Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson says his confidence isn't shaken after a so-so effort in his first game as a pro, a 20-16 loss last week against NFC West division rival Arizona.

Although he was sacked three times and hit another seven, Wilson said he felt he handled Arizona's defensive pressure packages OK, and that the speed of the game wasn't any different than what he faced during the preseason.

"I wouldn't say it was any faster," Wilson said. "I think more than anything we have to capitalize on some plays, whether it's me making the right throw at the right time, or just reaching out for the first down in terms of runs."

Wilson said the fact that he played against Arizona's 3-4 defense last week should help in the preparation for the Dallas Cowboys, another 3-4 team, this weekend.

"They're very, very similar," Wilson said. "Most 3-4 defenses are for the most part. They've got a lot of talent up front. They fly around and make plays. They bring different types of pressure, just like Arizona did. And so we just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there's a lot of green grass behind it. And so we have to capitalize on those."

One of the areas Seattle would like to improve is red-zone offense. The Seahawks were just 1 of 4 inside the red zone against the Cardinals.

"The biggest thing is that that we have to capitalize down there no matter what the situation is," Wilson said. "Whether it's a run or a pass we want to get seven, not three points.

"That's one area that we have to keep growing and improving in. You want to be top in the league always in that situation. I think the main thing is getting the ball in the end zone."

Wilson said he did have a few moments during last week's game to take in the situation and understand he was starting in his first NFL game.

"Of course I was," Wilson said. "I got out there, and I didn't forget that. It's one of those things that, the main goal and the main focus for me is just to win the game, and help our football team win whatever way possible. And so it wasn't too big or too small, or anything like that."

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