Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson Continues to Prove Seattle Is a Contender

Dean SiemonAnalyst IIDecember 5, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes over Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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On November 15, I wrote a column that claimed rookie quarterback Russell Wilson makes the Seattle Seahawks the most dangerous team in the NFL. There were many fans who responded critically.

Those fans may have changed their tune after the big road win in Chicago where Wilson engineered a 97-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter and a game-winning drive in overtime.

Last Sunday, Wilson threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns against a Bears defense that leads the league in creating turnovers. Outside of running back Marshawn Lynch's first-quarter fumble, the Seahawks took care of the ball.

Wilson continues to be a threat when on the move and is always able to stay poised when the defense is rushing him out of the pocket.

For the season, he has 2,344 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Wilson also hasn't thrown an interception since the 28-24 Oct. 28 loss in Detroit.

In the last four games, Wilson has completed 67 percent of his passes for 878 yards and nine touchdowns.

Wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are becoming Wilson’s go-to guys, with Doug Baldwin being one of the top slot receivers in the league.

While Lynch has not rushed well at Miami or Chicago the last two games, expect him to break out against the Cardinals and Bills. He also seems run best at home.

This offense is continuously improving along with a defense that still holds offenses to less than 17 points per game.

For now, we're unsure about the futures of cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner as they are appealing their four-game suspensions.

The Seahawks also have three of their last four games at CenturyLink Field, where they have not lost a game and hold impressive wins over Dallas, Green Bay and New England.

Arizona (4-8) comes to Seattle this Sunday, with an eight-game losing streak, before the Seahawks go to Toronto to play Buffalo (5-7). Seattle then hosts San Francisco (8-3-1) in what could be a deciding factor in the NFC West before hosting St. Louis (5-6-1).

Even if Sherman and Browner aren't able to play against the 49ers, the home crowd could be the equalizer. It's also important to note that San Francisco only won 13-6 at Candlestick Park.

While the Seahawks have a good hold on a wild-card playoff spot, a division title and a home playoff game is not too much of a stretch for a team that has now established themselves as a serious playoff contender.

In other words, Wilson makes Seattle "DangeRuss."