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He Said/She Said: Seahawks Bye Week Breakdown

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He Said/She Said: Seahawks Bye Week Breakdown

Oregon Sports News football writers Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath review the first quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2016 season and look at what’s to come.

The good, the bad, and the New York Jets defense

Rogers: The Seahawks are on a bye, which is to say they’ll face the same level of resistance this week as they faced in last week’s victory in East Rutherford, New Jersey. How many times do you think Tanner McEvoy has heard already that catching touchdown passes is not usually THAT easy? When zone defenders decide to ignore you as you enter their turf and then do you the additional courtesy of falling down, it makes it pretty easy to cradle gently wafted passes for touchdowns.

The hero doing the pass-wafting was the rumored-to-be-compromised Russell Wilson, who proved me wrong, among a gaggle of nay-sayers, who thought he should sit this one out. Instead of being pummeled, Wilson had his best game of the season, despite not having his usual level of escapability: 23/32 passes for 309 yards, 3 touchdowns, zero interceptions.

It’s quite an indictment of a defense’s front seven if you can’t get at a hobbled quarterback playing behind one of the NFL’s most suspect offensive lines. DangerRuss, I tip my cap* to you.

Jess, how about those Seahawks receivers? Did they not steal the show or what?

Ridpath: Three words: “Pedestrian” no more.

From Jimmy Graham nabbing a one-hander to Doug Baldwin hanging on for a clutch catch despite a brutal hit, the Seahawks receivers were in top form against the Jets. In fact, they’ve been so good all season that Seattle is currently ranked 10th in receiving yards for the 2016 regular season.

That’s right. The squad with the league’s once dominant run game is officially (for now) a top-ten receiving team. That stat intrigued me so much I did a little poking around the NFL stats page to find out the last time that happened. Take a guess.

2007. I’m not kidding. It was Bobby Engram’s second-to-last season as a Hawk, and they were ranked 7th in receiving yards. Since then, the only time they’ve come close to performing that well was 2009, when they ended the year ranked 15th.

Key in this season’s receiving renaissance is, of course, the long-awaited emergence of Graham. Among all receivers, he’s ranked 25th in yards per game (Baldwin is 10th). Among tight ends, he’s second (behind only Carolina’s Greg Olson). He’s been especially effective at long gains, logging an average of 16.6 yards per catch — which puts him fifth among all players with at least 15 catches. (All stats from nfl.com.)

As the season continues, I wouldn’t be surprise if the blue birds continue down the road of this dramatic identity transformation — led by Wilson’s newfound comfort in the pocket and his receivers’ able hands, athleticism, and versatility. It’s a surprising sea change for a team that has long hung their hats on an oppressive ground game.

Speaking of surprises, Julian, let’s talk about the status of the NFC West four weeks in. I don’t think anyone expected to see the Arizona Cardinals at the bottom of the division — nor the Los Angeles Rams at the top. What gives?

Rogers: Are you ready for your division-leading Los Angeles Rams, 12s? There have been many surprises this young season, but the current reality of the Rams being in first place (!) and owning the tiebreaker over the Seahawks is right up there with the Carson Wentzexpress, the Minnesota Vikings’ imperviousness and the Carolina Panthers’ implosion.

Add one more shocker: The Cardinals’ likewise cratering to the depths of the NFC West. Both NFC Championship teams from 2015 are off to ugly and wholly unexpected starts for such talented rosters.

The first thing you look for when top teams fall are injuries. Yes, both Cam Newton andCarson Palmer were knocked out of their last games with concussions. That’s bad. However, both teams had already forged losing records before losing their quarterbacks tothe scourge that may one day be the NFL’s undoing. Both teams are shadows of their 15–1 and 13–3 2015 seasons.

For the sake of both veteran quarterbacks, I hope they can resume their careers without doing more harm. For the sake of the Seahawks, the early jump the Seahawks have on both still likely NFC playoff contenders is not insignificant. For the Panthers, they lost to two undefeated teams and the 3–1 Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals also lost to the 3–1 New England Patriots and the still-suspect Rams — both at home. They next face the San Francisco 49ers tonight, without Palmer. If they lose on the road in Santa Clara, things could get really ugly.

