Is Russell Wilson an elite quarterback? Over the last three or four seasons, that exclusive group was usually a four man group: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. However, the Seattle Seahawks have a 6-0 record against their teams since Wilson entered the NFL.
Obviously, football isn’t a QB vs QB sport, yet it’s always an interesting point of comparison. And Wilson comes out looking quite impressive in all of his head-to-head with guys who’ll probably end up in the hall of fame, getting plenty of help from the best defense in the league.
On September 24, 2012, playing in his third NFL game, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers in Seattle. While Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a single touchdown pass, the less accurate version of Wilson (just 10-of-21) completed two passes for a touchdown.
Three weeks later in a dramatic game in Seattle, the Seahawks came away with a 24-23 win over the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Brady was intercepted twice (two touchdown passes as well) before getting mocked by the Seahawks’ secondary, while Wilson himself threw for 297 yards and three touchdown passes.
A season later, on December 2, the Seahawks crushed the New Orleans Saints in the regular season 34-7. Drew Brees was held to just 147 yards and one passing touchdown. Wilson was close to perfection with 22-of-30 for 310 yards and three passing touchdowns.
Just over a month later and the Seahawks met with the Saints again in Seattle, this time in a playoff game (divisional round). Brees did a lot better, with 309 yards and one touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 15-23 loss, while Wilson had himself a pretty bad game, throwing for 103 yards, completing 50% of his passes.
We all know how that playoff run ended. The Seahawks dismantled the Broncos in the Super Bowl, winning 43-8. Wilson didn’t need to be great, just efficient, throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning, the one people call the greatest regular season quarterback of all-time, threw one touchdown pass but also two interceptions, completing 34-of-49 passes for 280 yards.
And then there’s this season. The Packers came to play in Seattle and got crushed 36-16. Rodgers threw for just 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Wilson was a lot more comfortable, completing 19-of-28 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
It is worth mentioning that besides the Super Bowl, held on a neutral field, all of Wilson’s and the Seahawks’ encounters with the league’s best quarterbacks have been held in Seattle, maybe the biggest home field advantage in the NFL.