Making the Case for Russell Wilson as Rookie of the Year
Attention Rookie of the Year voters: Russell Wilson hasn't just done it again, he's doing it better than before.
We've seen Wilson win games. Although, the Seattle Seahawks are usually at home when Wilson dips into his bag of tricks and pulls out a victory.
Not this time.
This time, Wilson stared down the tough Chicago Bears defense and the elements of the Midwest. Not surprisingly, he didn't flinch.
Wilson has been touted as a cool customer. The type of quarterback who would point out John Candy in the crowd and then conduct a Super Bowl winning drive.
Have we seen any evidence to the contrary?
That coolness infects the rest of the team. Everyone is relaxed and confident when the game is on the line.
For instance, Sidney Rice is a fine football player. He is not, however, a great one. Yet, there he was, scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime to defeat the Bears.
And who got him the ball? Wilson, who caught him in stride allowing Rice to finagle his way into the end zone.
Yet, these are just the intangibles. The efforts that can't be measured.
Therefore, let's check out how Wilson's numbers stack up against Andrew Luck's and Robert Griffin III's through Week 12.
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Wilson has completed six percent more of his passes than RG3 and Luck is even farther behind. Additionally, Wilson has thrown nine more touchdowns than interceptions, while Luck has an even ratio and Griffin checks in at plus-one.
Finally, Wilson entered Week 13 with a quarterback rating of 93.9. That's 17.2 more than Luck, but he trails Griffin, who leads the league.
In other words, the statistics point to a landslide over Luck and gives him plenty of evidence against Griffin.
So long as Wilson doesn't take a giant step back, his game against Chicago may very well prove to be the turning point in the Rookie of the Year race. Surely, the day will long be remembered in Seattle when the kid threw two touchdowns and zero interceptions to lead his boys to a dramatic victory.
Hopefully, so do the voters.
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