Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dives out of bounds while being chased by New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Confuse Russell Wilson
For as good as Russell Wilson can look, he can also prove to be very mediocre, and just downright bad. He doesn’t normally pass for 300 yards, and he did that twice in the regular season (Panthers – 320, Saints – 310). In the Arizona game, despite the luxury of four turnovers, the Seahawks couldn’t muster anything more than 10 points. Wilson finished 11/27, 108 yards, TD-INT, and 2 rushes for 32 yards.
The key is going to center around what Rob Ryan dials up, and what Curtis Lofton sees. Blitzing each down may not be the smartest thing, as Russell can evade the pressure to extend the plays. The Saints definitely saw plenty of that in the first meeting. I think some good amoeba style defense and disguises could prove to be a huge friend of the Saints defense, and I think the team may have been focused on containing Marshawn Lynch a bit much.
This is no easy task, but it can be done.