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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 24): Wilson is not going to light up the passing part of the stat sheet, but his instincts to escape and run are keeping in the QB1 tier, even with tough matchups against the 49ers (Weeks 13,15) and Arizona (Week 16) still coming up.

Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 17 22 211 1 0 10 73 0 0
13 at SF PROJ-Dodds 19 32 * * * 7 * * *
13 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 20 32 * * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 12 vs ARI (17 / 22 / 211 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 73 / 0 rush)

Wilson showed great poise and patience today, as he endured seven sacks today. When he wasn't getting sacked though - he had a pretty good game considering the strength of the Cardinals defense. His game is often about deception, even the little ways, and this game was no different. His first big pass, a 48 yard gain to a wide open Lockette, was made possible by Russell overselling his gaze to another receiver just enough to pull the safety away. On another play, he shot a quick look to Lynch in the flat before zipping the ball down the seam to Kearse, perfectly timed. He would fool the defense in similar ways again and again, showing that even when the going gets tough, he's still controlling the flow on offense. He spread the ball out even more than usual today (which is hard to do, for him!), with big plays to wide receivers, tight ends, and his running back. In the first half, Wilson had one big 40 yard gain on the ground (which alone would have made him the team's leading rusher on the day), but not much else until after halftime, when he was finally able to break free from the pocket at times. It was hit and miss though, with the defense usually limiting him to gains of less than five yards. Take away all those sacks and Wilson probably takes the team in for several touchdowns. Instead, all drives stalled until late in the third quarter, when he finally got the passing game on track and took the team 75 yards for the score.


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