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The unthinkable has happened: Russell Wilson has become a turnover machine

Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Russell Wilson is on pace to shatter his career-high in touchdown passes. What I don’t think anyone expected was for him to be on his way to having a career-high interceptions.

Through nine games, Wilson has been picked ten times. His worst season was 11 in 2016. This is not a product of passing the ball more when you consider this is is highest interception rate to date. Add in three lost fumbles (although today’s against the Los Angeles Rams was really on Kyle Fuller) and Wilson has 13 turnovers in nine games, with ten of them coming in Seattle’s three losses. Another way to phrase that is Wilson has ten turnovers since the bye week to just nine total touchdowns.

Pending Monday Night Football and Kirk Cousins, Wilson is 2nd in the league in picks and while I don’t want to dock him for the fumble, technically he’s now got two more turnovers on third down. Officially Wilson has the most third down turnovers in the NFL, with a whopping 8. Add in his sacks taken and he continues to be one of the worst third down QBs, which is unfathomable and bizarre.

But this is just the type of mistake that is beyond my comprehension. Funnily enough, 20212 Russell Wilson likely tucks and runs and doesn’t think about trying to make a play here with his arm. He had every reason to run and not force a bad pass to Will Dissly for the interception. In fact he could’ve thrown it earlier without bailing from the pocket.

We need to stop worrying (permanently, too) about Russell Wilson’s MVP chances. Right now he is not even the best QB in his own division when you factor in how valuable Kyler Murray has been as a runner. The offense has not played particularly well since the bye week save for the 1st half against the Arizona Cardinals and the win over the San Francisco 49ers.

I said earlier in the week that the offense was due for a hard dose of reality. Perhaps Chris Carson’s impending return can be a much bigger boost than we think, because the Seahawks rushing attack has been abysmal since he went out. But Wilson has to be better. Trying to overcompensate for a bad defense cannot be used to repeatedly defend his reckless decision making, especially in positions where they are likely to score. The Seahawks have been hugely fortunate to play terrible defenses like the Patriots, Dan Quinn era Falcons, and Cowboys. Degree of difficulty has increased and they are not responding well.

Seattle’s season is teetering on the edge of collapsing to the same type of ending we’ve seen in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. They need to turn it around fast.