Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers Game Ball: QB Russell Wilson
In fact, Wilson and the ‘Hawks were held without a single touchdown until the fourth quarter. But as we all know; defense wins championships.
With a defense as stout and stingy as the Seahawks’ unit, all Wilson really has to do is keep it close, and not make too many mistakes. While Wilson did unfortunately cough up a fumble in Sunday’s showdown, the second-year signal-caller was beautifully efficient in the passing game, completing 25 of 33 passes for a boastful 320 yards. He tacked on a beautiful 43-yard touchdown pass to fellow second-years-man WR Jermaine Kearse.
You can certainly argue that the Seahawks’ entire defensive unit deserves a game ball, as they haunted Panthers QB Cam Newton all afternoon long, only allowing him to throw for a putrid 125 yards and run for a measly 38 yards. Newton tallied one passing touchdown on a 3-yard strike to veteran WR Steve Smith.
It is truly amazing that Wilson was able to amass 320 passing yards in this game, considering he looked so pedestrian early on in the contest. But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And Wilson finished spectacularly.
Many NFL fans and analysts have said that the Seahawks will prove to be the most overrated team of 2013, and their 2012 triumphs were merely a fluke. Well, it looks like Wilson has already heard enough of this smack-talk, and is primed to lead this ‘Hawks squad to the playoffs once again.
Wilson is the definition of very little bark, and a whole-lot-of bite. So chomp-down Russ, and continue proving the haters wrong.