QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson

September, 25, 2013
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Rewind: Russell Wilson had his best game of the season, throwing four touchdown passes before leaving late in the third quarter when the Seahawks already had things well in hand in a 45-17 victory. Wilson completed 14 of 21 throws for 202 yards and a quarterback rating of 117.5.

Fast-forward: Wilson’s scrambling skills may be needed on Sunday against the Houston Texans and defensive lineman J.J. Watt, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season. Watt has three sacks in the first three games, giving him 23.5 sacks since the start of the 2012 season. He is a monster up front who likely will force Wilson out of the pocket and test his skills of making good things happen on the run.

T-Jack shines: Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was spectacular in his first playing time of the season after entering the game late in the third quarter. Jackson competed 7 of 8 passes for 129 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown toss down the sideline on a great diving catch by receiver Doug Baldwin.

Prediction: With Watt in pursuit all day, this should be Wilson’s toughest test of the season so far. But Wilson proved against San Francisco and Carolina that he can make key plays when he needs it most against a talented defensive front. If the Seahawks' offensive line does an adequate job of protecting him, Wilson will find open receivers downfield in pressure situations in what likely will be a close game decided late in the fourth quarter.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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