Lindsey Wisniewski

Social media reacts as Earl Thomas’ return spoils Seahawks hot streak

Social media reacts as Earl Thomas’ return spoils Seahawks hot streak

Earl Thomas took the field at CenturyLink for the first time as a Raven. Jarran Reed shook off the dust and played in his first game of the Seahawks season. Two of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks went head-to-head.

There were a lot of fascinating storylines heading into the Seattle Seahawks meeting with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7, but only one mattered when it was all said and done on Sunday: Would the Seahawks let these narratives spoil their hot streak?

It appeared as if the noise was too much for Seattle to handle. Lamar Jackson proved why he deserves to be in the MVP conversation. Earl Thomas taunted his former team, and even Wilson couldn't save his Seahawks in this one, recording his first interception of the season. 

Let’s take a look at the best moments on social media from the Seahawks 30-16 loss to the Ravens. Seahawks Insider Joe Fann shared his initial reactions to the game here

Seattle got on the board for the first time when Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for an 8-yard touchdown.

Jason Myers’ notched two field goals to give Seattle an additional six points. Both teams went into the locker rooms at halftime with the game tied 13-13.

Then, the Corgi Cup happened. That’s right. The Seahawks brought at least a dozen adorable smoosh faces to the field and let them race each other. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. 

It all went downhill for Seattle from there. The Ravens went on to outscore the Seahawks 17-3 in the second half.

Next up, the Seahawks (5-2) head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. PT. 

XFL draft: Five former Seahawks return to Seattle

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XFL draft: Five former Seahawks return to Seattle

The Seattle Dragons may be the Emerald City’s new XFL team, but soon many familiar faces with grace the turf at CenturyLink Field.

In the skill, offensive line, and defensive front 7 phases of the 2019 XFL Draft on Tuesday, the Dragons selected five former Seattle Seahawks: wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, wide receiver Kasen Williams, offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, guard Robert Myers and tackle Taniela Tupou.

Perhaps the most recognizable player selected in Day 1 is Kasen Williams, who was taken in the seventh round. Williams spent most of his career in the Seattle area, starting with Skyline High School in Sammamish, where he was a USA Today High School first team All-American. He played for University of Washington in college, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2012. 

Williams first signed with the Seahawks in 2015 following an impressive showing during rookie mini-camp. He had reoccurring  stints on Seattle's practice squad and active roster, but was released in 2017. Most recently, Williams played for the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns. 

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and former backup QB Jake Heaps were happy to see Williams get another shot. 

The XFL draft will resume Wednesday with the defensive backfield players and an open draft, which includes all remaining players after positional drafts. 

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

Tyler Lockett

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s book “Reflection” is out now

Tyler Lockett is already a star on the football field, but now he can add published poet to his list of accomplishments.

The Seahawks fifth-year receiver released his poetry book titled “Reflection,” on Tuesday, which discusses topics such as identity, sports, race, relationships and how to live a purposeful life.

Lockett said the book has been something he’s long desired to put together since he began writing poetry as a student at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It really means a lot to me, because I found that the best way to be able to help somebody is just to talk about yourself,” Lockett told NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. “If you share your own scars, they’ll listen more.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who recently had Lockett on his DangerTalk podcast, said he believes the 27-year-old receiver’s ability to express himself through poetry is extremely rare.

“I think it could be a bestseller,” Wilson said. “I really do. I think when you guys read it, you’re going to be shocked. I really think so. You’re going to be surprised just how thoughtful he is about life, what he understands. He may look really young, but he’s definitely grown.”

The book is already No. 1 on the “new release” chart in African American Poetry on Amazon. You can pick up Lockett’s first collection of poetry here.

What They’re Saying: The Seattle Seahawks are Russell Wilson’s team

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What They’re Saying: The Seattle Seahawks are Russell Wilson’s team

It’s a new week, but the chatter around magician, I mean Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, is still loud and clear.

Week 5 brought another brilliant performance from the Seahawks franchise quarterback, who looks worth every penny of the $140 million contract extension he signed with the Seahawks this offseason.

