By the time the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions headed into the tunnel for halftime on Sunday, Russell Wilson had 167 yards passing, two TDs and posted 31 points on the board enroute to a 51-29 demolition in a game that didn’t mean much in the standings but signified the return of DangerRuss the franchise game changer.
Wilson also continued his assault on the record books as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history and definitely one of the most prolific winners to ever grace the gridiron.
No QB in NFL history has won more than @DangeRussWilson in their first 10 seasons.
He joins Peyton Manning with 112 wins. pic.twitter.com/5XEEauSPk8
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 3, 2022
After flexing his star power in what many believe was his last game in front of the Seahawks crowd, Wilson said:
“I was just thinking about joy,” Wilson told reporters. “I was thinking about our fans. I was thinking about just what a special moment, just be able to win this game at home for our fans and for them to feel that energy again.”
Three days earlier, Seattle Times reported that Wilson gave an unsolicited statement about his future in the city. He said that “I know for me personally, I hope it’s not my last [home] game [as a Seahawk], but at the same time, I know it won’t be my last game in the NFL.”
This kind of speculation has gone on for several seasons now, but reality is finally settling in for Seahawks Nation.
Since returning from the first major injury of his career — a badly dislocated finger — Wilson has been inconsistent and the Seahawks offense has been stagnant for the same reasons why he reportedly wants out of Seattle.
"I don't know if Russell Wilson is gone from Seattle but it feels a lot different than last year.. it feels like something has to happen" ~@RapSheet#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/2K9S1vgdJC
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 3, 2022
Rumors that he and head coach Pete Carroll are at odds have grown louder as the days of the season wane. A forgettable 5-10 season that suggests the end of Russell Wilson’s decade of dominance in Seattle.
Some prevailing opinions were that Wilson would hang it up for the season after his injury and prepare for the offseason, where he will be among the most pursued players.
Russ was uninterested in preserving himself for another team at the expense of his Seattle legacy. No. 3 is always going to do it right. He’s the anti-Antonio Brown when it comes to being a dedicated leader and high-character franchise player.
So he probably came back earlier than he should have and his play reflected that. At the same time, his mere presence on the field gives the impression that Seattle is playing for something and has a chance to win.
Fantasy experts told us to stay away from Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense on Sunday. But the Super Bowl champion had other plans. DangeRuss delivered a four-TD passing day and 133.0 QB rating that calmed everyone’s nerves and let prospective suitors know that under the right circumstances he’s still capable of delivering an elite performance. The kind of performance that elevates a good team to greatness.
Those who live in the moment and choose to focus on stats as a barometer for greatness offered some premature narratives surrounding the decline of Wilson.
They totally dismissed the fact that he is still trying to regain full mobility and use of the finger in his throwing hand. Sunday was the healthiest Wilson has looked, and he’s rounding into form just in time to remind the NFL of who he is. Fans and media have very short memories these days.
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