Even though the Seattle Seahawks got spanked by the Oakland Raiders last night, there was one major positive to takeaway: in the short time he was on the field Russell Wilson played quarterback as perfectly as it can be played in the NFL.
On the very first snap of the game Wilson threw a deep pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse down the sideline and hit him in stride for 44 yards. Three short plays later, Wilson threw a perfect strike to Luke Willson in the end zone. Just like that the Seahawks were on the board. One minute and forty-five seconds had elapsed on the clock. Four plays. Eighty yards. Six points. If you blinked you probably missed it.
— Seahawk Thoughts (@MindofaSeahawk) August 29, 2014
The scariest thing about it was that for the 2014 preseason it actually was a pretty typical performance for Mr. Wilson.
Through four games, Wilson completed 33 of 42 passes for 437 yards. He threw three touchdowns and zero picks. His passer rating was just shy of 134. Oh, and he also rushed for three more touchdowns.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Seahawks scored on 11 of 13 drives with Wilson at quarterback this preseason. Nine of them resulted in touchdowns.
Yes, you have to add the asterisk that all of this happened in preseason, but those numbers are mind boggling no matter what the situation is or who you’re playing against. I’m starting to think that not only is Wilson a top-five NFL quarterback, but he’s going to get at least a couple of MVP votes in 2014.