QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
|5-11, 204||Born: 11-29-1988||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2012|
Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Bad matchup. Although Seattle's offense ranks in the bottom quarter of the NFL in passing volume, Russell Wilson's incredible 2019 season has the team ranked firmly in the top-10 of almost every relevant passing statistic. The Seahawks rank 10th in the NFL in passing yards, tied for 1st in passing touchdowns, and 5th in net yards per attempt so far this season. Through the air, Wilson has favored Tyler Lockett as his number-one target. However, in recent weeks, a leg injury along with the flu have limited Lockett's impact on the game, as he averages just three targets per game over the last month. D.K. Metcalf has picked up some of the slack, as the rookie receiver has led the team's receiving corps in targets in every game since Lockett was initially hampered by the leg injury against the San Francisco 49ers. Josh Gordon has yet to make much of an impact in the team's offense, aside from two timely catches, and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. The Los Angeles Rams field one of the NFL's most talented pass defenses at all three levels this season. The Rams have defended above-average volume through the air, and aside from two outlier performances, they have done a great job at limiting opposing passing attacks. On a per-play basis, the Rams rank 6th in the NFL, allowing just 5.7 net yards per attempt this season, thanks to their supremely talented unit of pass defenders. Along the defensive line, Aaron Donald headlines one of the league's most-feared pass-rushes. Aaron Donald, Clay Matthews, and Dante Fowler, Jr. have combined for 25 sacks this season, in large part thanks to Donald's uncanny ability to command and beat double teams. At linebacker, Cory Littleton is one of the best pass-defending linebackers in the NFL. Littleton is tied for the team-lead in interceptions this season, with two to his name, and his athleticism at the second-level is nearly-unmatched by any other linebacker in the league. In the secondary, an in-season move to acquire Jalen Ramsey bolstered an already impressive defensive backfield. Ramsey's performance in a Rams' jersey has been just slightly-above-average through six games, but he should return to his All-Pro levels in the near future. Ramsey is supported by established veterans in Nickell Robey-Coleman and Eric Weddle in the secondary, helping to compensate for Ramsey's comparatively disappointing production. Lastly, Taylor Rapp, a wildly impressive rookie that recorded his first career interception last weekend, rounds out one of the league's best pass defenses at the safety position. In all, Los Angeles' pass defense is one of the league's strongest, and they should give Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' passing attack as much trouble as any defense has this season.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Russell Wilson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs MIN (21 / 31 / 240 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Wilson had an odd game. He passed for a few yards (240), rushed for a few more (13), and added a couple of scores through the air. But outside of those two scoring plays, he had a very hard time moving the ball downfield, as the Vikings coverage was incredibly tight. In the first half, he stalled twice in in the red zone, and threw an interception. But in the second half he bounced back with five straight scoring drives. Most of his completions were of the shorter variety, with the exception of a bomb to David Moore, who was inexplicably wide open past the secondary for a 60-yard TD. The other score was a screen pass to Rashaad Penny, who rumbled 13 yards to cross the goal line. Wilson's interception was odder still: the pass was tipped at the line and when it came right back to him, Wilson attempted to bat it down, only to knock it upwards and directly in the path of one of the Vikings, who ran it in for a pick six. This marks two games in a row in which Wilson has had trouble connecting with his usual go to receiver, Tyler Lockett. Meanwhile, DK Metcalf was reliable on short routes and over the middle throughout the game. TE Jacob Hollister also continued to be a first look on many plays, with one good connection this game.
2019 Week 12 vs PHI (13 / 25 / 200 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Wilson started the game with a bang, connecting successfully on a flea flicker-like play, tossing a perfect 33-yard pass over the shoulder of Malik Turner in the end zone as he was just ahead of two defenders. But then the troubles began. He somehow overthrew a short pass to a completely wide Jacob Hollister in the end zone. Wilson threw several catchable long balls to Metcalf, all of which were not caught - notably one near the goal line that would have been a sure touchdown. Overall, Wilson's timing seemed to be off. Usually the cure for this is a steady dose of Tyler Lockett, but he was inexplicably only targeted twice while spreading the ball to seven different targets. Wilson's interception wasn't the best judgement call but also was not entirely his fault, throwing to Moore, who was covered and unable to win the battle for the ball.
