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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Featured In Pro Football Focus’ Look At The ’10 Best QB Duels’
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Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Friday, March 24 — about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
Wilson Featured Twice In Pro Football Focus
This morning, the team at Pro Football Focus looked back at some of the best quarterback performances since their grading and data established leading to the 2006 season. The top-10 list includes the highest-combined QB grades from two opposing quarterbacks over the last 11 years.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson not only was mentioned twice on the list, but claimed the No. 1 spot with Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor after their November 2016 battle on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. Wilson finished the game 20-of-26 and recorded 282 passing yards with two touchdowns. Taylor on the other hand finished 27-of-38 and threw for 289 yards and a touchdown and nearly led the Bills to a last-second victory. Here’s why the PFF crew rated their matchup No. 1:
1. Tyrod Taylor, BUF (88.1 PFF game grade) vs. Russell Wilson, SEA (94.9)
During a Monday Night Football showdown, the highest-graded quarterback matchup in the PFF era featured two of the league’s most dangerous QBs running the football. In this back-and-forth contest, the signal-callers and their offenses exchanged blows throughout the course of the game. Taylor was excellent through the air and on the run, throwing for 289 yards and a TD, while gaining 41 yards on the ground with a rushing TD and two forced missed tackles. This wasn’t enough to take down Seattle, though—Wilson played a near-perfect game, earning the seventh-highest single-game grade in the PFF era (since the 2006 season). He was accurate, effective with the deep ball, and even picked up a rushing TD. No QB matchup in the PFF era had a higher combined grade among QBs than this one.
Two spots after Wilson’s battle vs Taylor was his duel against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional playoff round of the 2012 season. Wilson threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns in the Georgia Dome that game, while Ryan tossed for 250 yards and three scores:
3. Russell Wilson, SEA (93.3) vs. Matt Ryan, ATL (88.3)
With a trip to the NFC Championship game on the line, Wilson versus Ryan proved to be one of the most epic QB duels of the past 11 years. A barn burner in every sense of the term, the Falcons scored 20 unanswered before the Seahawks’ comeback landed them two points short of a Conference Championship appearance. The dual-threat Wilson was just that, breaking two tackles on his way to 60 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. He also completed 83.3 percent of his passes when under pressure. Ryan snagged his first career playoff win in this contest, and it was well deserved. Play-action was his secret weapon in this one, throwing for 87 yards and three TDs while utilizing the run fake. Read
Tweet Of The Day
Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Wilson, who yesterday evening shared this photo of his two dogs on National Puppy Day:
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