Wednesday, October 30, 2013
QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson
By Terry Blount
A weekly analysis of the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback play.
Rewind: Despite being sacked seven times, the most of his career, Russell Wilson kept his composure and made the key plays when the Seahawks needed them in a 14-9 victory Monday night at St. Louis. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 139 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the third consecutive game. Wilson threw two TD passes to Golden Tate, including a catch-and-run 80-yard score that was the difference in the game. It was the longest touchdown pass in Wilson’s career. He was 5-for-6 for two touchdowns when connecting with Tate. Wilson was 5-for-12 when throwing to anyone else.
Fast-forward: The Seahawks return home to CenturyLink Field to play the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Wilson has to hope his offensive line plays better. It couldn’t play much worse than it did against the Rams.
No time to think: Wilson was sacked or put under duress on 12 of his 25 dropbacks Monday (48 percent), the second-highest percentage of dropbacks under pressure he has faced in his career. Wilson has been pressured on 100 dropbacks this season, the most in the NFL. Monday was the first game in which he did not attempt a scramble, mainly because he never had a chance to scramble. Defenders were on him before to could get away. Wilson completed only four passes on the 16 dropbacks in which the Rams sent five or more pass-rushers. The other dozen dropbacks featured seven incompletions and five sacks. But on the nine instances in which the Rams sent four or fewer rushers, Wilson was 6 of 7 passing for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Despite their 0-7 record, Tampa Bay has some talented players in the secondary, including cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson. They could give Wilson a few problems, but not enough to keep him from posting his 12th consecutive home victory.