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Wilson closes in on Rodgers’ career passer rating record

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For years, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been the NFL’s career passer rating leader. But Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is closing in on him.

As of the end of the 2015 season, Rodgers’ career passer rating is 104.1, and Wilson’s is 101.8. That’s a much smaller lead than Rodgers had heading into the season, when Rodgers was first in NFL history at 106.0 and Tony Romo was second at 97.6. Wilson has surged up the passer rating boards this season, with a career-high and league-leading mark of 110.1 for the season and an other-worldly run down the stretch in which his passer rating topped 120 in six of his last seven games.

Passer ratings have climbed across the league for decades, as passing offenses have become more sophisticated and NFL rules have increasingly favored the passing game. In 2015, the league-wide passer rating was 88.4. In 2005 it was 78.2. In 1995 it was 77.5. In 1985 it was 70.7. In 1975 it was 62.8. So it’s no surprise that Wilson is now closing in on a passer rating record held by Rodgers, a record previously held by Peyton Manning, and before him Steve Young, and before him Joe Montana. Every few years, a new quarterback comes along who puts up passing numbers that would have seemed impossible to the previous generation.

What is surprising, however, is just how effective a passer Wilson has become. It wasn’t long ago that Wilson was viewed primarily as a game manager who was winning on a team with the NFL’s best defense and a great running attack. Now the passing offense, led by Wilson, is the No. 1 reason the Seahawks are winning. And Wilson is passing as efficiently as any quarterback ever has.

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  1. beastmode5150 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:19 PM

    He’s overrated, too short, and a game manager that is only doing this because Marshawn has been so great all year.

  2. tommykramer9 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:21 PM

    So are there three people out there that are NFL fans that actually care about a QB’s quarterbacks rating?

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 4, 2016 6:22 PM

    Wilson and Newton get their ratings up by having a good defense, a good running game, and only having to throw the ball 25 times a game in favorable situations.

  4. flash1287 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:22 PM

    Please it’s been 4 seasons. Let’s see him keep it up for 10-12 seasons then we can talk.

  5. scoops1 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:24 PM

    QB Rating > QBR

  6. carloswlassiter says: Jan 4, 2016 6:25 PM

    Wilson has been inarguably great this year.

  7. chawk12thman says: Jan 4, 2016 6:26 PM

    He has great upside and seemingly wants to meet his goal of being the best in the NFL……If he sustains this for a few more years and keeps working hard and the team remains in tack (as best it can under Cap Rules), he may well be considered one of the elite NFL QBs.

    Lets make sure we wait until then to label him. For now, just smile and enjoy the ride.

    Go Hawks!

  8. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jan 4, 2016 6:27 PM

    Ciara’s boy toy is going to be as successful as Olivia Munns boy toy was in his last outing against the NFC North Division Champions!

    We’ve already seen all your tricks Sea Chickens and we aren’t afraid. We’ll be eating Sea Chicken for supper come Sunday night. You know that birds going to be one very salty beast.

  9. valleyflyfisher says: Jan 4, 2016 6:28 PM

    But he’s too short.

  10. stampnhawk says: Jan 4, 2016 6:28 PM

    I’ve been hard on him over the years, but once he didn’t have the internal or external pressure of trying to find Graham open, and didn’t have Lynch as an effective option, he and Bevel had to figure it out and change things up…and they have.

  11. charliecharger says: Jan 4, 2016 6:31 PM

    He’s a game manager on steroids.

  12. footballcrazyguy says: Jan 4, 2016 6:31 PM

    All the losers commenting above are just jealous. There isn’t one quarterback in this league who they wouldn’t carry on their backs to Seattle if they could get Wilson straight up for him. Luck used to be close but he is banged up now and I don’t believe has ever won anything. Suck it up boys. Wilson is a student of the game and is going to win a bunch more before he is done.

  13. truthprofessor says: Jan 4, 2016 6:32 PM

    way better than Andrew Suck

  14. cinzano08 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:35 PM

    Got to be impressed with what he’s done this year and I am a pats fan.

  15. amaf21 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:37 PM

    Oh please this is like jump ball joe’s one good season.

  16. daytontriangles says: Jan 4, 2016 6:38 PM

    Come Sunday night, Wilson will be telling the press that God told him to lose to the Vikings.

  17. soldierofhalas33 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:39 PM

    So many Seahawks haters. The dude is a legit elite qb and has been since entering the league. I can’t say I saw it coming when they drafted him but using my eyes now, there is no question he’s a top 5 qb currently in the league. Cue the Seahawks haters in 3…2…1.

    Signed a loyal jealous Bears fan.

  18. roddoliver says: Jan 4, 2016 6:39 PM

    Top 3 QB for me.

  19. scguy2011 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:40 PM

    A future place for him in Canton, just wait and see!

  20. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 4, 2016 6:42 PM

    He’s overrated too short and hasn’t made his receivers better this year. The only reason their in the playoffs is the referees and the schedule maker works for Green Bay

  21. eoyguy says: Jan 4, 2016 6:42 PM

    Must be something in the water…

    I would bet QB rating and yards per attempt/yards per completion have been inversely proportional since 1975. Back in the day it was run, run ,run, throw deep. Lather, rinse and repeat. Today its dink and dunk, and a 20 yard pass is considered “opening up the offense”.

  22. oddte says: Jan 4, 2016 6:44 PM

    Wilson is as good as anyone in the league, and I say this a Patriots fan. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, can’t seem to get by without a deep threat WR.

  23. thebirdofprey says: Jan 4, 2016 6:45 PM

    Its 4 Seasons and he has been to 2 Super Bowls winning one and number 3 has just entered his prime. He has had over a 100 passer every year except last year. He has always been efficient and explosive. Wilson is just getting more opportunity.

    His offensive line just started to pass protect for him as Jimmy Graham went down. Trust me when I say Jimmy could easily do what Chase Coffman and could do but 20 times more.

    After Wilson got paid all the doubters said it was the end of Seattle. Well I think this team is going to be in the competition for the next 10 years. John Scheider is still drafting late round studs and the coaches are turning UDFA into Pro Bowlers on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

  24. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2016 6:45 PM

    He’s a good QB and has played extremely well this year — I’m just hoping he has a much poorer QB rating for this upcoming Sunday only.

  25. frankbroughtonbelicheck says: Jan 4, 2016 6:48 PM

    Wilson’s been playing good HOWEVER in including both this season and throughout his whole career, he has been way to inconsistent in his play. One day he can throw for 300 and run for 100 the next week, complete like 10 passes for 150. It will be interesting to see which Wilson shows up in the playoffs for the hawks.

  26. boogerhut says: Jan 4, 2016 6:50 PM

    Lifetime rating for someone on the 1st year of his real contract? Pump the brakes boys.

  27. tommykramer9 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:51 PM

    I wonder if god told Wilson to have a better QB rating than Rodgers?

  28. louiedogg16 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:57 PM

    First half of the season, worth the salary of an average NFL QB. Second half, worth every penny of that contract.

    Also, though the Hawks WR’s aren’t the biggest, most athletic, nor fastest (though Tyler Lockett is fast), they don’t drop passes. Starting from Tate, their receivers have an attitude of going out, getting the job done, and playing hard. I feel like this is an unsung contribution to Wilsons success.

  29. glaedrfly says: Jan 4, 2016 7:00 PM

    Tom Brady’s first four years in the league:

    13,919 yards 97 TDs 52 INTs 61.6% 87.5 Passer rating.

    Russell Wilson after four seasons:

    13,974 yards 106 TDs 34 INTs 64.7% 101.8 Passer rating.

    Add his escapability/rushing stats to equation and wonder about his potential when he peaks like Brady did.

  30. blue439 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:05 PM

    Actually, Lynch has had by far, the worst year of his career. Several things might be contributing to Wilson’s great numbers, but Lynch is not one of them.

  31. wjmoffatt says: Jan 4, 2016 7:05 PM

    His having a great year! However the QB rating is a complete joke to measure a QB by.

  32. zack2482 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:08 PM

    Notice Tony Romo is up there with the best passer rating. After all of you saw what happened to Dallas this year, shows just how damn good of a QB he is. And he has never had a defense like Wilson, not Newton for that matter.

  33. dejc421 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:13 PM

    A couple of years ago people were debating who was better between Wilson, Kapernick, and RG3. He may not be elite yet, but he’s getting there. By all measures he short for a QB, but he definitely knows how to create a lane to make any throw. Has a strong arm and throws a good long ball… on second and goal, not so good.

