Russell Wilson Could Equal Record Held by Peyton Manning and Dan Marino

Russell Wilson could join an exclusive quarterback club when the Seattle Seahawks welcome NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon.

Wilson has passed for 249 touchdowns so far in his career and would become only the third quarterback in NFL history with 250 touchdown passes in his first nine NFL seasons should he throw for at least one TD on Sunday.

It would be a significant milestone for Wilson, as only two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino have broken the 250 touchdown passes barrier in their first nine seasons in the league. Manning threw for 275 passes during his first nine years with the Indianapolis Colts, while Marino passed for 266 touchdowns during his first nine seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

A win on Sunday would strengthen Seattle's control of the NFC West—the Seahawks are top of the division with a 5-1 record, with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams at 5-2 and the 49ers at 4-3—and would see Wilson draw level with Manning for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in the league in NFL history, with 92.

Wilson currently has 100 career wins between the regular season and playoffs and with a win against the 49ers he would tie Tom Brady for the most wins by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history when both regular season and playoff games are combined.

The Seahawks quarterback also needs three touchdowns to become the only player in NFL history aside from Manning to record at least 25 touchdown passes in seven of his first nine seasons in the league. Since entering the league in 2012, Wilson has only failed to pass for at least 25 touchdowns in the 2014 and 2016 seasons and has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in the last three consecutive campaigns.

Wilson is on pace to obliterate his career-best 34 touchdown passes this season, as the Seahawks have pivoted away from the running game that had been their calling card for years and have, to borrow a familiar refrain of the early weeks of the season, "let Russ cook".

The impact of Seattle's new-found philosophy on its quarterback has been startling.

Wilson leads the league with 22 touchdown passes and a 119.5 passer rating so far this season through six games, putting him on track to throw for 58 touchdowns over 16 games.

That would shatter the NFL single-season record of 55, which Manning set in 2013 during his second season with the Denver Broncos.

Wilson, however, was uncharacteristically wayward as the Seahawks' perfect start to the season came to an end with a 37-34 loss in overtime on the road against the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football.

The Seahawks quarterback threw for a season-high 388 yards and three touchdowns, but threw three interceptions for only the fourth time in nine seasons. It marked the first time since Week 1 of the 2018 season that the Super Bowl XLVIII had thrown multiple interceptions in a regular-season game.

The third interception of his night with just over a minute left in overtime, allowed the Cardinals to set up the winning field goal, which Zane Gonzalez duly converted to seal the game for Arizona.

On Sunday, the Seahawks face another divisional rival when the 49ers visit Seattle.

San Francisco clinched the first overall seed in the NFC with a 26-21 win in Seattle in Week 17 of last season, but Wilson has enjoyed remarkable success against the 49ers and is 13-3 against them since entering the NFL.

In eight career starts at home against San Francisco, he has thrown 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions for a 106.6 rating.

The 49ers are bottom of the NFC West with a 4-3 record, while the Seahawks top the division at 5-1, half a game ahead of the Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 25 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 37-34 in overtime. Christian Petersen/Getty