Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) under center during the Seattle Seahawks preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by: Jeff Moffett/Icon SMI.
Russell Wilson looking to run wild against the Cardinals
With several rookie quarterbacks looking to make their debut tomorow, Seahawks newcomer Russell Wilson looks to give the team an offensive edge this season. Wilson has the necessary tools and best environment to soar into success. The 5'11" quarterback out of Wisconsin is not only equipped with a veteran savvy very rarely seen out of an NFL rookie, but possesses the hybrid athleticism that seems to be trending season after season. Not only will opposing teams require the planning for his accurate touch passes, but they will also have to take into consideration Wilson's incredible pocket presence and 4.55 second 40-yard dash. Look out NFC West, this kid is only getting better.
Marshawn Lynch will be a game-time decision and will leave a big void in the running game if he is unavailable. He has been suffering from back spasms and this could be a lingering injury for the 2012 season. Rookie Robert Turbin has the power and speed that rivals Lynch and looks to make a big impact at the running back position. At 222 pounds, combined with a 4.48 40-yard dash, Turbin has put together a great offseason running for 165 yards on 38 carries. Hopefully he can continue to progress and become a new threat in the Seahawks backfield.
The most underrated defense in the NFL
The Seahawks defense has the true potential to be the best in the league. A secondary that is unrivaled when it comes to youth, speed, size and sure-tacklers and a linebacking core led by rookie Bobby Wagner, who has drawn comparisons to 49ers All-Pro ILB Patrick Willis, is a nightmare for any offense. The front four for the 4-3 scheme is led by brick wall Red Bryant and crazy legs Chris Clemons, who will be occasionally spelled by 1st-round draft choice Bruce Irvin. The defense looks to improve on the 4th Place defensive rushing rank (3.8 yds/carry) and 4th Place total interceptions (22) rank from the 2011 season.
Questions to be answered against the Cardinals...
How will Russell Wilson do in his first regular season game?