The Seahawks quarterback became the first NFL quarterback to record five consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes and no interceptions.
At this point, even quarterback Russell Wilson’s Seahawks teammates are struggling to find new ways to say the same thing.
“You see it,” tight end Luke Willson said. “There’s really nothing to say about it. He’s just balling out of control, man.”
“He’s playing great,” receiver Jermaine Kearse said. “Can’t deny it.”
“You guys know what it is in the five-game stretch,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He did something that’s never been done before.”
That’s right, he did. What Wilson did is throw at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his fifth consecutive game. No other NFL quarterback has had a stretch like that.
Wilson always has played the position as something of a Houdini, but the latest rabbit in his hat is his most impressive: He is making the spectacular look standard.
Think about it: Wilson completed 21 of 30 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland, and somehow that felt normal.
That’s a testament to the five-game heater Wilson has been on, because Sunday actually was his least-accurate game of the five. He has left people searching for a new stat, a new expression, a new something to capture what has been nothing short of a historic stretch.
He has completed 74 percent of his passes in his past five games. That is insane.
He has 19 touchdown passes in his past five games. That is insane.
He has 20 touchdown passes since his past interception Nov. 15 against the Cardinals. That is insane.
Wilson has thrown 29 touchdown passes this season, a career high. He needs only three touchdowns to tie Dave Krieg’s franchise record of 32 passing touchdowns in a season. (Krieg threw 24 interceptions that season; Wilson has thrown seven.)
What’s more, Wilson polished another gem after Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wilson wasn’t among the league’s elite quarterbacks yet. And even if the reaction in this part of the country was overblown, Wilson has looked like the franchise quarterback his new contract demands that he be. (For what it’s worth, Pettine said he and Carroll had a laugh about the comment before the game.)
“In my opinion, I think Russell is a top-tier guy,” Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said. “He has 20 touchdowns and no interceptions, or shoot maybe even more, over the past five games. Find another guy around the league that’s doing that. There’s not many of them. There’s not five or 10, I know that.”
The game against the Browns showed why Wilson is so lethal. In his previous few games, he had scorched teams from the pocket, the area where he was supposed to be most vulnerable. Just last week against the Ravens, he ran the ball only once and scrambled sparingly.
But against the Browns, Wilson carried the ball five times for 46 yards, and both Carroll and Pettine mentioned the importance Wilson’s legs after the game.
But it has been Wilson’s right arm that has barraged defenses with the most devastation. Wilson was 7 of 8 for 71 yards and a touchdown on third down, and the Seahawks converted seven of those third downs.
Wilson threw his 100th career touchdown against the Browns, a 6-yard pass to receiver Doug Baldwin, and in the locker room after the game Baldwin gave the ball to Wilson to keep.
“He’s balling right now,” Baldwin said. “And thankfully enough, all of us are on the receiving end of it.”