Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, October 15 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
710 ESPN's Dave Wyman Details Seahawks' Fourth Down Stop Against Vikings
The Seahawks' unblemished 5-0 record this season hasn't come without a few close calls. And while much has been made of the fireworks by Russell Wilson & Co. on the offensive side of the ball, it's been the defense who has made some key plays in clutch situations to put the team in position to win.
In Week 2, safety Lano Hill and defensive lineman L.J. Collier teamed up for a game-saving tackle of Patriots quarterback Cam Newton at the one-yard line in the game's final seconds. A touchdown would've given the Patriots the lead and likely the win, but the Hawks escaped with a 35-30 victory.
The next week, rookie Alton Robinson recorded his first NFL sack when he brought down Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as Dallas drove down the field for a potential game-tying score. Prescott was intercepted on the next play by Ryan Neal, securing a 38-31 win for the Seahawks.
And as Sunday night's thriller against the Minnesota Vikings also came down to the wire, the defense again gave the Seahawks the opportunity they needed to win the game. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer opted to run on fourth down rather than kick a field goal that would have put the Vikings up by eight, resulting in a turnover on downs and the chance for another game-winning drive led by Wilson.
In this week's "Football 101" video, 710 ESPN analyst and former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman pulls out the whiteboard and gives a detailed breakdown of the fourth down stop while also highlighting key plays made by linebacker Cody Barton and defensive end Benson Mayowa.
"So what Mayowa does is, he gets off the snap great, and then he just kind of throws his body back into the play," Wyman explains. "And then the other thing is Cody Barton comes up and just smokes the fullback. So now there's a very thin little lane for him to run, and the whole thing is because of effort and physicality, and that's kind of the theme of our football 101."
Check out Wyman's breakdown below.
Russell Wilson Joins Madden NFL 21 '99 Club'
The superlatives for Russell Wilson's historic start to the 2020 season continue to roll in.
On Wednesday, Wilson joined Aaron Donald, Christian McCaffrey, Patrick Mahomes, Michael Thomas and Stephon Gilmore as the only players with a 99 overall rating — the highest possible — in Madden NFL 21.
Wilson started the season at 97, but with the video-game numbers he's been posting, ratings adjusters had no choice but to bump him up. He currently leads the league in passer rating and touchdown percentage, and his league-leading 19 touchdown passes are one shy of Peyton Manning's 2013 record for the most through a team's first five games of a season.
Bobby Wagner earned the honor last season, and could soon follow this year as well — he's currently rated at 98 and is quietly putting together another strong season, ranking second in the NFL in total tackles (52) through five weeks.
Bruce Irvin thinks the honor is long overdue in Wilson's case.
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Russ was at home recording an episode of his DangerTalk podcast with Ken Griffey Jr. when DK Metcalf dropped in on him with the 99 Club news.
More From Around The Web
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times looks at just how good this year’s Seahawks team is and can be.
Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle gives a progress report for the Seahawks’ 2020 rookie class through the first five weeks of the season.
Corbin Smith of SI's Seahawk Maven examines L.J. Collier’s growth in his second season with the Seahawks.