Russell Wilson: Even more valuable than he appears

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson drops back to pass -- Photo courtesy of seahawks.com

It is no secret that the Seattle Seahawks are lucky to have Russell Wilson. He ranks third in the NFL in passing yards and is dangerous outside of the pocket. It is very rare to see a quarterback that can run like Wilson with no sacrifice to the passing game. Wilson has not become any less efficient to put together such big passing numbers. He sports a 62.1 completion percentage and 16 touchdowns, earning himself a 97.4 quarterback rating. While these numbers are impressive, Sporting News has reported a staggering statistic. Wilson accounts for 82.1 percent of the Seahawks total offense, the highest in NFL history. The current record is held by none other than Jon Kitna.

Yes, that Jon Kitna, who played for four different teams during a 14-year career, struggling some years (he led the league in interceptions one year) and looking great at other times. The 2006 season was one of those good years. According to FootballPerspective.com, Kitna accounted for 81.8 percent of the Lions’ offense that year to set the record.

Source: Russell Wilson on pace to break unusual NFL record: Weinstein, Arthur| SportingNews.com

Not only is Wilson having an excellent season as a passer, he is leading the Seattle offense in rushing as well. He only has 290 yards on the ground but that is still tops for a Seahawks offense that cannot get their ground game going at all this year. Wilson has accumulated a team leading 14 first downs on the ground to keep his offense going.

Russell Wilson, who suffered a scary jaw injury on Thursday night is still expected to play on Monday. His jaw is not broken so he is good to go in a match up with the Falcons. If Wilson can have another solid game both in the air and on the ground, he could help the Seahawks improve to 7-3 behind his massive production.

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