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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Russell Wilson put up 17/22 for 211 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown vs. Arizona back in Week 12 - he added 10/73/0 rushing but also took seven sacks for -42 yards during the divisional battle. Reserve tight end Cooper Helfet snagged the lone TD toss from Wilson (two targets thrown for 2/27/1) but injured his ankle in the process of the TD catch and hasn't played since. Entering Week 16, Wilson has only slung 248/396 for 2,897 yards passing, 18 TDs and six interceptions thrown, but his prowess as a rusher (106/754/5 to date) places him sixth among all fantasy quarterbacks entering Week 15. He gained 5/27/0 rushing vs. San Francisco last week (with 12/24 for 168 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, and five sacks taken for -30 yards). Wilson's main targets during December remain Jermaine Kearse (six targets for 5/78/0 receiving last week vs. San Francisco) and Doug Baldwin (six for 3/53/0). Paul Richardson (five for 3/30/1) handled the TD for Wilson last week (the first of Richardson's NFL career). The Cardinals' pass D is ranked 29th in the NFL in terms of average net yards allowed per game (259.6 net yards, with 18 TDs surrendered to date, vs. 18 interceptions (fourth in the NFL) and 33 sacks (tied for 16th) generated so far). Shaun Hill was held to 20/39 for 211 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week (two sacks taken for -18 yards), while Alex Smith managed 26/39 for 264 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown (with five sacks taken for -29 yards) two games ago. Wilson has an even chance at a respectable game down in Arizona on Sunday Night Football.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 vs ARI 17 22 211 1 0 10 73 0 0
13 at SF 15 22 236 1 0 7 35 0 0
14 at PHI 22 37 263 2 0 10 48 1 0
15 vs SF 12 24 168 1 1 5 27 0 0
16 at ARI PROJ-Dodds 17 30 * * * 8 * * *
16 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay 18 28 * * * 8 * * *
16 at ARI PROJ-Bloom 18 26 * * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs SF (15 / 22 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 35 / 0 rush)

Wilson had a tough time finding his wideouts in this game, and so the bulk of his passing yardage came from his RBs and TEs gaining yards after the catch. The 49ers seemed to ignore the flats, and Wilson found his backs several times for good gains on screen and swing plays. He scrambled a lot and found success throwing rather than running. His biggest play came at the end of a mad scramble, when he threw from scrimmage to Tony Moeaki, who was able to take it up the sideline 63 yards, nearly to the end zone. In the 4th quarter, playing with the lead, Wilson played his heart out to maintain the win. He found ways to move the chains, rushing the ball, patiently dishing it TE Luke Willson on a screen play, whatever it took to keep the drive going. He was up against a tough defense and the offense settled for field goals more often than they would have liked. Accurate passing, making smart reads. Finds Baldwin in stride to get into the red zone. Great scrambling, finds Moeaki wide open, who almost scores on a 60+ yard play. But then can't get in: stopped on a scramble, and then ball tipped on a pass attempt to Baldwin. Aside from that big play, most yardage on swing and screen passes to RBs. Patient on a screen pass to Willson, keeps drive going. Finding ways to move the chains in Q4, rushing the ball, getting it to his TE. Playing his heart out near the end, even with a lead. But hosed on an incomplete call.

2014 Week 14 vs PHI (22 / 37 / 263 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 48 / 1 rush)

Seattle's quarterback faced a lot of pressure in this game and it forced him to throw a lot of balls away in the first half of this game. The Eagles managed to stall a drive by sacking Wilson during the first series and dissuading Seattle form kicking a 52-yard field goal. Later in the half, the Eagles defense forced Wilson into a third-down intentional grounding penalty. Philadelphia was especially effective at delaying its blitzes up the middle once the edge rushers got up field. This strategy limited Wilson's room to escape to the flats and forced numerous throwaways. Even so, Wilson was effective both on the ground and through the air. He found his receivers on numerous seam routes for gains of at least 20 yards and continued to use his mobility to beat the defense. Wilson rolled right and threw back to Marshawn Lynch to the left for a wide-open touchdown. This was after Wilson scored on a read option keeper up the left seam thanks to some wide splits by the receivers and the Eagles forced to account for Lynch. Later, Wilson hit Doug Baldwin up the middle for the second passing score of the day. Wilson got away with a game-changing mistake when the Eagles' safety nearly jumped a fourth quarter route to Tony Moeaki that would have resulted in a pick-six if not dropped. Otherwise, Wilson was at his improvisational best against a front seven that repeatedly got the better of Seattle's banged-up and underperforming offensive line.

2014 Week 15 vs SF (12 / 24 / 168 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)

Wilson was besieged by the 49ers pass rush the whole game, and never fully overcame it. Wilson was effective when making quick decisions, getting the ball off before the rush got to him, but all too often a sack would stall a drive just as it looked like they were getting somewhere. Wilson was unable to scramble or improvise his way out of most pressure situations. He made one big play, a perfect pass downfield, right into the arms of Jermaine Kearse for 47 yards. Kearse was a favoured target on short routes as well. To end the half, Wilson cost the Seahawks a field goal, as he forced a terrible throw near the goal line that was easily intercepted. After the half, the Seahawks started to get the running game on track, which finally allowed Wilson to run a read option play successfully for a 19 yard gain. Then while scrambling, he nearly had a TD pass to Christine Michael but it was caught just out of bounds. Moments later, Wilson hit Paul Richardson on a quick slant for a score. Near the end of the game and protecting a 10 point lead, Wilson took another couple of sacks, rather than risk the same mistake he made at the end of the first half.

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Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson excels out of pocket (Fri Dec 12, 06:18 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has been at his best in his career when he has scrambled out of the pocket, and he's kept the ball on 17 zone-read plays in the last five weeks and has averaged 8.7 yards per carry. In the first seven games, he kept the ball 13 times out of 75 zone reads. Wilson has ran for five touchdowns on zone-read carries this year alone, which is more than in his last two seasons combined.

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