5 Stats That Prove Russell Wilson Belongs Amongst the NFL’s Elite QBs

5 Stats That Prove Russell Wilson is a Top-10 Quarterback

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This week on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players Countdown, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was revealed at the No. 20 spot, the fifth-highest QB on the list. Since his revelation on the countdown, analysts have debated just how good Seattle's franchise QB is. He doesn't throw much and his defense is unbeatable, but does that mean Wilson is unworthy of consideration as a top-10 QB? No. The fact is, Wilson does rank among the league's elite; here's why:

5. Average Yards Per Attempt

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5. Average Yards Per Attempt

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Wilson ranked 35th in passing attempts per game in the NFL last year among QBs with at least 200 attempts. That means every starter, plus several backups that played, threw more passes per game than him. That's a remarkable stat. It's also worth noting when considering Wilson's accomplishments last year. He simply does more with less. Consistency is the key, as his 8.2 yards per attempt proves. That ranked ninth amongst QBs in the NFL last year.

4. 20-Plus Yard Completions

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4. 20-Plus Yard Completions

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Despite attempting a meager 407 passes on the season, Wilson was able to rank ninth in the NFL in 20-plus yard completions. By season's end, he had completed 49 passes of 20-plus yards; seven more than he did in his great rookie year. Coupled with the fact that 21 NFL quarterbacks threw more passes than Wilson in 2013 -- most by a wide margin -- it really is amazing that the second-year gunslinger was able to accumulate so many impactful plays.

3. 40-Plus Yard Completions

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3. 40-Plus Yard Completions

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Wilson ranked ninth in the NFL in completions of 20-plus yards. Even more unbelievably, he ranked sixth in the league in passes of 40-plus yards. Again, this is what makes the young man so talented. He does so much more with fewer opportunities than most. While pundits might be able to ignore a quarterback with Wilson's total yardage, it's hard to overlook the amazing number of explosive plays.

2. Touchdown Passes vs. Interceptions

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2. Touchdown Passes vs. Interceptions

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The most important statistic to any offensive coordinator or head coach in the NFL when it comes to QBs is touchdown to interception ratio. Once again, Wilson ranked near the top of the pack in 2014. While throwing the fifth-fewest interceptions (nine) of any QB with significant playing time last season, Wilson managed to rank ninth in touchdown passes, throwing 26 over the course of the year -- a near 3:1 ratio.

1. Passer Rating and Win Percentage

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1. Passer Rating and Win Percentage

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While the NFL's Passer Rating is widely believed to be a flawed system, it is this magical number that is suppose to take all other stats into consideration. Wilson ranked 7th in Passer Rating for the 2014 season, again showing he belongs amongst the NFL's elite. If you need more proof, just look to his 24-8 record as a starter, 4-1 record in the postseason, his status as a two-time Pro-Bowler or the huge Super Bowl ring on his finger.


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