Three Seahawks that must be beasts against 49ers week 17
By Lee Vowell
I realize this is an easy player to start with. Usually, if Russell Wilson plays well the Seahawks have a great chance to win. And if Wilson plays poorly, Seattle will most likely lose. But here’s the thing about Wilson’s season in 2019: He started off fantastically but the last half of the season has not been great. He has to be great Russell in week 17.
Through the first 9 weeks of this year, Wilson had 22 touchdowns and just one interception. His statistics on the season are 29 touchdowns thrown and 5 interceptions. Still very good numbers. But this also means that since week 9, Wilson has thrown 7 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. That is not an excellent ratio.
Wilson has six games this year when his quarterback rating has been less than 100. In those games (five of them have come in the last six games, by the way) Seattle is just 3-3. Games when Wilson has a QBR of 100 or better, the Seahawks are 8-1. Seattle is also just 5-4 when Wilson throws 30 passes or more in a game.
Basically, Seattle needs more from Wilson and less at the same time. He needs to be efficient with his passes, judicious with his running and not turn the ball over. The problem is Seattle’s running back room got decimated from injury. Marshawn Lynch was re-signed to be Seattle’s top back the rest of 2019, but this game won’t be about Lynch. It will come down to Wilson again, as it almost always does for the Seahawks.