The Seattle Seahawks have gotten their 2020 season off to a strong start after a convincing Week 1 road win over the Atlanta Falcons. It was a contest that saw star quarterback Russell Wilson be the guiding force to push them to a much-needed season-opening victory. Wilson‘s strong outing also put him in elite company in NFL history to reach a nearly untouched feat.
Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks to Week 1 win
In the months heading into Week 1 action of the 2020 season, there was plenty of hype around Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Seattle did not disappoint against the Falcons as they cruised to a 38-25 win on the road. They had control throughout the contest, with Wilson leading the charge behind his arm. The star quarterback put together a masterful performance, completing 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards with four touchdowns.
Wilson spread the ball around with three different players recording at least one touchdown reception. Second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf led the way with four catches for 95 receiving yards and a touchdown. Their passing game picked up the slack with the Falcons limiting their rushing attack to 84 yards on 20 attempts. Wilson’s arm proved to be the difference, which also led him to put himself in rare company in NFL history.
Russell Wilson joins Steve Young in NFL history
Seahawks fans have long called for the team to “let Russ cook,” and he did significantly in Week 1 against the Falcons.
Beyond it being a comfortable win to begin the 2020 season, it was also an outing that put Russell Wilson into elite company. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Wilson joined Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only players in league history to notch at least 30,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards.
It may be a different era in the league where passing the ball is emphasized, but it took Young until the 14th year of his 15-year career to reach that mark. Granted, He didn’t become the full-time starter with the San Francisco 49ers until his seventh season; it speaks to Wilson’s tremendous ability.
The Seahawks quarterback is a unique talent that has proven to possess many similar qualities that Young had. Wilson is an efficient passer that can also be a dangerous factor with his legs when necessary. There are many other marks that he will rack up in his career that should shape up to him cementing himself as a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
Super Bowl hopes hinge on Russell Wilson’s play
The Seahawks are off on the right foot to begin the 2020 season with eyes on competing for more than the playoffs.
Many have pegged the 49ers as the favorite to secure another NFC West division title, but Seattle is undoubtedly in the picture. Russell Wilson remains the deciding factor for the team’s playoff and Super Bowl chances as he’s established himself as one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
The front office has added more talent around him, but it will come down to Wilson guiding the team forward behind his play. There will be challenges ahead, starting with their NFC West divisional opponents, but a promising campaign could unfold for the Seahawks.
It’s also another opportunity for Wilson to vie for the MVP award as he fell short against Lamar Jackson, who should be in the picture for the honor again. Nonetheless, Seattle will only go as far as Wilson takes them in the 2020 season.