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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): The Seahawks passing offense is still only able to throw jabs, but Wilson was able to convert a couple of scores and also rack up yardage as a runner against a good pass rushing team. While his floor is low for a QB1, with Seattle fighting for their playoff lives, Wilson should also carry a high weekly ceiling.

Week 12: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Russell Wilson has posted 178 yards rushing the football over the past two games, with one rushing score at New York - he also managed to throw for some TDs last week at Kansas City (snapping a two-game streak without passing TDs), with 20/32 for 178 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -10 yards. Doug Baldwin (nine for 6/45/1) and Tony Moeaki (one for 1/1/1) handled the TD passes for Wilson, while Jevon Kearse (nine for 5/54/0) and Luke Willson (three for 3/51/0) were the top receivers in terms of yards gained last weekend. We'll see if Wilson can build up some momentum as a passer vs. Arizona. The Cardinals' pass D stifled Matthew Stafford last week (18/30 for 164 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards) after racking up six sacks of Austin Davis two games ago (17/30 for 174 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, taking -42 yards in sack yardage). That marks three games in a row that opposing passers have been held to 174 net yards passing or less, with 11 sacks for -70 yards during that stretch - Arizona's pass D is playing much better football during November than the same unit which gave up enormous passing games earlier in the season. Wilson has been mediocre as a passer during several games of late, while the Cardinals' pass D has upped their game considerably - this looks like a tough matchup for the home team on Sunday, in this key divisional contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CAR 20 32 199 1 1 6 35 0 0
9 vs OAK 17 35 179 0 0 8 31 0 0
10 vs NYG 10 17 172 0 2 14 107 1 0
11 at KC 20 32 178 2 0 8 71 0 0
12 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 19 31 * * * 6 * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 18 28 * * * 7 * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 20 31 * * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs OAK (17 / 35 / 179 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 31 / 0 rush)

Russell Wilson was not himself today. He didn't look any better than his stat line indicates. On the surface, he played his usual patient game, spreading the ball out, and running for positive yards when opportunities arise. But throughout the game, his throws were horrible inaccurate. Some were on the run, and it was raining, but given his past performances, that's likely not an excuse at all. He was very lucky to have an interception call overturned (the ball touched the ground before there was possession) on what was a terrible throw. The only real positives to take from this is that he seemed to be airing it out more than usual, with surprising accuracy on his deep ball. The most he got out of them, however, was a long pass interference call, which set up a short rushing TD. On the whole, though, the Seahawks had many opportunities and had to settle for field goals far too often. Wilson never appeared to panic, and just had an off game. Likely just a blip on the radar.

2014 Week 10 vs NYG (10 / 17 / 172 / 0 / 2 pass, 14 / 107 / 1 rush)

First thing is this: Aside from one big play and an opening drive that seemed almost too easy, Wilson couldn't get anything going in the passing game. Second thing: on a poor passing day, he made up for it with another 100+ yards rushing, including a one yard score. So what happened to the passing game? Wilson lacks a true go-to receiver and that really hurt him this week. He normally spreads the ball out well among his receivers but in this game, he only had two receivers with more than one catch, and only five receivers with receptions. A couple of times he threw into tight coverage and paid the price with two interceptions. His receivers are good, but none are the type that can dominate that sort of matchup. He finally found Jermaine Kearse for a big play, and missed another, overthrowing him for what would have been a sure TD. Another close call was a low throw in the end zone that rookie Paul Richardson couldn't quite get his hands on. The saving grace, of course, was his legs. His success on the ground went hand in hand with Lynch's big game. With the defense keying on Lynch, Wilson was able to beat the Giants on the ground early, and they couldn't stop him so he just kept running the whole game.

2014 Week 11 vs KC (20 / 32 / 178 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 71 / 0 rush)

To start the game, the Seahawks pounded the ball on the ground, so it wasn't until the 2nd quarter that Wilson finally started to get anything going in the air. He made a number of short passes, some of which his receivers were able to turn into larger gains. You could see him finding his groove, throwing accurately away from defenders, and really working with each individual receiver's strength. For example, knowing that Baldwin will make the catch in traffic; letting Kearse burn a defender one-on-one; and getting the ball to Richardson with enough space to use his speed. Oh, and throwing short to his tight ends when they were wide open, obviously worked well, too. The Chiefs defense did a great job in coverage, which in part led to Wilson's reliance on the short game; but he also had great protection in the pocket and was able to scramble for first downs several times when he did not see an open target. At the end of the first half, he made quick decisions and hard throws during the 1-minute drive. But it wasn't enough to get them in the end zone as three TD opportunities fell through: on one, his receiver (Helfet) ran the wrong route, and on another, the ball went in and out of Kearse's hands. And on still another, there was a questionable non-call that could have been interference. For most of the game, he overcame tough coverage, but in the end, failure to get it in the end zone, early and later, did the Seahawks in. Near the end of the game Wilson had one final opportunity, and seemed to be facing more pressure, which coincided with the loss of his starting centre. Before that drive, Wilson was able to beat the rush and gain yards running the ball himself, but this time he couldn't.


Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson runs wild again (Sun Nov 9, 08:50 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 172 yards and two interceptions in Week 10 against the New York Giants. He also ran 14 times for 107 yards with a touchdown.

Our View: Wilson had his third 100-yard rushing game in the last six weeks. Only Demarco Murray and Arian Foster have more, and only Mark Ingram has equalled that number in that span. It's a good thing as Wilson is adding very little value as a passer, and that might continue next week at Kansas City.
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