The Seahawks may be in a position to effectively end the red birds’ postseason chances when they meet on Oct. 23 in Glendale, Ariz. Because the Seahawks’ own quarterback, apparently, is impervious to injury.

Jess, now that I’ve been chastened, I can never doubt Russell Wilson again. He’ll presumably be even healthier, post-bye. Are there any ways in which the Seahawks, with a hot start behind them, are not primed for a deep playoff run?

Ridpath: Count me among the many nay-sayers who felt Wilson should have taken a week off. He proved all of us wrong — and he did it with stubborn authority. I spent much of last week criticizing his over-the-top determination, but he demonstrated (again) that he is a tough-as-nails champion … and the blue birds’ heart and soul.

Russ and his super hero cape aside, the Seahawks have many enviable assets, including a blistering defense, a receiving corps on the rise, and a run game that, while declining a bit, is still a threat (currently 11th in the league).

The obvious X factor is the offensive line. Their best game in this young season came last week in New Jersey, with rookie right guard Germain Ifedi playing in his first regular season game. The first-round pick from Texas A&M delivered a solid performance —playing all 60 snaps and receiving kudos from Pete Carroll for his pass protection.

But one good game does not a solid o-line make. And it’s hard to forget how ugly things looked in weeks 1 and 2. That said, this year’s line is performing miles above their start in 2015. After four games last season, Wilson had been sacked 18 times. Heading into this year’s week-5 bye, the sack count is half that. If Ifedi, center Justin Britt (who was praised by Pro Football Focus for his performance last week), and their fellow lineman can keep going on this trajectory, Seattle will surely be among 2016’s top playoff contenders.

Julian, it’s time to lay out some end-of-season predictions. Your challenge, should you choose to except it, is to pick the league’s eight division winners. Go.

Rogers: Here is what my crystal ball says, 25 percent of the way through the season.

NFC

West     Seattle Seahawks
North    Green Bay Packers
South    Atlanta Falcons
East       Dallas Cowboys

AFC

West     Denver Broncos
North    Pittsburgh Steelers
South    Houston Texans
East       New England Patriots

Yes, I’m taking the chalk in the AFC, but I’m predicting late-season surges for three of the four NFC teams. Poke away at it. You didn’t ask, but I’ll give you my Wild Card picks too: Eagles & Vikings in the NFC; Raiders & Ravens in the AFC.

Here’s a challenge for you, since we don’t have a Seahawks game to predict. Pick this weekend’s winners for all of the 2016 surprise teams. That includes the already mentioned Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Vikings, Panthers and Cardinals. It also includes honorable mention surprise teams like the Patriots (no Brady, no problem … now with Brady), Atlanta Falcons (NFL’s No. 1 offense), Cowboys (rookie RB leads league, rookie QB has no turnovers) and let’s also include the Broncos. Even though they are defending Super Bowl champions, they are weathering quarterback turnover during an undefeated start. Which of them will you predict to keep the magic or nightmare going?

Ridpath: I can’t poke any holes in your AFC predictions. And I think you’ve named the NFC’s post-season teams correctly — but you’ve got them sorted wrong. The Vikings will win the North, and the Eagles will be the surprise victors in the East. Green Bay and Dallas will get the Wild Cards.

On to my challenge: I’ve ranked these matchups in order from “clear advantage” to “who the hell knows”?

Patriots at Browns: He’s ba-aaack.

Jets at SteelersRyan Fitzpatrick has a bad case of interception-itis, while Pittsburgh bounced back big time after their surprising loss to the Eagles.

Buccaneers at Panthers: Ain’t no way Cam Newton is going to allow a loss at home against Tampa Bay. If he plays, of course. That’s looking pretty iffy right now.

Eagles at Lions: Wentz’s magic will continue and Philly’s third-ranked defense will smother Detroit.

Bills at Rams: Buffalo’s gotta be feelin’ it after shutting out the Pats. Their stout defense will dominate once again.

Texans at Vikings: Houston is off to a good start, but the loss of J.J. Watt is a big deal. Minnesota (#2 in this week’s power rankings) will have their number.

