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Wilson has shined at home this season, and he turned in another impressive performance last week against the Jets.
The Seahawks blew out the Jets on Sunday, but New York head coach Rex Ryan believe the game was closer than the score indicates.
After dominating the New York Jets in every facet of the game, the Seattle Seahawks' players had plenty to say about the 28-7 win on Sunday at The Link. One of the more encouraging factors was the play of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who continues to impress with his maturity and on-field presence.
He's also showed good decision-making in the relatively new scheme that uses a read-option style of play. Wilson talked to The News Tribune about its effectiveness and what it means to the success of the offense:
"In terms of the read option, it makes it tough on the defense because people are spread out. The goal is to hand it off to Marshawn; give the ball to him and let him make the play and get a big gain. Once I carry the football, I'm just trying to get 5, 10 yards and make a positive play out of it, be smart and get down. A couple of them, I was able to get loose and get more than just 5 or 10 yards; I think a 20 yarder maybe, or whatever. Another one to continue the drive on. I think that's big for us to be able to change it up in terms of our run looks. Coach Cable and Coach Bevell do a tremendous job of giving us great looks in practice, and getting us ready."
The read-option has contributed to the success of the Seahawks' seventh-ranked rushing offense. The ability to involve Marshawn Lynch often allows the Seahawks' leading rusher to do what he does best, as well as open up the passing game.
Speaking of the passing game, the receivers have benefited from the success of the run, and that was clear on Sunday against the Jets. Wide receiver Sidney Rice spoke about the success that he and fellow wideout Golden Tate have had as the the team opens up the playbook:
"We just have more opportunities. We said we were going to take some shots into the end zone, and that's what we've been doing. Golden Tate has been making some great plays down the sideline getting in the end zone, bubble screens, or whatever we may have. But we're throwing the ball in the end zone now, and that's what happens when you have a receiver that can make plays and a quarterback that can move out of the pocket and find people."
The Seahawks have a bye in Week 11 and are currently second in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers.
He got to stand in pouring down rain at CenturyLink Field in Seattle and watch his team drop their third straight to rest at the bottom of the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills. With the loss, the Jets' limited playoff window took an even bigger hit, he told the News Tribune after the loss.
I mean I don't know how many more losses you want to spot somebody before you think you can make the playoffs. It's about a 2% chance of making the playoffs or something like that with a record that we have but again were going to take that shot.
The Jets offense has struggled all year. They have a point differential of -53 and Ryan took out quarterback Mark Sanchez at one point for a drive featuring repeated uses of quarterback Tim Tebow. Sanchez finished with just 124 yards and an interception on 9-for-22 attempts. He finished with his second lowest quarterback rating of the year, at 40.7.
Despite his quarterback's troubles, Ryan doesn't predict a shakeup coming any time soon. As he points out, the Jets' problems can hardly be pinned on one player's shoulder pads.
Again I know this is a common theme but if it was on one guy it's easy to fix. But it's much more. We have had protection breakdown, there are dropped passes, guys aren't getting open - there are other things involved in it. But again, yes we will stick with Mark and we know he has to get better and everybody around him has to get better - coaches, players, everybody.
Despite the uphill battle, the Jets refuse to quit, or at least their words to the media would suggest so. Sanchez still believes the team still has a playoff run in them.
No question. That is the most frustrating thing because are missing opportunities and we have them right there. We have opportunities to make plays. Its my job to do everything right and put us in the right position and not hurt our team.. I know we have the talent, I know we have the coaching, it's just a matter of executing and making good decisions.
Still, with seven games left crazier things have happened in the NFL. Whether or not the Jets can right the ship remains to be seen. But if they are able to do that a different team needs to show up than the one that showed up in Seattle on Sunday.
The best part of Seattle's dominating 28-7 win over the Jets? The fact that they finally made it through a game without a major injury.
Watching the Seahawks win is always super fun. You get so high on winning that your body actually starts to produce it's own Hawksoprine!
Golden Tate and the Seattle Seahawks cruised to a 28-7 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks' defense is still putting a beating on the New York Jets' offense at rainy CenturyLink Field. Even with the Seahawks' offense struggling to put much together, Seattle is still in control and leading 14-7 thanks to their defense, which has yet to allow a score.
The Seahawks went in front on their first drive, but gave the lead back when the Jets returned a Russell Wilson fumble for a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch put Seattle back in front in the second quarter and from there, it was all about watching the defense go to work.
The Jets have just 153 yards of total offense and have turned the ball over twice. They are 2-for-10 on third down and have failed in their only fourth down attempt. Mark Sanchez is 7-for-18 passing for just 87 yards and an interception, which is good for a 31.5 passer rating. No matter what New York tries, it has failed and that is because the Seattle defense is on the other side of the ball to shut down whatever is thrown at them.
The Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets offenses still aren't going to remind anyone of the Greatest Show on Turf, but that is fine for Seattle. They have managed just enough offense to take a 14-7 halftime lead and their defense still hasn't allowed a point so all is well for the home fans at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle came out flying, scoring on their first drive, but their offense went to sleep after that. They struggled to move the ball and gave up a touchdown when Russell Wilson was sacked and fumbled, allowing Muhammad Wilkerson to run the ball back for six.
The Seahawks' offense found some life again in the middle of the second quarter with some help from the Jets, who muffed a punt and allowed them to take over at the New York 47. From there, Seattle got a few short passes from Wilson and four carries from Marshawn Lynch, the last of which saw him go one yard into the endzone to put the Seahawks in front 14-7.
The two teams have still combined for just 246 total yards and have two turnovers apiece so this isn't a shootout by any means. That isn't a problem for the Seahawks, though. They're happy with this as long as their defense continues to shut down the Jets.
