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Cowboys Vs. Seahawks 2012: Russell Wilson's Week One Struggles

Very rarely does a third-round draft pick at quarterback get immediately slotted into the starting position on an NFL team, but Russell Wilson has gotten the chance in Seattle. The former NC State and Wisconsin quarterback got his first ever NFL start against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and looked unfortunately about as good as one would expect a third-round draft pick to look.

Wilson went 18-of-34 in his first game with a touchdown and an interception, along with eight rushing attempts that yielded 20 yards and a fumble. Playing against an underrated Cardinals' defense didn't help, but he did not do much to help his team in the end, as the Seahawks fell, 20-16, despite having the ball right at the cusp of the end zone near the end. With an extra timeout, to boot.

Going into a match against the 1-0 Cowboys this weekend, Wilson will need to step up his game from the poor performance he showed in Week 1. The Cowboys' defense will be sure to give him as hard a time as it can in his second ever NFL start. At least this time, he'll have 'the 12th man' at CenturyLink Field behind him.

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