Russell Wilson Is Magic In Primetime Games

I made it a point to mention that Russell Wilson tends to pick his games up in nationally-televised broadcasts.  Is this accurate?  Below, I’ve pulled his numbers from every Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night games, as well as all of his playoff appearances to date.  Let’s dig in.

2012

  • 9/24, vs. Green Bay – 10/21 130 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 99.3 rating, 18 rush yards, win 14-12
  • 10/18, @ San Francisco – 9/23 122 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 38.7 rating, 10 rush yards, loss 13-6
  • 12/23, vs. San Francisco – 15/21 171 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 115.3 rating, 29 rush yards, win 42-13
  • 1/6, @ Washington – 15/26 187 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 92.9 rating, 67 rush yards, win 24-14
  • 1/13, @ Atlanta – 24/36 385 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 109.1 rating, 60 rush yards, 1 TD, loss 30-28

2013

  • 9/15, vs. San Francisco – 8/19 142 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63.9 rating, 33 rush yards, win 29-3
  • 10/17, @ Arizona – 18/29 235 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 122.1 rating, 29 rush yards, win 34-22
  • 10/28, @ St. Louis – 10/18 139 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 117.6 rating, 16 rush yards, win 14-9
  • 12/2, vs. New Orleans – 22/30 310 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 139.6 rating, 47 rush yards, win 34-7
  • 1/11, vs. New Orleans – 9/18 103 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 67.6 rating, 16 rush yards, win 23-15
  • 1/19, vs. San Francisco – 16/25 215 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 104.6 rating, 0 rush yards, win 23-17
  • 2/2, vs. Denver – 18/25 206 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 123.1 rating, 26 rush yards, win 43-8

2014

  • 9/4, vs. Green Bay – 19/28 191 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 110.9 rating, 29 rush yards, win 36-16
  • 10/6, @ Washington – 18/24 201 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 127.3 rating, 122 rush yards, 1 TD, win 27-17
  • 11/27, @ Santa Clara – 15/22 236 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 118.7 rating, 35 rush yards, win 19-3
  • 12/21, @ Arizona – 20/31 339 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 122.9 rating, 88 rush yards, 1 TD, win 35-6
  • 1/10, vs. Carolina – 15/22 268 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 149.2 rating, 22 rush yards, win 31-17

That gives him the following totals:

17 games, 261/418 (62.4%) 3,580 yards, 31 TDs, 4 INTs, 110.5 rating, 647 rush yards, 3 TDs, 15-2 record.

On a whole, those numbers are amazing.  But, as you can see, every game isn’t a gem.  Three of his 17 primetime games saw him with passer ratings under 70 (with the nadir being that performance in San Francisco when he was a rookie).  12 of 17, however, sees him with passer ratings over 100, including all five games played this season to date.  To compare, in 2014 as a whole, Wilson has 8 games with a rating over 100.  And, in his career, you’re looking at 28 of 54 games with Wilson having a rating of 100 or better.  In other words, Wilson has an elite passer rating about 52% of all games (including playoffs), but when he plays in primetime, he has an elite rating in 71% of games.

That’s pretty sick.

I don’t know what, if anything, that means going forward.  Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I dunno.  When you’re lumping in playoff games, and when you consider the league tries its damnedest to schedule the best teams in primetime during the regular season, you’re talking about a guy who plays his best against the best teams the league has to offer.

I also know that the Seahawks play another game this Sunday in front of a national audience.  With Russell Wilson behind center, I know that the Green Bay Packers should be pretty nervous this week.

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