Russell Wilson: Predicting Seahawks QB's Week 4 Output vs. St. Louis

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks leaves the field after defeating the Green Bay Packers 14-12 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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After one of the most bizarre finishes to a Monday Night Football game in the history of the sport, the biggest winner is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson looked mediocre at best throughout the game (10-of-21 for 130 yards and two touchdowns) and was more of a liability than an asset; that was until the final drive of the game came around.

With the same skittles power that helped Marshawn Lynch before, the rookie quarterback marched his team down the field—with an assist to the referees—before finally tossing an amazing Hail Mary pass that was caught for a touchdown.


No matter what the truth of the final play was, Wilson was credited with the touchdown and fantasy owners across the world are wondering what the future holds for the comeback kid.

The Seahawks travel to St. Louis in Week 4 to play a Rams team that is better than its 2-1 record suggests. Even if Wilson can get the protection from his offensive line like he had against Green Bay, there are still doubts that the rookie can exploit the 16th-ranked pass defense.


Fantasy Stat Line

While the hype machine around Monday’s game will give fantasy owners the feeling that they might consider picking Wilson up, be strong and look elsewhere if you are making a move for a quarterback.

Unless you are in a two-QB or a very deep league, there is no reason to waste a roster spot on a quarterback who will only average a little more than 10 points per week. If you’re that desperate for a QB, look to Christian Ponder, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Sam Bradford.

As solid as St. Louis has been up front, the Seahawks should be able to find a nice rhythm with running back Marshawn Lynch. That will limit the amount Seattle has to lean on its rookie against a tough St. Louis secondary.

Final Word: 16-of-25 for 157 yards and one touchdown through the air, plus five rushing attempts for 45 yards.


Prediction: Seattle 24, St. Louis 23

The Rams were blown out in Week 3, and they will bring fire into their matchup with Seattle Sunday. If Russell Wilson wants a great game—or even just an above-average performance—he will have to play smart against St. Louis.

With Jeff Fisher looking to send a message to the league that his team won't back down, and the Seahawks coming off the euphoric win over the Packers, Wilson will do just enough to give his team a chance to win at the end.

Wilson is slowly tuning into 2012’s Tim Tebow.


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