NFL fans were all but ready to hand the Seattle Seahawks the 2023 No. 1 overall pick once we learned they'd be starting Geno Smith at quarterback. Yet suddenly, they sit side by side with the Rams and 49ers at 3-3 and arguably with more momentum than any team in the NFC West.

In large part, that's thanks to Smith.

Who is Geno Smith?

  • Geno Smith started out with Jets after being selected as the second quarterback off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft. He went 8-8 as a rookie backing up Mark Sanchez, who was out with a shoulder injury.

  • The most iconic moment of his career (unfortunately) came after being sucker punched by a teammate prior to the 2015 NFL season. He was out for awhile with a broken jaw, the team went on to finish 10-6, and that was kind of it for Geno with the Jets... Wait, Was he the OG Jordan Poole?

  • After Geno's four-year stint with the Jets, he spent a year each with the Giants and Chargers prior to signing with the Seahawks to back up Russell Wilson.

  • Prior to joining the Seahawks, he had completed just 57.7% of pass attempts for 6.8 yards per attempt. He threw a total of 29 touchdowns... and 36 interceptions. Yeesh.

  • As a starter in 2022, Smith ranks fourth in NFL passer rating (108.1), ninth in passing yards and first in completion percentage (73.4%). Remember that 6.8 yards per attempt noted above? This year, he's averaging 8.0 — good for seventh-best in the league. Mind. Blown.

Seahawks stat munchies

  • The Seahawks are averaging 24.3 points per game. That's enough to lead the NFC West — and the second most points per game among any team in the NFC.

  • Seattle also is tied for the second-highest yards-per-play average (alongside the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions).

  • The Seahawks have been underdogs in each of their three wins so far this season. Could they make it a fourth win in Week 7?