  34. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 4, 2016 7:14 PM

    Russell Wilson is a dynamic player. <– Truth

  35. generationwalker says: Jan 4, 2016 7:14 PM

    Wilson is elite unless he’s playing the Rams, but that’s okay by me because the Rams can sweep us every season and I won’t care as long as we are in the tourney.

  36. pinkmist4 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:22 PM

    It’s almost funny reading the same tired insults from people who obviously haven’t watched him play. You realize his receivers are a 3rd rounder (Lockett) and a bunch of undrafted guys, mostly ex Huskies, right? Most people outside Seattle couldn’t name a single OL on the team, and he’s been paired with 3 different RBs this year.

    Yeah, it’s early in his career, but the comparisons to Brady are legit. Hope he keeps it up.

    Go Hawks!!

  37. namingrights says: Jan 4, 2016 7:33 PM

    What’s his rating on the 1 yd line at the end of Super Bowls?

  38. number1hawkfan says: Jan 4, 2016 7:43 PM

    So many haters. Pretty used to that though. Got to point out that the dummy who said there’s no more long passes and it’s just a dink and dunk offense. You really are showing your ignorance. Wilson leads the league in 20+ yard touchdown passes and he’s leading the league in yards per attempt. Blind hate. Talk all you want but I gotta say we’re pretty happy up here in Seattle with our QB and our team. Some might even say nobody has it better than us.

  39. slugbaitspace says: Jan 4, 2016 7:57 PM

    frankbroughtonbelicheck says:
    Jan 4, 2016 6:48 PM
    Wilson’s been playing good HOWEVER in including both this season and throughout his whole career, he has been way to inconsistent in his play. One day he can throw for 300 and run for 100 the next week….
    —————————
    This season, Wilson has had only one 300+ yard game, and only one game with more than 53 yards rushing…and it wasn’t close to a 100 yarder.

    Instead, he’s been very consistent in both passing yardage and rushing yardage all season. He has the occasional bad game, like yesterday’s season-worst 197-yarder and 13 yards running, but every QB has had a bad game.

    The only things inconsistent about his play this season compared to previous years is that he broke the 4K barrier, threw way more than 26 TDs, and threw the fewest INTs in his career.

  40. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2016 7:59 PM

    This is clearly due to his defense and his RB who had a 3.8 yards/carry average before they met 4 seasons ago. Oh, wait. Said it during his contract negotiations, he should have gotten $25 mil a year. He’s worth it. I think you all see it now too. Guy has averaged at least 7.8 yards an attempt in every season with about a 3:1 TD to interception ratio he’s been in the league without exactly Jerry Rice catching his passes or Anthony Munoz protecting him on that offensive line.

  41. trozenfundra says: Jan 4, 2016 8:31 PM

    As a Packer fan I’ve had the opportunity to catch a good many Seahawks games this season. I’ve been unable to count the number of times that I’ve exclaimed WOW! at Wilson’s ability to extend a play either by his feet or arm. If it weren’t for Cam Newton and a poor start for the Hawks, he could quite possibly be the top pick for MVP this year. The guy’s a superstar and (barring a career ending injury) will be for many years. I totally hate him though. He was fantastic for the Badgers and took them to the Rose Bowl, which always will reserve for him a soft spot in my heart, but his Seahawks destroyed last season for my Packers and the wound is still too fresh. That’s not why I hate him though. It’s because he wears his religion on his sleeve. He’s no better than Tim Tebow was and honestly I doubt his sincerity. But religion is OK at home, at church, even at a restaurant if you wish to say grace. Just don’t stick it in my face and tell me how the glory of God made you and your team winners. God just don’t give a rats hiney.

  42. fissilemissile says: Jan 4, 2016 8:34 PM

    @zack2482 – To bring Romo into this discussion by noting the Cowboys record shows that you haven’t been paying attention. Go back and review how many games Romo played this year. Then count how many games the Cowboys played. Please respond with the answer. I’m curious to know how well your counting went.

  43. funshipm174 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:38 PM

    Good luck Saturday in the 5° weather Russell you’ll need it.
    BTW, The Seahawks are oh for 300 P Carol in weather 32° And under.

