Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Dec. 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Russell Wilson Among MVP Candidates Down The Stretch
Gil Brandt, the former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys turned senior analyst at NFL Media, shares his top five candidates for 2015 NFL MVP in a feature posted at NFL.com, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson comes in at No. 4.
The three players ahead of Wilson on Brandt's list? Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rounding out the top five behind Wilson. Brandt's take is based on what each player has done to this point and also includes a snapshot of what each candidate must do going forward to have a chance at taking home the hardware.
Here's what Brandt had to say about the Seahawks' Wilson:
4.) Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
*By the numbers: 68.5 percent completion rate, 2,997 passing yards, 8.5 yards per attempt, 21 passing TDs, 7 INTs, 106.2 passer rating, 450 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD.*
Wilson's something of a long shot, given that the Seahawks started the season 4-5 and didn't break the .500 mark until Week 12. That said, he's played a large part in pulling them back from the brink, dragging them from the fringes of playoff contention to a favorable spot in the race for a wild-card berth. Consider that over Seattle's three-game winning streak, Wilson has completed 76.8 percent of his passes for 879 yards, 11 touchdowns, zero picks and a 148.2 passer rating. As the team's second-leading rusher (450 rushing yards), Wilson also does so much to open up the Seahawks' ground game.
*How he can win it: Newton, Brady and Palmer all fade badly, and Wilson gets the Seahawks to 11-5 -- and improbably captures the NFC West crown, capped off with a win over the Cardinals in the regular-season finale.*
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Director of Sea Gals Sherri Thompson, who shares a behind-the-scenes look at a fitness photo shoot coming soon to SeaGals.com.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights the recent play of wide receiver Doug Baldwin and outlines the impact newly-signed tight end Anthony McCoy and safety Akeem Davis will have in Seattle.
Here's three things we learned from Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference, when the Seahawks head coach also gave injury updates on Marshawn Lynch, Brock Coyle, Jimmy Graham and more.
Here's a closer look at Wednesday's practice report for the Seahawks and Ravens.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com looks at how undrafted free agents have been key to the Seahawks' success.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com takes a look at Seattle's remaining regular-season schedule that could help set the Seahawks up for a strong finish.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times grades the performance of Seattle's offense, defense, and special teams three quarters of the way through the season and recaps comments from Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on how he moved on from Super Bowl XLIX.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune examines how the NFL's new extra point rule has affected Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka.
As the Seahawks ready to take on a 4-8 Ravens team that won the Super Bowl three years ago, Art Thiel at SportsPressNW.com examines how short-lived success can be in the NFL.
And Jordan Schultz at the Huffington Post chats with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about his approach to parenting.
The Seahawks have faced the Ravens only four times, twice at home and twice in Baltimore with the last meeting there being 12 years ago. This gallery throws you back to each game through photos and scores, right in time for their rubber match this Sunday.
D*id I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter *