Seattle Seahawks: 5 takeaways from win versus Cardinals
By Jake Luppino
Back to normal for Russell Wilson
In the last two weeks, Wilson has made some uncharacteristic decisions with the football. Against Buffalo, on 3rd and 15, he threw an out route that went right to the defender. Last week against the Rams, instead of running for 10 yards, he decided to throw a risky pass that resulted in an interception. Again, Wilson deserves blame for poor decision making. But, he cannot receive all of the blame as he wasn’t working with many options. Against Buffalo and Los Angeles, he was sacked 11 times and pressured over 20 times. That, along with no run game, can force you into doing “too much”.
But, against Arizona, Wilson was back to normal. He went back to making the smart reads, throwing the ball accurately and most importantly, knowing when to use his feet. Wilson finished the game 23 of 28 for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 42 yards. Wilson himself, found a nice balance using his legs effectively, keeping the defense on their toes.
His first touchdown was a beauty to D.K. Metcalf as Wilson stepped up and maneuvered out of the pocket. His second came on an absolute dime to Tyler Lockett. It seems that Wilson and Lockett make spectacular plays on Thursday Nights. With the win, Wilson now becomes the NFL’s most winningest quarterback through the first 9 seasons.
Russell Wilson is a winner, plain and simple. There is no questioning his heart, his commitment, his dedication not only to this team but to greatness. Wilson has received a lot of heat over the last two weeks, but his belief in himself and his teammates never wavered. He never went on a rant on the sidelines yelling at his offensive line or at this teammates. He never dodged a question in presser or gave attitude when answering. He looked at his problems right in the face and took them head-on, as a great leader does.
His neutral mentality allows him to overcome and respond positively when adversity hits. In the bounce-back win against the Cardinals, Wilson was near perfect. When he received a little help from the run game and a little help from the defense, he showed that this team is damn near unbeatable. Seahawks fans should be excited about the remainder of this season as they start to mold into a championship team. And, that is without being at full strength.