Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson
By Terry Blount
A weekly analysis of the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback play.
Rewind: A mixed bag for Russell Wilson. He led the Seahawks to an emotional 29-3 victory over the West Coast-rival San Francisco 49ers, but it wasn’t an impressive statistical performance. Wilson completed 8 of 19 throws for 142 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. For the second consecutive week, he got off to a slow start, completing only one of his first nine passes and uncharacteristically missing on easy throws. But Wilson has a knack for finding ways to get it done when the team needs it. He completed a 51-yard pass to Doug Baldwin in the third quarter on a third-and-12 at the Seattle 29 that led to the Seahawks' first touchdown.
Fast-forward: Wilson gets a chance to really show his stuff Sunday, when the Seahawks are 20-point favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field. However, Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley knows Wilson’s tendencies as well as anyone; Bradley was Seahawks defensive coordinator before taking the Jacksonville job this season. Bradley won’t underestimate Wilson’s capabilities, and might have a few tricks up his sleeve that he learned when his defense faced Wilson every day in practice last season.
Home perfection: Wilson still hasn't lost a home game in his NFL career, a perfect 9-0 so far. He has led the Seahawks to seven victories in their past eight regular-season games.
Second-half Russ: Wilson always seems to play better when the game is on the line. Indeed, he has played much better in the second half than the first over this season's first two games. Wilson has completed 20 of 27 throws for 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half.
Prediction: It would be shocking if Wilson plays poorly in this one. Look for him to have his best game so far against the struggling Jaguars. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is placing a major emphasis this week on the offense cutting down on penalties and careless mistakes. Wilson will benefit immensely if the players around him stop hurting themselves with undisciplined errors.