Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never faced the Ravens before, and the Richmond, Virginia native is looking forward to this weekend’s East coast trip. Both a football and baseball star in high school and college, Wilson was drafted by the Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007draft. He thought about signing with the Orioles, but opted to attend college at North Carolina St., before eventually transferring to Wisconsin.
“Definitely a consideration,” Wilson said of signing with the Orioles, during a Wednesday conference call. “I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then. I contemplated it or whatever, and I just told them I wanted to play two sports. So that was kind of my decision to go play at N. C. State, and obviously growing up near Baltimore, I’ve got a lot of family there in the Maryland area and D. C. as well.”
Over the last three weeks, Wilson has been the NFL’s most efficient quarterback. Check out his numbers during Seattle’s current three-game winning streak – 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions, with quarterback ratings of 138.5, 147.9, and 146.0 respectively.
Trying to contain Wilson will be priority No. 1 for the Ravens on Sunday when they host the Seahawks (1 p.m.) at M&T Bank Stadium. It won’t be easy.
“They build their offense around his talent,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He has a heck of an arm. Obviously, he can read things out. He throws on time. He’s an accurate passer, and then he can extend plays.
“He has 450 yards rushing. That’s pretty amazing. It starts with him – it revolves around him – and they have some other really good players.”
The Ravens’ quarterback situation is in flux, with Joe Flacco (knee injury) out for the season, Matt Schaub (chest) still sore from Sunday’s game, and Jimmy Clausen trying to master the offense this week in case he has to play.
However, Wilson has never looked better. And for the Ravens, that could be a huge problem.
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