Russell Wilson soars as Seahawks rout Bills 50-17

Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller breaks into a big chuckle

when reminded about how many NFL teams passed up on drafting

Russell Wilson.

”Yeah,” Miller said. ”Good for us.”

Make room, RGIII and Andrew Luck. Wilson, the third-round draft

pick out of Wisconsin, is making a case to be included in the

rookie of the year conversation. And he’s bringing the Seahawks

along with them on a remarkable ride as part of a late-season

playoff surge in which they’ve won five of six.

Wilson had a near-perfect first half in which he ran for three

touchdowns and threw for another in leading the Seahawks to their

latest blowout victory, a 50-17 rout of the Bills in Buffalo’s

annual game in Toronto on Sunday.

Coming off a 58-0 win at home over Arizona last week, the

Seahawks became the NFL’s third team to score 50 points in

consecutive weeks, joining the Los Angeles Rams and New York

Giants, who both did it in 1950, according to STATS LLC. And

Seattle’s 108 combined points matched the third-best total, which

had been set by the New England Patriots only last month.

”I’m blessed to be a Seahawk. This is the team that I wanted to

come to,” said Wilson, the Wisconsin product who had to wait until

the 75th pick in the draft to be selected. ”So it’s a pretty great

situation for me.”

The Seahawks (9-5) are in the thick of the playoff race. And

they’re still in the running to challenge for the NFC West title,

preparing to head home for a showdown against division rival San

Francisco next weekend.

Wilson directed five straight scoring drives in helping the

Seahawks build a 31-7 lead. And then the defense took over by

forcing three consecutive turnovers to start the second half,

including safety Earl Thomas scoring on 57-yard interception

return.

The Bills (5-9) bumbled their way out of playoff contention for

a 13th straight year, and extend the NFL’s longest active playoff

drought.

And questions about coach Chan Gailey’s job security are once

again being raised.

”We played poorly and we looked extremely bad,” Gailey said.

”When you don’t play well, the buck stops with me. I understand

that.”

The Bills’ defense had a meltdown. After Buffalo had allowed its

past four opponents 254.25 yards offense and 16.75 points, the

Seahawks had bettered that by halftime, when they scored 31 points

and racked up 329 yards.

The offense wasn’t much better.

Down 31-17 at the half, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick opened the

third quarter by turning the ball over on the Bills first three

possessions – two interceptions and a lost fumble.

”It went downhill from there fast,” said Fitzpatrick, who

worried how the performance would reflect on Gailey. ”We played

poorly and it reflects poorly on him. It just eats me up.”

Fitzpatrick went 21 of 38 for 217 yards with a 20-yard touchdown

to Stevie Johnson. C.J. Spiller had 103 yards rushing and scored on

a 14-yard run.

It wasn’t lost on the Bills’ critics that they passed up three

chances to draft Wilson in April.

Gailey acknowledged he had shown interest in Wilson, but was

concerned that, at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, he might be too small

to succeed at the NFL level.

Turns out that hasn’t been a problem.

Wilson’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller was his 21st of

the season. That ties Cam Newton (2011) for the second-most by an

NFL rookie, and is five behind the record set by Peyton Manning in

1998.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is so impressed by how quickly

Wilson’s grasped the offense, that he’s giving the quarterback a

freer rein.

”I’m just thrilled that he’s been able to continue to grow,”

Carroll said. ”For a time, we were just trying to get the offense

going and not screw it up and make sure he could keep growing.

Well, we’re past that now.”

Running back Marshawn Lynch had 113 yards rushing and scored on

a 13-yard run in his first game against his former team. Defensive

end Chris Clemons had 2 1/2 of Seattle’s three sacks.

The Bills dropped to 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto

since the series began in 2008.

The Bills and Toronto-based Rogers Communications are closing in

on a deal to extend the series, which expired after this game.

Torontonians might want to reconsider after this. With 5:20

left, fans in one end zone began chanting ”Let’s Go Blue

Jays!”

NOTES: Korean pop star PSY performed his hit ”Gangnam Style”

at midfield during halftime. … The announced crowd of 40,770 was

well below the downtown domed Rogers Centre’s capacity of 54,000.

… Spiller reached 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his

career, and needed only 154 carries to get there. That’s the third

fewest carries of any player to reach 1,000 since 1991, according

to STATS. Then-Falcons QB Michael Vick reached that plateau on 117

carries in 2006, while Tennessee RB Chris Johnson needed 151

carries in 2009. … The Seahawks wore their third uniforms –

”wolf grey” jerseys and pants with green numbers and names – for

the first time since introducing them this offseason.

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