With media week over and everyone focused on Super Bowl Sunday, the question remains: How will the New England Patriots defense contain Russell Wilson?
“As a defense, you can’t just focus on one guy,” said Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich during Wednesday’s media session, from his team’s secluded hotel in Chandler, Ariz. “Every person has a job to do and there’s 11 guys on the field that you have to defend. Russell Wilson’s one of them that’s a very good athlete and very good player."
"It’s true, we’re defending the field. The whole field." Ninkovich continued "Wherever the ball’s located, we’ve got to defend the field. It’s everybody."
New England has faced mobile quarterbacks before this season and are still standing.
— Pro Football on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 21, 2015
A Closer Look At The Super Bowl 49 Odds On Patriots D Beating Russell Wilson
Super Bowl XLIX
New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Feb 1st, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Point Spread: Pick ‘Em
Game Total: 47.5
Click here for Live Super Bowl XLIX Odds
Play by Play: Al Michaels
Color Commentary: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya
Pregame Hosts: Bob Costas & Dan Patrick
Halftime Analysts: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Hines Ward
Vince Lombardy Trophy Presenter: Dan Patrick
While I genuinely believe that Russell Wilson is the best young quarterback in the game today (sorry Andrew Luck), I also believe it’s quite possible that Wilson could face his toughest test as a pro in Super Bowl 49.
Wilson completed an eerily ironic 61.3 percent of his passes this season – just like he did a year ago – while throwing for 3,475 yards with 20 TD Passes and just seven interceptions. Wilson has never tossed less than 20 TD Passes in a season or more than 10 interceptions.
Making the fleet-footed signal-caller even more dangerous is the fact that his wheels make him a serious dual threat. Wilson has rushed for at least 489 yards in each of his three seasons, including a career-high 849 yards this season with six touchdowns while averaging 7.2 yards per run.
Nevertheless, Wilson will be going up against a Patriots defense that certainly isn’t chopped liver as they finished the regular season ranked eighth in points allowed (19.6) and ninth against the run (104.3 ypg)
Not only that, but Wilson will be going up against a team that has two elite kind of cornerback in Darrelle Revis and former Seahawks star Brandon Browner, not to mention more elite players in defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, blossoming linebacker Jamie Collins and safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty.
Russell Wilson is now 10-0 all-time against Super-Bowl winning QBs. pic.twitter.com/cU6DOFdV5W
— Pro Football on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 19, 2015
Last but not least, it will e interesting to see if New England can force Wilson into some costly turnovers like Green Bay did in picking off the former Wisconsin Badgers star three times in the NFC Championship.
New England tied for 13th in takeaways with 25 and finished the 2014 regular season ranked second in the league at +12 in the turnover department.
Now, let’s check out some of the Super Bowl 49 wagers that you can make on Wilson versus the New England Patriots’ defense.
- R. Wilson pass attempts
Over 27½ -125
Under 27½ -105
- R. Wilson pass completions
R. Wilson pass completions over 17½ -125
R. Wilson pass completions under 17½ -105
- R. Wilson Longest Pass Completion Odds
R. Wilson yards of longest pass comp
Over 37½ -125
Under 37½ -105
- R. Wilson TD Pass Odds
R. Wilson TD passes
Over 1½ -115
Under 1½ -115
- R. Wilson TD passes
Over 2 +180
Under 2 -240
- Russell Wilson Interception Odds
R. Wilson interceptions over 1½
R. Wilson interceptions under 1½