The Seattle Seahawks entered Week 14 with a 7-5 record and a three-game winning streak. Seattle’s success is primarily due to quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s firmly in the NFL MVP conversation. Entering Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Wilson hadn’t thrown an interception since Nov. 4.
And Wilson had Seattle at the goal line, looking to extend their 3-0 lead vs the Vikings, when he made a play that was shockingly awful. It would be a horrible play from a high school quarterback. It would be a horrible play from a college quarterback. It would be a horrible play from any NFL-level quarterback.
So this play coming from *Russell Wilson* is stunning.
Seattle was out of timeouts, so you can understand Wilson trying to make a play rather than taking a sack. If he takes a sack, the Seahawks may not have time to line up and spike the ball.
But there was plenty of time to just throw the ball away, like in the back of the end zone. A turnover in this position — where Seattle has at least a “gimme” field goal if not a touchdown — is the one thing you can’t have, and Wilson was very lucky Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks fell down instead of taking the interception back for six points.
The score is still 3-0 over halfway through the third quarter, so points are certainly at a premium in this game and Wilson’s blunder could loom large.