Wilson Needs to Create Big Plays for Chance to Beat Packers

QB Russell Wilson is about to be thrown right into the spotlight this coming Monday night. He and his Seattle Seahawks are going to be playing one of their biggest games of the year when they take on the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, with the eyes of the nation watching on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Wilson has been incredibly efficient this year, completing 61.1 percent of his passes, and he has only turned the ball over once. Still, the Seahawks rank dead last in the league in passing at just 136 yards per game, and there hasn’t been a single pass play go for more than 27 yards in two games this year. In fact, Wilson has only taken two shots down the field for the whole campaign as well, and we have to wonder whether he has the arm strength to be able to force this Green Bay secondary into some questionable situations this weekend.

The threat of the big play just has to be there. WR Sidney Rice can stretch the field, but he is only averaging 9.9 YPC this year. No receiver that has more than three catches is good for more than the 11.8 YPC of TE Zach Miller, and he can’t be the man that works up the field to pressure the safeties for the Pack.

Whether it be Rice, WR Braylon Edwards, or WR Golden Tate, someone has to be able to win a battle on the outside with one of the relatively weak Green Bay corners and get up the field. It’s not even a matter of completing the big pass; it’s a matter of at least threatening that the ability to do so is there.

If there is one bright side for the Seahawks, it is that the oddsmakers are showing some belief in them. After opening up the week at +6, Seattle is down to just +3 for NFL odds against a team that went 15-1 in the regular season a campaign ago.

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