With the NFL season rapidly approaching, I thought it might be fun to take a look at each probable starter for the Seattle Seahawks and try to figure out what is expected of them this year as well as predict what kind of production they will have. For the first one, I decided to take a look at second-year quarterback phenom Russell Wilson, who probably has the highest expectations of anyone on the team.
Wilson, who is coming off of a stellar rookie season, will be burdened with very high expectations this season as the Seahawks are considered by many to be favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. In his first NFL season, he led the Seahawks to the playoffs with a record of 11-5 and posted some pretty impressive numbers completing 252 of the 393 (64.1%) passes he attempted for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.
In his second year as an NFL starter, Wilson will be looked upon to put up similar numbers once again, but this time anything short of an appearance in the Super Bowl will be considered a disappointment for this team. Will he be able to avoid a slump in year two similar to what Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered last season?
Personally, I believe Wilson will avoid a significant slump. While he may start slow at the beginning of the season like he did in 2012, I think he will only continue to improve. It certainly helps that he’s surrounded by a bevy of talented weapons like Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin, Zach Miller, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate at his disposal.
Now for the production prediction. I think Wilson will have a better year statistically speaking, and I’m going to say that he’ll complete about 68% of his passes for 3,500+ yards with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. If he can put up numbers like that this season, there’s a very real possibility that he could be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy above his head in February.
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