Some readers suggested I write about the Seattle Seahawks. If I only knew where to find Seattle on a map. Is that where Russell Athletic and Wilson Sporting Goods are located? No? Okay then. Oh, that’s where rookie QB Russell Wilson is making headlines.
Seattle…ah, there it is.
Russell Wilson, rookie QB for the Western Territory Seahawks, should send up a flare to indicate his global positioning for Week 2 to allow the folks at OnStar to help him out. “Welcome, to OnStar. I noticed you were trying to find the end zone and ran out of gas. Can I help you?” Let’s hope Wilson knows where he’s going AND has enough gas in the tank to get home to Seattle where he’ll have the great support of the 12th man, fan, van, dan, whatever the legal system calls that loud bunch at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle fans have been pleased with Wilson’s ability to direct. But against Arizona, it looked more like his style was management over direction. Is Seattle comfortable with the idea of grooming Russell Wilson to turn into a young Joe Flacco or Alex Smith type QB? That’s not a bad thing, but they do still need wins. Thanks to their stingy defense, Seattle might be able to hold out long enough for Wilson to develop the instinct that separates good quarterbacks from the rest of the pack.
Now Week 1 mini DeathWatch. For my new readers, DeathWatch is a brief view of team’s at risk of missing the playoffs. DeathWatch mostly seeks bubbles that are bursting, may soon burst or have been revived. In my Seattle specific articles, DeathWatch may not be featured. In my nationally focused articles, I select the more active bubbles about which to write. As an example, I probably won’t spend much ink on the Dolphins in DeathWatch. This week (in the NFC West) is particularly relevant for both Seattle and Arizona.
- Arizona’s Week 2 DeathWatchLevel – Moderate. The Cardinals are alive now. In Week 2 Arizona travels to New England. Arizona could make an argument for the NFC West division title with a road win against the Patriots. It’s weeks like these that make a team thankful for having a win in the books already. But it’s every week in the same conference as the 49ers- that teams cannot afford losses.
- Seattle’s Week 2 DeathWatchLevel – Moderate/High The next two games can look daunting for the Hawks, unless Russell Wilson approaches each game as a quarterbacking clinic and turns in inspired performances. The rookie Wilson should make quick work against the Cowboys and let the defense work with a lead. They have the ability to frustrate opponents.
- After watching Kevin Kolb, whose cameo drew him a 138.5 passer rating, the Seattle QB should be anxious to get back on the field and refocus the offense. He’ll face perennial winners Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers in weeks 2 and 3 respectively. Romo’s Week 1 Passer Rating fell just shy of 130.0, while in a losing effort, Rodgers scraped together 93.3 Passer Rating points. Those are some tall performances. Russell Wilson cannot shrink away from early success. There’s good reason for the Seahawks to be confident in every outing. Their schedule sequencing http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2012/REG/Seahawks has the potential of building a championship team. But the schedule doesn’t play the game. Heads up, Russell Wilson. The schedule doesn’t play the game. You do.
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