The Seattle Seahawks sit at 8-5 on the season and are currently the 5th seed in the NFC. Yet, they are widely considered to be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. One of the main reasons for that has been the play of QB Russell Wilson, who has been lighting it up in spite of injuries to Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham.
That begs the question, is it time to consider Wilson among the “elite” class of quarterbacks in the league?
“I think what you’re seeing this year is that Russell has the ability to be in that elite class, because he is in a way transcending the limitations that they (the Seahawks) may have,” said Tim Booth a sports writer for the Associated Press based in Seattle on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think these next three weeks will be important because these are still meaningful games for Seattle. Now, they’re playing without a proven running back until probably they get into the playoffs, assuming they get there. If going to two straight Super Bowls wasn’t enough of a case, I think we’re seeing these last four weeks Russell can make up for even greater deficiencies than you anticipated. If he plays at this level, he’s going to be in the conversation of whether he is the best quarterback in the league let alone in the top five.”
The statistics over the past month would seem to support that feeling. Wilson has thrown for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Seahawks four game winning streak. Barring a collapse by the Cardinals, Seattle seems to be locked into that 5th seed which would mean the get to play the winner of the awful NFC East. That has Seahawks fans feeling pretty confident.
“They’re in position to have that 5-seed, which would send them to either Philadelphia, Washington or New York,” said Booth. “Any of those are a pretty favorable match-up for Seattle, even if they have to go on the road. The one thing that would draw concern out here is if somehow, someway, things got really screwed up between the 5 and 6 seed and they ended up having to go to Green Bay for that first Wild Card game. I think that would be the one to cause some pause among Seahawks fans. If they end up with the 5-seed there will be some pretty confident people thinking that they can go east and knock off the winner of that NFC east division.”
Before any talk of playoffs however, Seattle welcomes in the hapless Cleveland Browns this weekend. At 3-10, the Browns are heading into Sunday clearly the underdog in the match-up as they head to CenturyLink Field.
“Clearly it’s not a very good Browns team and maybe if they were catching Seattle earlier in the year where there were some issues that were getting settled on offense, then maybe you’d give the Browns a shot,” said Booth. “With the way that Seattle’s playing it’s hard to believe that the Browns are going to come in here and give them much of a challenge.”
Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM ET on Sunday.