SEATTLE — You can watch all the film in the world. Study every play Russell Wilson has ever run. Prepare like you've never prepared.
And still not be ready for what you're going to get.
The Eagles got vintage Russell Wilson Sunday night, and they had no answer.
"He's a human joystick, man," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
The human joystick ended the Eagles' nine-game winning streak Sunday at CenturyLink Field, giving nightmares to a secondary that over the last few months has been one of the best in football.
Wilson completed 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for another 31 yards in the Seahawks' 24-10 win, but the numbers don't come close to representing just how brilliant the sixth-year pro was.
"I thought that Russell was spectacular," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
"I just thought that the stuff that he was able to create, it doesn’t really show up in the stats as much, but it was just an amazing night of football. That was fun to watch and I loved it.
“Russell was phenomenal tonight. I thought that was Russell showing you everything that he’s all about. From start to finish, from the first play of the game on. He was on it. He created. His execution was excellent. We didn’t turn the football over. Working the clock. Beautiful tempo. Decisions, checks. The whole night and the big plays were just coming out everywhere.
"I really think that he had one of the best games that I’ve seen him play.”
Wilson has won more games than any quarterback in NFL history through six years, and he showed why Sunday night.
Every time the Eagles thought they had him wrapped up or pinned down, he escaped and made a play.
He's so unorthodox, so inventive, you literally have no idea what's next.
"It's very frustrating as a defensive back and a defense in general when a guy like that can extend those plays," Rodney McLeod said.
"It's very special and very unique in what he does. We tried to duplicate it as much as we could (in practice), but he made a lot of plays for that offense tonight.
"Some things we could do better. The penalties cost us, they extended drives, (we could) do a little better in coverage. But I think for the most part a lot of plays that you see are just him running around and making a play and giving his guys an opportunity to go up and make plays."
Wilson became only the fourth quarterback since 1985 with a passer rating over 118 and 30 or more rushing yards against the Eagles. But it wasn't so much the rushing yards that killed the Eagles as much as his mobility and creativity on the move.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," Jalen Mills said. "He made some plays, but at the same time, there were opportunities there that we left out there. A lot was on us. It wasn't anything he did. We just have to execute."
The six previous weeks? The Eagles had 13 interceptions and allowed just six touchdowns.
After facing the likes of Mitch Trubisky, Brock Osweiler and C.J. Beathard, the Eagles' secondary finally got tested, and the result wasn't pretty.
"It’s tough," safety Corey Graham said. "Heck of a player. He does a lot with his legs. Buys time to make plays. He’s a ballplayer, man.
"He’s scrambling, he’s buying time, he’s making guys miss, he’s spinning. Guys had him in certain situations and he just found ways to make plays. When it’s all said and done, he just made more plays than we did."
The ultimate Russell Wilson play came on a crucial fourth-quarter 3rd-and-8 with the Seahawks on their own 42-yard-line and leading by just seven.
Wilson ran six yards, then lateraled to Mike Davis, who ran 17 more yards for a huge first down. Four plays later, Wilson's third TD pass of the game restored the Seahawks' 14-point lead.
It was a play nobody else can make.
"Our DBs, we're taught to stay in coverage until he crosses the line of scrimmage," Jenkins said. "He crosses it and then option-pitches it out. Those are things you can’t really prepare for, and those are plays that make him special and a dangerous quarterback."
Carroll has been on the sideline for every game Wilson has ever played and still marvels at what he sees.
"The awareness, point guard, the whole thing," Carroll said. "Everything you’ve ever done in sports leads you to the moment to make that decision and then to do it and execute it like that? Basketball, baseball, football, everything he’s ever done. It was an amazing play."
Wilson has faced the Eagles three times now and is 3-0 with six TD passes, no interceptions and a 104.9 passer rating.
Only Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Matt Cassel, Milt Plum and Bart Starr have a higher rating against the Eagles.
"We had a good game plan against it, but sometimes its better in person than it is on film," Graham said. "He was amazing today. He was better than us."