The Seahawks came out looking to run the ball, but the Texans were able to move out to a 1st quarter lead, which forced Seattle to go to their passing attack more than expected. As has been the case since his return from a broken finger, Wilson struggled to get on the same page with DK Metcalf, but his connection with Tyler Lockett resulted in a number of big plays that helped lead Wilson to his 3rd straight game with 2 TDs. He also posted his highest yardage total since early in the season. Once the game was in control late, the Seahawks went back to the run, keeping Wilson from potentially having a bigger day.
Even though Wilson came into this game having thrown 2 TDs in his prior 2 contests, he’d only thrown 8 TD passes over his prior 7 games. In addition, he failed to surpass 260 yards in his last 7. In the fantasy playoffs, he’ll start out with a tough matchup against the Rams before finishing out with a pair of neutral matchups on his home field against the Bears and Lions. Consider him a floor play with limited ceiling down the stretch.
Although Wilson threw a pair of TD passes, he still looked like he’s not playing at the level that fantasy managers are used to. Despite completing nearly 80% of his passes, he completed many short passes, and consequently, he posted just 231 yards. He did throw 8 passes to DK Metcalf, but 2 passes that could’ve been TDs were poorly thrown, keeping Wilson from having a better fantasy performance. Otherwise, Wilson showed great touch on a TD pass to Tyler Lockett in the corner of the end zone.
Coming into this game, Wilson had surpassed 207 passing yards just once in his last 5 games. He also threw for just 5 TDs during that span. In addition, he’s only thrown for multiple TDs twice in his prior 6 games, and since Week 1, he hasn’t thrown more than 2 TD passes. And as a runner, he doesn’t do much anymore, as he has just 1 rushing score and 2 games over 16 yards (with a high of 32). He doesn’t have a great schedule to start the fantasy playoffs when he faces the Rams and Bears, though he does draw the Lions in Week 17.
Wilson completed 20 of 31 passes for 247 yards and 2 TDs. He also added 16 carries on 2 rush attempts. As underwhelming as these numbers are for what we expect, they are actually his best since September.
While Wilson has struggled since returning from a hand injury against the Rams, the poor play started before that. The poor play calling has really hampered an offense that should be putting up monster numbers.
Going forward, there is enough talent for Wilson to flourish down the stretch, but this 3-8 team is clearly trending in the wrong direction. Monday’s performance was an indication that things could improve.
Wilson completed just 14 of 26 passes for 207 yards in the Seahawks' Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.
For the 2nd straight week since coming off IR with a middle finger injury, Wilson and the Seahawks could not get into a rhythm as the Cardinals dominated from start to finish.
The Seahawks scored a TD in the 4th quarter to cut it to 16-13, but the defense could not stop Colt McCoy as they went right down the field and went back up by 10 points.
Russ should continue to get healthier with his finger injury, but this offense has completely lost their mojo. Wilson has to be viewed as a QB2 in Week 12’s matchup against the Football Team.
Wilson completed 20 of 40 pass attempts for 161 yards and 2 INTs in the Seahawks' Week 10 loss to the Packers, adding 5 rushes for 32 yards.
Wilson completed just 50% of his passes and was shutout for the game as Seattle entered Green Bay territory several times but was unable to produce any points.
Wilson threw both of his INTs in the end zone as one came from inside the red zone and the other from around the 50.
Wilson did not receive any help from his WRs as they dropped multiple 1st downs. The Seattle offensive line was abused by an aggressive Packers defense.
Wilson will try to bounce back in Week 11 against the Cardinals in a must-win game against the division rival.
With the Seahawks playing with a lead from the 2nd quarter on, Wilson tied a season low with 23 pass attempts. And with him taking very few downfield shots, the conservative passing resulted in him finishing with more than 100 yards fewer than he had in any game this year. He showed his ridiculous talent buying time when under a heavy rush when he bought enough time to connect with Freddie Swain for his 2nd TD pass of the game. He also used his escapability on a run in which he found room to navigate for his first rushing score of the year.
After a 4-TD performance in Week 1, he’s thrown just 5 TD passes over the last 3 games. His ceiling may not be as consistently high as fantasy managers had hoped when selecting him on draft day. One of the issues is that Seattle has run between 54 and 56 plays in each game, making them one of the lowest-volume teams in the league despite the offseason talk of this offense being one that would ramp up their pace of play. In addition, he needs extreme efficiency to produce big numbers while throwing just 27 passes per game.
Early-season Wilson is a thing of beauty as the “let Russ cook” narrative was in full swing. He cooked the Titans secondary for 343 pass yards and 2 TDs. Even in new OC Shane Waldron’s offense Wilson continues to take plenty of deep shots as 182 of his passing yards and both TDs came on throws of 20+ yards. If his top two weapons are healthy in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, Wilson should continue to perform at a high level.
This week the Seahawks could be in for another potential shootout vs. a red-hot Vikings offense that put up 33 vs. the Cardinals in Week 2. This game flow should allow Wilson to produce at a high level again, making him as strong DFS play for Week 3.
The offensive line play is still an issue for the Seahawks as Wilson was 1 of only 4 QBs to be sacked on over 10% of their drop backs in Week 1. The good news is that was about the only issue for the Seahawks. New OC Shane Waldron played to the strengths of Wilson by using heavy play action and taking plenty of deep shots. In Week 1 the Seahawks used play action on 43% of Wilson’s drop backs. That is nearly 17% higher than what the Seahawks used in 2020. The play-action pass game clearly helped the deep passing game as Wilson’s 21.7% deep pass rate was 1st in the NFL (Min. 10 drop backs). He completed 3 of 5 passes for 122 yards and 2 TDs on deep balls.
This week Wilson should be able to repeat his performance as the Seahawks will face a Titans defense that just allowed 289 pass yards and 4 TDs to Kyler Murray in Week 1. This matchup and new play calling style should make Wilson a solid season long and DFS play in Week 2.