2012 NFL Week 15 Player of the Week
Unfortunately I was at work during the Jets v Titans Monday Night Football game and I’m really upset. I hear it was a corker. A nailbiter. One for the history books.
Can anyone vouch for this?
Unfortunately we can’t talk about the Jets forever (I know, I’m as annoyed as you), so, as obliged, here is the week 15 Player of the Week, as voted by you:
QB, Seattle Seahawks
DOB: 29 November 1988 (24 years old)
College: NC State/Wisconsin
Height: 5’11 (1.80m)
NFL Draft: 75th overall pick, 2012 NFL Draft
Week 14 stats: @ Buffalo Bills (won 50-17)
- PASS: 14/23, 205 yards, 1 TD, 104.4 RTG. RUSH: 9 car, 92 yards, 3 TD
Career Stats: PASS: 2,697 yards, 21 TD, 9 INT, 95.5 RTG. RUSH: 78 car, 402 yards, 3 TD
Why he won our player of the week (week 15)
Russell Wilson embarrassed the Bills in week 15. He humiliated them not necessarily through the air, but with his legs and efficiency. His poise and total command of the huddle was too much for them to handle, resulting in yet another 50+ point score for Seattle, its second in a row.
The Wilson-led Seahawks’ first five possessions went a little like this:
- 76-yard drive, Wilson 14-yard TD run
- 58-yard drive, Wilson 25-yard TD run
- 65-yard drive, FG
- 58-yard drive, Wilson 4-yard TD pass to TE Zach Miller
- 62-yard drive, Wilson 13-yard TD run
What more, that was all in the first half. Yep, three rushing TDs in one half of football, the first time a Seahawks QB has ever done so in franchise history.
It was another remarkable game for the rookie to complement his remarkable season. Not only was he drafted in the third round, he then beat out Matt Flynn for the starting job in the preseason and has never looked back. After a few early struggles, hindered by a conservative gameplan so he wouldn’t become “overwhelmed” (per Pete Carroll), he’s now being given the freedom to push himself and show off his unique skill set.
And look at him go.
The Bills’ defence had no answer for Wilson and the offence. In the air, he wasn’t perfect but he was efficient, finishing with a QBR of 99.3, the highest of any QB for the season. Given RB Marshawn Lynch’s athleticism and brute force, the Seahawks set the run tempo early opening up the play-action to which Wilson excelled. What more, the Seahawks again turn to the read-option, another potent weapon, as the Bills were forced to respect both the possibility of Wilson legging it to the outside or Lynch powering up between the tackles.
Wilson’s game against Buffalo almost certainly vaulted him into OROY consideration. It’s just a shame Andrew Luck was deemed the winner before the season even began.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- In the past two weeks Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to two drubbings, outscoring opponents 108-17.
- Seattle’s back-to-back 50+ point games was the first such occurrence since 1950.
- Wilson was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (MLB) in 2007, but he rejected it and decided to go to NC State instead to get a college degree.
- Wilson texts Seattle’s WR corps ever Monday morning with notes and observations about the following week’s defense. He also leaves notes in their lockers throughout the week with more detailed notes and thoughts.
- Wilson finishes every press conference with “Go Hawks”
- The rookie volunteers the children’s hospital in Seattle every Monday to spend time with sick kids.
What he said
“I’ve been on a couple of teams that have scored that many in college. But to do it in the National Football League, I mean that’s really tough to do.” — Russell Wilson
What they said
Russell Wilson is becoming the guy you won’t let your friend use in a video game. #Unfair
— Danny O’Neil (@dannyoneil) December 16, 2012
If Russell Wilson has spent his whole life being 5’10″, as John Lynch just stated, then Russell Wilson’s mother is the real MVP.
— Jacson Bevens (@JacsonBevens) December 16, 2012
— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) December 16, 2012
If you’re playing against Russell Wilson today in your Fantasy Football Playoffs…. I’m sorry
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) December 16, 2012