The Seattle Seahawks are 9-2 with five games left in the 2019 regular season and it appears like things might be close to clicking in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle’s defense looks to be coming together, and we’re all aware of what a Russell Wilson-led offense is capable of.
Up next for the Seahawks is a primetime matchup against the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) on “Monday Night Football.” Let’s dive into Seattle’s biggest storylines in our weekly mailbag. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.
should Penny start over Carson?— Colin Mills (@colonmeals) November 26, 2019
Week 12 offered the perfect storm of another Chris Carson fumble (his seventh of the season) and a career day for Rashaad Penny (129 yards and one touchdown) to drum up this debate once again. We’ve been down this road several times, and, so far, it’s always ended the same way – with Carson remaining Seattle’s clear-cut starter. Penny has shown flashes before (a 37-yard touchdown run against the Steelers in Week 2 as one example), but he’s still yet to prove he can be relied upon consistently. He’s also struggled to stay healthy and missed three games with a hamstring injury.
But for as many times as Carroll has teased that Penny’s time is coming, this may actually be it. Penny noted that he’s trimmed nearly 10 pounds and is now playing at 230. He feels faster and his added burst was evident against the Philadelphia Eagles. Monday night against the MinnesotaVikings will be pivotal for both running backs, and I think Penny will have the chance to make it a true timeshare in Seattle if he has truly turned the corner.
What would it take for Russ to win the MVP instead of the apparent media “winner” Lamar Jackson?— Donna B (@walkngirl) November 26, 2019
I think it’s safe to say Lamar Jackson has deservedly taken the lead in the MVP race, especially following his five-touchdown performance on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams. Jackson’s season has been jaw-dropping, and saying so doesn’t minimize how good Russell Wilson has been. I think what’s frustrating to Seahawks fans is that the national media is drooling over Jackson in a way that never happened with Wilson.
Wilson’s rise was consistently tempered by claims that he was carried by Seattle’s defense or that his style of play wasn’t sustainable. So the eye-rolling over the Jackson love makes sense.
All that said, I don’t think Wilson’s MVP hopes are dead in the water, but I think he has to win the division. Taking back the NFC West crown, especially given how good the San Francisco 49ers are, will speak volumes. Running the table would likely require a few monster games from Wilson. That would also mean Seattle beat San Francisco twice, which again, is something that would immensely help Wilson’s case.
A) Why are they waiting to re-evaluate Reed until Friday? Waiting for swelling to go down?— Ospina (@drumlikebonzo) November 25, 2019
2) King seemed to be preferred at Nickel yesterday. Was that game specific or is he ahead of Amadi on the depth chart?
I’m sure they’ll be keeping tabs on Jarran Reed’s progress throughout the week. My guess is that they’ve seen this movie enough to know that it probably won’t be until Friday till they have a better idea of whether or not Reed will be ready to go on Monday. Seattle will be hoping that the extra day of rest will help his chances of being out there on primetime.
As for the nickel situation, I still think Ugo Amadi’s time is coming. Akeem King is much bigger and was a better matchup against all the two tight end sets utilized by Philadelphia’s offense. It should continue to be a matchup-based decision. Don’t be surprised to see Amadi out there against the Vikings.
How much of the sudden improvement in pass rush might just be because of opposing o-line injuries and therefore unsustainable?— Yan Che (@ybche) November 25, 2019
If you’re in a glass-half-empty-type of mood, there’s an argument to be made that Seattle’s pass rush dominated against a pair of 49ers tackles returning from injury and a handful of Philadelphia’s backups. I’m not going to take that approach. I’ll give the Seahawks the benefit of the doubt that the pass rush has figured some things out and has taken a significant step forward, especially given it was productive against the Eagles without Jadeveon Clowney. Ziggy Ansah replicating his 1.5-sack performance would be a huge boost to the defense.
John Schneider the GM of the Year?— Mitch (@MitchLuaifoaPao) November 26, 2019
John Schneider’s case for executive of the year is pretty strong. A trio of trades for Clowney, Quandre Diggs and Jacob Hollister have all paid huge dividends. I don’t want to dive into this too much as I’m going to write about it later this week. Stay tuned.
Why do people in movies about the Apocalypse want to survive so badly?— Going for it when we shouldn't (@UnintendedMax) November 25, 2019
Because people want to be a part of the rebuild, duh!
Best coffee spot in Seattle?— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM) November 25, 2019
OK so hear me out. I don’t drink coffee except for the occasional iced coffee, cold brew or mocha. Fun fact, I actually don’t like hot drinks in general because I ALWAYS burn my mouth. Hot drinks go from piping hot to lukewarm in like two minutes. The window of the perfect temperature is way too small. Thus, I choose cold drinks apart from an occasional hot chocolate to warm the soul on a cold day.
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