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Eagles Defense Knows Wilson Is Top Priority


It comes as no surprise that quarterback Russell Wilson invigorates the offensive attack for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson ranks third in the NFL in touchdown passes with 23, third in completions (256), and third in yards (3029) while throwing just eight interceptions. Containing him in the run game has proven a task for opposing defenses as well. He leads the Seahawks with 401 rushing yards, second best at quarterback trailing only Carolina's Cam Newton.

Last time the Eagles encountered Wilson and the Seahawks they fell short 26-15 with Wilson finishing with 272 yards to go along with a passing and receiving touchdown.

"He's so versatile. Pinpoint accuracy whether he's standing in the pocket or on the move. He's so agile, so quick," linebacker Mychal Kendricks said of Wilson. "He has a real ability to create something out of nothing and extend plays. That's his game."

In two career games against Philadelphia, Wilson's compiled 535 yards and three touchdowns. Heading into Sunday's contest, he's coming off a 228-yard, two-passing, and one-rushing touchdown performance in a win against the 49ers. During his stint with the Rams, veteran defensive end Chris Long was on the short end of a few battles with Wilson's playmaking ability.

"Russell's got a little bit of magic up his sleeves and that's a team that's real gritty and tough and they always find a way," Long said at his locker. "We've got to know the environment we're walking into – a good football team with a tradition of winning and obviously a real dynamic quarterback."

The Eagles' defense heads into Seattle on a hot streak, allowing just one offensive touchdown in the month of November. Philadelphia ranks top ten in sacks and second in interceptions and haven't given up a touchdown in the last two games. How the defense fairs against Seattle's offense will be worth a watch. The Seahawks average 28.8 points per game at home, a mark good for fourth-best in the NFL. Wilson, however, has thrown 11 touchdowns but also six interceptions in five home games.

"You just have to stay alive in the rush and nobody's giving up. Just take the clock out of your head because we know what he can do with his feet," defensive end Fletcher Cox said. "He scrambles to throw the ball, he scrambles to get to a first down, and I think the main thing is we have to make it where it doesn't slow us down in our rush. Eventually, at some point, we'll get him on the ground."

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