Can Wilson Join List of NFL QBs To Beat All 32 Teams?

Can Wilson Join List of NFL QBs To Beat All 32 Teams?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The NFL gave Russell Wilson the chance to join an exclusive club right away as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2022, but he couldn’t quite accomplish the feat.

In the history of the NFL, only four quarterbacks have ever beaten all 32 of the teams in the NFL – Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. While most have never had a chance due to playing for one team during their career, it is becoming more likely with players moving frequently.

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Next QB To Beat All 32 NFL Teams

Quarterback Current Number of Teams Beaten % Chance Odds
Aaron Rodgers, Jets 31 16.7% +500
Russell Wilson, Broncos 31 14.3% +600
Kirk Cousins, Vikings 30 11.1% +800
Derek Carr, Saints 26 9.1% +1000
Matthew Stafford, Rams 29 5.0% +1900
The Field - 44.4% +125
Odds are hypothetical and not available at Colorado online sportsbooks.

Wide Left From Being the Fifth

Wilson’s first game for Denver was at his old home in Seattle in Week 1’s late Monday Night Football contest on Sept. 12, 2022. The Broncos lost 17-16 at Lumen Field when Brandon McManus’ 64-yard field goal attempt with 20 seconds left sailed wide left at the goal post.

Despite that, Wilson still has the second-best odds at +600 of being the fifth quarterback to beat all 32 teams. The Broncos will draw another NFC West team for their 2024 schedule, so it would make sense for the NFL to give him another shot.

The current Broncos Super Bowl odds are +4000 and in the middle of the league to start the season.

Aaron Rodgers, in his first year with the New York Jets, has the best odds at +500, but doesn’t have a game set up against the Packers this year. The Jets will face a NFC North team in 2024 and you know the NFL would love to market that matchup.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is the one quarterback who has a chance to join the short list this year, so he has the third-best odds at +800. Minnesota faces Kansas City in Week 5 at home and the Bengals in Week 15 in Cincinnati.

Interestingly enough, Colorado sports betting sites list the Vikings and Broncos with the same championship odds.

“The Field” has the best overall odds at +125, but no one has a shot to do it this year in that group. The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has the Chiefs and Vikings left (won’t happen). The Titans’ Ryan Tannehill has beaten 29 teams but only faces the Panthers on his list this year. The Ravens’ Lamar Jackson is at 29, but the Ravens are on his list.

Everyone else has four or more left to knock off.

Opening Loss in 2023 Led to Difficult Season

Wilson played 10 seasons at Lumen Field, leading the Seahawks to a 108-64-1 regular-season record as a starter and 9-7 mark in the playoffs. That included a Super Bowl title after the 2013 season.

When given the chance to make Seattle his 32nd franchise to defeat, he fell short even after playing one of his better games of the year. He completed 29 of 42 passes (69%) for 340 yards with one touchdown and a 101.3 QB rating. But his 67-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy in the second quarter was Denver’s only trip to the end zone.

On the final drive, he was 5-of-7 passing, but a first-down pass from the Denver 49 with 1:24 to go lost 4 yards. After an incompletion on second down, a third-down completion to Javonte Williams only gained 9 yards. Instead of going for it on fourth-and-5, Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett elected to go for the second-longest field goal in NFL history to win the game.

That seemed to get everything off to a bad start for Wilson and Hackett. Wilson only had four other games with a QB rating of 100 or higher, and he finished with an 84.4 rating for the season. That ranked 27th in the NFL as the Broncos finished 5-12 and Hackett lost his job just 15 games into his first season as a head coach.

With Sean Payton in to lead Denver, BetMGM Colorado lists the Broncos as a 4-point favorite in their season opener against Las Vegas on Sept. 10.

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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