Super Bowl 49 Odds On Russell Wilson To Beat The Patriots DJosh Bailey
If there ever was a "Little QB That Could" it would be Russell Wilson. He has taken the Seattle Seahawks to the NFL playoffs in all three years of his career, advancing to the Super Bowl twice and winning more games than any other quarterback through his first three years.
He was selected as the 12th pick in the third round. While expected to go earlier, he gladly joined the Seahawks as a backup to big contract starting QB Matt Flynn, who now backs up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, the team Wilson and the Seahawks beat last week. Russell took the starting job away from Flynn in the preseason his rookie season and has never not started a game for the Seahawks.
Will this undersized QB lead the defending Super Bowl champs back to the promised land?
— SUPER BOWL on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 28, 2015
“To win the Super Bowl last year,” Wilson said, “to go against a great quarterback in Peyton Manning, who I have so much respect for, plays the game the right way, does it better than anybody could probably ever do it, and then to face Tom Brady this year, [they’re] two guys that I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid. It’s a tremendous honor to be on the same field and … to play two of the greatest guys, the greatest players to ever play the game.
“It’s one of those things you’ll never forget. It’s history. I’m just grateful I get to be on the same field.”
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
Analyzing The Super Bowl 49 Odds On Russell Wilson To Beat The Patriots D
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
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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
Russell Wilson played about as badly as he ever has in the NFC Championship Game. But, here’s the thing: even though Russell threw 4 interceptions, even though the leader of the Seattle offense threw for only 209 total yards, completed only 48.3% of his passes and finished the game with a 44.3 QB rating, the Seahawks beat Green Bay to secure a second straight trip to the Super Bowl.
Wilson made the right throw at the right time to Jermaine Kearse in over time. That’s what football fans call resiliency. No matter the situation, Wilson has the ability to pick himself up, dust himself off and get the job done. It’s a skill that many quarterbacks don’t have and one of the real reasons why Seattle has a good shot at beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49.
— Pro Football on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 21, 2015
The Patriots’ D won’t have to be as tough on Wilson as Green Bay’s was, though, in order for New England to have success against Russell. The Patriots’ defense will mainly focus on limiting Wilson’s ability to 1) throw the deep ball and 2) run for yardage. New England, because of how good their offense is, doesn’t even have to keep Wilson from having a great game. Russell could be fantastic, and he almost certainly will after the Green Bay game, Russell never has 2 bad games in a row, and Seattle might still lose the Super Bowl to the Patriots.
That’s the dilemma for Wilson versus the Patriots’ defense. The Pats’ D play a bend but don’t break style, which will force Russell into tucking the ball and running or dumping it off to his third or fourth read. Wilson’s stat sheet could be close to phenomenal, 22 out of 26 completions for 276 yards and 1 TD with 54 yards rushing and a rush TD, and New England still might be ahead at the final whistle because the Patriots’ defense will be more than happy to let Wilson get his if Marshawn doesn’t turn into Beast Mode.