Bill Belichick on Russell Wilson: 'I Don't Really See Anybody Better'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2020

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick heaped praise onto Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday ahead of the teams' Week 2 game in Seattle.

Speaking to reporters, Belichick said of Wilson: "Honestly, I think he's in a way underrated by the media or the fans, I don't know. But I don't really see anybody better than this player."

Belichick and the Patriots will have a big challenge on their hands Sunday night when they face Wilson and the 1-0 Seahawks on the road.

The 31-year-old Wilson has come out of the gates firing this season. In Seattle's 38-25 road win against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, he went 31-of-35 for 322 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, with 29 rushing yards for good measure.

Wilson is a six-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, meaning the only major accomplishment left for him is the NFL MVP Award. There are still four months to go in the 2020 season, but his MVP campaign is off to an ideal start.

The Patriots defense will provide Wilson with a big-time measuring stick. It held the Miami Dolphins to 11 points and intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick three times in Week 1, and it ranked first overall in the NFL last season.

The Patriots and Seahawks have some notable history, as they faced off in Super Bowl XLIX at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

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Seattle was driving for the winning score in that game and seemed poised to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But rather than run it with Marshawn Lynch at the goal line, the Seahawks called a passing play, and Malcolm Butler intercepted Wilson to seal the 28-24 win for New England.

The ending of that game has haunted Wilson, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and the team ever since, and the Seahawks have not returned to the Super Bowl.

If Week 1 is any indication, however, Seattle could be capable of contending for the Super Bowl in 2020. Beating the Patriots would be a significant statement to let the league know the Seahawks are for real.

It is easy to forget how good Wilson is, especially as young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson light up the league, but Belichick is well aware and will get a firsthand look Sunday.