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Tuesday in Hawkville: Russell Wilson named and nominated

Posted Nov 5, 2013

From being voted “Best Pro Athlete” in Western Washington to being nominated for Never Say Never Moment of the Week, Russell Wilson continues to build on his popularity – and find ways to win games for his team.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 5, when the players had their "off" day and the coaches were compiling the game plan for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta:

WORD OF THE DAY: WILLL-SONNN!

Life is good if your name is Russell Wilson, and you're the second-year quarterback of the team with the best record in the NFC.

Wilson has been voted "Best Pro Athlete" in KING-TV's 21st annual Best of Western Washington poll, which definitely is understandable if the number of Wilson No. 3 Seahawks jerseys seen on game day at CenturyLink Field is any indication of how popular the QB has become during his relatively short stay in Seattle.

YOU DON'T SAY

"They can't play like that again. Seattle was the second team to win this season with a minus-3 turnover margin. Teams with a minus-3 turnover margin are 2-19 this season."

ESPN.com in putting the Seahawks at No. 4 in its weekly power rankings behind the Chiefs, Colts and Broncos

If that's not enough, check out the Cast Away-esque shouts of "Willl-sonnn. Willl-sonnn." whenever he's spotted by autograph-seeking fans.

Why is Wilson so popular? Just the latest example came in Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For his obvious role in the biggest comeback in franchise history, Wilson has been nominated for Never Say Never Moment of the Week at NFL.com. Wilson was responsible for each of the Seahawks' three touchdowns in the storm-from-behind victory – after the Seahawks had fallen behind 21-0 in the second quarter.

Wilson threw TD passes to Jermaine Kearse (16 yards) and Doug Baldwin (10 yards) and in between scored on a 10-yard run.

As coach Pete Carroll put it after the game, "Russell never thought for a second that we weren't going to win this football game. He made the plays he needed to make to put us in position to do it."

Also nominated: Cameron Wake's walk-off safety for the Dolphins in their overtime win against the Bengals and the Colts' second-half comeback against the Texans that was led by QB Andrew Luck.

You can vote here for Wilson.

STATS 'N STUFF: DEFENSE STILL RANKS No. 2

The Seahawks' defense continues to rank No. 2 in the NFL in average yards allowed (296.0) and average passing yards allowed (179.8). The Texans lead the league in both categories (273.5 and 158.0). But, as we examined in Monday Metatarsal Musings, the run defense has slipped to No. 19 (116.2) after allowing 405 rushing yards in the past two games. The Seahawks also continue to share the league lead in interceptions (13) and are tied for second in producing turnovers (21). But because they have the second-most turnovers (15) of the 15 teams on the plus side in turnover differential, they have dropped into a tied for seventh in that category (plus-6).

STAT DU JOUR: SEAHAWKS MAKING THEIR POINT BY NOT ALLOWING MANY

The Seahawks are one of five teams in the NFL that has allowed fewer than 150 points this season. But they are one of only two teams that have done that while playing nine games, rather than eight. Here's a look at where they rank in total and average points allowed:

Points allowed
Team No.
Panthers 106
Chiefs 111
49ers 145
Saints 146
Seahawks 149

Average points allowed
Team No.
Chiefs 12.3
Panthers 13.3
Seahawks 16.6
49ers 18.1
Saints 18.3
Bengals 18.4

Offensively, the Seahawks are No. 5 in average rushing yards (147.0), No. 13 overall (347.8) and No. 27 in average passing yards (200.8).

The All-Pro duo of cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas continue to share the NFL lead in interceptions (four).

Wilson is sixth in the league in passer rating (98.1). Kicker Steven Hauschka is fifth in scoring (78 points) and seventh in touchbacks (29). Golden Tate is sixth in punt return average (13.2).

UP NEXT: "COMPETITION WEDNESDAY"

The players return from their "off" day to begin practicing for the Sunday's game against the Falcons on "Competition Wednesday."

Injured tackles Russell Okung (toe) and Breno Giacomini (knee) are scheduled to participate, but Okung is not eligible to come off injured reserve this week and Carroll said Monday that he isn't expecting Giacomini to be ready for this game.

Looking farther down the road, the Seahawks will have only two road trips remaining in the regular season after Sunday, and they come in back-to-back weeks – Dec. 8 against the 49ers, in what will be the final time the Seahawks play at Candlestick Park; and Dec. 15 against the Giants at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks