Welcome to the ninth edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
When a Super Bowl caliber quarterback sets a career high in yardage (along with four touchdowns) in one of the most entertaining games of the season, while just barely fending off a maybe even better performance from a player who might well be the new-and-improved version of that quarterback… Who to Rep is kind of a no-brainer.
So, yeah, this week’s Who to Rep is Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson. In addition to his personal best 452 passing yards, Wilson also rang up four TDs (including a clutch game-winner to Jimmy Graham) and 30 rushing yards, all with just one interception (albeit a very poorly timed one). This is almost definitely Wilson’s best game of the season, if not his career—longtime receiver Doug Baldwin said as much after the game—but the thing about Wilson’s dynamism is that this sentence still has to have “almost” in it.
There aren’t many QBs who share Wilson’s deep threat ability, fancy footwork, rushing potential, and ability to pass out of pressure. It’s that versatility that’s made him so beloved by Seattle fans (and, while we’re being honest, bandwagoners) for the last six years.
Yep, there aren’t many… but there’s at least one. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson set a couple records of his own in this one, and did it against Seattle’s legendary Legion of Boom secondary. In addition to becoming the first player ever to record at least 400 passing yards (Watson had 402), 50 rushing yards (Watson had 67), and 4 touchdowns in the same game… and he did it as a rookie. He also set the rookie records for consecutive games with at least three touchdowns (4), touchdowns in a four game span (16), and touchdowns in first seven games (19).
Unfortunately for Texans fans, Watson also threw three interceptions, including a costly pick-six to Week 1 Who to Rep winner Earl Thomas, and a game-sealing desperation toss to Richard Sherman. They’re still the Legion of Boom after all, 400 passing yards or no.
In the end, that was the difference in the game. Despite Wilson’s heroics, Seattle still needed their defense to make big-time plays, and they delivered. On Houston’s side, they needed the same, but with no J.J. Watt or Whitney Mercilus on the field, they didn’t.
Of course, Seattle’s defense wasn’t winning this game without that Hall of Fame performance from Wilson, either. Rep Russell Wilson this week in honor of his (so far) best game ever…and just in time for the playoff push.