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How do you stop Russell Wilson?
The talented second-year quarterback has been in a bit of a malaise in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean he has been easy to wrangle.
Wilson is an escape artist the likes of which would make Harry Houdini blush, if the late magician was capable of blushing.
Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar broke down Wilson's escapability, and how it can get him into trouble at times.
In 2013, Wilson was sacked 33 times with just 393 passing attempts. Peyton Manning, the quarterback on the other side of the field in Super Bowl XLVIII, was taken down just 21 times with 583 attempts. And while that has something to do with Manning’s understanding of defenses and ability to distribute the ball in a hurry, Wilson also has a blessing and curse Manning will never possess — the gift of functional mobility as a runner. And there are times when quarterbacks with that gift should ask for a refund.
Wilson’s offensive line has been patchwork all season, especially at guard, and that’s a major part of the problem. But there are also times when Wilson tries like crazy to take a play beyond its logical conclusion, leading to some crazy results. Occasionally, he’ll hit a receiver deep downfield after his mobility leads to huge holes in pass coverage. More often, a play — and the drive within that play — will stop with a quickness, and Seattle’s offense will be forced to reset.
Wilson is his own worst enemy when it comes to sacks, but he can neutralize Denver's pass rush with his athletic ability like few other quarterbacks.
He is easily the most dynamic quarterback of those the Broncos have faced in the postseason, though they did handle Philadelphia's Michael Vick and Washington's Robert Griffin III during the regular season. They didn't coin "All Russell Wilson Anything" for no reason, though.