It could be a nets Jets offense in the second half, one led by Tim Tebow. Mark Sanchez is just five of 14 for 67 yards and an interception. At this point, it might be time for Tebow, if only be default.
The Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets look set for a defensive battle. While each did score in the first quarter, which ended 7-7, one of those scores came from the defense and neither team managed much of an offense.
The Seahawks jumped in front on their first drive of the game with Russell Wilson finding Doug Baldwin for 18 yards, then hitting Golden Tate on a 38-yard touchdown pass. From there, it looked like Seattle's offense was going to find a rhythm, but the Seahawks lost a yard on their next drive and fumbled on the one after that.
That fumble is what let the Jets get even. Wilson was sacked and fumbled at his own 21. Muhammad Wilkerson picked the ball up and scampered into the endzone, getting New York even.
The good news for the Seahawks is that they have done well to shutdown the Jets' offense, but that hasn't paid off on the scoreboard. Their offense is going to have to get going, and keep from giving the Jets any more points if they are going to improve to 5-0 at home this year.
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is known to be one of the more interesting and animated NFL coaches, and he proved to be just that when he was mic'd up for NFL Films last week against the Vikings.
The segment includes plenty of Carroll exuberance and fist pumps, but also gives a great inside look at the coach during the game. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson ran for 182 yards against Seattle, something Carroll was worried about before kickoff. Carroll told Seahawks' owner Paul Allen the team's biggest challenge would be tackling Peterson.
Seattle didn't get off to a very good start as Peterson broke a 74-yard run on the second play of the game. A run which prompted Carroll to ask, "what the hell was that?" Following the run, Carroll takes some time to coach up linebacker Mike Morgan and Bruce Irvin.
The rest of the segment includes plenty of excitement and coaching. The funniest part probably comes as Carroll attempts to break down the blocking assignment with Marshawn Lynch. While Carroll specifies what each lineman will be doing and where the hole should be, Lynch repeats that he will "just read it." Finally, Carroll relents and laughs telling Lynch to make sure to read it right.
The mic'd up appearance concludes with Carroll's postgame locker room speech where he tells the team to continue doing what they have been doing and stresses the importance of the upcoming game against New York.
The Seahawks injury report was full on Thursday, with six starters missing practice.
The Seattle Seahawks rely heavily on their run game each week. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has shown he is capable of winning a game late with his arm, but coach Pete Carroll has made a conscious effort to run the football with power and effectiveness all season long.
Marshawn Lynch and Mike Robinson, who are two starters for the Seahawks, recently went on NFL Turning Point and broke down film of how the team likes to operate. SB Nation's terrific Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, noted a few of the more interesting things said during the segment.
Interestingly, Marshawn repeatedly refers to Robinson as 'his eyes' throughout the video, noting that he trusts Mike Rob to help lead him to daylight. As Robinson puts it - "you read it like a runner - that's why he calls me his 'eyes', because we're supposed to see the same thing."
Another point of emphasis for the Seahawks, and something that I never noticed either, is that on the snap, Robinson and Lynch's footwork ("feetwork" as per Lynch) should be lockstep -- 'like they're on a string,' as Robinson notes.
It's impressive these two have as much chemistry as they do. Few teams still employ a regular fullback in the NFL, but Seattle clearly uses one to gain an advantage.
Lynch has rushed for 881 yards and four touchdowns through nine games this season and could be on his way to a Pro Bowl nomination. If Seattle hopes to reach the playoffs this season, Lynch is going to have to keep feeding off Robinson and his offensive line to put up big numbers the rest of the way.
Scoring big on a flex player is a tough thing to do in Fantasy Football, and it may just be the difference between a win or loss that week. With Week 10 now upon us, Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice presents an interesting start-or-sit case.
The biggest downside to starting Rice is the offense he plays in. The Seahawks typically do not put up a lot of points and like to run the ball early and often. And when the team decides to let Russell Wilson air the ball out, the rookie QB has been a bit inconsistent at times.
On the other hand, Rice has 40 points in his last four games, including a 12-point effort against a tough Vikings defense last weekend. The Seahawks will be playing at home, which is typically a good thing for their offense, although they'll be facing a tough Jets secondary.
All of this being considered, Rice is a solid flex play this week. He doesn't have the speed or size to have a breakout 30-point game, but 50 yards and a touchdown reception seem possible for Week 10.
Lynch is coming off three straight games with at least 100 rushing yards and has a favorable matchup against the New York Jets on Sunday. The Jets have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. New York has also allowed eight rushing touchdowns, tied for the fifth most in the NFL.
After a two-game lull in Week 5 and 6, Lynch has posted double digit fantasy points each of the last three weeks. He ran for 124 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota, good for 20 points in standard leagues. Lynch has scored at least nine fantasy points in seven of the nine weeks this season.
The back injury is nothing new for Lynch, he's played through back pain for the better part of two seasons. The wrist injury, however, is new and should be closely monitored this week. If Lynch is able to practice on Thursday and Friday, he should be a must start on Sunday. If the injuries keep him out of practice this week, you may want to look elsewhere. If Lynch is expected to miss Sunday's game, his backup, Robert Turpin could be a solid play against the Jets.
As Week 10 of the Fantasy Football season rolls around, there's a good chance your team is fighting for a playoff spot. With quite a few big-name starters (Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III) on their bye week, owners may be looking for a quarterback. Russell Wilson is a solid option against the Jets.
The rookie Seattle QB has been a bit inconsistent at times this season, although he's been impressive at home. He's averaged 17 points a week while playing at CenturyLink Field, and he's eclipsed the 20-point mark in his last two games. Given that Sunday's game will be played at home, Wilson is worth a start.
Wilson is owned in about 20 percent of leagues, so there's a good chance he's available. If you're in a bind, go pick him up.
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