Russell Wilson delivered a clinic at Soldier Field (US Presswire)
If we asked you to evaluate two unnamed NFL quarterbacks based only on these stats...
Player A — 7.1 Y/A, 17 TDs, 16 INTs, 54.4% comp, 216 rush
Player B — 7.4 Y/A, 19 TDs, 8 INTs, 63.4% comp, 298 rush
...it's unlikely you'd conclude that Player A was better. You definitely wouldn't suggest that he was substantially better.
Of course you might also argue that we can't reasonably evaluate QBs based on a few cherry-picked stats, omitting team context and win-loss record — and you'd be right. I'm not all that interested in making over-the-top claims about either Luck or Wilson. Both rookie quarterbacks were excellent in the biggest moments on Sunday, leading their teams to comeback wins on the road. It seems silly to debate which come-from-behind victory was more impressive, or which tells us more about an individual player's NFL future.
For fantasy purposes, Luck had the bigger day, thanks mostly to pass volume (and the quality of the opposing defense). He put the ball in the air 54 times at Detroit, the third time this season he's reached to 50-attempt mark. Luck finished 24-for-54 with 391 yards, four TDs and three picks. As of this writing, he's actually the week's top-scoring player. Let there be no doubt: He's terrific. An emerging fantasy star. Basically an every-week play.
But we've told Luck's story before, several times. Wilson, by comparison, hasn't received nearly enough attention around here.Read More »from Sunday Scene, Week 13: Russell Wilson shames the Bears