Russell Wilson agonized on the sidelines after the Seattle Seahawks opening-season loss against the Arizona Cardinals earlier this year.
The Seahawks failed to get into the end zone on four chances from the 6-yard line in the team’s 20-16 loss to the Cardinals.
So is revenge on Wilson’s mind as he faces the Cardinals for a second time?
C’mon, this is Russell Wilson we’re talking about here.
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“I try to let everything go,” Wilson said. “You have to learn from your lessons. You have to learn from the games – positive and negative. And write them down, and figure out how they can help you in the long run.
“I think that first game helped me improve, and helped me win some games at the end of games throughout the course of the season so far. I try to learn from those lessons, but at the same time, I don’t look at it as revenge or anything like that. It’s just another opportunity for us.”
That said, Wilson is looking forward to facing a team the second time around for the first time in his NFL career.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Wilson said. “I know it’s a new challenge. It’s something I’m looking forward to for sure. The first time out, I wish I could’ve done something just to win that game there at Arizona.
“Now, we’re playing at home. We’re playing at CenturyLink, and it’s our second go around at it. So you have to figure out what you did well, what you didn’t do so well. Figure out what they did well, and figure out how we can attack them.”
Defensively, the Seahawks face a green offensive line that held them to just one sack in the opener. But defensive end Jason Jones believes that experience could come in handy in the rematch.
“In the first game of the year, we got a good feel for them,” Jones said. “I think we rushed them pretty good down there in Arizona. We’re just going to try and get after those guys, and make it hard on them.”
The Cardinals do start two rookie offensive tackles in seventh rounder Nate Potter out of Boise State at left tackle, and right tackle Bobby Massie, a fourth round pick out of Mississippi.
“When you get new offensive linemen, especially young guys, the leveling might not be right,” Jones said. “They may be more susceptible to D-line games that we might throw at them. So we definitely have to take advantage of their youth. But at the same time we know they’re going to try and come in here and run the ball. So we have to stop the run first, and then we can take advantage of their O-line.”