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The Seahawks won’t be stopped as long as they have Russell Wilson
- Updated: December 16, 2016
Russell Wilson looked like his old self against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, passing the ball with outstanding precision to lead his Seattle Seahawks to a 24-3 victory.
After throwing a career-high 5 interceptions in one of the worst games of his career against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, Wilson bounced back with a great performance against the Rams. Wilson was on target in this contest; completing 19 of his 26 pass attempts, to go along with 229 passing yards, 3 TDs, a single INT, and a passer rating of 122.1. His performance helped the Seahawks get back on track, while ultimately helping them reclaim the NFC West title from the Arizona Cardinals, a playoff spot, and a 9-4-1 record with 2 games remaining.
Despite dealing with an inconsistent offence and having to overcome a shaky start to the beginning of their season, the 28-year-old QB has managed to keep his team on track with his mental toughness. Wilson is struggling with a knee issue, an inconsistent rushing attack, and an offensive line that ranks 24th in the league this season, but he’s still found a way to carry the Seahawks’ offence.
On Thursday night, Wilson would have to deal with similar circumstances; with the Rams’ defence keeping the Seahawks’ rushing attack to a mere 72 total yards. Wilson would be forced to rely on his arm to win the game; a hard task considering he was going against a Los Angeles defence that ranks 9th against the pass.
To start the game against the Rams, Wilson had to be patient with his opponent hogging the clock; allowing the Seahawks to only squeeze in one possession in the 1st quarter. In that drive, the Rams’ defence would hold the Seahawks’ offence to a total of 20 yards – with 15 of those yards coming from the arm of Wilson. Both teams would fail to score, but the Seahawks wouldn’t let that last long in the 2nd quarter, with their offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, starting to develop an aggressive approach with his play-calling.
Stuck in his own end zone, Wilson would start a 73-yard TD drive with a tough 29-yard back-shoulder pass to Tyler Lockett. Wilson would continue to drive his team down the field, with a 8-yard TD pass to Luke Willson to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead with 12:21 remaining in the 2nd quarter. A possession later, the Seahawks would take advantage of great field position and score a field goal to take a 10-0 with 8:50 left in the 2nd. The Rams would gain their only points of the game with a 36-yard FG with less than a minute remaining in the first half, but from there on out it was all about Wilson.
On the Seahawks’ 2nd possession of the 3rd quarter, Wilson would march down the filed once again with a 66-yard drive; finishing the series with a 1-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin for a 17-3 lead with 3:12 remaining. It was an impressive drive, but Wilson’s play of the night would come in his team’s final score of the game. After getting his 1st pass attempt of the 4th quarter deflected by a Rams defensive lineman, Wilson would throw a 57-yard bomb to Lockett for a TD, which would seal the deal for the Seahawks as they took a 24-3 lead with a healthy 14:49 remaining in the final frame.
For Wilson, it’s all about moving on and bouncing back from adversity – something that he and his football team have exemplified. Despite all of the issues he’s had to deal with this season, Wilson has managed to stay strong and put up a decent stat line – completing 64% of his passes, to go along with 3,611 yards, 16 TD passes, 11 INTs, and a passer rating of 90 in 14 games played this season. Alongside the play of his incredible defence, Wilson has managed to keep his team geared up and ready for their 5th consecutive playoff appearance.
Wilson’s ability to persevere and find a way to win football games has made him one of the best leaders in the NFL. The Seahawks’ defence might lead the way in certain games, but Wilson’s steady and consistent play has been the major key to their success this season. It’ll be tough for the Seahawks to make a run in the playoffs, but as long as they have Wilson as their quarterback, they’ll have a chance to run the table and reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 2 seasons.
All stats for this article are from NFL.com
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