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After 51–14 Christmas Humiliation, $245 Million Russell Wilson Faces Backlash From Fans and Legendary Hall of Fame TE

Published 12/26/2022, 9:00 AM EST

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Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos hit rock bottom for the 2022 NFL season with their blowout 51-14 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson reached a new low point in his quarterbacking career as the tempers are flaring. And former Broncos legend and sports analyst Shannon Sharpe cooked DangeRuss with a direct shot on Twitter.

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Baker Mayfield‘s LA Rams cruised past the Broncos at the SoFi Stadium on Sunday. And it got so bad that Denver decided to throw in backup QB Brett Rypien after benching their $245 million off-season signing, QB Russell Wilson. And it was coming for Russ, after a horrendous on-field show featuring 3 interceptions. Shannon didn’t lay it easy.

Russell Wilson is good and terrible today. Broncos let him cook, and he burned Christmas dinner. I’m so sorry Bronco Country,” the 3x Super Bowl champion and former Broncos tight end tweeted. And the NFL world seemed to be on the same page.


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Shannon Sharpe co-hosts the Skip and Shannon UNDISPUTED sports debate show. And Skip Bayless loves Baker Mayfield while Shannon has criticized him heavily in the past. With Baker coming out on top of Russell Wilson on Sunday, fans think it will be a rough day at the office for Sharpe.

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And it wasn’t just Russell Wilson who made all the news on Sunday.

There was a Broncos sideline spat after Russell Wilson got sacked and benched


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During the third quarter of the game, a sideline scuffle ensued after QB Russell Wilson got sacked. The altercation, which included some pushing and shoving, mainly centered around Wilson not getting protection from his offensive linemen. Broncos backup QB Brett Rypien defended Russ and had some choice words for the O-line and the biggest men on the Denver roster definitely didn’t appreciate the finger-pointing. Guard Dalton Risner shouted back and even pushed Rypien away.

For his sole touchdown in the game, the former Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning QB found tight end Greg Dulcich. However, Wilson’s other stats from the game are pretty dull. DangeRuss over-cooked a long ball and young Rams CB Cobie Durant made the first of his 2 interceptions in the game. Wilson threw to former teammate Bobby Wagner for a second pick. His third and final interception came around when Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey picked off the ball in an end-zone touchdown attempt.


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Moreover, things are not going to get any better for the 4-11 Broncos as they face their toughest divisional rivals in their two remaining regular season fixtures. Patrick Mahomes‘ Chiefs and Justin Herbert’s Chargers wait for Wilson, who is not a certainty after being benched.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly


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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial