Russell Wilson is amazing…but still…
Game three saw more heroics from Mr. Unlimited. He fired five more touchdowns in a shootout with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. True, Wilson missed a few passes in this one, as he was “only” 27-40 for the day. Still, he once again avoided any turnovers and passed for over 300 yards for the second time in three contests. We’ll take the passer rating of 130.7, thank you. More importantly, we’ll take the win.
The Dolphins defense was comparatively stingy in week four. Wilson only managed to connect on two scoring passes, although he did light up Miami’s secondary for 360 yards. He was picked off though, and in this case, the interception falls on his shoulders. We’ll get back to that in a bit. When the Hawks needed him, Russell Wilson came through. Turns out that nine years in the league makes you a pretty good offensive coordinator. A win is a win, and a passer rating of 112.4 only remotely looks bad compared to his previous three weeks.
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And now we come to the Vikings game. The end result was sweet, of course, as the Seahawks won with that amazing 94-yard scoring drive. Wilson was incredible – Unlimited, maybe? – as he took the Hawks the length of the field in just 1:42. Yes, that drive is why all 12s love Russell Wilson. 13 plays, converting on fourth down not once, but twice. Who does that, except the DangeRuss one himself?
Here’s the problem, though. Yeah, Wilson was fantastic in the second half of that game, no doubt about it. But that first half was horrific. He had just 13 net yards passing, nine of those on a meaningless dump to Tyler Lockett as time ran out in the half. Number Three added 177 yards through the air and wasn’t sacked once in the second half. I like that second half as much as you do, but that first half – yeccch.
Russ completed just two pass attempts over 10 yards in that half. True, he was 7-7 passing, but he couldn’t connect once on any deep routes. Even worse, he took too much time trying to find the deep ball, taking four sacks. On at least two of those sacks, he held the ball for over six seconds. You have to be able to find an open man or take off, with that much time. Naturally, Wilson did just that in the second half, and the Hawks won.