Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

Russell Wilson excels against Baltimore’s…

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Russell Wilson excels against Baltimore’s...


In what should be one of the more intriguing matchups of the season, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the 4-2 Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The Ravens are a hyper-aggressive defensive team, as they’ve blitzed a league-leading 49.3 percent of the time this season.

For a Seattle team that will likely be without left tackle Duane Brown, and possibly right guard D.J. Fluker as well, it may seem problematic that a young, inexperienced offensive line will have to deal with an extra amount of pressure up front.

However, pressure is where quarterback Russell Wilson thrives.

“I’ve always liked pressure,” Wilson commented on Thursday. “I don’t mind pressure, when teams bring pressure. A lot of green grass behind a lot of things. They miss a tackle, whether it’s short, down the field, whatever. Could be a touchdown. I think that’s something that I’ve always tried to pride myself on is being ready for pressure and the protections of it all. I think that’s why the studying is so important, just trying to figure out what teams are doing, when they’re trying to do it, and different scenarios.”

Wilson has every right to take pride in his readiness for pressure, as his numbers this season indicate.

Through six games, Wilson boasts a 141.8 passer rating against the blitz, which leads the league by a considerable margin. Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater comes in second at 128.7.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer credits Wilson’s success to his growing decisiveness in the offense, as well as the play of the young receivers and Seattle’s leader up front, center Justin Britt.

“Justin Britt does a great job at the line of scrimmage, he drives so much of it, so Russ [Wilson] is able to kind of go in and play,” Scottenheimer said. “We’ll see quite a few blitzes this weekend. They do a nice job of mixing it up, they’ll play some coverage, but we expect to see quite a few pressures.”

Wilson is the best quarterback in the league in multiple categories, which is why he’s a strong MVP candidate, but his preparedness against the blitz will no doubt be put to the test against an aggressive Baltimore team – especially if Seattle ends up down two offensive linemen.

Russell Wilson excels against Baltimore's specialty, the blitz

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