A recap of the day’s activities:
Josh Wilson. When he intercepted a pass in the closing seconds of Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, the Seahawks’ third-year cornerback was well aware that the prudent move was to just go down with the ball to ice the victory.
Instead, Wilson went 61 yards to the end zone for the score that made it Seattle 32, Detroit 20.
“I know the whole situation: You’ve got to take a knee,” Wilson said today. “But all I saw was No. 51 (Lions center Dominic Raiola) and I’m like, ‘Man, I can beat this guy to the corner.’ So I just took off.”
It was the Seahawks’ fifth interception off rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and, yes, Wilson was wondering when his would come after watching middle linebacker David Hawthorne (two), strong safety Deon Grant and cornerback Marcus Trufant get picks.
“You’ve just got to wait your turn,” Wilson said. “It’s funny, because (free safety Jordan) Babineaux and I before we went on the field said, ‘It’s going to be one of us.’ Little did we know it actually was going to be one of us.”
Coach Jim Mora credited Wilson’s success to his extensive video study during the week, which allows Wilson to pickup tendencies. While Wilson agreed with that assessment, he also offered another reason.
“It was more the quarterback,” Wilson said. “My responsibility in that defense is to read the quarterback. That’s what I did. Especially the young guys. Young guys, they like to look at where they’re going to throw the ball. He looked right there.
“He threw a low line drive. He likes to thrown them and I made a play on it.”
The game balls from Sunday’s win went to running back Julius Jones (offense), Hawthorne (defense) and safety Lawyer Milloy (special teams).
“There has been some real improvement in Julius that’s not necessarily evident to the naked eye,” Mora said. “When you go back and look at the film, you notice some things that he’s doing a lot better and he’s starting to pick up the scheme.
“He’s seeing things much better. I think he’s understanding where the cut is going to be much better. I feel like he’s gaining more yards after contact than he was earlier in the year. So those are some of the things that I think he’s doing well. And then his pass protection has improved.”
After gaining 2 yards on seven carries in the first half against the Lions, Jones had 34 yards on nine second-half carries and also caught a season-high six passes.
Mora expects quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to be limited in practice this week so he can rest a sore shoulder. But Hasselbeck will start Sunday’s big game against the NFC West-leading Cardinals in Arizona.
“He fought his way through it, and it was pretty impressive,” Mora said of Hasselbeck completing 39 of 51 passes for 329 yards despite injuring the shoulder in the first quarter. “It’s nothing structural. It’s just sore.”
Cornerback Ken Lucas lasted only seven plays against the Lions before the neck injury he got in the previous game started to bother him and he also bumped his elbow covering a touchdown pass in the end zone.
“He just didn’t seem to be functioning the way we wanted him to,” Mora said. “But I talked to Kenny this morning. He was feeling better and I think he’ll be good to go.”
STAT DU JOUR
As a follow-up to Friday’s story about the record-setting pace of the league’s tight ends this season, of the 36 touchdown passes thrown in Sunday’s games, 13 went to tight ends – including three by the Bears’ Greg Olsen against the Cardinals.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’re lucky. Our fans are very smart football fans, and they’re patient and they’ve very supportive of this football team. They typically don’t boo unless you really deserve it. At the point where it was 17-0, I was right with them. I wanted to boo, as well.” – Mora, when asked about the smattering of boos at Qwest Field during the team’s sluggish start against the Lions