It wasn’t all that long ago that fans and observers across the league were adamant about the fact that Russell Wilson was a game manager who was carried by Marshawn Lynch and the one of the greatest defenses in the history of the NFL. Sunday the Seattle Seahawks not only destroyed the Atlanta Falcons 38-25 in a high scoring affair, they further improved the record of the team when playing in high scoring games, helping Wilson put the game manager narrative to rest for good.
Specifically, the stat so widely cited in the media for several years was the record of the Seahawks in games Wilson started when the opponent scored 24 or more points. It’s not hard to search the archives of online articles and social media to find reference to Wilson’s supposed inability to lead the team to victory in a game when the opponent put 24 points on the board.
Russell Wilson is now 2-14 when his defense gives up 24 or more points— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) November 16, 2015
@RavinMommy I just read a comment that said Russell Wilson has never won a game where his defense gave up 24 or more points. Interesting.— ADOS ⛓ (@dth76) July 28, 2015
.@DangeRussWilson has never won a game when the defense gives up 24 or more points...do people really think he is good?— Joe Liebeskind (@joeliebeskind) October 18, 2015
Just a friendly reminder, Russell Wilson’s team is now 3-24 when their Defense allows 25 or more points.— Jeremy Stevenson (@MyColtsAccount) November 5, 2018
Don't quote me on this but I don't think Russell Wilson has ever won a game when the other team scored 24 or more points— Black Man ✊ (@PureTarHeel) November 16, 2015
That 2-14 record in games where an opponent scored 24 or more points Pete Prisco of CBS Sports cited in 2015 was obviously accumulated during the earlier part of Wilson’s career when the Seahawks had the Legion of Boom crushing opponents on defense. As the team’s defensive scoring ranking has slipped in recent seasons, from the top of the league in each of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 to 3rd in 2016, 13th in 2017, 11th in 2018 and finally to 22nd in 2019, the team’s reliance on Wilson has increased.
And Wilson has delivered.
Specifically, since the start of the 2016 season, the Seahawks have the third best winning percentage in the league when the opponent scores 24 or more points in a game. Since 2016 only the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints sport a higher winning percentage in high scoring games than the Seahawks. In short, if the Hawks decide to keep letting Russ cook like they did in Week 1, and the defense plays as it did Sunday against the Falcons, this is a stat that Russ could push even further into his favor over the course of the remainder of the season.