BY Steve Rudman 06:30AM 10/24/2017

Wilson tied franchise mark for spreading wealth

In Seattle’s 24-7 victory over the New York Giants Sunday, Russell Wilson became the second quarterback in franchise history to complete passes to 11 receivers.

Russell Wilson completed nine passes for 92 yards and a TD to Doug Baldwin. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

Obscured by numerous other developments in the Seahawks’ 24-7 win over the New York Giants, including an 0-for-10 sequence in the first half on goal-to-go plays, was the fact that Wilson’s 27 completions Sunday at MetLife Stadium were spread among 11 receivers.

Doug Baldwin caught nine of Wilson’s 27 throws, including a 22-yard, go-ahead touchdown, and was followed by Tyler Lockett with four, Jimmy Graham (one-yard TD) with three, J.D. McKissic, Paul Richardson (38-yard TD) and Amara Darboh with two each, and Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, Luke Willson, Nick Vannett and Tre Madden with one apiece.

Wilson became only the second quarterback in Seahawks history to complete a pass to more than 10 in a single game.

The first was not Matt Hasselbeck. Nor was it Dave Krieg, Jim Zorn or even Warren Moon. Rick Mirer? Well, no. Jon Kitna? No again.

In Week 2 of the 2011 season, Pete Carroll’s second year in Seattle, Tarvaris Jackson found 11 receivers, completing four balls to Ben Obomanu, three each to Justin Forsett and Kris Durham, and two apiece to Golden Tate and Anthony McCoy. Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Williams, Zach Miller, Mike Williams, Leon Washington and Baldwin all caught one pass.

Other than that effort, plus Wilson’s Sunday, there have been seven other games in the Carroll era in which Seattle’s quarterback completed passes to 10 receivers. Most receivers catching at least one pass, single game, since 2010:

Year Date Quarterback Opp No. Top Receiver, Catches
2011 Sept. 18 Tarvaris Jackson Steelers 11 Ben Obomanu, 4
2017 Oct. 22 Russell Wilson Giants 11 Doug Baldwin, 9
2010 Oct. 3 Matt Hasselbeck Rams 10 B. Stokley, M. Williams, 4
2010 Dec. 12 Matt Hasselbeck 49ers 10 Marshawn Lynch, 7
2011 Jan. 11 Charlie Whitehurst Rams 10 Ben Obomanu, 5
2012 Nov. 25 Russell Wilson Dolphins 10 Golden Tate, 4
2014 Sept. 21 Russell Wilson Broncos 10 Percy Harvin, 7
2014 Dec. 7 Russell Wilson Eagles 10 Jermaine Kearse, 7
2017 Jan. 1 Russell Wilson 49ers 10 P. Richardson, J. Graham, 4

Although Jackson went 20-for-29, the completions accounted for only 159 yards in a 24-loss to the Pittsburgh Steelerrs at Heinz Field. That’s the last shutout loss for Seattle.

Seahawks 28th in rushing TDs

During the 0-for-10 on goal-to-go plays Sunday, the Seahawks had five cracks at scoring a rushing touchdown from 10 yards or closer. They twice tried Lockett on sweeps, to the right side and the left. He gained four yards and then six, but a false start on Rawls nixed the six-yard gain.

From the five, Lacy gained three yards, but immediately gave it back with a loss of three. Rawls got a yard back, but the Seahawks lost the ball on downs at the one-yard line when Graham dropped a TD pass in the end zone.

The Seahawks departed MetLife Stadium the same way they entered it, with two rushing touchdowns for the season. That ranks 28th in the NFL.

For all of his well-chronicled emphasis on establishing the run, even featuring Marshawn Lynch from 2010-15, this is the third season that a Carroll team in Seattle played six games and scored only twice on the ground. For perspective, fewest rushing touchdowns through the first six games of a season in the past 25 years:

Year Coach Yards TDs Skinny
1999 Mike Holmgren 467 0 5 TDs during season, all by R. Watters
1977 Jack Patera 603 1 12 TDs overall, Hawks went 5-9
1992 Tom Flores 557 2 4 TDs overall, 3 by Chris Warren
1998 Dennis Erickson 685 2 11 TDs overall, 9 by Ricky Watters
2007 Mike Holmgren 548 2 Finished season with 9
2009 Jim Mora 542 2 Seattle had 7, 4 by Justin Forsett
2012 Pete Carroll 786 2 Finished with 16, 9 by Marshawn Lynch
2015 Pete Carroll 827 2 10 TDs overall, 4 by Thomas Rawls
2017 Pete Carroll 650 2 R. Wilson, J.D. McKissic scored them

This season only the Miami Dolphins (0) and Cincinnati Bengals (1) do a poorer job of scoring rushing TDs than the Seahawks. In the NFC, only the Detroit Lions and New York Giants are as inept.

The Seahawks also score touchdowns 47.06 percent of the time that they get to the red zone, 23rd in the league. The Green Bay Packers, who rank No. 1, tally TDs in the red zone on 73.91 percent of their trips. Seattle’s 47.06 percent is the worst for the franchise since a 45.61 mark in 2010.


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