Star quarterback Russell Wilson guided the Seattle Seahawks to a convincing win in Week 1 action against the Atlanta Falcons. It was a dominating performance from Wilson that finally gave Seahawks fans what they wanted from him. At the same time, it helped further realize something scary for the rest of the NFL.
Russell Wilson guides the Seahawks to a Week 1 win
The Seahawks entered Week 1 action against the Falcons as the clear-cut favorites, and they did not disappoint.
Seattle cruised to a 38-25 win on the road behind Russell Wilson‘s arm leading the charge offensively. The star quarterback put together an impressive performance, completing 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards with four touchdowns and a 143.1 passer rating. Wilson’s performance helped him set the third-highest mark in a single game with an 88.6% completion rate.
Wilson evenly spread the ball around with three different players recording at least one touchdown reception. The Seahawks’ passing game carried them to a much-needed season-opening win. It also further opened up the Pro Bowl quarterback’s eyes to one promising development.
Russell Wilson has high praise for D.K. Metcalf
The Seahawks’ comfortable win over the Falcons notably featured a strong outing from second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.
The Ole Miss product racked up four catches for 95 receiving yards and a touchdown, which was highlighted by a perfectly thrown ball for a 38-yard touchdown grab. Following the game, Russell Wilson continued his high praise for the promising wideout, stating that he believes he is one of the top players at his position, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“He’s one of the best receivers in the game,” quarterback Russell Wilson told PFT by phone after Sunday’s 38-point outburst against the Falcons. “He’s like a 10-year veteran Pro Bowler.”
Although Metcalf’s numbers in his rookie campaign didn’t match up with the top wide receivers in the game, he has continued to show progress. It saw him put forth an NFL rookie playoff record with seven catches for 160 receiving yards and a touchdown in the wildcard round playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
The fact that Wilson believes Metcalf is performing like a 10-year veteran Pro Bowler speaks to how far along he’s moved in his development early in his career. The 22-year-old has the size and strength that can separate him among his peers. It’s becoming clear that he has made massive strides in other areas that have earned him strong praise from his peers.
Seahawks eyeing more than the playoffs
It may only be a Week 1 win, but the Seahawks looked like a team that can contend in the NFC for a Super Bowl berth.
Seattle has moved forward with Russell Wilson holding greater command of the offense behind his arm. It’s an aspect that has drawn criticism because of it’s under usage early in games. Wilson has proven over his career that he can put forth those types of strong outings when given more control offensively.
The Seahawks will have their challenges ahead in the NFC, especially in the stacked NFC West that could feature four playoff teams. That said, Wilson will have to be a tremendous offensive factor like he has been over the last several seasons. The continued emergence of D.K. Metcalf will be crucial in providing further stability to the passing game and balance to the offense.
Nonetheless, the Seahawks will only go as far as their star quarterback will take them in the 2020 season.