Russell Wilson’s MVP-level play offers Seahawks the appear of a contender – NFL Nation


SEATTLE — 4 quarters of brilliant football from Russell Wilson and the greatest play of Tedric Thompson’s profession have been about to be wasted — as was a likelihood for the Seattle Seahawks to get some early ground on the defending NFC West champs.

Thompson’s interception of a Jared Goff pass that he picked off the turf looked as if it could have sealed a Seahawks victory till Goff place the Rams in position for a winning field aim try. But Greg Zuerlein missed the try from 44 yards out — by no far more than a foot or two — to let the Seahawks escape with a 30-29 win.

Exhale, Seattle. The Seahawks are four-1 with a game in hand more than the Rams, who nevertheless appear like their most significant threat in the division even with the San Francisco 49ers sitting at three-.


QB breakdown: Wilson continues to outdo himself. Currently off to the greatest 4-game commence of his profession, Wilson continued his MVP-level play with 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions and 268 yards on 17-of-23 passing. He added 32 yards in eight carries, coming up large with his legs in the fourth quarter as he tends to do. According to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats study, Wilson threw for 130 yards on the run, his highest total in a game in the previous 4 seasons. He has now thrown 12 touchdown passes with no picks by way of 5 games.

Pivotal play: Thompson’s interception with two minutes, 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter was initially ruled an incomplete pass. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll challenged, which he could do because it was just outdoors of two minutes. It was a redemptive moment for Thompson, a third-year security who badly misplayed a ball in Week 1 that resulted in a extended touchdown.

Pivotal play, Component II: So several plays could be deemed pivotal in a a single-point game. Al Woods’ quit at the aim line was an quick-to-neglect a single. It came immediately after Todd Gurley’s 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter that place the Rams up 26-21 and set up a two-point attempt that would have place them up by seven. Officials ruled on the field that Goff crossed the aim line, but a critique showed that Woods brought down Goff just quick. An additional beneath-the-radar play: Defensive finish Branden Jackson chasing down a quick throw to Robert Woods to maintain him to a three-yard get in the fourth quarter. That helped Seattle hold the Rams to a field aim.

Promising trend: The Seahawks stay exceedingly difficult to beat in prime-time games, in particular at property. They are now 27-five-1 in prime time because Carroll arrived in 2010, with this victory enhancing the NFL’s greatest winning percentage in such games. That contains an 18-two record at property and a 9-1 record on Thursday evening. The Seahawks have 4 far more prime-time games on their schedule: Week 10 at San Francisco, Week 13 at Philadelphia, Week 14 vs. Minnesota and Week 15 in their rematch with the Rams in Los Angeles.

Eye-popping NextGen Stat: Wilson’s very first touchdown throw in the back corner of the finish zone to Tyler Lockett had a completion probability of only six.three%, the lowest on any passing TD across the NFL in the previous 3 seasons. It truly looked like a throwaway at very first glance, but Lockett created a toe-tap grab even though falling out of bounds. As fantastic of a throw as it was from Wilson even though moving difficult to his left, it was just as brilliant of a catch by Lockett, who has created a good transition to Seattle’s No. 1 receiver following Doug Baldwin’s departure.


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