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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson runs away from defensive back Dontae Johnson. Wilson has played in only five games this season, passing for 10 touchdowns and 1,196 yards.

GREEN BAY — As they went over film to get ready for Sunday’s game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, somebody in the Green Bay Packers outside linebackers meeting room on Thursday afternoon brought up perhaps the greatest analogy ever uttered about the elusive, eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

“It was like chasing a chicken in a field with no fence.”

That’s how Packers edge rusher Preston Smith had described Wilson in the wake of Green Bay’s 28-23 victory at Lambeau Field in the 2019 NFC divisional playoffs, when Wilson nearly singlehandedly carried the undermanned Seahawks to an upset win with his Houdini-like pocket escapes and how-did-he-do-that throws, rallying from 21-3 and 28-10 deficits.

“It’s funny, because we were talking about that (analogy) today,” outside linebackers coach Mike Smith said Thursday evening. “Obviously, he’s one of the best in the league. He’s not an overly fast guy, but he’s super athletic. He’s bigger than what you think, (strong) lower body, he’s always ducking down, spinning, giving you the pump fake. He’s a weapon back there, and you’ve always got to be aware when you have guys like that when you’re rushing. But I think he’s one of the elite in the NFL behind (Baltimore quarterback) Lamar (Jackson) because of what he can do back there and extending plays.

“We have to do our best to keep him in there. It’ll change the way you rush a little bit, because you have to be cautious of where he’s at, but also you can’t rush scared. That’s my biggest thing. (If) you go into a game and you rush scared, and you’re sitting there peeking at the line of scrimmage and looking, you’re making it easy for him. We have to take calculated risks when we get after him. He’s definitely a guy you have to worry about, for sure.”