Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 14.
The NFL’s Director of NFC Football Communications Randall Liu announced on Twitter that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his effort against the New York Jets. Sherman had an interception in the end zone to prevent a Jets scoring attempt (his 4th of season and tied for 3rd in the NFL). He added a sack (the first of his career) and forced fumble that was recovered by Seattle and led to a touchdown. Sherman also had three tackles and three passes defensed for a defense that did not allow a score on the day, as the Jets’ only touchdown was on a sack-fumble and fumble return for a touchdown.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his Tuesday ‘Hawk Talk session available for review here. O’Neil will step away from his blog the rest of the week and return along with the Seahawks players on Monday, November 19.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune notes the similarities between the University of Washington Huskies football team and Seahawks, “The Huskies are 6-4 and riding a two-game winning streak, as are the Seahawks. The Huskies have won five at home and one on the road. So have the Seahawks. When this year’s schedule was announced, the Huskies had reason to fear October – with games against Stanford, Oregon and USC – as a brutal month. Those fears turned out to be legitimate. The Seahawks must’ve winced, too, when they pondered an October stretch that included a home game against New England, followed by road games at San Francisco and Detroit. Those fears turned out to be legitimate. Despite a rash of injuries to their offensive line, the Huskies have assembled a ground attack around running back Bishop Sankey, playing his second season at the UW. Sankey has rushed 210 times, for 1,011 yards. Injuries have also forced the Seahawks to piece together an offensive line of movable parts, anchored by the dependably durable Max Unger – their version of the Huskies’ Drew Schaefer. The ground attack relies on Marshawn Lynch, playing his second season in Seattle. Lynch has rushed 212 times, for 1,005 yards.”
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com has a look at the major contributions the Seahawks are getting from their 2012 draft class, “Irvin leads all rookies in sacks with seven, which puts him in a tie for the team lead with Chris Clemons. New England’s Chandler Jones, the 21st overall pick, is next among rookies with six … Wagner, Seattle’s second-round pick, leads the team in tackles with 81, fourth-most in the NFL. That total is tied for the second-most among rookies with Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David, who was taken 11 spots after Wagner. Carolina’s Luke Kuechly, the ninth overall pick, ranks third in the NFL with 87 tackles. Wagner also has two sacks … Wilson, taken in the third round, leads all rookie quarterbacks with 15 touchdown passes, which is tied for 10th-most in the NFL. His 90.5 QB rating is 12th in the league, second only to Washington’s Robert Griffin III (the second overall pick) among rookie quarterbacks.”
Mike Salk and Brock Huard of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” discuss whether or not Wilson looks like a franchise quarterback in this short video.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his latest “MVP Watch” and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch gets a bump in Sando’s standings from a week ago, “Lynch has 1,005 yards in 10 games, joining Peterson as the only players with at least 1,000 yards rushing to this point in the season. Lynch is averaging a career-high 4.7 yards per carry thanks in part to a career-long 77-yard scoring run against Detroit. Lynch now has 2,209 yards in his last 25 games with Seattle. He’s riding a streak of four consecutive 100-yard games and has scored a touchdown in the Seahawks’ last three. His production has remained consistent across venues and game situations, such as whether Seattle is winning or losing. He averages 5.0 yards per carry on first down.”
Sando says the play of NFC West QBs is mostly on the rise lately, “Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson has seven TD passes with one interception over his past three games.”
Sando details NFC West offensive and defensive ranks thru Week 10, “The Seahawks have scored between 24 and 30 points in each of their past three games after doing so only twice in their previous seven. Quarterback Russell Wilson has ranked fifth in NFL passer rating (105.3) and sixth in Total QBR (79.1) among regular starters since Week 6. The St. Louis Rams’ Sam Bradford has ranked 10th (92.2 passer rating) and 11th (71.6 QBR) over that time.”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah breaks down who has the best backup plan at quarterback around the League, and the Seahawks’ Matt Flynn is near the top of his ranks, “Flynn has only started two games in his career, but he put up huge numbers for the Green Bay Packers in those contests. He doesn’t have a big-time arm, but he’s smart, accurate and makes good decisions.”
NFL.com wants your help in naming three of the best plays from Week 10, and wide receiver Golden Tate’s touchdown toss to wide receiver Sidney Rice is one of their three plays. You can help name the play here.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth highlights the Seahawks’ first three draft choices from the 2012 NFL Draft, “Bruce Irvin – The selection of the rush-end from West Virginia with the 15th pick overall caught more than just a few by surprise. But after collecting two more sacks in Sunday’s 28-7 thumping of the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field, Irvin has seven to lead all NFL rookies and share the team lead with “Leo” end Chris Clemons. Bobby Wagner – When the team decided against re-signing three-time leading tackler David Hawthorne in free agency, the plan for filling the hole in the middle of the defense was to sign a veteran and also draft a middle linebacker. The Seahawks could have just fast-forwarded to second part of that plan, as Wagner won the job so convincingly that veteran Barrett Ruud was traded in August. All the rookie from Utah State has done is lead the team in tackles with 81 and also contribute two of the Seahawks’ 28 sacks – which is five fewer than they had all of last season; which is why getting Irvin in the first round was Priority One. Russell Wilson – The QB from Wisconsin and North Carolina State is still “too short,” but it hasn’t stopped him from producing some tall-order statistics. Like 5-0, his record at CenturyLink Field, making Wilson the first rookie since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to win his first five at home. Like 11 and 0, his touchdown pass and interceptions totals in those five games. Like 90.5, his passer rating, which ranks 12th in the league and is No. 2 behind the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III (93.9) among the five rookie QBs who are starting. Like 96.2, his passer rating in the fourth quarter, when his five TD passes have won two games – should have won another – and sealed the deal on a third.”
Lastly, we have “Salute to Service”-specific photos from our Week 10 victory over the New York Jets available here.