Russell Wilson says it’s like playoffs already have begun for his Seahawks
If you figured Russell Wilson isn’t giving up on the 2021 season, you figured right.
The Seattle Seahawks might be 3-7 on the year, with only the winless Detroit Lions having a worse record in the NFC, but the 10 th -year Seahawks quarterback is clinging to hope. And focus.
Seattle visits the Washington Football Team (4-6) on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. EST, TSN via ESPN).
“You’ve got to win one game at a time,” Wilson said. “That’s got to be your mentality. It’s kind of like an early playoffs. It’s like March Madness, but you’re in late November, December … You’ve got to win them.
“The teams who have that right mentality, with that approach, (win). That’s what it is. We don’t shy away form the conversation. We stay focused on one at a time.”
Wilson’s head coach Pete Carroll is no less unrelentingly positive-minded, even though he had to walk away for half an hour from his post-game news conference last Sunday, he was so frustrated.
On Saturday he spoke, too, of staying in the moment, all the time from here on out.
“(Thinking ahead) does us not good unless we are focused on exactly what is right at hand,” Carroll said. “That’s something that we have practising for a long time, and I’m hoping we can pull it off right now. Regardless of what our record is, we want to win the next seven games, and that doesn’t change at all.
“We have to go play a great football game against a team that is on fire out there, and we have to do it in all three phases to have a chance to get it done.”
Right. Washington has won two in a row to move back into NFC wild-card playoff contention. Since losing to Kansas City in mid October, the Football Team’s defence has not surrendered more than 304 total yards in any of the four games.
Plus, Taylor Heinicke is establishing a foothold at quarterback. When he’s hot and the offence gets rolling, Washington wins. Even against Tampa Bay. Washington has scored more than 22 points four times and won all four games.
Said Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner of the team’s offensive improvement: “I think for Taylor, but also just for our team in general, (it’s) being able to convert third downs, finishing in the red zone. And then I think Taylor’s playing with confidence … He’s making good decisions.”