Russell Wilson’s play has been historically great


Russell Wilson has been great over the last four games. You might be surprised at how well those games stack up among the best streaks in NFL history. 

Russell Wilson is on a hot streak over the last four weeks. He’s putting up some insane numbers that defy explanation. This has been a run that has been great even from a historic perspective.

Wilson has completed 75.4 percent of his passes. He’s averaging 9.92 yards per pass attempt. He’s thrown 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions. That adds up to a 146.7 passer rating over those four games.

There also hasn’t been an “off game” in the group. He’s managed at least 260 yards, 9 yards per attempt, and three TDs in each game. His lowest passing rating has been 138.5.

Those numbers are nuts, but how do they stack up to the best 4-game streaks in NFL history? The results might surprise you.

Only 2 other players in NFL history have had a streak of four games with at least three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tom Brady did it in 2007, and Aaron Rodger did so last year. (Peyton Manning has a similar streak, but it spanned 2 seasons.)

There’s only been 10 streaks in NFL history where a player has thrown for 260 yards and three TD in 4 straight games. In only 2 of those streaks has that player also thrown zero picks: Wilson this year and Brady in 2007.

Wilson is the only player in NFL history to have a passer rating of 138.5 or higher in four-straight games. Drop that number to 130, and you only add one name to the list: John Hadi back in 1973. Drop it down to 125, and you only add one other name to the list: Milt Plum back in 1960.

As you can see, Wilson’s performance the last four weeks stack up or exceed the best 4-game stretches in NFL history by any QB. What Wilson has done over the last fours games is something that a number of Hall of Fame QBs were never able to do in their entire career.

Career games by Hall of Famers with at least 260 yards, 3 TDs, zero interceptions and 9 yards per pass attempt:

  • Frank Tarkenton: 4
  • Ken Stabler: 4
  • John Elway: 3
  • Joe Theismann: 3
  • Warren Moon: 3
  • Sonny Jurgensen: 2
  • Bart Starr: 1
  • Joe Namath: 1
  • Troy Aikman: 1

It should be pretty clear that we are witnessing something special. Be sure to try and enjoy it. It may be a long time before we see a run like this again.