Sideline meetings held by Wilson, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner turned the tides on Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to come back from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Browns 32-28 at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

Up next, Seattle (5-1) welcomes the NFC North leading Baltimore Ravens (4-2) in a clash at CenturyLink Field.

Before we preview this week’s matchup, let’s take a look at What They’re Saying about the 5-1 Seahawks in Week 7:

Robert Mays of The Ringer shares his thoughts on Wilson, who he calls the MVP favorite.

“Even as Wilson continued to show that he belonged at the table with the league’s best quarterbacks, his early-career reputation followed him. But now, with the final piece of the Legion of Boom gone and a lackluster running game that can take this team only so far, Seattle’s fortunes don’t hinge on its past identities. The Seahawks are now unmistakably Russell Wilson’s team, and for the first time, people are understanding how great that team can be.”

Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk also raved about Wilson’s nearly flawless game. He may have thrown the word Super Bowl in there too. 

“This year, he’s arguably playing better than any other quarterback, and if he keeps it up he very well could become the MVP. More importantly the Seahawks could end up forcing the road to Miami through Seattle, which will make a return to the Super Bowl more likely.”

NBC Sports’ Peter King called the Seahawks “a formidable team” and noted the return of defensive end Jarran Reed.

“This is a formidable team, and they’re never out of it with Russell Wilson in charge. And now the Seahawks get a valuable and rested piece back for their defensive front—Jarran Reed, suspended for the season’s first six games—just at the right time. The Ravens come to Seattle next Sunday as the most dangerous rushing team in football."

James Brady of SBNation discussed the NFC West and how the 49ers are now the team Seattle needs to beat in the division.

“The NFC West is still going to be a fight — the Seahawks are 5-1 and the Rams can’t be counted out at 3-3 — but the 49ers now should be favored in that fight. The Seahawks had their run of being the most-feared team in the division when the Legion of Boom was running the show. The Rams took over that mantle when McVay came in. Now it’s the 49ers’ turn to the bullies in the division.”

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer says Wilson would get his MVP vote if voting took place today. 

“As it stands now, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would probably get the edge for me over Watson for MVP. And one reason why is that 20-6 deficit in Cleveland today felt like nothing for an offense that doesn’t really have another skill player who’ll keep the defensive coordinator up on Saturday night. So much of it is Wilson himself, and how he rubs off on his teammates.”

And last, but not least. We've got to talk about the Seahawks wide receivers' celebratory dance to NSYNC. It dominated Sunday and is still the talk around the NFL two days later. 

Andrew Joseph of For the Win

"The Seahawks are now the favorite team for every NFL fan. I’m sorry. Those are the rules."

The ’90s boy band’s Twitter page even gave the team a score on their performance after the Seahawks’ official page tweeted out the video asking, “How’d we do, @NSYNC?”

“The judges scores… 10 – 10 – 10 – 10 – 10,” NSYNC’s Twitter responded, a perfect score all around.

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly out for the season, unless ‘something miraculous happens’

The news out of Seattle isn’t good. Russell Wilson’s main redzone target, Will Dissly, is likely out for the season. That is, unless "something miraculous happens," as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday.

The second-year tight end sustained an Achilles injury during the second quarter of Seattle's 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. Dissly was trying to catch a hurried third-down pass from Wilson when he went down. He was taken to the blue tent to be evaluated before being carted to the locker room. You can read more on Dissly's "serious" Achilles here via Seahawks Insider Joe Fann.

The news about Dissly is just how Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described it on Monday: "really unfortunate." Dissly was just a half dozen games into the 2019 season after returning from a patellar tendon injury he suffered in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

The fact of the matter is: Dissly will be out for some time. The amount of time he’ll be away from the field and the severity of his Achilles injury, however, still remains unknown.

Here’s a look at how fans reacted to the news of Dissly's season-ending injury.  

Stay locked on NBC Sports Northwest for the latest on Dissly's injury.

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks edge Cleveland Browns in nail biter

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Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks edge Cleveland Browns in nail biter

There was the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers celebratory dance of NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” in the end zone, Tedric Thompson’s brilliant interception of Baker Mayfield before halftime and a Seahawks game wouldn’t be complete without some Russell Wilson magic.

