Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson described abysmal performance upon return from finger injury as “two bad plays” in 17-0 loss to Packers.
The return of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson in Week 10 was touted as a must-see game, as each of these Hall of Fame quarterbacks has overcome unique obstacles.
Rodgers was coming off a COVID diagnosis, which caused him to miss the Packers’ loss to the Chiefs. Wilson was coming off a finger injury suffered in Week 6, but now, he was finally cleared to play.
But Wilson was a shell of himself Sunday, completing just 20-of-40 attempts for 161 yards in the shutout loss. Wilson also threw two interceptions but isn’t going to blame the injury for his poor play.
Still, Wilson was adamant his failure was not a result of his finger health, but the outcome of “two bad plays.”
“The finger felt fine,” Wilson said after the game, via Curtis Crabtree. “The problem with tonight was we had two bad plays. … I’ve got to play better. And that was on me. There were those two plays. That was really the game.”
Russell Wilson: “Shane put a really good game plan together. Unfortunately, it comes on my shoulders because I didn’t fulfill those two big plays in those two moments.”
— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 15, 2021
Russell Wilson credits Packers loss to his own shortcomings on “two bad plays”
While Wilson’s two interceptions were certainly costly for the Seahawks, the reality is he still only completed half of his attempts and the team didn’t score.
While his finger may have felt fine, something was off in the shutout loss. Returning from injury can be difficult for mental as well as physical reasons — one slight hesitation turns into a sack or one bad read results in an incompletion or interception.
There weren’t just two bad plays in the game, there were many, and this trend dates back to the Seahawks game against the Vikings in Week 3.
These are the outcomes of the last 41 drives with Russell Wilson dating back to the Vikings loss:
5 End of Half/End of Game
2 missed FGs
3 turnovers on downs
That is not a well-functioning offense. At all.
— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) November 15, 2021
Sitting at the bottom of the NFC West at 3-6, this doesn’t look like the Wilson or the Seattle team that Seahawks fans remember.