Russell Wilson is playing so well in 2019, his teammates are running out of ways to describe what he is doing on a week-to-week basis.
“He’s the MVP this year, and I think he’s been showing it all year, and he continued to do it today,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “… He’s a phenomenal talent, a great leader, and just consistent. I talk about it the same way every week.”
And in what has been a season full of great performances, Wilson had one of his best games of the year in the Seahawks’ Week 9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns without an interception on his way to a 133.7 passer rating. Wilson’s final touchdown pass was the game-winner in overtime to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
For his play in Seattle’s 40-34 win over the Buccaneers, Wilson has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. This is the second time this season Wilson has been named Player of the Week, having also earned that honor after Seattle’s Week 2 win in Pittsburgh in which he threw for 300 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 82.9 percent of his passes.
Against the Buccaneers Sunday, Wilson led a 75-yard go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, then after the Bucs tied it with under a minute to play, Wilson helped the Seahawks get into field goal range, though the game-winning attempt missed, sending the game to overtime where Wilson led another 75-yard touchdown drive.
“With Russell back there, it doesn’t matter, you have a chance,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “You have a chance no matter what’s going on. He played phenomenal football today. The calls that he had to make, the adjustments that he made, the throws, just the variety of things that we threw today that was available to us and that we went after, it was an array of passes and concepts and principles, and it was really, really exciting to see our guys pull all that together.”
This marks the ninth time in his career that Wilson has earned Player of the Week honors, the most in franchise history. It’s also the third time Wilson has been named Player of the Week twice in one season along with 2014 and 2017.
Through nine games, Wilson has thrown a league-leading 22 touchdown passes, run for three more, and has a league-low one interception, helping him post a league-best 118.2 passer rating. Wilson is the first player since the 1970 merger to have 22 or more touchdowns with one or fewer interceptions through nine games, and Sunday’s overtime drive was the 31st game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime that Wilson has led in his career, the most in the NFL since he came into the league.
“He’s an MVP no-doubt,” said tight end Jacob Hollister, who had two touchdown catches Sunday, including the game-winner in overtime. “He’s incredible, not only the way the plays, but the way he prepares, the way he helps his teammates. He has just been incredible, just being with him is awesome.”
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.