  44. trozenfundra says: Jan 4, 2016 8:40 PM

    Oh, and that Bose add makes me wanna puke.

  45. johnsonium says: Jan 4, 2016 8:40 PM

    For those that don’t think the passer rating is important, note that the top 5 QBs in passer rating are all in the playoffs. 7 out of the top 10 helm playoff teams.

    In contrast, out of the top 5 QBs in total yards, only 2 are in the playoffs. In fact, only 3 of the top 10 in total yards are in the tournament. Those 3? Brady, Palmer, and Cousins. Who’s the next highest playoff QB in total yards? Russell Wilson.

    Here’s the playoff QBs listed by total yards rank:

    Brady (3rd)
    Palmer (4th)
    Cousins (10th)
    Wilson (12th)
    Roethlisberger (14th)*
    Newton (16th)
    Rodgers (17th)
    Smith (20th)
    Dalton (21st)*
    Bridgewater (22nd)
    Hoyer (26th)*
    Manning (27th)*

    * – Missed some games

    I blame fantasy football for distorting people’s perception of what matters in QB stats. Passer rating certainly works much better than total yards in evaluating QBs.

  46. johnsonium says: Jan 4, 2016 8:43 PM

    “He has the occasional bad game, like yesterday’s season-worst 197-yarder and 13 yards running, but every QB has had a bad game.”

    He did not have a bad game yesterday. Seattle backed off in the second half and he didn’t play in the 4th quarter.

  47. minnesotascrotum says: Jan 4, 2016 8:46 PM

    The greatest quarterback of all time according to QBR is Anthony Dilweg.

  48. kamthechancellor says: Jan 4, 2016 8:57 PM

    The thing I like best about Wilson has nothing to do with stats. It’s his passion for the game…his will to win…and his confidence in himself. He loves being on the football field and he believes in himself 100%. Great leader and tenacious competitor.

  49. alliwantisluv says: Jan 4, 2016 9:06 PM

    Rodgers has, unfortunately, struggled badly the last half of the year. Getting sacked 13 times in two games certainly doesn’t help.

  50. ptrick2000 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:16 PM

    @fisslemissle

    I think zach’s point is that Dallas demonstrated how valuable Romo is by performing so poorly in the games he didn’t play.

    Although you may be strong in math (implied by your mastery of game counting), perhaps reading comprehension is not your strength.

  51. donnymacjack says: Jan 4, 2016 9:18 PM

    johnsonium says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:43 PM

    “He has the occasional bad game, like yesterday’s season-worst 197-yarder and 13 yards running, but every QB has had a bad game.”

    He did not have a bad game yesterday. Seattle backed off in the second half and he didn’t play in the 4th quarter.

    I think you missed the sarcasm in the OP quote.

  52. nite2al says: Jan 4, 2016 9:19 PM

    Nobody remembers when Brady was a game manager.

  53. bobseahawk says: Jan 4, 2016 9:42 PM

    Wow… Give the guy some credit. 4 years , and wins playoff games.. Should of won in Atlanta his first year!!

  54. curmudgeon13 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:45 PM

    The thing I like about Wilson is not the passer rating , but this:
    Regular Season: 46-18
    Post-Season: 6-2
    Count ’em and weep……..

  55. raidernationbaby says: Jan 4, 2016 9:55 PM

    Great or not, still should have handed it off to Marshawn at the 1

  56. thenoshows says: Jan 4, 2016 10:00 PM

    This tells us how much easier it is to rack up statistics as an NFL QB than it was twenty or thirty years ago.

  57. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 4, 2016 10:43 PM

    QBR is a joke…….

    I don’t care if a QB posts a near perfect rating. I don’t care if he throws 300 yards.. I don’t care if he throws 5000 yards in a season. None of that matters…

    What really matters… Winning! And since Wilson came into the league, he has yet to post a losing record. He has yet to have less than 10 wins in a season.

    He’s been to 2 super bowls. He won one of them. And was within a play of winning his second. And right now, the way he and the rest of the hawks are playing, id have to say he’s the odds on favorite right now to be leading the NFC team in the super bowl this year too.

