Russell Wilson: Big hands will help in frigid conditions vs. Vikings

RENTON, Wash. -- When asked about the coldest game he's ever played in, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson instead recalled outdoor, nighttime practices during his time at Wisconsin.

"It used to get pretty cold," he said. "I remember a couple times there was snow on the ground and stuff."

The current forecast for Sunday in Minnesota calls for a high of 4 degrees. Wilson said wind can be a factor in the passing game, but he's not worried about the cold temperatures.

He does have a plan, though. Wilson will not use a glove on his throwing hand, but will have hand-warmers in his waist pocket to heat up in between plays.

"Fortunately I have big hands [10¼ inches], so that helps, too," Wilson said.

"When it comes to throwing, you want to be comfortable. You want to do what you always do. For me, that’s what I’ve always done, just throw with my bare hand."

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson has only played one outdoor game in below-freezing temperatures. That was last season in a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City, Missouri. Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in that game. He also ran eight times for 71 yards.

"I think when it gets that cold, when it's zero degrees, I think the ball gets a little harder," Wilson said. "I think that obviously it may freeze up a little bit, but you just play with it."

From 2013 to 2014, Wilson fumbled 25 times. But he only put the ball on the ground on seven occasions this regular season.

And don't be surprised to see him use his legs in Sunday's game. When the Seahawks and Vikings met Dec. 6, Wilson ran the ball nine times for 51 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he had 553 rushing yards.

"You get used to the cold," he said. "It shouldn't be a big deal at all."