Bengals at Cowboys: A.J. Green killed it last week, and Andy Dalton had his best game of the season. Dez Bryant might be back. If he’s not, advantage Cincinnati.

Cardinals at 49ers: This should be an easy game to predict, but Arizona’s loss to the Rams last week makes it a head scratcher. This will be a desperation win for the Cards.

Falcons at Broncos: My gut says the league’s #1 offense will best the #4 defense, even though they’re playing in Denver.

Rogers: I agree with you on Patriots over Browns (c’mon!), Steelers over Jets, Panthers over Buccaneers (Even if Derek Anderson has to start) and Eagles over Lions. Even though I do think the Rams are playing over their heads, I believe they will take down the Bills at home, who have only scored 23 points combined in their two road games.

I’ll side with you on the Vikings keeping it going against the Texans at home. But we diverge on the rest: I will take the Cowboys at home over the Bengals who are only averaging 19.5 points per game this season. My gut tells me the 49ers will rise up tonight to take down the wounded Cardinals. I also think the Denver defense can hold down the Falcons’ surprising offense enough to win in Denver.

Owning up
Here’s what we were right and wrong about last week.

What he got right: I did make good on my season-opening prediction of the Seahawks starting at least 3–1 (although I lost faith in that prediction when Wilson got banged up). I stated Graham was hitting his stride now. Imagine how good the blue birds will be if he keeps this up.

What he got wrong: The game winner. I’m 2–2 on the season. I thought Wilson should give way to Boykin. Wasn’t necessary.

What she got right: The game winner, lifting me to 3–1 … one game up on my worthy opponent. I praised both Graham and Baldwin, and they continued to prove they deserve every word. I also expected Seattle’s defense would be too much for the off-kilter Jets. Four sacks and three interceptions later, they proved me right.

What she got wrong: I was ready to go all in for Boykin because I assumed Russell Wilson was human and would need time to heal. Wrong. Evidently, I need to buy stock in Nanobubbles.

* I don’t wear a cap. It’s sunny and moderate where I live. Plus, It’s not 1943. 

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.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?

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Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?

Joe Fann dives into the Seahawks win against the Cleveland Browns, going over the comeback win and looks into the last couple close wins for the Seahawks and asks, "Has Seattle been more lucky than good through six games?"

Joe discusses the highs of Russell Wilson's continual success and the lows of losing Will Dissly and the impact it will have on the Seahawks remaining season.

He also spins ahead to next weeks match-up against the Ravens and what the Seahawks will have to do to get another win at home, this time against Baltimore.

Week 6 PFF grades: Seahawks WRs, Shaquill Griffin earn top marks vs. Browns

Week 6 PFF grades: Seahawks WRs, Shaquill Griffin earn top marks vs. Browns

Pro Football Focus’ grades are in from the Seattle Seahawks Week 6 win against the Cleveland Browns. Seattle’s receivers graded favorably and PFF continues to recognize Shaquill Griffin’s breakout season.

Here are all the best and worst marks from the 32-28 win.

Best offensive grades

WR David Moore - 81.1

Moore caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards and blocked a punt in the first half.

G Mike Iupati - 79.3

Iupati was given a run blocking grade of 80.1, and he wasn’t penalized once against the Browns after being flagged three times the week before.

QB Russell Wilson - 76.7

Wilson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground. He’s still yet to throw an interception this season.

WR DK Metcalf - 73.5

Metcalf caught 4-of-5 targets for 69 yards. His biggest catch was an 8-yard grab to convert 3rd-and-7 on Seattle’s final drive of the game.

WR Tyler Lockett - 72.7

Lockett caught all five of his targets for a team-high 75 yards. He had his fourth-quarter touchdown overturned as replay indicated his knee was down before the ball crossed the goal line.

Worst offensive grades

T George Fant – 38.6

Fant allowed one sack, eight total pressures and was given a pass blocking grade of just 14.9, per PFF. The numbers indicate he’s much better suited for his traditional role as an extra tight end/offensive lineman. Hopefully Duane Brown is able to return in short order.

OL Joey Hunt – 46.8

Hunt played just eight snaps in Fant’s normal role, but he still allowed a sack to Myles Garrett.