2019 Week 10 vs SF (24 / 34 / 232 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 53 / 0 rush)
Wilson showed us that he is both human and super-human (the latter of which, we already knew). In the first half, he suffered two sacks on third down, as the offense never really had a chance, and ended up going to the locker room having put zero points on the board. The sacks were clearly not his fault, though. The first time, the Center was completely bowled over at scrimmage, and on the second, a blitzing LB was left unblocked. Late in the half, Wilson found a bit more success on rollouts and some aggressive running out of the pocket, and nearly had a passing TD on a play to Metcalf, whose heroic (but ultimately tragic) effort was lost to a fiercely stripped ball as he approached the goal line. Wilson also lost a fumble that became a defensive TD. After being shut out in the first half, Wilson rebounded with a combination of intensity and poise when the second half began. He relied heavily on Metcalf, and Hollister, and, his own two feet, as he not only scrambled to get out of some tough jams, but put himself in the line of fire in doing so. After Lockett left the game (though he was a non-factor), Wilson found Josh Gordon twice for 3rd down conversions. Wilson's interception in OT was simply a matter of inches - underthrown - but enough that it got picked. To cap the game, Wilson made a big time play, running the ball himself for a 21-yard gain, after waiting so patiently in the pocket before running, as the defense spread out away from him. That got the Seahawks into FG range, for the game winner.
2019 Week 9 vs TB (29 / 43 / 378 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)
Wilson had a career day was driven by the Seahawks falling behind, which led to a more aggressive passing game than usual. He began the first drive by matching Tamps Bay's opening drive score with his own 5-or-5, 75-yard drive, culminating in a brilliant throw to Lockett in the back corner of the end zone. He maintained the rapport with Lockett, hitting him all over the field all game, and adding a short touchdown on the opposite end zone corner later on. DK Metcalf became a more important target as the game wore on. Wilson found him a couple of times for short gains in the first half, but in the second half, threw a long ball on a deep crossing route, which Metcalf took in easily for the score. Wilson took advantage down low with TE Jacob Hollister, who surprised as more than a mere checkdown option, with two short touchdowns of his own, including on Wilson's perfect leading throw for the winning score. Wilson only ran once the whole game, but he made that one count, for 21 yards. If you're keeping tabs, that is now 22 touchdowns, 1 interception, over nine games.
2019 Week 8 vs ATL (14 / 20 / 182 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Wilson got himself back on track after a blip last week against Baltimore. With not much pass rush to worry about for most of the game, he was able to key on his wide receivers a bit more than usual, spreading the bulk of the targets between Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and David Moore. Lockett, as always, was his money connection when they needed to move the chains; while Metcalf started to fulfill his promise as an end zone target, with two TDs to show for it. Moore got the most snaps as the third WR, but came up almost blank despite some well thrown balls in his direction. Wilson has found himself a replacement for the injured Will Dissly's end zone presence, and his name is DK Metcalf. He and Wilson hooked up on two short passing scores, and almost had a third (albeit on the same drive as one of his scores), a perfect 22-yard pass to the end zone, but Metcalf couldn't hold on.
