Last season Russell Wilson was one and one in the NFL play offs. This season Wilson looks like he learned from that experience. Wilson has to get his Seahawks offense moving early in the game against the Saints.
He has to establish the kind of dominance his Seahawks are capable of to take the Saints down a notch in their confidence. If he lets the Saints defense control the game, Seattle would be faced with the same kind of problems the Saints handed the Eagles with in the wild card game.
The problem the Seahawks have to avoid is letting Drew Brees find his groove. He has a ton of experience and he knows how to win. Seattles defense will have their hands full, trying to stop Brees if Wilson and the Seahawks offense can’t control the time of possession.
Pete Carroll has to come to this play off game with a plan that enables his offense to control the pace of play. If he can do that, the Seahawks can win this game. The last thing Wilson wants to do is have a repeat performance of his 2012 play off game.
Seattle has worked to hard this season to allow that to happen. It all comes down to ball control this week. If Seattle can control time of possession, they can control this football game.
If they control the game, they win. It is that simple. Keep the ball out of Brees hands.
Filed under: NFL