RB C.J. Prosise – 48.5

Prosise failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt and then lost a fumble in the second half.

Best defensive grades

CB Shaquill Griffin - 83.0

Griffin’s stellar season continues. Per PFF, Griffin allowed just two receptions on five targets for only 14 yards. PFF also credited Griffin with three passes defended.

DL Jadeveon Clowney - 80.8

Clowney was credited with three hurries, four total tackles and two run stops.

DE Ezekiel Ansah - 76.6

Ansah had his biggest play of the season when he stripped Nick Chubb on a screen pass and recovered the fumble himself.

DL Quinton Jefferson - 74.0

Jefferson had four total tackles and three run stops.

DL Poona Ford - 68.1

Ford had one run stop and was given a 69.7 grade in run defense.

Worst defensive grades

CB Jamar Taylor – 29.7

Seattle went back to playing base predominantly as Taylor saw just 12 snaps. He was given a coverage grade of just 29.9

LB Mychal Kendricks – 46.5

Kendricks missed two tackles and gave up three receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown.

S Bradley McDougald – 47.9

McDougald was given just a 33.9 grade in run defense.

Week 6 snap count: Seahawks utilize rotation at safety vs. Browns

Week 6 snap count: Seahawks utilize rotation at safety vs. Browns

It's time for our weekly look at Seahawks snap counts. Seattle improved to 5-1 on Sunday with a 32-28 road win against the Cleveland Browns. The Seahawks are now a perfect 3-0 away from home this season. There were several injuries and tweaks to the lineup this week. Here's who played, how much and what it might mean moving forward.

Takeaways:

- As expected, George Fant and Jamarco Jones started in place of Duane Brown and D.J. Fluker, respectively. It was Joey Hunt who assumed Fant's normal role as the extra tight end/offensive lineman. Hunt played seven snaps, illustrating that the Seahawks didn't use those packages nearly as often as previous weeks.

- Nick Bellore only played three snaps as he continues to be seldom used in Seattle's offense. However, he did touch the ball for the first time this season, catching a 20-yard pass in the first quarter.

- Luke Willson played 56 snaps and will continue to be a near every down player now that Will Dissly's season is likely over with an Achilles injury. Willson caught 2-of-3 targets for 16 yards. Jacob Hollister also saw his first action as a member of the Seahawks after being promoted from the practice squad on Friday. He played 29 snaps but wasn't targeted. Unless Seattle signs a free agent tight end or trades for one, Hollister should continue to have a role moving forward as well. Ed Dickson's (knee) health is also something to monitor. He's eligible to practice this week and to play beginning in Week 9.

- C.J. Prosise played 17 snaps with Rashaad Penny (hamstring) inactive. He failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt at the end of the first half and lost a fumble in the second half.

- So much for the Seahawks going back to playing nickel more frequently. Jamar Taylor played just 12 snaps (out of 69) while Mychal Kendricks played 59.

- Neiko Thorpe played two snaps in Seattle's goal line defense.

- Seattle used a consistent rotation at safety. Tedric Thompson played 52 snaps with Lano Hill mixing in for 15 and Marquise Blair playing eight. The Seahawks utilized their dime package and had three safeties on the field for several third downs. It was a peculiar rotation, and it's something to monitor moving forward. Pete Carroll said that everyone deserves to play, but that also sounds like they just don't feel comfortable enough with any one particular player yet.

- L.J. Collier played five snaps but didn't register a tackle. The team's first-round pick had been a healthy inactive in previous weeks.

Analysis: Seahawks comeback ability is both a blessing and a curse

Analysis: Seahawks comeback ability is both a blessing and a curse

CLEVELAND -- You can never count the Seattle Seahawks out of a game. At no point did you look at the Cleveland Browns 20-6 lead in the first half and say, “welp, this one is over.” If anything, your reaction was likely, “I’ve seen this team come back from far greater deficits.”

And that’s because it has. Climbing out of a hole and clawing out victories is what Seattle does best.

They’ve been doing it for years now, but that tendency has been accentuated in 2019. The Seahawks have scored first in just one game this season and four of Seattle’s five wins have come by four points or less.

