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Russell Wilson is the NFC offensive player of the week

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shredded the Saints’ defense all night on Monday, so it’s no surprise that he’s been named the NFC offensive player of the week.

Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 310 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and also ran for 47 yards, as the Seahawks breezed past the Saints. It was an impressive performance by the entire team, and Wilson was the man leading the way

Now the question is whether Wilson, in just his second season after the Seahawks chose him in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, is ready to lead the Seahawks to a championship. Right now, Seattle is the favorite to win it all.

One of the amazing things to consider, as we look at all Wilson has done in his first two seasons, is that the Seahawks easily could have missed him. If some other team had looked past his short stature and seen his big talent, maybe he’d be leading some other team toward the playoffs. Or maybe he wouldn’t be as good in another system. Or maybe he’d be languishing on the bench. (That’s definitely where he’d be if the Broncos had chosen Wilson instead of Brock Osweiler in the second round last year.)

Fortunately for the Seahawks, they got their man. And their man is one of the best players in the NFL.

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  1. dwhcic says: Dec 4, 2013 10:49 AM

    The Russell Wilson the real. The Drew Brees big time jabroni.

  2. qdog112 says: Dec 4, 2013 10:52 AM

    Russell Wilson should be viewed as one of the best players in the NFL, bar none. He is playing his position as well as any QB in the league, period. It doesn’t hurt that he has his team on top of the league.

    He doesn’t have the lofty stats, which are basically “cotton candy”. His stats are meaningful. When you bite into them, you don’t get mostly air. He doesn’t pad his stats with a bunch of 1 yard TD passes.

  3. nflgiant says: Dec 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    The kid will also be name MVP at Metlife Stadium in Febuary.

  4. sfcpetersret says: Dec 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    A leader, a mentor, God follower, and he is only in his second season. Congratulations!! GO HAWKS!!!

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    Wow, 310 yards passing in one game.

    That must be a career high.

    SMH.

  6. mmsierra says: Dec 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    Great Game !
    Great QB
    Great Team

    But, let’s see what happens this week end
    He’ll be playing against a real defense on Sunday

  7. nflgiant says: Dec 4, 2013 10:56 AM

    Is Washington upset that they missed out?Just imagine how different they would be with all those draft picks they gave to the Rams,and Wilson leading the way………WOW!

  8. beastmode5150 says: Dec 4, 2013 10:56 AM

    WE are beyond lucky to have him.

  9. jaltreality says: Dec 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    I’m a Saints fan. I think the Seahawks destroyed the Saints. And I think their game plan was “we’ll contain Marshawn Lynch and dare Wilson to beat us”, and he did, especially with Rob Ryan kept blitzing like an idiot.

    But, I thought this win was more on the defense than anything else. 7 points came from their pick-6 of Brees, and they rattled him the entire game.

    I think Wilson is great, but wonder how he’d be on a team where they didn’t have (1) Marshawn Lynch and (2) one of the (if not THE) top defenses of the NFL.

  10. dualprime says: Dec 4, 2013 11:09 AM

    The little dude can play ball AND he’s a local hero (see ESPN wallet story).

  11. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    Wow, 310 yards passing in one game.

    That must be a career high.
    ********
    Didn’t take you long to did it?

  12. ravenswhat says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    This guy is a legit top 5 QB right now. There are very few QBs I would want to sign long term right now but this guy is at the top of the list when you talk young qbs.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    joetoronto:

    Yeah, he’s regularly able to throw for a mere 210 yards and win anyway. It happens a lot when you’re on one of the very few teams that happens to run the ball more than they pass it.

    But, when a team steps up and takes the running game away, Wilson is able to make them pay for it. Ask the Saints, who clearly were so afraid of Beast Mode they put ten in the box on couple of occasions, one of which resulted in a 60 yard completion.

    Remember real football, joe? The kind with a tough running game that wore the opposing defense down over four quarters, and when teams overcompensated to deal with it, a QB who could hit precision passes and really make it hurt?

    Or are you so enamored with big stat number because that’s what is going to help out your fantasy team?

