A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 6:
Midseason All-Pros. That would be Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, as selected by Pro Football Weekly.
The Seahawks’ leading rusher, left cornerback and free safety were tabbed by the online publication today for their obvious efforts in the first eight games of the season. Here’s what PFW had to say in selecting each, with additional statistical information:
Lynch – “Lynch’s ‘Beast Mode’ style has set the tone for Pete Carroll’s physical Seahawks, who have held their own in a bruising NFC West. Always falling forward and rarely losing yards, Lynch is on pace to crack 1,500 rushing yards for the first time in his career, gaining a personal-best 97.9 yards per game.”
Entering Sunday’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field, Lynch ranks second in the league in rushing to the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, the other back on the PFW midseason All-Pro team. He’s also third in the league in total yards (991).
Sherman – “A very tall, very physical press corner, Sherman declared himself ‘Optimus Prime’ in challenging Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson in Week 8, and effectively limited the Lions’ top threat to 3-46-0 receiving. Sherman occasionally can have penalty problems, but this converted wide receiver plays with a swagger and is very tough to beat.”
Sherman has three interceptions to share the team lead with fellow cornerback Brandon Browner, and leads the defense with 11 passes defensed.
Thomas – “Another huge part of the Seahawks’ ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary, Thomas is a punishing hitter who also shows great range, rarely getting beaten over the top. He’s incredibly fast but also very strong for his size, and while his numbers haven’t been incredible, he has the tools to pile up interceptions in a hurry.”
Thomas was voted the starting free safety on the NFC West Pro Bowl team last season, and this season he has two interceptions.
STATS ’N STUFF
Jon Ryan is third in the league in punting average (50.0) and fifth in net average (42.6), while Leon Washington is sixth in kickoff return average (29.1).
Russell Wilson’s passer rating of 87.2 ranks 11th in the league. Both are up from 79.5 and No. 22 just two weeks ago. Completing 69 percent of your passes (41 of 59) for 409 yards with five TD passes and one interception in the past two games will do that.
Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner leads the team in tackles with 72, while Heath Farwell remains the leader in coverage tackles on special teams with nine.
As a team, the Seahawks rank fourth in the league is total defense (11th rushing, seventh passing) and 29th in total offense (seventh rushing, 31st passing).
STAT DU JOUR
Wilson has become the sixth rookie quarterback since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to start 4-0 at home. Here’s a look at the select company he has joined, and those who rank ahead of him:
Quarterback, team (year) Start
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (2004) 7-0
Chris Chandler, Colts (1988) 6-0
Russell Wilson, Seahawks (2012) 4-0
Joe Ferguson, Bills (1973) 4-0
Mike Kruczek, Steelers (1976) 4-0
Matt Ryan, Falcons (2008) 4-0
The players return from their off day on Tuesday to begin practicing for Sunday’s game on “Competition Wednesday.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“(Darrell) Bevell called an excellent game against his former team. He is playing to the strengths of the offense and his quarterback specifically. Seattle has mixed deep passes with short throws with zone runs with quarterback options to keep defenses guessing. This was a diverse offense on display against the Vikings.” – ESPN blogger Mike Sando, listing the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator among the “Rising” in his weekly NFC West Stock Watch