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Thursday Round-Up: Geno Smith Moves Up to No. 5 on NFL's QB Index Week 8 Rankings

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith continues to climb NFL Insider Marc Sessler’s QB Index ranking, moving up two spots this week to No. 5

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, October 27 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Geno Smith, Top 5 Quarterback

The Seahawks were confident in quarterback Geno Smith long before people outside of the organization may have been, but the tables have turned as Smith is one of the league's best quarterbacks this season. After an electric start in his first year as a starter since 2014, Smith continues to elevate the 4-3 Seahawks. Marc Sessler of Around the NFL ranks Smith the league's No. 5 quarterback for Week 8 in the NFL QB Index, climbing two spots from Week 7.

Year 9 is shaping up to be a career year for Smith, who has completed 158-215 passes (73.5 comp. pct) for 1,712 yards and 11 touchdowns through 7 games. Smith currently ranks within the top-10 of nearly all quarterback statistics, as he continues to lead one of the league's most high-powered offenses in 2022.

As part of the weekly QB index rankings, Sessler breaks down the top risers and droppers at the quarterback position.

Rank

5

Geno Smith

Seattle Seahawks · Year 10

2022 stats: 7 games | 73.5 pct | 1,712 pass yds | 8 ypa | 11 pass TD | 3 INT | 132 rush yds | 1 rush TD | 3 fumbles

Imagine a world where the Broncos shipped a late-round pick to Seattle for Smith and received a player eons more watchable than this year's version of Russell Wilson. Smith delivers a rash of money throws on a weekly basis, something the Chargers learned Sunday on a pair of laserbeams to Marquise Goodwin, a third-and-10 piece of artto Tyler Lockett and a tight-window bull's-eye to Noah Fant (which was dropped, sadly). If you aren't buying into Geno -- I myself harbored deep suspicions all offseason -- you aren't watching the spells he spins with his arm.

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll reflected on Smith's play and career leading up to this point following Seattle's Week 7 win over the Chargers.

"This is Geno at the other end of his career," said Carroll. "He has all of those years behind him. Because he's such a good guy and he's such a great competitor, he's studied his butt off to understand the game better. He's playing like a real pro. He gets it. He can see it. It's not too fast for him. He can make all of the checks, all of the adjustments. You saw him so many times use the clock all the way down to the nub to get us in the right play and to get the protection right, working with [C] Austin Blythe. He's got marvelous mechanical ability. He can throw the ball as well as anybody. He can throw it hard. He can throw touch throws and take advantage of those. I didn't see what our third-down numbers were today, but he's just been really good in tough situations. He made some great throws. [Seahawks WR] Tyler [Lockett] made a couple of terrific plays. Those guys are really hooking up. They've been hooking up all year and you can see it, but it happened again today. A couple really just fantastic third-down conversions for us. There are no restrictions on Geno. He can do whatever we can think of. He's different than he was. You can put a label on somebody for what he was and then you miss the whole chance to understand this guy. This guy is a different guy. He's experienced. He's physically fit. He's having a blast. He's living in an elevation of poise with the way that he's handling it. It's perfect. It's perfect for the moment. We're thrilled to see it happen and it couldn't happen to a better guy."

The 4-3 Seahawks face the 6-1 New York Giants Sunday at Lumen Field, as Seattle looks to maintain control of first place in the NFC West. Smith will look to beat one of his former teams for the second week in a row.

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