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Arizona's pass rush and talented secondary could reveal Russell Wilson's true colors.
Russell Wilson has been one of the best stories of the preseason. The Seahawks inked free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn to a three-year deal in March, then proceeded to use its third-round pick on Wilson.
At well under six feet tall, many projected Wilson to be a niche quarterback at the next level. However, Wilson has looked like anything but, having made the most of his preseason playing time thus far.
Wilson has thrown five touchdown passes this month, and has also displayed athleticism and versatility with his legs. Arizona’s defense has been a work in progress, but has shown steady improvement the last couple years. The Cardinals have an opportunity to make a statement if they can shut down the Seahawks and bring Wilson back to earth.
The Cards boast an improved front-seven, anchored by defensive ends Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett. Arizona’s premier bookends will need to open some gaps for the linebackers to turn up the heat on Wilson and the Seahawks’ running game.
Wilson may struggle in the passing game this week. Cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Adrian Wilson are extremely talented. If Russell Wilson is to punctuate his stellar preseason with a good performance and carry that momentum into the regular season, he will need to show poise and patience this week against the Cardinals.