Russell Wilson: Seahawks QB Makes Strong Rookie of the Year Argument on SNF

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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After destroying the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, 42-13, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has catapulted himself into the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation.

Wilson was phenomenal against the Niners, completing 15 of 21 passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 29 yards on the ground, and despite a second-quarter interception, he led the Seahawks to their fourth consecutive victory. It was their third straight game scoring at least 42 points.

With the win, the 10-5 Seahawks clinched a playoff berth, and Wilson's case for OROY is stronger than ever. He now has the same number of wins as Andrew Luck (10), and when you look at the stats, the advantage goes to Wilson.

Luck has more passing yards, but Wilson has the edge in passing touchdowns (25-21), rushing yards (431-254) and completion percentage (62.9-54.6). His QBR and passer ratings dwarf Luck's numbers, and with this dominant victory over the 49ers, Wilson definitely has the most impressive win.

Of course, Robert Griffin III is in the OROY running as well.

The Washington Redskins phenom has the highest completion percentage, most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns of the three. But his team also didn't miss a beat when he was out of the lineup, and if they lose next Sunday, they may not make the playoffs.

All three rookie quarterbacks have been incredible this season, and each has a strong case for OROY. Right now, I'd give my vote (that I don't have) to Luck, because he has the weakest supporting cast, and he lost his head coach in the middle of the season.

However, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III could certainly leapfrog him next week. Regardless of what happens, all three deserve some major props for their performances this year.

The NFL is unquestionably a quarterback's league, and with these three taking the game by storm, the future looks bright.