2019 Week 7 vs BAL (20 / 41 / 241 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
Wilson had a rough go of it. Coverage was tight all day long, and the best he could do in most cases, was to toss the ball up in man coverage and hope his guy (usually Metcalf, in those cases) won the battle. It happened occasionally, but not enough to move the chains consistently. He continued his excellent rapport with Tyler Lockett, tossing him a TD with uncanny aim (and perhaps a little telepathy?) - about 10 feet away from him in the end zone, which of course Lockett knew exactly when to go for it. Wilson scrambled only occasionally, but with positive results, picking up a couple of first downs. He was also successful throwing short, quick passes, but mainly because the Ravens took away his other options. And of course, from the Ravens highlight reel, was the pick six: Wilson threw to the flat, as the coverage seemed soft, but Marcus Peters intercepted it at full speed and went untouched for the defensive score. It had to happen eventually, but still, it was disappointing that it came on such a rookie-like mistake.
2019 Week 6 vs CLE (23 / 33 / 295 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 31 / 1 rush)
Wilson was a questionable replay-reversed-call away from a 3 TD (plus one on the ground) game. Dealing with a fair bit of pressure from the Browns, Wilson responded with a season high nine rushing attempts, including a 16 yard first quarter scramble up the middle for his rushing TD. On that play, Wilson read the man coverage, which left the middle of the field empty, and slipped out of the pocket easily for the score. The running game was consistently moving the ball forward, and Wilson played patient football, finding the open man and spreading the ball around. No receiver had more than five targets, and while we know by now what to expect from Wilson, it was still an impressive show of poise and maturity as he brought the team back what was a 21-6 deficit, one play into the 2nd quarter.
2019 Week 5 vs LAR (17 / 23 / 268 / 4 / 0 pass, 8 / 32 / 0 rush)
Wilson's four passing TDs were the product of smart work while under pressure, as he had Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews in his face all day long. The volume was not high (only 23 attempts), but he was in vintage form spreading the ball around to nearly all of his receivers and backs. He got a little lucky on Lockett's brilliant first quarter catch in the end zone, but again and again, Wilson proves that he knows what his receivers are capable of, and full credit to him for putting it up there for the taking rather than throw it away. Wilson found DK Metcalf perfectly over the middle on a deep post for a score; and TD's #3 and #4 were shorter passes. First to David Moore, a quick hitch with enough room to run that he found paydirt, and second to Carson, who found himself wide open (and almost dropped the catch!) for the winning score. Wilson continued to show an excellent rapport with Will Dissly, finding him twice for sizable gains, and also to his running backs, who occasionally are even lining up wide. Finally, it's worth reminding just how dangerous Wilson is on the ground, and that Wilson seems to be running more this season, but isn't taking any big risks as tacklers close in.
2019 Week 4 vs ARI (22 / 28 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Wilson had not true highlight worthy plays against the Cardinals, but was quietly very efficient. He hit his TE, Will Dissly all day long, including for the lone TD, as he hit him wide open in stride as he crossed the goal line. Wilson had more success on short plays, to Dissly and Carson, primarily. His deep passes were not on the money in this one. Coverage was tight and he was forced to overthrow the ball rather than risk an interception, which he has so far managed to avoid in all four games this season. The blemish on his game is that he had more opportunity to score, but failed to get in on three passing plays from the 6-yard line, at the end of the half.
2019 Week 3 vs NO (32 / 50 / 406 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 51 / 2 rush)
It's easy to tell how the game is going at a glance, by how Wilson is behaving in the pocket. He tends to run only when he HAS to, when things aren't going well. Against the Saints, he was running very early on. A costly RB fumble, and some questionable 4th down gambles put the Seahawks in a big hole, so Wilson was playing from behind for most of the game. He found Tyler Lockett downfield often, including in the corner of the end zone, and hit Metcalf in double coverage for a 54-yard gain that unfortunately ended the half without any time left on the clock. Into the second half, his play was somewhat erratic and his throws weren't quite clicking. Notably, he overthrew Lockett on 4th and 5, with a rushed throw into the end zone. Wilson eventually did find his groove, and at that point a comeback almost looked possible. His pocket awareness was at an all-time high, as he effortlessly ducked and weaved through pressure, but still had trouble with his receivers getting open. He fought hard for his first rushing TD, trying to get outside but still having to beat the tackle 1-on-1. The same tight coverage allowed him to take off for another 8- yard scramble to score. On the final drive, he drove the team down the field, taking the shallow openings that the defense gave him. But at the end of the drive, Wilson persevered, hitting TE Will Dissly in the end zone twice (first was a holding call that allowed them a redo) for the score.
