Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Seahawks' Russell Wilson
By Terry Blount
A weekly analysis of the Seahawks' quarterback play.
Rewind:Russell Wilson showcased his running ability with 102 yards rushing Sunday at Indianapolis, equaling the total of running back Marshawn Lynch. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. It meant Wilson had to scramble at times and couldn’t find an open receiver downfield in the Seahawks' 34-28 loss to the Colts. When Wilson runs as much as he did Sunday, it’s tempting fate for an injury. But as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday, Wilson is doing what he has to do behind an offensive front that was missing four starters. He completed only 15 of 31 passes and missed some opportunities with inaccurate throws. Wilson had Golden Tate wide open on the sideline inside the Colts' 10-yard line, but overthrew him. Wilson also ran several times when he didn’t see he had an open receiver downfield, including a deep seam route by tight end Luke Willson that might have been a TD if the throw was made. All of this is a result of the protection problems up front that force Wilson to make quick decisions. It was a rare day when Wilson couldn’t make the clutch play.
Fast-forward: Home sweet home against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, a place where Wilson never has lost. The Seahawks have won 10 consecutive home games under Wilson’s guidance. Center Max Unger should return, which will help stabilize the line issues.
Indoor woes: Wilson is 16-7 in his NFL career, but only 2-5 in domed stadiums, and the Seahawks have three more indoor games this season: at Arizona, St. Louis and Atlanta. The roof over his head probably isn’t making as much of a difference as the teams he’s facing on the road.
Prediction: Look for Wilson to rebound with the passing game this weekend at home against a Tennessee team the Seahawks should beat. It’s possible he could have his best game of the season on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.