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By the Numbers: Russell Wilson Joins Elite 'Monday Night Football' Company

Russell Wilson became the third quarterback in NFL history to start his Monday Night Football career with a record of 6-0 or better.

The Seattle Seahawks moved to 5-2-1 on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bills, 31-25, on Monday Night Football in front of a record-setting crowd of 69,084 inside CenturyLink Field. To recap notable player performances, team milestones and (of course) how the game played out, we compiled 10 numbers from the Week 9 primetime contest.


The Seahawks tied their season-high for sacks in a game with five, including 3.5 on the Bills' final drive. Here are the players that contributed to the total: Bobby Wagner (0.5), K.J. Wright (1), Brock Coyle (1), Cliff Avril (1.5) and Frank Clark (1).


Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson won his sixth game on Monday Night Football yesterday, moving his record to a perfect 6-0. Wilson became the third quarterback in NFL history to start his Monday Night Football career with a record of 6-0 or better, joining Neil O'Donnell (7-0) and Brian Griese (6-0). Additionally, in those games, Wilson has tossed 12 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Avril's 1.5 sacks against the Bills moved his total on the season to nine. He jumped Kansas City's Dee Ford and moved into third place among the league's sack leaders after another dominating performance. Avril only trails Denver's Von Miller (9.5) and Buffalo's Lorenzo Alexander (10) for the league-high, and is two sacks away from tying his career-high of 11.


By defeating the Bills, the Seahawks have now won 11-straight games on Monday Night Football, the second-longest win streak on the primetime slate. The Seahawks have outscored opponents, 279-117, in those 11 games.


Tight end Jimmy Graham was stellar against Buffalo's defense, posting eight catches for 103 yards and two one-handed touchdowns. Graham now has 12 touchdown catches on Monday Night Football, the most among active players. Monday was also the 13th time in the regular season game he's hauled in two touchdowns. 


Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner set a new career-high for tackles in a game for the second consecutive week. After piling up 15 against the Saints in Week 8, Wagner topped that with 16 against the Bills. It marked the fifth game in a row he's recorded 10-plus tackles, and in his last four, Wagner has notched 58 total. He's now second on the NFL's leaderboard for tackles, sitting one behind Buffalo's Zach Brown.


Wilson moved into a tie with Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger for the most wins by a quarterback in his first five seasons (51).


Pete Carroll said early last week that they wanted to involve wide receiver Doug Baldwin more on offense. That certainly came true against the Bills, as Baldwin caught all six of his targets for 89 yards. He would've recorded bigger numbers if not for two pass interference calls. Baldwin is now 62 yards away from moving into fifth place on Seattle's all-time list for receiving yards. 


The Bills were methodical on third down vs the Seahawks, going 12-of-17 (71 percent). It was the most efficient a Seahawks opponent has been all season. The Seahawks defense put together a stand when it mattered the most at the end, but they know that's one area they want to clean up going forward. In the first three games of the season, the Seahawks only allowed 10 third down conversions combined.


Lastly, Wilson recorded a 158.0 passer rating in the first half, the second-highest in that period for his career. The highest was his perfect 158.3 rating earlier this season against the New York Jets.

Look through photos of some 12s at CenturyLink Field during Week 9 vs Bills.

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