Good morning, 12s.
Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Tuesday, October 8 – about your Seattle Seahawks:
Wilson For Air Player Of The Week
With a whopping 268 passing yards and four touchdowns, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made his way on the list of nominees for the NFL’s Air & Ground Players of the Week.
The widely-known and commonly-used delivery company has recognized both quarterbacks and running backs from the League for 17 years. They highlight the players who deliver the best performances for their respective fans and teammates each week. From Week 5, Wilson is a nominee amongst Houston Texans QB DeShaun Watson and New Orleans Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater.
“Each week, FedEx will donate $2,000 to the USO on behalf of the NFL award winners through FedEx Cares. The $4,000 donation will support the USO Pathfinder program, which provides resources and personalized services to assist service members and military spouses in their transition back to civilian life,” according to NFL.com.
“FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year winners—announced each year during the Super Bowl Week at NFL Honors—will receive a $20,000 donation in their name to the USO.”
Make your way over to NFL.com to vote for our very own QB1.
The Seattle Seahawks take on a Cleveland Browns team that is struggling to keep pace with their lofty preseason expectations. Despite having a lot of offensive firepower, the Browns head into their Week 6 matchup with the Seahawks at 2-3. A bigger issue than the record is the way the team got dominated by the 49ers as the Browns failed to score a touchdown in their 31-3 loss on Monday Night Football.
As the Seahawks began preparing for the Browns, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll praised Cleveland’s offensive weapons. Carroll’s press conference took place prior to the Browns laying an egg on Monday Night Football, but the coach called the Browns-Niners game a “homework assignment” for the team.
“They’re an interesting team,” Carroll said of the Browns during his Week 6 press conference. “They’ve got all kinds of firepower and so [we’re] in the early stages of learning about them. They have a lot of dangerous players on both sides of the ball.”
Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, as he shares a Nintendo-themed video of his 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett in the Week 5 matchup against the Rams.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com’s John Boyle lists five takeaways from Coach Carroll’s Monday press conference.
Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest reports on veteran wideout Tyler Lockett announcing his poetry book that releases on October 15. Fann also shares Pete Carroll’s thoughts on the Seahawks pass rush.
Lindsey Wisniewski from NBC Sports Northwest takes a look at what the national and local media are saying about the Seahawks as they approach their Week 6 matchup.
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com offers his opinion on QB Russell Wilson playing at ‘an MVP level.’
Jerry Brewer from The Washington Post writes up a feature story on Wilson being ‘the best franchise quarterback in the NFL.’
Jim Moore from 710 ESPN Seattle takes a look around the NFC and touches on a few teams around the conference.
Bob Condotta at The Seattle Times shares what to pull from Coach Carroll’s Monday press conference. Condotta also reports on WR Tyler Lockett releasing his poetry book soon.
“I don’t usually talk, but this game he had it coming,” Bosa explained to The Mercury News. “I was just screaming his name. ‘Ba-ker. Ba-ker. You good? Come on, pick it up. We want a challenge.’ He was panicking. He was double-clutching, rolling back and forth. We had him rattled all game.”
The Seahawks are hoping that Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah can help make Mayfield uncomfortable once again on Sunday. Bosa was not the only player to criticize Mayfield after the Niners’ dominant win. Former Legion of Boom member Richard Sherman called out Mayfield for not shaking hands before the game.
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman told NFL.com. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
Much will be made about Russell Wilson squaring off with Mayfield despite the two players not sharing the field at the same time. Mayfield may get the attention, but Nick Chubb is the heart of the Browns’ offense. The Seahawks’ ability to limit the Browns’ offense depends on how they defend Chubb. The Browns running back has rushed for 485 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry through five games.
While the Seahawks’ secondary has struggled at times, Seattle has been able to defend the run this season. The Seahawks rank fourth in the NFL allowing just 80 rushing yards per game.
The Browns offense has looked anything but explosive, but Cleveland still has the players to put up a lot of points when everything is clicking. None of these weapons has been more important than Chubb, making how the Seahawks defend the running back one of the keys to the Browns matchup.
Baker Mayfield would like to get his Week 5 performance back against the 49ers. Mayfield failed to throw a touchdown while having two interceptions. The Browns quarterback finished with just 100 yards while only completing 36.4 percent of his passes which landed him a 13.4 passer rating. Niners defensive end Nick Bosa admitted that Mayfield had a bit of target on his back and noted the Browns quarterback was “panicking” during the game.
Adam Jude at The Seattle Times expands on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s thoughts regarding the Seahawks pass rush being ‘on the brink of a breakthrough.’
Gregg Bell from The Tacoma News Tribune analyzes the connection between QB Russell Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett. Bell also dives into the Seahawks pass rush.
Aaron Fentress from The Athletic takes tight end Will Dissly’s play to the film room.