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The Film Room: How Russell Wilson scored so often in 2015

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Russell Wilson passed for over 4,000 yards last season, maintaining a 68% completion percentage. Including the playoffs, he scored 38 touchdowns through the air, while running one into the endzone. In this video, we will take a look at his touchdowns to see the general trends of how he scored in his fourth season in the NFL.

Touchdowns by Distance

First, we will take a look at his touchdowns by distance. This chart is directly created by the distance from the line of scrimmage to the end zone. For example, a screen pass at the line of scrimmage that goes for a 16+ yard score will count as "Deep." Additionally, touchdowns ran into the end zone by the quarterback were accounted for here.

Russell Wilson's Touchdowns by Distance

Touchdowns by Location

The next table breaks down more accurately where the ball was actually caught. As such, the totals may differ from the table above. Note: This table only includes his passes.

Russell Wilson's Touchdowns by Location

Touchdowns by Quarter

The following table breaks down his touchdowns by quarter.

Russell Wilson's Touchdowns by Quarter

Touchdowns by Receiver

Here are the recipients of his touchdown passes during the 2015 NFL season.

Russell Wilson's Touchdowns by Receiver

Touchdowns by Route

The next table breaks down the touchdowns by route thrown. Similar routes were combined together based on the distance and type of pass.

Russell Wilson's Touchdowns by Route

This season was an interesting change for Wilson. With the running game lacking due to injuries, and Jimmy Graham, his safety valve for the first half of the season injured, Wilson had to rely on Doug Baldwin and rookie receiver Tyler Lockett more and more. I think this season will open up the playbook for this offense going forward.

Like I've said previously, with Thomas Rawls returning to the field, I don't ever see the Seattle Seahawks switching to a pass-first offense, but they will certainly be dynamic to watch and will be able to rely on Wilson when the run game starts stalling.

The offensive line remains the wildcard. Will Mark Glowinski and rookie Germain Ifedi be able to man the guard positions successfully? According to, the Seahawks had the 30th rated offensive line in pass protection last season. Hopefully with the recent addition of Jahri Evans (that I analyzed here), the Seahawks will feature an improved offensive line once he fully learns the offensive system and earns a starting role on the line.