Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson
By Terry Blount
A weekly analysis of the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback play.
Rewind: On a day when the Seahawks made a bundle of crazy mistakes, <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14881/russell-wilson">Russell Wilson</a> managed to right the ship and play another exceptional game in leading the team to a 20-13 victory over the overmatched Tennessee Titans. Wilson completed 23 of 31 passes for 257 yards and didn’t throw an interception. He also rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.
Fast-forward: The Seahawks will play their third game in 11 days Thursday night, traveling to Phoenix to face the 3-3 Arizona Cardinals. Wilson is 0-1 in University of Phoenix Stadium (losing his first NFL start in the season opener last year) and 2-5 in his NFL career in domed stadiums. But he is 1-1 in domes this year, having led the Seahawks to a come-from-behind 23-20 victory at Houston before losing 34-28 one week later when he rushed for a career-best 102 yards at Indianapolis.
Shortstop play: The Seahawks had five fumbles Sunday, but lost only two, and Wilson was responsible for saving the day on one by Marshawn Lynch in the fourth quarter. Seattle had a first-and-goal at the Titans' 2-yard line when Lynch was caught in the backfield and coughed up the ball. It was rolling around and easily could have ended up in the hands of a Tennessee defender, who might have run it back for a touchdown. But the ball bounced up near Wilson and he quickly grabbed it and fell on it in what was a pretty impressive athletic move. “I felt like I was back in my baseball days playing shortstop,” he said. “I saw the big hop and I went for it.”
Prediction: Wilson’s play should continue to shine as more starters return to the offense. Max Unger was back at center against the Titans and tight end Zach Miller is expected to return against Arizona. So Wilson’s pass protection will continue to improve, which should be more than enough for him to lead the Seahawks to a victory over the Cardinals.