Russell Wilson is the strong, silent type. Emphasis on “strong.”
Always among the best in the NFL in rate stats, including the best passer rating in NFL history in November and December, and numerous records/top-10 numbers for rookies & players early in their career & playoffs, Wilson did have areas he struggled in. This included his history of slow starts in September and October that had to be offset with his phenomenal numbers in the latter half of the season, but that has not been the case in 2017.
After finishing off Sunday’s incredible 41-38 win over the Houston Texans (Recap Here) with a touchdown to Jimmy Graham with seconds remaining, Wilson ended the day with a career-high 452 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. The pick came on the previous drive and low-lighted a rather perfect day for Wilson, but the defense managed -- somewhat surprisingly -- one opportunity at redemption.
All told through seven games of 2017, Wilson is now 164-of-258, 2,008 yards, 15 touchdowns, four interceptions, a passer rating of 100.3, and 7.77 Y/A. He also rushed for 30 of the Seahawks 33 rushing yards on the day, and has 194 rushing yards on the season.
Through seven games last season, Wilson had 1,812 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions, a rating of 91.5, and 7.52 Y/A.
Through seven games of 2015, which ended as his best season, he had 1,668 yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions, and a rating of 97, with 8.18 Y/A.
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Wilson is now on pace for 34 touchdowns, just like he finished with in 2015. But he started that year with seven fewer touchdowns over his first seven games, so if Wilson can have just a typical second half to his season (not necessarily the monster 24 TD/1 INT finish he had in 2015) then he should end the year with career-best digits. Certainly with his heroic effort on Sunday he’s in the MVP conversation, with Seattle now in first place in the NFC West and keeping pace in the conference for bye week talk in December.
Much of that has to do with Wilson, who chooses to speak much more eloquently through his play than through his words.