Russell Wilson Still Leading Rookie QBs After Halfway Mark
After the first quarter of the NFL season Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had his team in first place at 3-1. He was the leader around the first turn among the rookie quarterback class of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weedon and himself. The question was where Wilson and the Seahawks would be in November?
It is November and Wilson is still in front with six wins? The Seahawks are now 6-4. They are in second place in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers. Technically, Wilson is a half game behind Luck who has led the Indianapolis Colts to a 6-3 record. Seattle has played one more game than Indianapolis.
As for the other three quarterbacks, Griffin III and the Washington Redskins are 3-6. Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins are 4-5. Weedon and the Cleveland Browns are 2-7. The Seahawks, Colts and Dolphins are all in second place and have a chance to make the playoffs. Washington and Cleveland are pretty much done.
Though it is the most important thing, winning is not the only area that Wilson has outshone his classmates. In 10 games he has thrown for 15 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. His completion percentage is 62 percent. Wilson has not thrown an interception at home this season. Seattle is 5-0 at CenturyLink Field.
Wilson has led the Seahawks to victories over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. In both games he threw late touchdown passes to beat them. The first, of course, was a controversial one which beat Green Bay 14-12.
On Sunday, Wilson led Seattle to a 28-7 victory over the New York Jets. He threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson outplayed another much ballyhooed quarterback in Mark Sanchez.
After 10 games of the 2012 season, the man who was not even supposed to start for Seattle has given them an opportunity to win their division. The Seahawks have games left with all three of their division rivals in San Francisco, the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams. If they win them all and get one more victory it would give them ten on the year. This may be enough to earn at least a wildcard.
Right now, Wilson has made Seattle a competitive team that has a chance to win every week. His never say die attitude has led the Seahawks to six wins which is more than any rookie quarterback except Luck.
Wilson was the leader at the first turn of the NFL season. He is neck and neck with Luck after the second.
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