Aug 30, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) stands on the sideline with head coach Pete Carroll during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are both in a bit of a pilot mode right now. Each team is starting a quarterback that has won the starting job, but there is no telling if they will be the starter by the end of the season. Russell Wilson, a rookie from Wisconsin, will play under center for Seattle, while third year pro John Skelton will be calling the plays for Arizona.
How will each player do? Well, that's never certain, but there are some things we can look out for.
Being that he is a rookie, it is a foregone conclusion that Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is going to bring plenty of complex blitzes at the young player. Keeping him on his toes and scrambling is exactly what the Cards need to do. Forcing him to make mistakes and turn the ball over would be ideal.
Will Wilson's corps of receivers be able to get open for him? Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu, etc. will need to get down the field fast given the struggles and turnover along the Seahawks' offensive line. Creating opportunities for the former Badger will be paramount for Seattle's success.
For Skelton, Cardinals fans will be looking for more consistency. Outside of the fourth quarter of games, Skelton has looked less than mediocre as the starting QB. Completing more of his passes, not throwing interceptions and standing strong in the pocket are all things he will need to accomplish to win this game.
Skelton has all the tools a quarterback could ask for in terms of receiving targets. Throwing the ball to his star in Larry Fitzgerald should be atop his list. If it's not, the Cardinals will lose. It's that simple.
What do you think? What will you be looking out for between these two QBs? Tell us in the comments section.