2017 Grade: .594
2017 3rd Down: .580
Week 1 at Green Bay: Seattle never gave Wilson much of a chance. Under duress from the moment he touched the ball on most plays, even Wilson’s extraordinary Houdini act wasn’t enough. He made some incredibly impressive throws on the move, but also missed some key throws — including a potential touchdown on a third and goal situation. Under impossible circumstances, he still posted a solid score, and gave us this tasty treat of superb quarterbacking.
Week 2 vs. San Francisco: Russell Wilson is a terrific player, one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He isn’t, however, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. That’s not a slight at Wilson, there are maybe 10 quarterbacks in the history of the league that can consistently carry a team week-in and week-out. When Wilson is asked to be a drop back quarterback on third and long, he struggles – like 99% of quarterbacks would. In this game, early drops hindered the Seahawks offense. Then, Wilson hit a stretch where he made some really bad plays (the GIF below is the least “Russell Wilson play” I’ve ever seen Wilson make.) Fortunately, the star quarterback took over on the game-winning touchdown drive and saved a dreadful day for the Seattle offense.
Week 3 at Tennessee: I can’t remember a game where Wilson missed so many easy throws. He started off slowly with some high throws, and a pretty poorly played first half – at least till the end of it. He bounced back with two beautiful touch passes up the near sideline, and then played a terrific second half. The nine negative plays were a season high for Wilson, but his 2-point plays gave him an impressive score.
Week 4 vs. Indianapolis: I love when performances prove that the box score means very little. Wilson was tremendous in this game. Evading pressure, dropping dimes in the bucket, throwing against his body, scrambling for huge gains, he did it all. This was the kind of performance that I envisioned when I chose him as my 2017 MVP. Marvel at the GIF below.
Week 5 at Los Angeles Rams: Russell Wilson is such an enigma. The Seahawks would have trouble scoring any points if he were to go down. He is under siege just about every rep and he creates plays more than any other quarterback in football. His ability to keep the play alive and extend drives, in dire circumstances, were largely responsible for the Seahawks earning a massively important division win on the road. There were multiple escape-artist plays to choose from for his GIF, but I went with the negative play because it was so out of character for Wilson.