After a big win over their NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams, during last week’s Thursday Night Football game, the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson look like contenders again. Or do they? Sitting pretty at 4-1, they look like the biggest threat to overturn the Rams two-year division winning streak. No, the Giants don’t look bad either, but the Seahawks just have that edge, and Wilson is a big part of that. Here’s what we’re thinking about the Seahawks’ performance so far this season and where they’ll go from here.
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Russell Wilson Looks Incredible
First things first, we can’t talk about Thursday night’s performance without talking about Russell Wilson. Not only have talks emerged of the Seahawks’ potential to be postseason contenders, but many have said Wilson could be an MVP candidate if he keeps it up. He played four quarters of fantastic football, not to mention probably the best four-game start of his whole career. On Thursday, he completed 17 of 23 passes for 268 yards and FOUR touchdowns! He also moved the ball 32 yards over the course of 8 carries.
Wilson now has 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions after Week 4. He’s leading the offense and throwing with incredible accuracy and consistency. According to head coach Pete Carroll, “I don’t care how big the numbers are. I’m not talking about how many yards or whatever. Just his play has just been really, really sharp.” Another big quote from the head coach after the game: “I thought Russell played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play.”
The critical play in that Rams game? Safety Tedric Thompson intercepted one of Jared Goff’s passes with just over two minutes to go. Sure, it helped that Greg Zuerlein missed that field goal to complete the comeback for the Rams, but hey, a win is a win, right?
The Seahawks as a Whole
This team also plays exceptionally well in prime time games (27-5-1 in the Pete Carroll era) and lucky for the Seahawks, they’ve got four more prime time games on the schedule this season. Oh and just FYI, of those games, they’re 18-2 at home. They’re also starting to look like a great road team this season, and many are crediting that to their new tradition of having all the Seahawks take the same bus to road games each week.
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Wilson’s not the only one on the team with accuracy. Tyler Lockett is probably the Seahawk’s best receiver this season, and on Thursday, he completed an incredible improbable pass. The statisticians gave it a 6.3% of completion, but Lockett got his hands on the ball and his feet in bounds for a 13-yard touchdown. (Seriously, it looked impossible, just watch it for yourself.) The star receiver is in his fifth year with the Seahawks, so the team has come to trust and rely on him in tight situations. He’s confident and has a natural route-running ability. When it comes to active wide receivers, Lockett is tied for the most touchdowns – 13 – in the league. And fun fact, he’s also a poet.
It’s not all rainbows for Seattle, however. The Seahawks defense, including newly acquired Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah, sit at the bottom of the league rankings with only 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. They’ve also got the lowest sack rate since Carroll took over, and they had none against the Rams last week. At the moment though, they’re not too worried. Clowney says the defensive line is aware they’re not on the same page and not rushing as well as usual. But he says, “We’re winning games and we’re not playing our best right now, which is always a good thing. It’s a long, long season. We’ve just got to come to play each week and knock ’em off one at a time.”
After a 10-day break, the Seahawks will take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday in Ohio. The Browns are heading into Week 6 with a record of 2-3 but apparently Carroll isn’t taking them lightly. Let’s see if the Seahawks can keep up the momentum! A win this Sunday will give them their first 3-0 road start since 1980.
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