Friday, December 7, 2012
Second chance for Wilson against Cards
By Mike Sando
Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson completed 6 of 18 passes for 47 yards with a 42.4 NFL passer rating and 14.6 Total QBR score when the Arizona Cardinals rushed five or more defenders in Week 1.
He had no touchdowns, no interceptions and took three sacks while averaging 2.6 yards per attempt on those plays during that 20-16 defeat at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Since then, Wilson has been much better against added pressure, a trend he'll be looking to continue when Arizona visits Seattle on Sunday. Wilson has completed 46 of 73 passes for 562 yards with a 102.7 rating and 66.8 QBR score against five-plus rushers after Week 1. He has six touchdowns, two interceptions and has taken seven sacks while averaging 7.7 yards per attempt on these plays over 11 games.
Wilson and the Seattle offense have grown, no question. But they also haven't faced many defenses as strong as Arizona's has been against the pass. The Cardinals emerged from Week 13 having sent five or more pass-rushers 40.9 percent of the time, the fourth-highest rate in the NFL this season. The percentage was 51.2 against Seattle in the first meeting.
"As football players, you know who’s talented and who could really play because you have played them once before, but also you have seen them on film that we watch every day," Wilson told reporters this week. "When you turn on the film, you realize how well they move around, and how aggressive they are, how much pressure they bring and the great things that they do on defense."
How Wilson fares against the Cardinals' pressure schemes Sunday will be a key plot line at CenturyLink Field.
"I think I'm 12 times more prepared," Wilson said. "I just feel so much more confident out there understanding what they're trying to do, and just getting use to the speed of the game. Playing those live games really helps."