Wilson either has broken or is on the verge of breaking a number of NFL and franchise records thanks to his current five-game hot streak, a stretch that is almost unprecedented in league history.
RENTON — Russell Wilson may have #notimetosleep — one of his favorite Twitter hashtags — but he has found the time to set or approach a number of passing records in the past five games.
The Seahawks quarterback either has broken or is on the verge of breaking a number of NFL and franchise records thanks to his current five-game hot streak, a stretch that is almost unprecedented in league history.
And in case it all has left you a little dizzied, we thought we’d offer something of a one-stop shop reviewing his recent accomplishments:
FRANCHISE RECORD, SEASON PASSING YARDS
Wilson is on pace to throw for 4,043 yards, which would break the team record of 3,966 set in 2007 by Matt Hasselbeck. Wilson has 3,538 yards with two games to play (already a career high), so he needs 429 to break the record. Wilson is averaging 252.7 yards per game.
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The passing yards come in a season the Seahawks also again rank near the top of the NFL in rushing. They are second this week at 147.4 per game, on pace for 2,358 rushing yards for the season, just off the top mark in team history.
Add that up, and Wilson is leading an offense on pace to shatter multiple team records. The Seahawks this week are ranked fifth in total offense at 381.5 yards per game
The Seahawks have finished in the NFL’s top five in total offense only three times — second in 2005 (369.7 yards per game), third in 1997 (359.9) and third in 1978 (344.4).
The Seahawks are on pace for 6,104 yards, which would break the team record of 6,012 last season (an average of 375.75 per game).
Seattle also is averaging 6.0 yards per play, which also would be a team record, surpassing the 5.88 of last season.
FRANCHISE RECORD, SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Wilson threw three more touchdown passes against the Browns on Sunday to increase his total to 29, which set a career high and put him in second place on the team’s season touchdown list, moving past Hasselbeck’s 28 in 2007 and behind only the 32 by Dave Krieg in 1984.
(As an aside, Krieg also threw 24 interceptions that season, one of the strangest in Seattle history. Curt Warner was injured in the first game, and David Hughes led the Seahawks in rushing with just 327 yards, the lowest team-leading total in a full season, which forced Seattle to win games through the air.)
FRANCHISE RECORD, PASSER RATING
Wilson has a 111.4 passer rating, best in the NFL and on pace to shatter his team record of 101.6 set in 2013. Wilson’s current passer rating would rank 10th in NFL history — the record is 122.5 by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in 2011.
Wilson had a passer rating of 91.7 heading into the San Francisco game Oct. 22, when the Seahawks began their five-game winning streak. He has had passer ratings of at least 128.3 or better in each game since — no quarterback in NFL history had done that.
Wilson previously had only one stretch in his career in which he had passer ratings of 100 or better, a four-game span in 2012 when he had one as high as 128.3.
NFL RECORD, TOUCHDOWNS OVER A FIVE-GAME SPAN
Wilson has thrown 19 touchdowns in the past five games without an interception, something no other quarterback has accomplished.
He also has thrown for at least three touchdowns without an interception in each of the past five games, also something no one had done.
Simply throwing for three touchdowns in each of the past five games would have been enough to put Wilson in rarefied air. Only five quarterbacks in NFL history had done that: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Steve Young and Rodgers.
NFL RECORD, MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN FIRST FOUR SEASONS
The past five games also have put Wilson into elite company when it comes to some career numbers.
Here’s one that is particularly eye-catching — Wilson has 101 touchdown passes, tied with Andrew Luck for the third-most of any player in NFL history in the first four seasons of a career. The only two players ahead of him are Marino (142) and Manning (111).
Wilson, though, has far fewer attempts than the others on the list — 1,666 (Marino had 2,023, Manning 2,226 and Luck 2,106). Of those four, only Marino had a higher touchdown percentage in that span — 7.0 — than Wilson’s 6.1.
Wilson’s career touchdown percentage is tied for ninth all-time and trails only Rodgers’ 6.4 among active players.
Elite company, indeed.