2019 Week 2 vs PIT (29 / 35 / 300 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 22 / 0 rush)
Wilson came out with a pass first mentality, and it seemed to kick the Seahawks into a gear that they failed to find in week 1. He showed a lot of confidence in rookie DK Metcalf, targeting him on the opening two plays. Later, he placed a perfect TD pass over his shoulder while he was in very tight man coverage. Tyler Lockett was still his favourite play, as he found him on short patterns all over the field. Early on, Wilson was sacked a little too easily as the pocket disappeared on him, which stalled a couple of drives. But when the running game finally got untracked, the passing game opened up as well. Notable, Wilson found TE Will Dissly on two separate but very similar TD plays, hitting him with a well-timed pass up high after Dissly broke off the line freely. It was pretty sweet looking, and it would be a surprise if Wilson's rapport with Dissly doesn't continue. But, Wilson's heroics weren't finished yet. On an option handoff out of the shotgun, Wilson got ahead of Rashaad Penny and blocked for him all the way to the end zone. Holding a two point lead in the final minutes, Wilson used his legs with great success, finding huge gains on draw plays to move the chains and keep the clock running. Probably the best sign that Wilson has found his groove is that he was back to spreading the ball around to several targets, which is when he's at his best.
2019 Week 1 vs CIN (14 / 20 / 195 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was a disappointing day for Wilson, who somehow always seems to salvage the day statistically, which he did with two TDs on the day. He was sacked twice early on and continued to go down throughout the game. He played more cautiously than we are used to seeing - in fact, he took more risks in the pre-season - which seemed to fuel the Bengals fire, as they were after him the whole game. The Seahawks had no long, sustained drives, and so the best of Wilson can be summed up on a couple of long passing plays. First to Metcalf, who easily caught the ball on a medium slant pattern, and later to Lockett in final frame, who somehow was wide open as usual, for his first and only catch of the day, for a 44 yard score. In between, Wilson kept the ball close, throwing to the running backs, and showed immense trust in the rookie, D.K. Metcalf, feeding the ball to him at will on short patterns, and even targeting him in the end zone. Near the end of the game, Wilson ran the ball himself, showing that he can be a threat after all, but on his last play of the game, a bizarre QB keeper play on 3rd & 17 resulted in him getting hit hard from behind.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Russell Wilson tosses two TDs in win (Tue Dec 3, 12:12 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 21-of-31 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 13 win against the Minnesota Vikings, and he also rushed for 13 yards. link to story Seahawks | Russell Wilson doesn't do much in win (Sun Nov 24, 09:21 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 13-of-25 passes for just 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. link to story Seahawks | Full practice for Russell Wilson (Fri Nov 22, 07:01 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 12. link to story Seahawks | Seattle's injury report for Week 12 (Fri Nov 22, 05:41 PM) - Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (hamstring) was unable to practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles. DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee, hip) also did not practice all week, while CB Neiko Thorpe (groin) missed practice for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 22; both players are listed as questionable. OT Duane Brown (knee, biceps) did not practice Friday but has been removed from the injury report. WR Tyler Lockett (shin) and DT Jarran Reed (ankle, groin) were limited Friday but also no longer appear on the injury report. S Lano Hill (elbow), QB Russell Wilson (hamstring), S Quandre Diggs (hamstring), PK Jason Myers (hip), DE Quinton Jefferson (hip, ankle), OG Mike Iupati (rest, foot), LB K.J. Wright (shoulder) and OT George Fant (knee) practiced in full Friday and have also been cleared to play. link to story
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