From the moment he stepped into the huddle for the Seahawks opening drive in Sunday’s season opener, Russell Wilson was in total command and the Falcons had no answer for his brilliance.

Whether he was in the pocket or scrambling – regardless of arm angle or the platform thrown off of – he systematically dissected their defense at all three levels, spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. By the time the final horn sounded and Seattle capped off an impressive 38-25 win, the six-time Pro Bowler had completed nearly 90 percent of his passes for 322 yards and thrown four touchdowns, equaling the number of incompletions he had the entire afternoon.

“The first play of the game, we made a mistake and [Wilson] got sacked, had nothing to do with the offensive line,” Carroll said. “Russ [Wilson] will let you know he held the football one time, he missed his read and they got him. Getting hit and knocked around a little bit was way more than we wanted but as the game went on, we definitely got more confident and the timing seemed to work out better.”

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