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With Key Divisional Matchups Looming, Russell Wilson Realizes The Power Of A Positive Mindset

The quarterback spoke about the concept of neutrality on Thursday, and how he’s using a neutral mindset to prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Russell Wilson will look to bounce back from a tough loss in Buffalo last Sunday when he and the Seahawks take on the division rival Los Angeles Rams this weekend.

And for Wilson, the key to moving past last Sunday's performance lies in his mental fortitude and ability to stay neutral, something that he makes part of his everyday life. He even spoke about the idea of neutral thinking and how it helps him on and off the field in a TED Talk video earlier this year.

"The first thing I think in terms of neutral thinking and neutrality is your language," Wilson said in his press conference Thursday. "What are you saying to yourself, how do you speak, what does that look like? How do you speak to your teammates, how do you speak to others in the midst of good times and also tough times?"

Times were tough for Wilson & Co. last Sunday, as the quarterback was sacked five times — losing two fumbles in the process — and knocked down 16 times by a Buffalo Bills pass rush that had its way with the Seahawks' front line. 

But even after a rough game like the one last Sunday, Wilson still believes in the unit going into this Sunday's matchup with a Rams squad that features arguably the league's best defensive lineman in Aaron Donald. 

"You have to be able to move on," Wilson said. "You have to be able to understand that there's other great teams and great players, too. You just move on, you stay focused on the next task ahead of you."

With center Ethan Pocic being placed on the injury report with a concussion, Wilson showed full confidence in backup Kyle Fuller.

"I know Kyle is ready," Wilson said. "He's been prepared, he's had an unbelievable training camp, he's done great ever since he's gotten here. He's extremely smart, played a lot of ball in college. I feel extremely confident about him."

Wilson also raved about the "great presence" of fourth-year guard Jordan Simmons. 

"I think he's extremely talented," Wilson said. "Another smart guy. He's stepped into that role, he has no fear when he plays. He's a guy who wants to always step up and always play great, so I'm looking forward to Simmons stepping in there and hopefully having a great game."

At 6-2, the Seahawks are entering a tougher part of the schedule that pits them against two division rivals in the Rams and Cardinals — both of whom are in playoff contention — in a span of five days.

"Anytime you want to be great at anything, there's always going to be a little bit of rain," Wilson said. "And I think that sometimes the rain is okay because it allows the harvest, it allows great things to happen."

Practice photos from the Seahawks' Thursday workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Week 10 vs. the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.

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