Russell Wilson said he is always aiming “to remain calm in the midst of the storm” after returning to form in the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
The Seahawks’ quarterback had suffered a dip in performances, throwing seven interceptions since Week 7 in a run that saw Seattle lose three of four games prior to the 28-21 victory.
Against the Cardinals, Wilson was 23-of-28 passing for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, while he rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries in Seattle.
His two touchdown throws took his tally to 30 for the season, joining Brett Favre and Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to hit that mark in four consecutive seasons.
The seven-time Pro Bowler also earned his 93rd career win as a starter, surpassing Peyton Manning for the most by any QB in his first nine seasons in league history, per NFL Research.
Speaking after the game, Wilson said the ups and downs are simply are part of being an elite athlete.
“There’s always highs and lows and tough challenges, but I think great players always know: one, how to be consistent and two, how to consistently adjust and how to consistently overcome,” he said.
“And I think that, for me, that’s my mentality all the time. I want to be neutral. I want to be able to remain calm in the midst of the storm.
“I know the kind of player that I am. I know what I’m capable of and they do, too, other teams and stuff like that.
“So, just staying in attack mode. I know who I am, I know what kind of player I am. I’m never gonna doubt it and we let it rip and do some cool things today. Just felt completely in control the whole game.”
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 20, 2020
One negative for the NFC West-leading Seahawks was the loss of veteran tight end Greg Olsen early in the fourth quarter.
Olsen went down without taking contact and coach Pete Carroll fears he has ruptured the plantar fascia in his left foot.
“He has a fascia tear injury that he’s had before in his other foot,” Carroll said. “He knows exactly what it is.
“Sometimes when it ruptures like it did – we think – it’s the best thing for a quick recovery. So we’ll see what happens and wish him the best, and hopefully he can make it back.
“The fact that he’s already had this before really helps him understand what’s coming up.”
Asked if he will play again this season, Carroll added: “I don’t know that yet. There’s been some marvellous returns for guys who do rupture their fascia that would blow you away.
“Right now, he’s in really a lot of discomfort and all that. But we’ll see what happens. I can’t tell you anymore. It’s pretty early to be talking about it.”
The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with their final drive but paid the price for a plethora of penalties, while the team’s running game never truly took flight.
Quarterback Kyler Murray was 29 of 42 for two touchdowns and no interceptions, while he had five carries for 15 yards.
Murray admitted after the game the team were not quite on it at Lumen Field.
“It wasn’t a clean game by any means,” Murray said. “We’ve got to be better.
“We will be better. It was just a tough night.”
In total the Cardinals gave up 10 penalties for 115 yards, with coach Kliff Kingsbury conceding: “You’re not going to win the league doing that.”