half as he was making things happen with his legs. It is clear that when he sees that he can get one-on-one situations in the open field he is not afraid to run, both off of the read option and bootlegs both directions. To cap off the first drive Wilson hits 34-year old running back Fred Jackson for a 5-yard reception touchdown where he does a great job of getting open off of a short route through the middle. On the very next drive Russell Wilson puts together a 5 play, 54-yard drive that starts with some nice work from Wilson again on the ground and is capped with a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. It was a 13-yard passing touchdown off a nice route by Baldwin where he sticks the defender in the end zone to the outside and cuts back to the middle where he is wide open in the backside of the end zone. Wilson was a force using the read-option all game and outside of a high handoff to Lynch causing a fumble overturned by a penalty. There are times where Wilson gets into the open field and in one-on-one situations and defenders barely even get a hand on him he is so elusive. In the fourth quarter Wilson does throw an interception when attempting a screen pass to Marshawn Lynch after some heavy pressure. On the last drive of the game Wilson does most of his damage in three wide receiver sets hitting both Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch for some short gains only to see Fred Jackson come in the game in relief to fumble on the very next play, effectively ending the game.

2015 Week 1 vs STL (32 / 41 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 31 / 0 rush)

The combination between Seattle's offensive line issues and the Ram's 5 first round picks up front caused Russell Wilson to yet again face heavy pressure most of this game. He was sacked 6 times, including two each from Donald and Robert Quinn. Because he is Russell Wilson he was able to scramble on multiple other occasions and pick up positive yards with his legs as he finished the game with 8 rush attempts for 31 yards. A great example of this was on the second series of the game where Wilson escaped a sure sack out of the shotgun for a positive 6-yard gain on the ground. Unfortunately, Wilson threw an interception on the very next play. With an empty backfield, the Rams brought a ton of pressure off the blitz where Wilson tries a hurried throw to Lynch on the sideline. Jermaine Johnson makes a great break on the ball diving right in front of Lynch's outstretched hands. Wilson spend the majority of his time in this game out of the shotgun where he consistently made good short passes to Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin towards the sideline with pressure coming. After taking a sack with 24 seconds remaining, Wilson scrambles to the right on the next play and makes it to the sideline to stop the clock. Seattle would settle for a FG to end the first half tied 10-10. Wilson catches heavy pressure and has to throw a ball away which causes a three and out early in the second half. Tavon Austin takes back that punt for a 75-yard touchdown. Wilson steps into a couple nice throws to Jimmy Graham in the middle of the field in this half, gaining two crucial first downs. Graham is clearly Wilson's first read in the red zone in this offense. Wilson was able to scramble for a crucial 3rd down but for three straight plays Wilson looks to Graham in the red zone on this drive. The first Graham is triple-covered; Wilson then misses him high on a poorly thrown ball. The two finally hook up in the end zone on the very next play as Wilson throws his only touchdown pass of the night. He shows great touch and anticipation throwing to Graham before he makes his break to the front corner of the end zone. The next drive for the Seahawks came off of a fumble recovery by the defense. The pocket collapses around Wilson twice on this drive where he is able to escape and gain positive yardage. Kearse is unable to stay in bounds in the end zone and Seattle settles for a field goal. Wilson takes a sack to end regulation where the game then heads to overtime. In overtime Wilson attempts to scramble for a first down and is stopped one yard short forcing a fourth down attempt with the game on the line.


Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson tosses three TDs (Sun Nov 22, 11:31 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 24 of his 29 pass attempts for 260 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He also ran nine times for 30 yards.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson has so-so outing (Mon Nov 16, 01:41 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed just 14 of his 32 pass attempts for 240 yards, one touchdowns and one interception in the Week 10 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. He also ran six times for a team-high 52 yards.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson has hurt Arizona (Fri Nov 13, 04:55 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had 73 yards on 10 carries in his second matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last year. He had 88 rushing yards on six carried, including a five-yard touchdown run against them earlier in 2014.

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