NEW YORK — Sure, we doubted his health.
But we should have known better.
Quarterback Russell Wilson looked as strong as ever Sunday during the Seahawks’ convincing 27-17 win over the New York Jets. The win takes the Hawks to 3-1 on the season and has the team on the right track heading into a much-needed bye week.
On a hobbled ankles and a bum knee, Wilson looked confident. He connected with nine different receivers for 309 yards. Jimmy Graham led the team as the standout pass catcher, with six catches for 113 yards.
Graham, who missed much of last season with injuries and was out of practice earlier this week, became the first Seattle tight end in history with back-to-back 100-yard receiving days.
Not to be outdone, running back Christine Michael also stood out as one of Wilson’s favorite targets. Wilson connected with Michael five times for 32 yards and a touchdown. With running back Thomas Rawls out, Michael also led the team on ground, rushing for 58 yards on 18 carries.
Wilson’s play was strong and steady. The Jets opened scoring with a 34-yard field goal with 8:33 left in the first quarter. But Wilson then took charge, connecting with C.J. Spiller for the young running back’s first touchdown with the Seahawks.
The Jets answered with a touchdown late in the second quarter. But in the second half, the Seahawks defense kicked it into gear, taking advantage of a beleaguered Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick’s early game success quickly subsided, and cornerback Richard Sherman intercepted the quarterback in the third quarter after narrowly missing a ball earlier in the game. Earl Thomas also jumped in on the turnover front, grabbing a tipped ball in the fourth quarter to put the Seahawks in field goal range.
The Seahawks did give up a comical touchdown late, where a fumble by Fitzpatrick led to some confusion. Both teams appeared to think the ball was a fumble until Charone Peake picked up the ball and ran for the touchdown.
As the referees announced the play, Earl Thomas could be heard on the mic, yelling “his hand was moving forward.”
The touchdown didn’t matter in the end, and the Seahawks recovered an onside kick to put the game away. Wilson finished with three touchdowns; to Spiller, Michael, and McEvoy.
The team heads in to the bye week with their heads high, looking to get key performers like Rawls back after the break. Wilson could also use the time off to heal his ankles and twisted knee, though they hardly seemed to matter.
After the bye week, the Seahawks face the thriving Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 16 at CenturyLink Field.