Despite the complete domination in the ground game, it was a rough outing for the QB when it came to the air.
Russell Wilson stats against the Giants weren't great in terms of passing; throwing less than 200 yards on 10/17 passing attempts. New York picking him off on two occasions.
Despite his impressive résumé, last Sunday's outing vs New York Giants presented us with one of Wilson's worst passing displays for some time. Now, he did make up for it by becoming a key cog in the franchise's record rushing attack. He ended up having a little over a 100 yards rushing and one TD. The third time this season he reached a 100 yrd rushing game.
The question here is why are his passing numbers struggling as of late?
Here are a few theories behind the drop off.
The Seahawks didn't give him enough weapons
Wilson last seaons had the likes of; Golden Tate ( now with the Lions and on pace to go well over his 800 plus receiving yards recorded last season), Sydney Rice (now retired), and an injury-hit Percy Harvin. Harvin was the man everyone during the off season raved about. He was supposed to be the true #1 WR now that he was fully fit. That failed and he has left for the Jets.
Now, Seattle's best option at the #1 WR spot is a fiery guy named Doug Baldwin. Now, I love Baldwin's game, but he's more of a slot receiver kind of player. None the less, he isn't nearly as effective on the outside as he is inside the slot.
Aside from him, Kearse is the other WR who has cemented himself as the #2 guy and seems like one of Wilson's favorite targets to fling the ball deep to. Wilson is considered one of the best deep ball throwers in the league today. When Rice was on the squad, it was a common sight to see Rice go deep and Wilson launch the deep ball to him.
Seattle is missing his big body at the WR position that Wilson loved to throw to in critical third downs, in the red zone, or when he has to scramble out of the pocket and improvise a play. Moving forward it is important for Seattle to grab someone like this that fits the bill this off season.
I forgot to mention the rookie that Seattle drafted earlier in the year.
Paul Richardson, a 6ft speedster WR from Colorado has had a quiet season. He's shown the trait as to why Seattle nabbed them with their first pick in the draft in the second round - he has the ability to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball.
He has the skill set to become a great return man with one return against Carolina in particular sticking in the memory.
Besides being a mini Harvin in the return game, we've yet this year to see the explosive blow the top off the defense speed many analysts had predicted he would offer coming out of the draft. I still though think he'll become more important as the season progress.
Wilson just doesn't trust his line
Let's face it, he's playing paranoid out there. Russell Wilson looks like he's sensing pressure from places where it's completely clean. Because of that, he forces the ball there too early, or too late - and doesn't plant his feet properly.
That is one of the things he often brings up during his press conferences - with a desire to work on his footwork often mentioned.
If you doubt his ability be an effective pocket passer, go back and watch the 2012 playoffs. Wilson as a rookie picked a hot Atlanta Falcon's team to pieces from the pocket. He threw for 385 yards, two touchdowns reeling of 24 completed passed.
With proper protection, he can put great numbers up against anyone.
Seahawks fans are frustrated with the play calling as of late. Last week against the Giants was the first time I truly recognized the Seattle Offense.
It went back to the rough riding, boxing like style of offense. Run the ball, and keep running it. With each run, the defense is going to get tired and start giving up huge plays. That's exactly what happened.
The run game helps the Seahawk's QB in the passing game. Defenses have to start respecting our run game by stacking the box. This ultimately makes the Seattle offense a more balanced
Once everything finally gets back in business, watch out NFL here come the Seattle Seahawks.
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