Seattle Seahawks: Does Russell Wilson Have A Fumbling Problem?

By Todd Pheifer

The Seattle Seahawks did a lot of things right in Week 7 and they were able to handle the Arizona Cardinals on the road by a relatively comfortable score of 34-22. Seattle’s oppressive defense held Arizona to 234 yards of total offense, which included only 30 rushing yards for the Cards. A reasonable chunk of Arizona’s yards came late in the game when Seattle was playing conservatively and letting the clock run.

Unfortunately, not all went well for Russell Wilson and company.

Specifically, the talented young quarterback put the ball on the deck — three times. Two of those fumbles were lost. Do we have a problem here?

Obviously the quarterback is going to lose some balls during the season, but three in one game is a little bit of a concern. Last week, the ‘Hawks had five fumbles against the Tennessee Titans. In Wilson’s defense, none of those were lost by the quarterback.

Wilson did come into this game with five other fumbles, which gives him eight for the season in seven games. Some of this is expected simply because Wilson is a mobile quarterback and Seattle has experienced a few issues with the offensive line this season due to injuries.

Hopefully, this is not a trend. Granted, there were a lot of positive statistics for the Seahawks to counterbalance the fumbles: seven sacks for the defense. 135 yards on the ground, including 91 yards and a touchdown for Marshawn Lynch. Three touchdowns and no interceptions for Wilson.

Overall, Wilson doesn’t necessarily have a major fumbling problem … for now. If he loses three balls next week, this issue may need to be revisited.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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