Monday, November 12, 2012
Around the NFC West: Seattle rookies shine
By Mike Sando
Good morning. I'll kick off this day-after-game glance at the Seattle Seahawks with a tweet from @joshohair.
He notes that Seattle's first three draft choices in 2012 include the team leader in sacks (first-rounder Bruce Irvin), the team leader in tackles (second-rounder Bobby Wagner) and the NFL's rookie leader in touchdown passes (third-rounder Russell Wilson).
That's a good note. Thanks for sharing, Josh.
Irvin also leads all NFL rookies in sacks with seven after collecting two during a 28-7 victory over the New York Jets in Week 10. That is one more than New England's Chandler Jones has to this point in the season.
The Seahawks' fourth-round choice, running back Robert Turbin, has also contributed. He's serving as Marshawn Lynch's backup. Turbin recovered a Seahawks fumble at the Seattle 7-yard line Sunday when the score was tied 7-7 early in the second quarter.
Wilson, with two more long touchdown strikes, now has 15 touchdown passes in 10 games for a team with a 6-4 record. He struggled more Sunday than his 131.0 NFL passer rating would indicate. We'll take a closer look at his play in our "QBR ranks" item a bit later.
Despite some issues against the Jets, Wilson continues to hurt opponents on longer throws, particularly at home. Wilson has completed 17 of 29 passes for seven touchdowns and no picks at CenturyLink Field on throws traveling at least 15 yards past the line of scrimmage, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He has completed 13 of 28 such passes with one touchdown and five picks on the road.
Wilson beat the Jets for touchdown passes of 38 and 23 yards. His 15 scoring passes on the season rank tied for 10th in the NFL. His 90.5 NFL passer rating ranks tied for 12th and would be the highest single-season mark for a Seahawks starting quarterback since Matt Hasselbeck posted a 91.4 rating in 2007.