Packers to face Wilson, Seahawks MondayWisconsin Sports
-- The Green Bay Packers will try to shut down former University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson when they play at Seattle on Monday night.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will try to shut down former University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson when they play at Seattle on Monday night.
The Packers were expecting to face their old teammate Matt Flynn, who signed with the Seahawks in the off-season in the hopes of starting. But the rookie Wilson beat out Flynn at training camp, as he completed 63-and-a-half percent of his passes in the preseason with a rating of 110-point-three. And Wilson kept that performance going in the first two weeks of the regular season. He threw for 151 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 27-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday. So far, Wilson has defied critics who say he’s too short to be a good NFL quarterback. At 5-10, Wilson is an inch-and-a-half shorter than Drew Brees – and Doug Flutie is the only modern-era quarterback who’s had pro success at 5-10 or shorter. But Wilson uses his speed and mobility to create his own passing lanes. Hall-of-Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who’s now a radio broadcaster for the Seahawks, said Wilson is adept at using his legs to find an open receiver if he has to – and he’ll only get better as he evolves into the Seattle offense. Wilson only played for one year at the UW. But he made quite an impression as set a new NCAA passing efficiency record and led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship. Both Seattle and the Packers are 1-1 going into their Monday night match-up.
Two former Green Bay Packers had some choice words for their opponents after the Philadelphia Eagles topped Baltimore 24-23 yesterday. Ex-Green Bay fullback Vonta Leach scored his first touchdown as a Raven on a five-yard run. And Ravens’ guard Marshal Yanda and Eagles’ defensive end Cullen Jenkins were called for off-setting personal fouls on that play. Jenkins, who left Green Bay for Philly a year ago, said quote, “If you challenge us, we’re going to try to take it out on your quarterback – we like people giving us their best shot, because we’re not backing down on anybody.” Leach got into a confrontation later with Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Leach said the Eagles get into quote, “a lot of dirty stuff after plays … We weren’t going to take that.” Eagles’ receiver DeSean Jackson and Baltimore corner Cary Williams exchanged some punches in a brief skirmish. Both got flagged for off-setting personal fouls. Ravens running back Ray Rice was called later for unnecessary roughness. No players were ejected.