    Sorry to disappoint you, but the 2013 Seattle Seahawks are a Real Football Team, playing in a Fantasy Football World.

  14. coolherc says: Dec 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    Wow, 310 yards passing in one game.

    That must be a career high.

    SMH.

    *********************************************

    I know! Not bad for a run-centric team, huh?

  15. kleppnasty says: Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    As a 9ers fan I wish anyone else had drafted him so that I could root for him. He seems like a good guy and he definetly has ice water in his veins, but I can’t actually figure out why he is good.
    This is not a slight on him, but when you watch Seattle play, they seem to have a handful of plays that a guy gets wide open, and they capitalize on those plays for the win. What I can’t figure out is, do those plays happen every game and Wilson is just the best one at finding them, is Seattle’s scheme such that eventually they get a few wide open plays, or do teams get intimidated by Seattle and have mental meltdowns.
    I’m hoping that maybe it’s a scheme and someone figures it out, but as the season goes on, I get more and more nervous that they are getting the ‘lucky bounces’ that Super Bowl Champions need to win the whole thing. Even when they play bad they seem to find a way to win, and they can win big (like on Monday) without having to play their best. It’s very frustrating to watch as a hater, but hats off to Seattle and Wilson for making it work.

  16. puhleezho says: Dec 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    Should have been Alshon Jeffery. Wilson’s game was nice, but not eye-popping IMO.

  17. jayhawk777 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    What’s truly amazing is that Russell played
    without all pro LT Okung, RT Breno for a vast majority
    of the season. Mix in Unger missing at C and
    you’re looking at a recipe for disaster.

    Russell has done more with less than any QB in the game.
    Brady is there with his lack of receivers.

    Wilson is an amazing talent.

  18. kylexitron says: Dec 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    So tired of hearing about “luck” as a factor for Wilson and the Seahawk’s success, and I don’t mean Andrew.

    Wilson, although it’s a 2-season sample size, has the highest winning percentage of any QB in NFL history. Yep you read that right.

    If you think that luck is a factor you’re simply wrong.

    Like Ray Lewis said during the MNF broadcast – you watch him play, you just know he’s got “it”.

    I’m biased as a hawks fan but if the game were on the line, at this point I’m not sure I’d take any other QB in the NFL over Wilson. I used to say something like that for fun and with obvious doubts because guys like Brady, Manning, Rogers, Brees are so good.

    But right now I’m dead serious.

  19. 15starr says: Dec 4, 2013 11:33 AM

    Man of the century award!

  20. circuscivics says: Dec 4, 2013 11:36 AM

    “jaltreality says:”

    “I think Wilson is great, but wonder how he’d be on a team where they didn’t have (1) Marshawn Lynch and (2) one of the (if not THE) top defenses of the NFL.”

    When has defense helped completion percentage, passer efficiency, TD % etc… How was Shaub doing with his top defense and running game? Just give respect where it is due, and quit trying to find ways to marginalize Wilson. Never heard anyone saying it was Tomlinson that made Brees what he was in San Diego or Jimmy Graham, Sproles, and Colston making Breese what he is in NO.

    You can look at any good QB in the league to find that he has some advantages that others don’t. Whether it is coaching or other play makers. I can go on about what Wilson doesn’t have, but he overcame i.e. O-line for the majority of the season, playing with undrafted FA receivers (except for Tate).

  21. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 4, 2013 11:37 AM

    If you don’t respect Russell Wilson, you don’t know football and you don’t know character.

    -Titans Fan

  22. jayhawk777 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:38 AM

    Klepp, you aren’t used to seeing a QB that knows how
    to go through his progressions until a receiver opens up.

    You’re used to seeing Kaep, who is a 1 read, bolt the
    Pocket Qb, who can’t handle pressure. That is why you don’t know how he does it. Kaep has more weapons but looks list.

    Russell has a high release point with enough NFL zip to
    make all big time throws. See photo.

    He’s Houdini with a 3 on his chest. Amazing!

