Quarterback Russell Wilson Shines Again, Plus More News from Around the NFC West

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterNovember 12, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson #3 after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 28-7.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Ten starts into his NFL career, I believe it's now fair to remove the rookie tag that is associated with quarterback Russell Wilson.

He is obviously still a rookie by league standards, but when you break down his play, you realize he is doing some pretty special things as a first-year starter.

I mentioned this last night in my Seahawks game recap, yet I feel like it's worth mentioning again. Wilson is the first rookie quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win his first five starts at home. Think about all of the quarterback talent that has entered the league since 1970. A truly impressive stat when you take time to think about it.

Another impressive stat would be Wilson's touchdown-to-interception ratio at CLink. Through five games at home, he has tossed 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Not to mention he has 935 yards passing and a completion percentage of 62.3 percent. 

It's unfortunate that the rookie quarterback can't make all of his starts in front of the 12th man. 

Brian Nemhauser (@HawkBlogger) also brought to light another surprising statistic. Even though two of his last five starts have been on the road, Wilson has amassed a quarterback rating of 105.3 over the last five games. Only Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Josh Freeman have been better during that span. 

All of these nice statistics give us a glimpse of the quarterback Wilson is growing into. One question remains: Can he take that next step and lead Seattle to its second playoff appearance under head coach Pete Carroll? 



Jon Gold of CBSSports.com says we should expect wide receiver Michael Floyd to see an increased role. 

Cooper Allen of Bleacher Report takes a look at five Arizona Cardinals with insanely bright futures. 


San Francisco 

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com examines the 49ers and says they don't know how to feel after a tie. 

Dan Mori of Bleacher Report breaks down the winners and losers from Week 10.


St. Louis

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hands out his weekly grades for the Rams matchup against the 49ers. 

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report begs the question, are the Rams getting stung by the risky Janoris Jenkins pick?



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