The Denver Broncos are now 0-2. Former Wisconsin Badgers star quarterback Russell Wilson did all he could to help his team to a Week 2 win over the Washington Commanders, but unfortunately, Wilson and Co. came up short. The Commanders scraped out 35-33 in this hard-fought encounter, thereby adding to the early-season misery of Broncos fans everywhere.
The silver lining here, however, is that there was a lot to take away from Wilson’s eye-opening performance.
Ex- Wisconsin Badgers QB Russell Wilson Turns In Massive Performance
Simply put, Russell Wilson was cooking in this one. His performance in the first half, in particular, had Denver fans all excited. The nine-time Pro Bowler went 6-of-8 in the opening half for 154 yards and two touchdowns. It allowed the Broncos to enter halftime with a 21-14 lead.
Wilson kept it going in the second half, but he just wasn’t as impressive as he was in the opening two quarters. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old finished the game with 18-of-23 completed passes for 308 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
For good measure, Wilson also reached a historic milestone in this one:
Russell Wilson reached a historic milestone 👏 pic.twitter.com/gxFa1RPNGC
— ESPN (@espn) September 18, 2023
Unfortunately, Denver’s defense did not hold up in the second half, allowing the Commanders to get 21 points in the third and fourth quarters. Russell Wilson had one more trick up his sleeve, though.
With literally no time remaining on the clock, the Broncos made one final push. Wilson threw a wild Hail Mary touchdown to get Denver within two points:
Wow. Russell Wilson just did this.
But they didn’t get the 2 to tie it. pic.twitter.com/IAASiSa9Nv
— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SeattleONTap) September 17, 2023
Unfortunately, the Broncos were unable to convert the two-point attempt to force overtime. In spite of Wilson’s heroic effort, Denver is still facing another tough start to their season now that they’re down 0-2.
NFL Twitter Reacts to Russell Wilson’s Eye-Opening Week 2 Outing
Wilson’s strong performance, albeit in a loss, still had NFL Twitter buzzing hard:
Russell Wilson last season vs this season pic.twitter.com/m1fZ929hKm
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 17, 2023
“Russell Wilson drops back to throw” pic.twitter.com/lPUEEmRVoj
— 𝗲𝘁𝗻¹🐆 (@ETNSZN) September 17, 2023
RUSSELL WILSON! DENVER BRONCOS! PLAY OF THE YEAR pic.twitter.com/vpd4wOYO7N
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) September 17, 2023
Russell Wilson is now 4-13 as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Seattle is laughing. pic.twitter.com/e7L61dIC27
— Dave Robicheaux (@DaveyRobicheaux) September 17, 2023
Me watching Russell Wilson and the Broncos in the Second Half pic.twitter.com/WxKsvYG4HB
— Blake Garman (@FrostedBlakes34) September 17, 2023
Denver Broncos fans watching Russell Wilson in the 1st half vs in the 2nd half pic.twitter.com/z7dMtSHfHR
— Shirt-Ish (@Shirt_Ish) September 17, 2023
Broncos fans seeing Russell Wilson hit a Hail Mary to end up losing by 2: pic.twitter.com/KG2kjnh5kS
— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) September 17, 2023
Russell Wilson just threw that hail Mary and still lost 💀 pic.twitter.com/QjUfwbF0kD
— Let Cam Thomas COOK 🔥 (@juanniboii) September 17, 2023
There were obviously a lot of mixed reactions on there, which pretty much represents Wilson’s up-and-down outing in Week 2. It was an encouraging performance, no doubt, but the fact of the matter is that Denver has now lost their first two games of the new season.
You can be sure that the Russell Wilson memes will keep on coming.
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