    Looks, ratings and all of that other garbage is just that.. It’s garbage. It’s writing material for columnists. It’s conversation starter. That’s all those numbers are. Real important numbers are wins and losses. And this kid knows how to win. And that’s what matters!

    Remember, QBR doesn’t take into account all of the plays he makes with his feet. His scrambles, the way he buys time, the way he moves in the pocket, and rolls out. That’s why QBR is a joke. Some of these stats just need to go away. Give me a QB who WINS! that’s what matters, and that’s all he does.

  58. lastnameiswilson says: Jan 4, 2016 11:07 PM

    Cue the haters and trolls.

  59. kcarpenter1245 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:29 PM

    Yes, because it’s Aaron Rodgers fault his receivers can’t run routes or get open. Rodgers had the worst statistical year of his career by far and he was still hot on the heels of the league leaders in the important categories. It’s a shame he couldn’t complete more than 60% of his passes because that was largely the reason his QBR wad in the toilet.

  60. slugbaitspace says: Jan 4, 2016 11:30 PM

    donnymacjack says:
    Jan 4, 2016 9:18 PM

    johnsonium says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:43 PM

    “He has the occasional bad game, like yesterday’s season-worst 197-yarder and 13 yards running, but every QB has had a bad game.”

    He did not have a bad game yesterday. Seattle backed off in the second half and he didn’t play in the 4th quarter.

    I think you missed the sarcasm in the OP quote.
    ———————–
    Thank you, I thought for a moment that I was a little TOO subtle with my sarcasm…

  61. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 4, 2016 11:41 PM

    What really makes me laugh is the number of people here who are talking about QBR, which was never even mentioned in the article. It’s like too many people don’t know the difference between QBR and Passer Rating.

    Especially scoops1. I’m pretty sure all the thumbs-up were for the laughs…

  62. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 5, 2016 1:04 AM

    kcarpenter1245 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:29 PM
    Yes, because it’s Aaron Rodgers fault his receivers can’t run routes or get open. Rodgers had the worst statistical year of his career by far and he was still hot on the heels of the league leaders in the important categories. It’s a shame he couldn’t complete more than 60% of his passes because that was largely the reason his QBR wad in the toilet.
    ———————
    Yep. If you ask Viking fans, 9/11 was Aaron Rodgers’ fault. The Holocaust was Aaron Rodgers’ fault too. The Black Death? Aaron Rodgers’ fault. I suppose we’d better hunt down and capture Aaron Rodgers before he causes a nuclear war with Russia.

  63. cindesbestrees says: Jan 5, 2016 4:24 AM

    The article mentions #2 being Romo going into the season. The author must’ve been counting a few games in (when the Seahawks were 2-4) for dramatic effect. Going into the season Wilson was 98.6 and #2 all time. Romo is a killer QB though.

  64. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 5, 2016 9:49 AM

    These two are 1st Place Winner and Runner Up for last year’s, and maybe history’s biggest post-season choke jobs. Russel for their last offensive play, Rodgers for the last 5 minutes.

  65. censorshipstinks says: Jan 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    Seems to me in another season or 2 Kirk Cousins could fly by both of them.

  66. sporting4231 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:55 AM

    For the folks saying it’s “one season” what the article fails to state is that a QB needs a certain number of passes to be on the lifetime list. Wilson didn’t “climb” the list this year. He hit the minimum number of passes (1500) so he debuted at #2 based on his 4 years of work. By comparison, Colin Kaepernick has not had enough passes yet to appear on the list despite playing more seasons.

  67. sporting4231 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:00 AM

    namingrights says:
    Jan 4, 2016 7:33 PM
    What’s his rating on the 1 yd line at the end of Super Bowls?

    __________________________

    He’s started in 66% of the Super Bowls that have occurred since he joined the league, and won 33% of the Super Bowls that have occurred since he joined the league. How many other QBs can say that?

    How many QBs can say they have any rating in Super Bowls?

  68. tbone4444 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    Wilson’s been playing good HOWEVER in including both this season and throughout his whole career, he has been way to inconsistent in his play. One day he can throw for 300 and run for 100 the next week, complete like 10 passes for 150. It will be interesting to see which Wilson shows up in the playoffs for the hawks.
    _—-+++++++++
    Probably the same one that shows up every year in the playoffs and wins the NFC….