“I think that’s our style,” Shaquill Griffin said. “I think every game is going to be close. I think that’s just how we like it. I apologize for giving everybody who’s watching a heart attack, but I think it’s just us. We make it tight, but we know how to win. We know how to finish.”

But is that style sustainable for a team that has playoff aspirations? It’s hard to fathom that Seattle can continue to spot opponents points in the early going and just bank on the heroics of Russell Wilson and others in the fourth quarter.

These wins, while sloppy, illustrate the team’s biggest strength. The Seahawks are as mentally tough as any team in the NFL, and, via great leadership from Pete Carroll, Bobby Wagner and Wilson to name a few, Seattle’s never-quit mentality has become part of the locker room’s DNA.

There’s never any panic, and Sunday’s game was a prime example. Trailing 20-6 in the first half, both Wilson and Wagner rallied the troops.

“We’re made for it. We’re built for it,” Wilson told his teammates. “The biggest thing was to stay the course.”

Wagner told the defense that turning the game around was as simple as eliminating the missed assignments and having everyone do their job.

The Seahawks went on a 19-0 run and took a 25-20 lead. Seattle’s defense forced four turnovers on the day, none bigger than Tedric Thompson’s interception in the end zone at the end of the second quarter. That resulted in at least a 10-point swing with Wilson throwing a 17-yard touchdown to Jaron Brown just before halftime.

After Cleveland retook the lead, 28-25, Seattle responded with a nine-play, 79-yard touchdown drive that Chris Carson capped with a 1-yard run. K.J. Wright then put the game on ice with his first interception of 2019.

“These wins are important because you figure out how to win games,” Wagner said. “Down the stretch, when you’re playing late in the season, you know how to gut a win out. We get a lot of knowledge on that.”

But again, is this sustainable? Wagner didn’t seem overly concerned by Seattle’s run of narrow victories.

“At some point, we’ll turn it and play how we’re supposed to play. But a win is a win. We’ll take the wins. If we were losing these games it would be a whole different story and a whole different energy throughout the whole building.”

I suppose that’s the point. A few dropped passes and favorable calls helped tip the scales in the Seahawks favor against the Browns. Two feet on Greg Zuerlein’s missed field goal at the end of Week 5 is all that it would have taken to turn Seattle’s epic win against Los Angeles into a loss. An overturned pass interference call played a huge role in the Seahawks win against the Steelers in Week 2. You get the picture.

Seattle’s greatest asset, its ability to always find a way, seems to simultaneously keep the team from altering the script.

“It’s a good thing and a bad thing,” Wright said. “You don’t want to rely on climbing uphill. I don’t like that. Let’s find a way to come in and dominate guys like we know we can do. We have that trait to where we can bounce back, but we won’t be able to sustain those. We’ve got to do right from the beginning.”

Wins are hard to come by in this league, and an ugly victory is still a victory. So this isn’t to knock or diminish Seattle’s 5-1 start. But it is to say that the Seahawks are getting too close to the sun, and they’re bound to get burned at some point.

“I’m not a fan of winning like this,” Wright said. “I like having winning football. We all know what winning football looks like. I’ll take these wins. But at some point we’ve just got to do right and find a way to win in our style. Eventually (playing like this) will come back and bite you.”

Seahawks likely lose TE Will Dissly for season with 'serious' Achilles injury

Seahawks likely lose TE Will Dissly for season with 'serious' Achilles injury

CLEVELAND -- Pete Carroll said that Will Dissly has a "serious" Achilles injury. An MRI on Monday is likely to confirm a tear that will end Dissly's second season.

It's a devastating injury, both for the Seattle Seahawks and the second-year tight end. Dissly's rookie season ended after just four games due to a ruptured right patellar tendon. Now he'll be back on the sideline with a torn left Achilles.

"It's a big loss. He's been playing great football. He was running and it just happened how Achilles do -- they come out of nowhere. It's a devastating injury for his season."

Dissly had emerged as the Seahawks No. 2 option in the passing game behind Tyler Lockett, and his four touchdowns through five games led the team.