  23. coolherc says: Dec 4, 2013 11:44 AM

    mmsierra says:
    Dec 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    Great Game !
    Great QB
    Great Team

    But, let’s see what happens this week end
    He’ll be playing against a real defense on Sunday

    *********************************************

    Hopefully it’s a good game, ‘cuz that “real” defense has surrendered 71 pts over the course of the last 2 meetings (for those poor at math: 35+ avg. ppg.). No bueno.

  24. trollhammer20 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:52 AM

    Luck….yeah, right.

    In back to back games this year, Wilson hit two receivers, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, with perfect passes in the back corner of the end zone. High enough to be over the heads of the defenders, who were in good position, but not so high that they weren’t able to come down with the pass.

    It’s no accident he’s so good at that particular throw. Before each game, even before the warmups go on in uniform, Wilson goes onto the field and practices that exact throw, 10-15 times.

    For an example, go to youtube and search “russell wilson throws over the choir”, and you’ll see an example.

    The preparation is the separation. And while there may be some who work as hard, there are none who work harder.

  25. cohawkfan says: Dec 4, 2013 12:01 PM

    I think it’s fair to say (as a ‘Hawks fan) that we’ve never had a QB like this in franchise history. Jim Zorn was great as was Dave Krieg. I love Matt Hasselback but no QB has come to the team as a draft pick that has this level of talent, drive and commitment to winning. It’s not just that Russell is talented. He puts in the work. He doesn’t rely on his talent like some guys do.

    As a Seahawks fan it is very difficult to NOT be giddy at this guys play.

    It’s an exciting time to be a ‘Hawks fan, for sure.

  26. jaltreality says: Dec 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    @circuscivics

    You misunderstand. I do think he’s great. If you could take two QBs for your team to have long term, and age was a factor you’re considering, it’s Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson.

    But you can’t deny that Marshawn Lynch is the focal point of that offense, and that they feed off of him. That’s not the case with many QBs in this league. In fact, Wilson’s 300+ yard game came largely because the Saints were terrified of Lynch (and with that playoff run still resounding, as a Saints fan, I was too) and stacked the box.

    No one is stacking the league for Moreno, Ridley, Pierre Thomas. Eddie Lacy looks like the real deal, but Aaron Rodgers has dealt with plug-ins for RBs. Marshawn Lynch is second or third only to Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles in this league. How could Wilson NOT benefit from that? Imagine taking Lynch out and replacing him with a plug-in.

  27. seatownballers says: Dec 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    Since bye week-
    One down
    Seven to go

  28. dwarftosser says: Dec 4, 2013 12:16 PM

    I thought Wilson was over rated coming into this year.. but it sure looks like I was worng. He’s shown consistent solid, smart play all year long and he handles himself with poise and class. Reminds me of Tom Brady in his early years, nothing flashy just clutch performances. Now he just needs a super model girlfriend that we can stare at…

  29. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    As a 9ers fan I wish anyone else had drafted him so that I could root for him. He seems like a good guy and he definetly has ice water in his veins, but I can’t actually figure out why he is good.
    This is not a slight on him, but when you watch Seattle play, they seem to have a handful of plays that a guy gets wide open, and they capitalize on those plays for the win. What I can’t figure out is, do those plays happen every game and Wilson is just the best one at finding them, is Seattle’s scheme such that eventually they get a few wide open plays, or do teams get intimidated by Seattle and have mental meltdowns.
    I’m hoping that maybe it’s a scheme and someone figures it out, but as the season goes on, I get more and more nervous that they are getting the ‘lucky bounces’ that Super Bowl Champions need to win the whole thing. Even when they play bad they seem to find a way to win, and they can win big (like on Monday) without having to play their best. It’s very frustrating to watch as a hater, but hats off to Seattle and Wilson for making it work.
    **********
    But isn’t that what makes teams good? You win when you play well, and you win when you play bad?

    It helps to have a well balanced team. When the O struggles the D steps up, and when the D struggles, the O steps up.

    Plus, Seatte’s special teams is doing a fantastic job too.

