New York Giants: Defense Will Need to Contain Russell Wilson Sunday

By Daniel Brennan
Russell Wilson
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Although the New York Giants have held some of the NFL‘s elite running backs in check this season, it’s a whole different story when it comes to mobile quarterbacks.

The Giants have struggled to contain quarterbacks who can use their legs to help them extend plays. A perfect example of this came back in Week 13 against the Washington Redskins. New York was able to put the clamps on Alfred Morris, holding the star running back to just 26 yards on 11 carries. However, Robert Griffin III rushed for 88 yards on only 12 carries.

Enter Russell Wilson. New York hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and Wilson is making serious case for MVP. His ability to make plays out of the pocket makes him one of the league’s most lethal quarterbacks. He can take off and he is also one of the league’s best passers on the run. Wilson has rushed for 458 yards this season, which is the fourth highest among quarterbacks.

New York will need to keep Wilson in the pocket and under pressure if they want to give themselves any chance of coming away with a win on Sunday. That means defensive ends Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka must work to contain Wilson and keep him from getting outside the tackle box. The linebacker unit, led by Jon Beason, must also work to prevent big plays if Wilson gets into open space.

If the Giants allow Wilson to get loose, it is going to be a long afternoon in MetLife Stadium.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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