After putting up his best passing numbers of the season, Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson is one of three players up for Air Player of the Week at NFL.com.
Wilson passed for a 2016-high 348 yards in Seattle's 31-24 road win over the New England Patriots in Week 10 at Gillette Stadium, also tossing three touchdowns to receiver Doug Baldwin. He completed 25 of his 37 throws (68 percent) and amounted a 124.6 quarterback rating, Wilson's third-highest mark of the year.
Wilson has been playing through ankle, knee, and pectoral injuries this season, but during his Monday afternoon press conference at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson's Sunday night performance, "I don't think there's any question that that was the best he has looked."
"He showed the most quickness in transition to begin the movement—there was a time when he really couldn't get started fast, so he had to have space to move and get going, so you just didn't see him move at all; he wasn't even trying to," Carroll said. "But now he was alive. He was alive in that game, he was all over the place, very effective, and found three or four plays that might not have happened otherwise that were really great. I think he's really close to being all the way back, but I think he'll get a little bit better too. I think he'll be a little more fluid and all of that. But it was great to see him play like that. He had good quickness, good burst, good change of direction, and just led us to some really exciting plays."
For the weekly honor, Wilson is up against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 37 of 46 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns for a 125.4 passer rating in a 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns for a 149.8 passer rating in a 47-25 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Voting for this week's nominees is open until 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, November 17 and fans can also vote on Twitter using the #AirandGround hashtag along with the player's last name. The winning quarterback will receive a $2,000 donation in their name to local USO organizations.
See some of the action from Sunday Night Football, Seahawks at Patriots during Week 10 at Gillette Stadium.