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Monday Round-Up: Media Reactions After Seahawks' Week 9 Loss To The Bills

Local and national media sounded off after the Seahawks’ road loss in Buffalo on Sunday.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, Nov. 9 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

What's Being Said: Bills 44, Seahawks 34

Read what Seahawks players and coaches said after the game.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times handed out grades in his weekly report card.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune on Russell Wilson and the defense’s tough day in Buffalo.

James Fragoza of Pro Football Focus with the story of the game and rookie watch.

ESPN Lists Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf As Midseason Award Candidates

All NFL teams have now played at least half of their regular season games, so naturally it's time to consider who could win the end-of-season awards. Behind great seasons from Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, among others, the Seahawks have a strong chance to take home some hardware.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell went through each end-of-season award and listed his top three candidates as the season surpasses the halfway point. Metcalf was placed third in the offensive player of the year category, while Wilson came home third in the MVP section.

Here's what Barnwell wrote about Metcalf:

"I mean, you've seen Metcalf this season, right? I don't need to tell you he has been great, but it has been more eventful than you might remember. Metcalf beat reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore for a 54-yard touchdown in Week 2. He fumbled one touchdown out of the end zone against the Cowboys and then came back to score the game winner with 1:55 to go. Two weeks later, he converted a fourth-and-10 on the final drive for 39 yards and then scored the game winner with 20 seconds left. Even in his one quiet game of the year against the Cardinals, he produced a now-legendary chase-down tackle of Budda Baker to save a touchdown and then came within a holding penalty of scoring a third game-winning touchdown in overtime.

"Metcalf is second in the league in receiving yards to Diggs and tied for second in receiving touchdowns behind Hill. The Seahawks have an accomplished wideout alongside Metcalf in Tyler Lockett, but it has been telling to see who teams like the Patriots (Gilmore), Cardinals (Patrick Peterson) and Bills (Tre'Davious White) have preferred to use their top cornerback on in 2020. Despite the attention, Metcalf's 108-yard day on Sunday means he'll finish the first half with seven games of 90 yards or more. Only five players since the merger have pulled that off over the first eight games of their season: Antonio Brown, Dwight Clark, Marvin Harrison, Michael Irvin and Adam Thielen. The 22-year-old has quickly gotten into some remarkable company."

And here's what Barnwell wrote about Wilson:

"The guy Josh Allen beat on Sunday also has fallen down the rankings. Wilson was my pick through four weeks and a huge favorite through the first half of the Cardinals game in Week 7. Since then, while he has made some big plays, he also has turned the ball over seven times, including three giveaways in the second half to let Arizona back in the game and four against the Bills on Sunday. As good as he has been this year, those turnovers – and brutally bad work in the secondary – have led to Seattle's two losses.

"In the big picture, Wilson still has an excellent MVP résumé. He leads the league in touchdown passes (28), has the league's second-lowest off-target percentage (11.9%) and ranks second in both adjusted completion percentage (77.5%) and passer rating (117.1). Factor in his rushing value and he is second in the league in expected points added per play. It's one thing to complete 70-plus percent of your passes when you're throwing short passes like Brees, but Wilson is completing 71.1% of his throws despite the fact that his average pass is traveling nearly 9 yards in the air. As a result, Wilson's CPOE is 6.7% above expectation, the highest mark in the league. If it weren't for that recent rash of turnovers, the Seahawks might be 8-0 and Wilson would be an easy MVP pick."

Social Post Of The Day

After a tough loss, Seahawks players took to social media to offer up some hope for fans.

While Sunday clearly didn't go as planned, the Seahawks have a group of players ready to improve and ensure that it doesn't happen again.

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