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Russell Wilson closing in on defeating 31 NFL teams in less than ten seasons

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks’ 46-18 win over Indianapolis marked Russell Wilson’s first win over the Colts, having previously suffered a 34-28 loss in the 2013 season. If you’re into “QB wins” and whatnot, this post is for you.

Wilson has now beaten 28 teams in his six-year career. Keeping in mind that this statistic can only include those who have started against the Houston Texans at least once since 2002, just seven QBs in NFL history have defeated 31 or more teams: Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Kerry Collins (!), Aaron Rodgers, and Ben Roethlisberger. Favre, Manning, Brady, Rodgers, and Roethlisberger made it to 31 with just one team, and both Brett and Peyton have run the whole table and defeated all 32. I cannot fathom the idea of Russell Wilson playing for a different team, let alone beating the Seahawks, so maxing out at 31 is quite preferable for us.

The fastest QB to defeating 31 teams is obviously Tom Brady, who completed the rounds in 2007, his eighth season in the league and seventh as a full-time starter. Wilson is in his sixth season, and the earliest he can get to 31 is in 2019:

Russell Wilson’s to-do list

Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals

The Seahawks have home games against all three sides the next time they play them, with the two AFC West teams visiting CenturyLink Field in 2018, followed by the Bengals in 2019. Had Seattle not uncharacteristically squandered a 17-point lead at Cincinnati in 2015, Wilson would’ve had a shot at beating 31 teams just as quickly as Brady did with the Patriots. Every other quarterback on this list needed at least ten, and everyone except Collins is either in or will soon be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There is a chance that Alex Smith could beat Wilson to the punch in the “31 Club,” as the Chiefs play the 49ers next season. Of course, who knows if Smith is still actually the starter in Kansas City when that happens.