Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos beat the Houston Texans this past week, but it didn’t come easy.
Despite Houston coming into the outing winless and boasting one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL, Denver struggled to put points on the board.
Much as was the case in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson simply didn’t look right. His one touchdown and one interception on 14-of-31 passing stat line speaks for itself, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. His decision-making was also really off.
One sequence in particular perfectly encapsulated how Wilson played on Sunday:
Someone obviously doctored this photo. pic.twitter.com/1tMRiz4yX5
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 19, 2022
Reactions were roughly what you would expect.
This boy done lost his mind https://t.co/EhMhpEBL2H
— SCHOOL OF SAGE (@SchoolOfSage) September 20, 2022
The Ciara curse https://t.co/s4Yh1hrmTg
— Jet$ki (@_JETFever) September 20, 2022
This man is not top 10 man https://t.co/Wcv081Zk9u
— KingDeuce22 (@peakpeak_22) September 20, 2022
For the last 10 years, I’ve only missed 5 pre season Seahawks games. I’ve seen this soo many times it’s not even news https://t.co/mbNzT0tWDq
— Dimy Mwaura (@dimy_mwaura) September 20, 2022
This is why I’ve never liked Russell Wilson https://t.co/GQYtKIyacN
— Dawson Hoff “D1” (@dawson_hoff) September 19, 2022
Wilson’s decline is getting increasingly difficult to ignore.
Again, Wilson’s Broncos won this weekend. That is great. But the victory came against a terrible Houston squad that had no place keeping that game competitive.
Next week Denver faces a San Francisco 49ers group that now has Jimmy Garoppolo back at the helm of the offense. Then come the Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers.
It’s not that inconceivable to see a scenario where the Broncos open this season 2-4.
Then comes a fairly easy five-game stretch, right before Denver closes the year out with two outings against the Kansas City Chiefs, and then one apiece versus the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.
RGIII’s wife kept it real on the NFL groupies. https://t.co/D3QHPTGXzq
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 20, 2022
This season will ultimately tell us a lot about where Wilson stands as a football player now. If he rallies, plays well for the rest of the year and helps the Broncos overperform – a lot of the current criticism he faces will dissipate.
Should the opposite occur, though – it could prove to be the proverbial nail in his coffin as far as being regarded as a top-tier quarterback in the NFL.