Coming off one of their most poignant wins of the Seahawks season, Seattle (4-1) had an opportunity to build of its recent success in a matchup with the lowly Cleveland Browns (2-3) in Week 6.

While the Seahawks got off to a slow start at FirstEnergy Stadium, they took a 25-20 lead in the second half and never looked back.

Here’s a look at what fans and media are saying about the Seahawks 31-28 victory over the Browns. You can also read Seahawks Insider Joe Fann's three takeaways here

In the first quarter, Russell Wilson continued his MVP like play when he scrambled for 16 yards to the end zone for Seattle’s first score. Yes, he can do it all by himself. 

Trailing by 8, Wilson found wideout Jaron Brown in the corner of the end zone for 17-yard TD pass. The Seahawks wide receiver celebrated Brown’s touchdown accordingly...with an *NSYNC dance in the endzone of course.

Seattle missed the two-point conversion, and trailed by 20-18 at halftime. But Wilson wasn’t done with Brown in the second half. DangeRuss found his target of the day for a six-yard strike to take the lead for the first time. He liked it so much, he did it twice.

Next up, the Seahawks will head home to CenturyLink Field in Week 7 to host the Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff for next Sunday's matchup is set for 1:25 p.m. 

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson says 'keeping mind right' important part of the game

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson says 'keeping mind right' important part of the game

He’s likely seen the tweets, read the stories and heard the chatter. But Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson never stopped believing his early season fumbling woes would come to a halt.

When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the third-year back needed to “fix this,” Carson made all worries dissipate.

That was two games ago. Carson has since roared back in impressive fashion with consecutive 100-yard games against the Cardinals and Rams and has racked up 485 yards from scrimmage thus far. 

So, how exactly does Carson sound out all the noise? It’s about being mentally strong.

“Keeping your mind right is a big part of how you play,” Carson said. “I think it’s probably one of the most important things. It’s hard to get in depth with it, but having a lot of people just talk to you about it…especially going through what I went through the first couple of weeks. That really played a big part of it.”

Carson was determined to get his mind right after losing a fumble in each of Seattle's first three games. He sought help from the Seahawks mental conditioning coach ahead of Seattle’s Week 4 win over the Cardinals.

“I talked to him right before the Arizona game,” Carson said. “He said give me two things. Of course I gave him those two things, and he said to me, whatever you do out there just think about those two things and that’s what I did and it really worked out.”

Worked out it did, but Carson wasn't ready to divulge what the two things were that he shared with his mental coach. 

“I can’t tell you," he said. "It’s my own little thing.”

Carson is on pace for 301 carries this season and after Thursday’s game-winning touchdown over the Rams, he’s reminded Seattle why he’s the team’s No. 1 back.

Carson spent his weekend break in Atlanta where he “chilled” and let his body rest up before the Seahawks head to Cleveland this weekend. Despite showing up on the injury report for a shoulder injury on Thursday, Carson said he is feeling close to 100 percent. 

“It’s still early in the week, so we have some time. But I feel pretty good.”

What They’re Saying: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a ‘serious MVP candidate’

What They’re Saying: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a ‘serious MVP candidate’

Russell Wilson is playing out-of-his-mind good football. 

The Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback put on a truly magical performance in Week 5, vaulting him into the Most Valuable Player (MVP) conversation. Even Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was at a loss for words when describing the way Wilson has manned the helm with 1,409 yards, 12 touchdowns and 0 interceptions through five games. 

“I thought Russell played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” Carroll said. “I just thought Russ stole the show tonight…and on top of what he has done to start the season off.”

Next up, the Seahawks (4-1) will head to Cleveland to take on the Browns (2-2), who are early favorites against an NFC West team for the first time in four years.

Before we look ahead to Sunday's matchup, let's take a look at What They're Saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 6. 

Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk says Russell Wilson deserves to be in the MVP race.

“His numbers are better than ever. Wilson has completed 73.1 percent of his passes. He’s averaging nine yards per passing attempt. He has 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions. And his passer rating stands at 126.3.”

