RENTON Let it snow.
So says Russell Wilson, about Sunday’s Seahawks game at Green Bay.
“I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome,” the former University of Wisconsin quarterback said Thursday, three days before snow showers are supposed to be a part of Seattle’s game at Lambeau Field. “Obviously, I get to go back to Wisconsin.
“We know it’s going to be a tough environment. We are really looking forward to it. We are having a mulish approach to the whole thing. We really have to be tough-minded. We want a tough environment. We look forward to those types of situations...”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 15-2 at home in December. That includes last week’s Packers win over Houston.
Part of that, of course, is Green Bay’s weather around Christmastime.
“I’m hoping it’s coming down. I’m hoping it’s snowing,” Wilson said. “It’s hoping it’s kind of a downpour of snow.”
The forecast for Sunday’s 3:25 p.m. local-time kickoff at Lambeau: around 29 degrees with winds of 5-10 miles per hour and a 20-percent chance of snow. That chance is predicted to increase into the evening, but the inch or so of snow forecast for Green Bay Sunday is supposed to fall later, closer to midnight. The Seahawks’ team plane will almost home if not landed at SeaTac by then.
Yet the weather is getting attention this week. Thing is, this Seahawks trip to America’s Great White North won’t nearly be like their last one: the -25-degree (wind chill) game day in Minneapolis for Seattle’s wild-card playoff win over Minnesota 11 months ago.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was talking Thursday about how it took him two weeks to get all the feeling back in his fingers from that ice-box game. Wagner, by the way, says he will again go sleeveless no matter what the weather turns out to be Sunday at Green Bay.
“Last year’s playoff game was the polar opposite,” Wilson said, a good use of the word polar. “It was crazy cold. This, I don’t think, will be that bad. But it will be coming down; knowing the state of Wisconsin it will be coming down pretty good. Nothing changes. You’ve just got to protect the ball in terms of running it. Same thing with throwing it, too. But at the same time, you still have to have that aggressive mentality...
“It’s always harder on the defense (on a slippery field) -- because we know where we are going and they don’t.”
Wilson, 28, played only one football season at Wisconsin after he transferred from North Carolina State. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia -- which for those not from the eastern half of the country gets an average of 12 inches of snow each winter.
“I remember playing at my friends’ houses all the time, Zach Mendez (later Wilson’s star wide receiver at The Collegiate School in Richmond) and playing at his house and playing in the snow,” Wilson said. “We’d stay up until 3 o’clock in the morning playing out in the snow. So it would snow a bunch.
“Not as much as Wisconsin, though.”