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Most, Highest, First: Russell Wilson’s place in history through 5 seasons

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Russell Wilson has been a point of controversy this season. Not for anything he’s done off the field, really, but his play and final stats have added fuel to the fire of his doubters that 2015 was a fluke. Funny that, for a guy coming off of a season in which he set the franchise record for passing yards, and joined Peyton Manning as Dan Marino as the only QBs to throw at least 20 touchdowns in each of their first five seasons.

How has it been five years already? I swear we were just watching 2-for-1 Jos. A. Bank-wearing Russ. Now we’re watching “literally owns his own clothing line” Russ. Hot damn.

For all the ways in which the first five years of Wilson’s career have been a whirlwind, he has still had arguably the most consistently remarkable start to a career by any QB in the Super Bowl era.

These are five of Russell Wilson’s most impressive stats through five seasons:

1. Most wins in any QB’s first five seasons (56.5)

This one came a little too close for comfort to not happening, but luckily Trevone Boykin was able to hold on to the lead against the 49ers last week to put Wilson half a game ahead of Matt Ryan’s 56 wins through 5 seasons. Wilson is now the only QB to win 10+ games in each of his first five seasons in NFL history:

Most wins by a QB through X seasons

Two more seasons and Wilson can enter Brady/Manning territory.

2. Highest passer rating in NFL history through a QB’s first five seasons (99.6)

In spite of 2016 being his lowest single-season passer rating (92.6) since entering the league, Wilson is still the highest rated passer through five seasons in NFL history, which shows just how efficient a passer he has been. Wilson had the most 100+ passer rating games through five seasons (38) - which is so many that it also happens to be the record through any QB’s first six seasons.

Highest rated passers in NFL history through 5 seasons

Of the 10 highest rated passers through five seasons, Wilson has 3.5 times as many rushing yards (2689) as the #2 rusher (Andy Dalton, 766).

3. Highest adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) through 5 seasons in NFL history (8.20)

AY/A is Y/A with a 20 yard bonus per touchdown and a 45 yard deduction per interception. Only Russell Wilson and Kurt Warner had an AY/A > 8.0 through their first five seasons. And even though he has an advantage in a stat like this from playing in a more pass-friendly era than quarterbacks of yesteryear, no QB has a higher AY/A over the last three seasons than Russell Wilson:

Highest AY/A, 2014-2016 (regular season + playoffs, min. 700 attempts)

4. Most multi-touchdown/zero-interception games through 5 seasons in NFL history

In five seasons, Russell Wilson has 28 games with multiple touchdown passes and zero interceptions - 7 more than any other QB:

Most multi-touchdown/zero-interception games by a QB through 5 seasons

5. Wilson has a perfect record in home playoff games (4-0)

Only Kurt Warner (7-0) had more wins without a loss in home playoff games in his career. With a win tomorrow vs the Detroit Lions, Wilson can extend his perfect home playoff record to 5-0, tie Dan Marino and Steve Young with 8 career playoff wins, and can become only the fifth QB to win a playoff game in 5 consecutive seasons (Aikman, Favre, Brady (2x), Flacco).

Some people may not want to hear it right now because 2016 was a “down year,” but Russell Wilson is on track to be among the all-time greats when he career is over because 64.7% comp, 21 TD, 11 INT, 4,200 yards, three game-winning drives, against the worst offensive line in the NFL, no run support, and losing his second-best receiver for a large chunk of the season is considered a “down year.”

Let’s see what the next five years may bring and then see how many more “up years” he may have left in him.

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