Russell Wilson credits O-line, receivers for Seahawks’ red-hot offensive play
The Seahawks, and quarterback Russell Wilson in particular, have been on fire for the past month, reeling off five straight wins to clinch a fourth straight trip to the playoffs.
Considering how well the team has been playing, it’s easy to forget how many key offensive players have been out of action or had their seasons ended completely by injuries. Wilson hasn’t forgotten, though, nor is he overlooking just how much his teammates have stepped up when names like Jimmy Graham, Marshawn Lynch, Ricardo Lockette and Thomas Rawls fell victim to injuries.
“It’s been one of those years we’ve lost a lot of unbelievable football players, but guys have had to step up,” Wilson said Monday on “Danny, Dave and Moore.”
The fourth-year pro is certainly one of those players who has stepped up – in fact his extremely efficient play over the winning streak has been of the record-setting sort. Sunday saw him throw for at least three touchdowns with no interceptions for the fifth straight game, a feat the NFL said had never been accomplished in league history, and his streak 162 consecutive passes without a pick is second in Seahawks history.
In true Wilson fashion, he passed the credit on to his teammates, specifically the offensive line and wide receivers.
“I think the offensive line is just playing unbelievable football… and the receivers are just lights out out there,” he said. “Ultimately we’re playing better football collectively as a team.”
He makes good points, too. In the first seven games of the season, the offensive line allowed Wilson to be sacked 31 times. In the seven games since, Wilson has been sacked just nine times. As for the receivers, well, Doug Baldwin has also found his way into the record books with 10 touchdowns over the last four games, while Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett have recently had breakout performances of their own.
Wilson isn’t surprised by the Seahawks’ offensive production over the last month. In fact, it’s something he’s been saying they were on the verge of all season; it just happened to come at a time when key players were dropping left and right to injuries.
“I think we definitely clicked on all cylinders there,” he said of Seattle’s 39-30 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29, which was two weeks removed from the last time Lynch played and the same game they lost Graham to a season-ending knee injury. “And I was saying all year, we weren’t really that far off.
“Obviously we have high expectations for ourselves and we always want to win those games that we lost, but we just needed one or two more plays to turn the corner, and sure enough we were able to do that.”