SEATTLE - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson loves to say, "There's no time to sleep." He made the motto so popular last year that it even started showing up on his shirts during press conferences.
Wilson practices what he preaches. The second year quarterback is always said to be the first person at the Seahawks' practice facility and the last one to leave every day. Wilson told us during his weekly press conference that he normally walks into the build at 5:45am every Monday.
"Usually after games, win or lose, I don't sleep that great," said Wilson. "You're thinking about the game. You're restless. Your body is sore. Sometimes you just need to get to work so you can just put it away, and move on to the next opportunity."
Wilson pushed his schedule back even earlier after last week's 17-10 loss to Arizona. In that game, Wilson put up some of the worst numbers of his professional career. He completed only 11 of 27 passes for 108 yards.
"Sometimes you just have a bad day," Wilson said. "It's that whole baseball analogy: some days you go 0-for-5, but you keep swinging."
Wilson was taking hacks in the Seahawks' facility by 4:15am this Monday. He was so early he even beat Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who arrived at 4:45am, into the building that day.
"He couldn't sleep and I couldn't sleep," Carroll said. "So, we found ourselves sitting in the room watching film together."
Wilson set his top goal as consistency before the season started, so he clearly wasn't happy with his effort against Arizona. He's focused on a bounce back performance this week against the Rams.
"I'm not going to waver and I never will," Wilson said. "My thing is stay in the moment and stay in the now. Just try to continue to keep drives alive and be dominant in the red zone."
Wilson didn't exactly shine in Seattle's first meeting with St. Louis on October 28th, only completing 10 of 18 passes for 139 yards. While he didn't throw many passes, Wilson tossed two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Rams. His efforts helped guide the Seahawks to a 14-9 victory that night.
"The biggest thing for me is just continue doing what I've done all year," said Wilson. "I want to be consistent. Be clutch when we need it, and be the calm of the storm."
There is quite a storm brewing at CenturyLink Field this week. With a victory against the Rams, Wilson and the Seahawks take the NFC West title and earn the top-seed in the conference. A Seattle loss could leave the door open for the 49ers to swoop in and steal the division.
"I know I'm going to have to play well," said Wilson. "I look forward to these opportunities."
Seattle (12-3) and St. Louis (7-8) square off at 1:25pm on Sunday. The Seahawks are pegged as 11.5-point favorites. They haven't lost to the Rams in Seattle since 2005.