QB RUSSELL WILSON DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY LB BOBBY WAGNER
2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE 11
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
has not experienced a losing season since
entering the league as a third-round pick in
2012. The Seahawks are already 8-2, with
their last two wins coming in overtime,
guaranteeing that the streak will extend
through 2019. With two more wins, the
Seahawks will have double-digit victories for
the seventh time in Wilson’s eight seasons.
Early in Wilson’s career, he had the backing
of the Legion of Boom defense that featured
All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, All-Pro
safety Earl Thomas, Pro Bowl safety Kam
Chancellor, and All-Pro middle linebacker
Bobby Wagner. The Legion of Boom defense
ranked first in the league in points allowed
in four consecutive seasons from Wilson’s
rookie season through 2015. In that span,
the Seahawks won one Super Bowl, came
1 yard short of another, and reached the
Divisional Round on two other occasions.
Now, the success of the Seahawks falls
largely on the shoulders of one of the
league’s most dynamic quarterbacks.
Wilson is having an MVP-caliber
season with an NFL-best 114.9 QB
rating and a TD/INT ratio of 23-to-2.
His ability to elude defenders has allowed
him to pick up 256 yards on the ground,
good for second on the team, and another
The Seahawks’ philosophy is to establish the
run. Seattle ran the ball on over 46 percent of
its offensive snaps in the first 10 games of the
season, the fifth-highest rate in the league.
Lead running back Chris Carson ranks seventh
in the NFL with 853 yards on the ground, at an
average of 4.3 yards per carry.
The Eagles must respect the run, which
allows Wilson to throw out of play-action
effectively. Wilson has completed 77.1
percent of his play-action attempts this
season and has a QB rating of 141.2 on
such throws. Both are the best marks in
the league. The penchant for biting on the
run fakes also helps Wilson as he has 26
completions of passes of 20 yards or more in
the air and a 135.4 QB rating, again the best
in the league, in such situation.
Wilson’s top target in the pass game is wide
receiver Tyler Lockett, who has 62 receptions
for 793 yards and six touchdowns on the
year. Lockett has caught an astounding 81.6
percent of the balls thrown to him by Wilson.
Rookie second-round pick DK Metcalf has
been a big-play receiver for the Seahawks.
Read more about him on page 17 as he’s the
Seahawks’ player to watch.
What about the defense which used to be
the identity of this team? One of the few
remaining members of the Legion of Boom
is Wagner, who is arguably the league’s best
off-the-ball linebacker. Overall, this is a unit
that has struggled to get pressure on the
quarterback. The Seahawks have posted just
20 sacks overall on the season and a mere
three on third down. The Seahawks rank
30th in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt on
Seattle acquired three-time Pro Bowl
defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in a trade
with Houston before the start of the season.
Clowney has three sacks and two defensive
touchdowns in 2019. He gave the Eagles fits
as a member of the Texans last December at
Lincoln Financial Field.
While the names are different in the
secondary from the Legion of Boom era, the
traits remain the same. Seattle prides itself in
discovering long, physical disruptors on the
back end of the defense. Seattle is tied for
fourth in the league with 19 takeaways, so
protecting the ball will be critical as always
for the Eagles.
The Seahawks are once again in the thick of
the playoff race in the NFC, led by one of the
league’s elite quarterbacks who has never lost
to the Eagles in three previous matchups.
THIS IS RUSSELL WILSON’S SHOW NOW
BY CHRIS McPHERSON