Super Bowl 2014: How Russell Wilson Can Lead Seattle to Victory

Trey WarrenContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson celebrates with fans after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is looking to earn his first Super Bowl title in just his second NFL season.

The 25-year-old may also be the reason that his team does take home the Lombardi Trophy. Seattle has a great defense and one of the best running backs in the league, but Wilson's skill set makes him difficult to defend and may result in a long Sunday for the Denver Broncos.

Here are three ways Wilson can lead the Seahawks to victory.


Extend Plays

One of Wilson’s best traits is his ability to feel pressure and get outside the pocket.

During the NFC title game, he was able to buy time after the blitz forced him out of the pocket. On one play in particular, he was in the backfield for an eternity and finally hit Doug Baldwin for a 51-yard gain.

Wilson is great passing the ball outside the pocket, where he is most dangerous to defend. He can hit throws on the run to his left and right. However, the most difficult thing is making sure he does throw.



One of the other things he does really well is scramble.

Wilson is very good at finding open space and running for big chunks of yardage. He causes defenses fits when their coverage is perfect and he still finds a way to convert big down-and-distance plays.

Denver does a good job of bringing pressure and getting to the quarterback. If Wilson finds a way to escape, the Broncos are going to have a tough time getting off the field. Even when hurried, his first option is to pass, but he could be tempted to run more on Sunday.

Don’t be surprised if he has half the number of carries that teammate Marshawn Lynch does.


Avoid Turnovers

Turnovers are one of the reasons this team got here, both on offense and defense.

Wilson threw nine interceptions during the regular season. He has yet to throw one in the playoffs, although he did lose a fumble in the NFC title game.

The former Wisconsin Badger has had a great defense to play with. Wilson’s job has been to minimize mistakes and hand the ball off to Lynch. He is going to have to do more than that to keep up with Peyton Manning.

Wilson has the tools to take advantage of a defense like Denver’s. He is going to have to use them all in order to win Super Bowl XLVIII.


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