Wilson earned the honor, which was announced by the league Wednesday morning, thanks to a magnificent performance in the Seahawks 34-7 win over the Saints that put the team firmly in control of the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. Seattle’s second-year quarterback completed 22 of 30 passes to nine different receivers for 310 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating of 139.6 was the second-highest of his career and Wilson also lead both teams with 47 yards rushing.
“We’re just blessed that he’s spending his time with us right now,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson, who is a perfect 14-0 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. “The leadership, the discipline, the hard work, the competitiveness, the toughness that he has and demonstrates, and his uncanny ability to rise to the moment.”
The award for AFC Offensive Player of the Week went to Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker, who hauled in a franchise-best four touchdowns in Denver’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Justin Tuck took home the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his four sack performance against the Washington Redskins, while Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon took home AFC Defensive honors for his 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks against the New York Jets.