  69. johnsonium says: Jan 5, 2016 3:35 PM

    “The greatest quarterback of all time according to QBR is Anthony Dilweg.”

    QBR QB rating

  70. johnsonium says: Jan 5, 2016 3:40 PM

    “I think you missed the sarcasm in the OP quote.”

    If it was sarcasm it was a poor attempt. Instead, he should have quoted a stat line that didn’t look deceptively feeble. Something like this:

    “You’re right. Wilson is mediocre. He only threw 34 touchdowns while throwing a whopping 8 interceptions! He’s a scrub!”

    For those not familiar with Sunday’s game, they might look at those stats and assume he had Bridgewater-like production when in reality he threw for three touchdowns, had a 120+ rating and Seattle didn’t have to punt until the beginning of the fourth quarter, long after they had been trying to score.

  71. johnsonium says: Jan 5, 2016 3:44 PM

    “QBR is a joke…….”

    QBR is ESPN’s proprietary rating system. Passer rating is an established, open formula. They are not the same thing.

  72. packerstexansfan says: Jan 5, 2016 5:18 PM

    A couple of things:

    First, props to Russell Wilson on picking up his game this year, especially in the second half of the season. I’ve always seen him as a good, but not great QB. But I’m not ready to say he’s taken the next step to be a great one yet. I made the mistake of saying that about Flacco when he carried his team to the SB and boy was I wrong lol. I wouldn’t ever call him (Russell) bad though.

    Second, it’s pretty impressive that Rodgers had arguably his worst season as a starter, and his passer rating was still a decent 92.7. His only other sub 100 rating was his first year as a starter at 93.8. He only had less than 4,000 yards passing twice: in 2013 when he broke his collarbone and missed half the season, and in 2010, when they won the Super Bowl! A good omen? Haha, I wish. But as long as they have him taking snaps, there’s always hope, and I’ll always believe, regardless of how bad they has looked the second half of this season, but I know it’s a long shot with how they have played recently.

  73. minson15 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:56 PM

    funshipm174-

    Seahawks aren’t going to win on Saturday I can guarantee you that. But I bet they win on Sunday.

    Plus it’s been colder in Seattle where they practice then Minneapolis so I’m pretty sure we got this handled

  74. johnsonium says: Jan 5, 2016 7:26 PM

    “But I’m not ready to say he’s taken the next step to be a great one yet. I made the mistake of saying that about Flacco when he carried his team to the SB and boy was I wrong lol.”

    Flacco had the one good year. Russell has been great for all four years he’s been in the league. People just refuse to give him respect for some reason.

    “Second, it’s pretty impressive that Rodgers had arguably his worst season as a starter, and his passer rating was still a decent 92.7.”

    Wow. Rodgers falls off a cliff this season and his fans still try to polish the turd. Amazing.

  75. prs250player says: Jan 6, 2016 9:23 AM

    frankbroughtonbelicheck says:
    Jan 4, 2016 6:48 PM
    Wilson’s been playing good HOWEVER in including both this season and throughout his whole career, he has been way to inconsistent in his play. One day he can throw for 300 and run for 100 the next week, complete like 10 passes for 150. It will be interesting to see which Wilson shows up in the playoffs for the hawks.
    ________________________________
    You obviously have not looked at his stats this season. The ONLY game where he did not reach 200 yards passing was the week 17 game versus AZ, where he was taken out of the game at the end of the third quarter because he had already shredded the Cardinals’ D to the tune of 197 passing yards and 3 TDs. Also, if you consider the extremely poor play of his offensive line during the first half of the season compared to their solid and consistent play during the second half, his play has been really very consistent, minus the week 10 game versus AZ. During the first half, when he was sacked 31 times, his passer rating never fell below 81, he ran for over 50 yards just twice (78 and 53), and never passed for less than 200 yards. During the second half, when he was sacked only 14 times, he never ran for over 52 yards in a game (his average was 31), threw for multiple TDs in all but one game, and had just that one game with less than 240 yards passing (week 17 vs. AZ). Finally, he threw a TD in every single game this season and had only one game with multiple INTs (2).

    What he did during his previous seasons does not matter. He has shown this season that he is continuing to grow. He has become much more of a pocket threat and has proven his ability after losing much of his running game. He will be just fine in the playoffs.

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