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Russell Wilson off to best 2-game start of his career

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I have mentioned multiple times that Brian Schottenheimer’s career arc reminds me of Kyle Shanahan’s. Some readers may have forgotten that Shanahan’s first season with Matt Ryan was plenty underwhelming, and he wasn’t much less of a “legacy” joke than he had been during his previous stops as an offensive coordinator. In his second year with Ryan, he won MVP and the Atlanta Falcons earned the right to blow the Super Bowl.

Speaking of blowing Super Bowls — sorry, today is a day of celebration and Russell Wilson has plenty of reason to celebrate. Not only are the Seattle Seahawks 2-0 for the first time since 2013, but Wilson is off to the best start of his career.

Wilson has a rating of 134.5 with five touchdowns, no picks, and 9.0 yards per attempt. It’s only the second time in his career that he’s avoided throwing an interception in the first two games (2014: 4 TD, 0 INT, but worse numbers across the board and Seattle had a nine-point loss to the Chargers) and get this: Prior to this year, Wilson had these pass ratings in the first two weeks over the previous four years:

2015: 90.1, 91.8

2016: 77.5, 84.7

2017: 69.7, 80.9

2018: 92.7, 86.1

2019: 134.6, 134.5

By passer rating, these are the best Week 1 and Week 2 games of Russell Wilson’s career.

His game Sunday was the fifth-best road game of his career by passer rating. His previous best career game — in any stadium — was 158.3 against the Lions in Detroit last year, also a game under Schottenheimer.

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Helping Wilson this week was the play of rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf, who looks like the most legitimate big (in size) threat receiver that Pete Carroll has ever had with the Seahawks, and tight end Will Dissly, who caught two touchdowns and all five of his targets. Additionally, Tyler Lockett set a career high in targets (12, previous high of nine) and catches (10, previous high was seven), helping us understand his re-defined role after a two-target performance in Week 1.

Schottenheimer is spreading the ball around, but keeping defenses guessing a bit more on the pass-run balance, as well as where the ball is going as Chris Carson received three more targets on Sunday. The offensive plan looked much different than the one they ran against the Cincinnati Bengals last week and in fact Schottenheimer passed the clock out more than he ran it out. If not for Carson’s two fumbles, the game’s final score would’ve been much more in Seattle’s favor, but I digress. The offensive line didn’t have a great day against the Steelers defensive line, which has been a surprising wrinkle against Wilson so far this year and still hasn’t hampered him from having the best start of his career.

The Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints next Sunday afternoon. Wilson’s lowest career rating in a Week 3 game: 99.3.

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