He will be forever lost in the shadow of Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck this season. But fellow rookie Russell Wilson is making a name for himself in Seattle. The Seahawks are 7-5 and a game ahead of the Redskins, the Cowboys, the Vikings and the Buccaneers for the No.?6 seed in the NFC playoff chase.

Yes, Seattle had some good fortune with the referee-assisted victory over the Green Bay Packers early in the season. But Wilson, now seventh in the league in passer rating (95.2), has more than done his part. He has a 63.4 completion percentage, 19 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He has thrown for a modest 2,344 yards but has rushed for another 298.

The Richmond native, who played at N.C. State before transferring to Wisconsin, was a steal in the third round of the 2012 draft.

"Those players love him, and Pete Carroll loves him," NBC football analyst Tony Dungy said. "Remember now, he benched a guy that they paid a lot of money to get in [Matt] Flynn and went with Russell Wilson as a rookie."

- Brian McNally