Seattle Seahawks: Why Russell Wilson Could Win Rookie of the Year

Dean SiemonAnalyst IIDecember 19, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The NFL has seen the next generation of quarterbacks this year with three great talents. But which of them will win the Rookie of the Year award in a few weeks?

While so much attention has been given to Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III and Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is now getting some attention for his play.

All three quarterbacks are primed to take their teams to the playoffs after losing records last season.

But when you consider that Wilson entered the season an unknown and had to earn his job from the expected starter in Matt Flynn, no one expected the Seahawks' offense to take off like it has.

While Seattle is ranked 27th in passing offense, Wilson has done a lot with his limited passing attempts. He averages 25 passes per game and completes about 62 percent. But with 2,697 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and a rating of 95.5, he's made the most of his opportunities.

In addition, there really hasn't been a change in the offensive weapons from last year to this year. The receivers are still Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, while Marshawn Lynch has become one of the most dangerous running backs in the league.

Seattle is thankful for the fact that they have a quarterback after the Tarvaris Jackson experience backfired last season.

Let's look at the other rookie quarterbacks that are considered favorites for the award.

Luck has passed for 3,978 yards and 20 touchdowns, but the Colts offense has never really been a balanced unit. Luck has also thrown for 18 interceptions and a quarterback rating 20 points lower than Wilson.

The man nicknamed "RG3" could win the award considering he has the best rating amongst the rookie quarterbacks (104.5) and has only thrown four interceptions.

I do like Griffin and have been pleasantly surprised with how the Redskins have developed in the last five weeks to gain first place in the NFC East division.

But with Wilson, we've seen that he can be explosive and dangerous on the run. Look at the game against New England Patriots in October where he threw for 293 yards on 16 completions.

On Dec. 2, he took apart the Chicago Bears defense on the road, leading a late touchdown drive in the final minutes of regulation and the winning drive in overtime.

After two games where Seattle hit the half-century mark for points, the Seahawks have a big game at home with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night before closing out the season hosting the St Louis Rams.

There is a good chance Seattle could be 11-5 at the end of the season and enter the playoffs as the most dangerous team in the league. 

When you look at all of these statistics and watch each quarterback play, it's a toss-up between the three rookies.

But with the consistent play and being healthy all season long, Wilson should get some serious consideration from the NFL.