CLEVELAND -- Russell Wilson added to his MVP-caliber resume with a stellar performance against the Browns in Week 6. Wilson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground. He's now got 14 touchdown passes to zero interceptions through six games.
What adds to Wilson's standout day at FirstEnergy Stadium was the series he operated without in-helmet communication. When the Seahawks took the field in the third quarter, trailing 20-18, Wilson noticed that he wasn't hearing anything from Brian Schottenheimer. In classic Wilson fashion, he didn't panic, but produced instead as he went tempo and marched Seattle down the field.
"The helmet went off at the beginning of the drive," Wilson said. "I couldn't hear anything so I just kept calling plays. You study the game plan, and you know what you want to do and how you want to get the ball to different guys. We were running up and down the field."
Wilson said that comms were out for "a series or two," but there's no way to know which other series was impacted. For this drive in particular, Wilson called four plays that helped the Seahawks move all the way to the Browns 8-yard line.
Those plays went as follows:
- Wilson 3-yard scramble
- 11-yard pass to Luke WIllson
- Chris Carson 25-yard run
- 11-yard pass to David Moore
Did he consider calling a timeout?
"There's no need to," Wilson said. "Schotty and I are so close, understanding what we want to do and how we want to attack a defense. I've been playing this game for a while. It's good to continue to keep the pressure on the defense."
And how did he decide on which plays to call?
"You go to what you know," Wilson added. "You go to what you're feeling."
Wilson did run to the sideline to swap helmets after the completion to Moore set up 1st-and-goal from the Browns 8-yard line. The drive ultimately ended in Jaron Brown's second touchdown catch of the game, a 6-yard reception in the middle of the end zone. The score capped Seattle's 19-0 run to take its first lead of the game.
The Seahawks won the game 32-28 and improved to 5-1 on the season, including a perfect 3-0 on the road. Wilson, especially with Patrick Mahomes coming back to Earth, is in the drivers seat for what would be his first MVP award.