How much pressure can we put on Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks? The second-year quarterback is expected by some to lead his team to the Super Bowl. Anyone who knows anything about the NFL can tell you that this is no small task, even with an immensely talented team around you.
Obviously the wins are what is important, but we still look at individual stats and use them to benchmark how a player is performing throughout the year. The rookie numbers were very good, as Wilson threw for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. For those that enjoy analyzing the passer rating, Wilson had a 100.0 for the year, which was good for fourth in the NFL.
In terms of game-by-game performances, Wilson never accumulated huge stats during the season. He never threw for over 300 yards (293 yards twice), and he threw for four touchdowns once and three touchdowns twice.
How will Wilson perform in 2013? That really depends on which part of last season is analyzed. In the first three games of 2012, Wilson averaged 145 yards per game and he threw four touchdowns and a pick over that stretch. The last three games saw an average of 209 yards per game, with a total of six TDs and one interception.
Not a huge difference, but the passer rating in the last three games of the season was 104.4/115.3/136.3 versus the first three games when it was 62.5/112.7/99.3. There is also the reality that Seattle was, and is, a run-first team. Wilson does not seem to be a stat-hungry guy, and chances are he will keep handing the rock to Marshawn Lynch throughout the season.
Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Wilson could have elevated stats in 2013, but not drastic increases. An average of 200-250 yards and 1-2 touchdowns per game may be the standard weekly performance. Granted, Wilson does do his share of running, as he racked up 489 and four touchdowns on the ground.
Of course, this is the dilemma of being a sports fan and also a fantasy football participant. The ideal situation is for your favorite player to also be a top fantasy performer. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Wilson may have a very solid statistical year, but he may not be the best selection for a fantasy team.
In the end, it won’t really matter if Wilson has big numbers. What will be important is whether or not he can earn letters. Specifically, the letter “W.”