    I understand lots of people don’t the Seahawks, but I’m sure there are more than a handful of fans out there that would switch their team with Seattle’s right now if the could.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    NFL MVP so far IMO… They’ll give it to Manning though…

  31. beastmode5150 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:39 PM

    Niners emailed season ticket holders reminding them to “wear red” and “be loud”. Lol

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:59 PM

    If he wasn’t drafted 75th overall last year he would have been Rookie of The Year and Pro Bowl MVP. This year he is leader of the NFL’s best record – thrown for 22 TD’s and only has 6 picks not to mention rushed for just under 500 yards. The MVP talk is real even though Manning is leading that race at the moment.

  33. kleppnasty says: Dec 4, 2013 1:04 PM

    jayhawk

    yes and no. A. I’ve watched Joe, Steve and plenty of others, so I’m used to seeing QBs go through reads. My statement was more that Seattle players end up wide open like in college. That is rare in the NFL. Usually open in the NFL means you have a step on the guy, but take Monday night. He had the TE open on a 62 yard play, no one was within 10 yards of him when he caught it. And the cross route by Tate left him open by 5 or 10 yards in the end zone. I just don’t remember a team that has guys that open as often as Seattle.

    As for Kaep, I think the ‘one read’ is not entirely accurate. I think Kaep’s issue is a lack of trust in his teammates. He appears to be going through the reads on most plays, but he would rather run or force it to Boldin or Davis, than to trust that Baldwin, McDonald or others will make the catch. Kaep has extremely good numbers when his top WRs are healthy, and very average numbers when his top WRs are no healthy. I believe that Crabtree’s return will be a big difference in Sunday’s game, but I still hope Kaep learns to trust other WRs too.

  34. kaperchoke says: Dec 4, 2013 1:11 PM

    Wilson (3rd round pick, 2nd year) > KraperNoob (2nd round pick, 3rd year) hands down, why Seattle is going to the SB and 9ers are NOT this season.

  35. scmems07 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    Wilson is no doubt going to have a great career, but he has had some very pedestrian games this year where he has been bailed out by the defense, san Fran, ten, hou, so I wouldn’t say mvp yet. He is always going to have the fact that he has a great defense that keeps his team in games and sometimes directly wins games, mvp’s are players that carry their teams to success. He is a huge reason why they win, but this team would probably still make the playoffs with an average qb I.e San Francisco, which has a terrible qb but still win. Manning is on pace to break multiple passing records this year and that team would be average if not for him. Props to Wilson though, going to be very good for a long time and it’s easy like. Poster child for the nfl.

  36. kaperchoke says: Dec 4, 2013 1:23 PM

    @ratsfoiledagain
    “As a 9ers fan I wish anyone else had drafted him so that I could root for him. He seems like a good guy and he definetly has ice water in his veins, but I can’t actually figure out why he is good.”

    Why is Wilson good?
    Let’s see:

    1) He’s got poise, had it out of the gate as a rookie last season
    2) a big arm, throwing bombs are effortless, as well as touch on shorter passes
    3) accurate and puts the ball where the receiver can get it and not the defender.
    4) scan the field and finds the open receiver
    5) super elusive, but not reckless and has the speed to gain yards running out of the pocket with his legs, even better than a lot of other running QB like KraperNoob and RGIII
    6) has the guts to use his legs when the game is on the line and when the other part of the offense isn’t working
    7) decisive, smart and shows more experience and good judgement than he has in the league (2 years)

    and lastly:

    8) you don’t see these things cause you don’t have an eye for football (in this case QB) talent and/or you don’t watch Seattle games and on top of it all you are pretty much a bias hater since you are a 9er fan.

  37. grambo2014 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:46 PM

    Why are receivers “open” for Wilson?

    I think that his ability to run seems to draw defenders forward and to lose a step on the receivers. This was true for the long Miller reception on MNF. When he rolls out the defenders seem to think run and miss his ability to accurately pass on the run – one of his best weapons and not something they see very often.

    Secondly I think he seems to throw a very accurate ball over-the-top of the defender or right on the sideline. How many times have we seen these throws this season? The long passes to Baldwin and Lockett were great examples this week – but also the pass that beat the Panthers in Week 1.