Florio isn’t the only person that thinks Wilson deserves some serious MVP consideration. Shannon Sharpe of UNDISPUTED believes Wilson has proven himself as an MVP candidate.

“Right now I got Mahomes, but Russell Wilson is a close second. He was unbelievable last night… If I had to win one game and I’m taking a quarterback from the NFC, I’m taking Russell Wilson over every other quarterback.”

Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated’s Seahawk Maven shared his thoughts on Seattle’s defense through the first five games:

“During the first month, Seattle has been trying to figure out how to best utilize newcomers Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah in its defensive scheme on the fly and first-round pick L.J. Collier has been a non-factor after missing the entire preseason. As a result, this group hasn’t come close to its ceiling just yet.”

While Mike Florio praised Wilson for his sharp performance, he also criticized Seattle for its multiple blunders on Thursday night.

“If Zuerlein had made a kick that has gone from being a 50-50 proposition in the ’70s to a virtual chip shot in 2019, the narrative today would be that the Seahawks blew the game with a couple of head-scratching decisions.”

People have not stopped talking about Lockett’s toe-tapper catch he made for a touchdown against the Rams. According to Next Gen Stats, the pass from Wilson to Lockett was the most improbably completion of the last two seasons (6.3 percent).

Around the NFL Writer Kevin Patra raved about Wilson and Lockett’s improbable moment.

“The beauty of football is that it takes more than one magician to cast spells that defy expectations of onlookers. Thursday night, Wilson and Lockett authored a masterclass in turning improbable into reality.”

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks stun Los Angeles Rams for first time since 2017

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks stun Los Angeles Rams for first time since 2017

There were a lot of odds against the Seattle Seahawks (3-1) heading into Thursday night’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams (3-1).

The Rams were 7-3 in the last 10 games against the Seahawks, and had won three in a row over Seattle heading into Week 5, but that all changed on Thursday evening.

Escape artist Russell Wilson pulled off another masterful performance, leading his team to a monster victory over their division rivals. 

Here’s a look at how fans and media reacted to the game’s biggest moments. You can also check out Seahawks Insider Joe Fann's instant analysis from the game here

In the first quarter, Wilson showed off his “DangeRuss” skills when he connected with Tyler Lockett for a 13-yard touchdown. That grab. That throw. That touchdown. Twitter was here for it and frankly, so are we. 

The second half was DK Metcalf hour. The Seahawks wideout continues to live up to the hype when he caught a 40-yard bomb from Wilson. 

Trailing 26-21 in the third quarter, David Moore juked Marcus Peters and took it all the way to the house.

Then, in the final quarter, things got real. Wilson scrambled and threw one in the end zone to running back Chris Carson, who caught the ball with the tips of his fingers.

With less than three minutes left on the clock, Tedric Thompson grabbed the game-winning interception. No, really. 

And to top it all off, Greg Zuerlein missed a FG to seal the deal for the Rams. Fans couldn’t believe it.

The Seahawks, now 4-1, have an extra few days to recover from this one. In Week 6, they'll head to Cleveland to face the Browns. 

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks induct Paul Allen into prestigious Ring of Honor

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks induct Paul Allen into prestigious Ring of Honor

Paul Allen’s impact in the Pacific Northwest will forever be remembered. He knew that computers would change the world, so he helped co-found Microsoft. He had a passion for helping others, so he pursued initiatives and projects around science, artificial intelligence and the arts.

He also knew the impact that sports had on the greater community, so he saved football in Seattle. Following Allen's purchase of the Seahawks, Seattle has reached the postseason 13 times, won nine division titles, enjoyed nine seasons with 10 or more wins, played in three Super Bowls and brought the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle for the first time in Super Bowl XLVIII. 

So it was only fitting that on Thursday, in front of a crowd of 12s, that Allen was inducted into the prestigious Ring of Honor as the 12th member. His sister, Jody, raised the 12 flag just moments before the Seahawks kicked off against division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams. 

Here’s a look at how fans, media and the greater sports community reacted to Allen’s special moment.

[READ: Paul Allen takes his rightful place in the Seahawks Ring of Honor]