Russell Wilson’s quarterback rating, last eight games: 127.3, 131.0, 125.9, 104.9, 88.0, 104.4, 115.3, 136.3 . . . 16 touchdowns, two interceptions, four rushing touchdowns. The Seahawks went 7-1 in those games and outscored their opponents 272-111. In the minds of many, including Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Wilson should win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award over Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
Based on the chart below, not a whole lot separates the three, at least statistically. They all quarterbacked about the same number of victories. Luck threw for more than a thousand yards more than either Griffin or Wilson, but also threw 200-plus more passes and completed just 54.1 percent — to 65.6 percent for Griffin and 64.1 percent for Wilson. Luck also threw nearly twice as many interceptions (18) as Griffin and Wilson.
Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdown passes (and would have set the record if an Anthony McCoy penalty hadn’t wiped out a Wilson TD to Zach Miller Sunday) but threw twice as many interceptions (10) as Griffin (5). On the other hand, Wilson completed a higher percentage of his passes for touchdowns (6.6) than Griffin (5.1) and Luck (3.7).
Griffin (102.4) finished with a slightly higher passer rating than Wilson (100.0) and rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns to Wilson’s 489 and four. Statistically, Griffin rates slightly ahead of Wilson overall and was the best rookie quarterback, by far, from Week 1 through Week 8, befitting his status as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
But Wilson has been the most productive since, and is a far better story, morphing as he did from the 75th pick in the draft into a November-December force. Among other things:
- Wilson threw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime three times, the most ever by a rookie since the 1970 merger.
- Became the first player in NFL history to have three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the first half of a game (at Buffalo, Dec. 16).
- Helped Seattle become the first team since the 1950 New York Giants to score 50 points in consecutive games in a single season.
- From 1960 through 2011, only two rookie quarterbacks started a game in which their team scored at least 50 points: former Washington Husky Chris Chandler of the Colts in 1988 and Tony Banks of the Rams in 1996. Wilson did it in consecutive weeks.
Griffin might still deserve the Offensive Rookie of the Year award based on his play over the entire season. That’s for you to weigh in on. Here are the comparisons:
|Category||Andrew Luck||Robert Griffin III||Russell Wilson|
|4th Qtr. Comebacks||4||3||3|
|Yards Per Att.||7.0||8.1||7.9|
|Yards Per Catch||12.9||12.4||12.4|
|Yards Per Game||273.4||213.3||194.9|