QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson

October, 2, 2013
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A weekly analysis of the Seahawks' quarterback play.

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Rewind: The Seahawks should be thankful Russell Wilson escaped uninjured after the onslaught he weathered all day against the Houston Texans' defense in the 23-20 overtime victory. Seattle was down three starters on the offensive line, and it showed. Wilson didn’t have time to breathe, much less find open receivers downfield, most of the day. But as he has done so many times, Wilson took charge in the end and found a way to move the football. He rushed for 53 yards, including getting a first down on a fourth-and-3, on a 98-yard fourth-quarter TD drive. Sunday was the seventh time in Wilson's 22 starts the Seahawks have come from behind in the fourth quarter, although officially this one took OT to win it.

Fast-forward: Statistically speaking, it's bound to be better than the Houston game where Wilson threw for only 123 yards and had a 49.7 passer rating. But this week could be another tough test for him, a 10 a.m. PT road start against a strong Indianapolis Colts team. In three of Seattle's four victories this season, Wilson has gotten off to a slow start in the first half. The Colts likely will try to make it four-of-five by blitzing early and testing the backups on the offensive line.

Dome woes: This is another indoor game for Wilson, which hasn’t been good for him. Wilson is 16-6 overall in the NFL, but even with last week’s win indoors at Reliant Stadium, Wilson is 2-4 in domed stadiums.

Prediction: Wilson still will have to improvise at times to avoid the pass rush and make plays without his starters at offensive tackle. But rookie right tackle Michael Bowie is bound to play a little better this week after being thrown to the wolves (or lone wolf) at Houston and being forced to take on J.J. Watt in Bowie’s first NFL start. If Bowie improves and Wilson gets a little more time to throw, he probably will find a way to win.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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