    I am sure some NFL coach types will correct me but that is what I see.

  38. seahawksbmx says: Dec 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    Seahawks GM wanted to take RW in the 2nd round, but was talked into waiting one more round. So lucky we didn’t get burned by that gamble. Seattle was ripped for their 2012 draft after taking 1. Bruce Irvin, 2. Bobby Wagner and 3. Russell Wilson, which is now looking like a draft for the ages.
    Another thing that makes RW great is his baseball background. You saw it on Monday night when the ball was snapped while Russell was making his pre-snap reads and his head was actually sideways. Usually a catastrophic result, but thanks to his catlike 2nd Baseman reflexes, he not only reeled the ball in, but turned it into a big gain.
    He is equally, if not more impressive off the field. We are blessed to have this guy here. Ironically, the sky is the limit for the guy most considered “too short” to succeed as an NFL Quarterback.

  39. tmtz2112 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    @Kaperchoke
    Keep talking trash about Kaepernick all you want you schmuck, what made you such an expert in breaking down qb play, you probably never even played football. Wilson is a great player the diamond in the turd known as Seattle he deserves mvp honors,and unlike you I recognize when a player is ballin. So tell me is Pete Caroll gonna leave Seattle after the NFL starts an investigation with all the PED use, like he left USC.

  40. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 4, 2013 3:29 PM

    kaperchoke says:
    Dec 4, 2013 1:23 PM

    @ratsfoiledagain
    “As a 9ers fan I wish anyone else had drafted him so that I could root for him. He seems like a good guy and he definetly has ice water in his veins, but I can’t actually figure out why he is good.”

    Why is Wilson good?
    Let’s see:

    1) He’s got poise, had it out of the gate as a rookie last season
    2) a big arm, throwing bombs are effortless, as well as touch on shorter passes
    3) accurate and puts the ball where the receiver can get it and not the defender.
    4) scan the field and finds the open receiver
    5) super elusive, but not reckless and has the speed to gain yards running out of the pocket with his legs, even better than a lot of other running QB like KraperNoob and RGIII
    6) has the guts to use his legs when the game is on the line and when the other part of the offense isn’t working
    7) decisive, smart and shows more experience and good judgement than he has in the league (2 years)

    and lastly:
    8) you don’t see these things cause you don’t have an eye for football (in this case QB) talent and/or you don’t watch Seattle games and on top of it all you are pretty much a bias hater since you are a 9er fan.
    **************
    Note sure why you’re directing this at me?

    I’m a Seattle fan.

    I responded to kleppnasty’s post from Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM.

  41. kiehncl says: Dec 4, 2013 3:52 PM

    For those that still think his success is based only on the team he’s on, consider this (paraphrased from something I saw recently):

    The 2011 Seahawk starting receivers included Rice, Tate, Baldwin, Miller and Lynch. Lineman included Unger, Okung, Giacomini and Patterson. Coached by Carol and Bevell (OC).

    That year the Hawks finished 26th in passing yards/attempt (also 23rd in offensive points and 28th in total yards) with T. Jackson at QB.

    So far in 2013, the Hawks sit at 3rd in passing yards/attempt (2nd in points and 11th in total yards).

    Only significant personnel difference? The Quarterback.

  42. seattlelibtard says: Dec 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    What’s funny is that when he was drafted, everyone in Seattle was saying the same thing, “Russell Wilson? He’s too short.” When Seattle named Wilson the starter over Matt Flynn, the whole city was about to run coach Pete out of town. When Wilson produced, everyone in Seattle said, “Ha, we knew there was something special about Russell Wilson! He should be rookie of the year!”

  43. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 4, 2013 5:52 PM

    One thing for sure, if you were starting a team today for the future, not just a game or a season, you’d choose either Wilson or Luck as your QB.

  44. txnative61 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:54 AM

    The MVP of the Seahawks is Paul Allen, who has the good sense NOT to be Jerry Jones.

  45. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    Wilson has the heart of a champion. The guy just has absolutely no fear. He has all the tools to be a legend in this game. Way to go Russell, keep up the MVP caliber work.

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