"That was tough on Will and tough on us and tough on me," Russell Wilson said. "I've developed such a great relationship with WIll. I just want him to keep the faith. He's had a tremendous year. It's tough cause it's back-to-back years (with injuries). He's still young. If anybody is tough as nails, it's him. There's nobody tougher that I know. He'll come back stronger."

The injury took place in the second quarter on a third-down pass that Russell Wilson lofted Dissly's way in the end zone. Wilson was under heavy pressure and threw up a prayer for Dissly. The tight end was late to see it and had to adjust to the ball like a centerfielder trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Dissly's left leg appeared to buckle awkwardly as he adjusted to the ball. He was taken straight into the blue tent on the Seahawks sideline before being carted to the locker room. He's been declared as out for the game.

Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister are the two tight ends remaining on the roster. Willson, who was signed as a free agent just a few weeks ago, is now a full-time starter who will assume Dissly's snap count. He doesn't figure to be the same pass catcher, though, which means that David Moore, Jaron Brown and DK Metcalf will all have to pick up the slack to compliment Lockett.

Russell Wilson operated second-half TD drive without helmet communication

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Russell Wilson operated second-half TD drive without helmet communication

CLEVELAND -- Russell Wilson added to his MVP-caliber resume with a stellar performance against the Browns in Week 6. Wilson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground. He's now got 14 touchdown passes to zero interceptions through six games.

What adds to Wilson's standout day at FirstEnergy Stadium was the series he operated without in-helmet communication. When the Seahawks took the field in the third quarter, trailing 20-18, Wilson noticed that he wasn't hearing anything from Brian Schottenheimer. In classic Wilson fashion, he didn't panic, but produced instead as he went tempo and marched Seattle down the field.

"The helmet went off at the beginning of the drive," Wilson said. "I couldn't hear anything so I just kept calling plays. You study the game plan, and you know what you want to do and how you want to get the ball to different guys. We were running up and down the field."

Wilson said that comms were out for "a series or two," but there's no way to know which other series was impacted. For this drive in particular, Wilson called four plays that helped the Seahawks move all the way to the Browns 8-yard line.

Those plays went as follows:

- Wilson 3-yard scramble

- 11-yard pass to Luke WIllson

- Chris Carson 25-yard run

- 11-yard pass to David Moore

Did he consider calling a timeout?

"There's no need to," Wilson said. "Schotty and I are so close, understanding what we want to do and how we want to attack a defense. I've been playing this game for a while. It's good to continue to keep the pressure on the defense."

And how did he decide on which plays to call?

"You go to what you know," Wilson added. "You go to what you're feeling."

Wilson did run to the sideline to swap helmets after the completion to Moore set up 1st-and-goal from the Browns 8-yard line. The drive ultimately ended in Jaron Brown's second touchdown catch of the game, a 6-yard reception in the middle of the end zone. The score capped Seattle's 19-0 run to take its first lead of the game.

The Seahawks won the game 32-28 and improved to 5-1 on the season, including a perfect 3-0 on the road. Wilson, especially with Patrick Mahomes coming back to Earth, is in the drivers seat for what would be his first MVP award.

Instant Analysis: Russell Wilson, 4 takeaways power Seahawks to win over Browns

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Instant Analysis: Russell Wilson, 4 takeaways power Seahawks to win over Browns

CLEVELAND – It wasn’t pretty – in fact, it was quite ugly – but the Seattle Seahawks improved to 5-1 on Sunday and remain a perfect 3-0 on the road after beating the Cleveland Browns (2-4), 32-28.

Seattle just always seems to find a way as four of its wins are by four points or less. Here are the immediate takeaways that you need to know following the wild contest at FirstEnergy Stadium.

1. Russell Wilson still playing like an MVP

Wilson was stellar again, completing 23-of-33 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. He added 31 rushing yards and another score. Wilson’s best throw of the day came at the end of the first half, an 18-yard touchdown to Jaron Brown in the back right corner of the end zone. It was an absolute dime with heavy pressure coming up the middle on a blitz. Wilson made the throw while being blasted.

He found Brown for a second touchdown in the third quarter on a 6-yard pass. Wilson’s touchdown run was a 16-yarder on Seattle’s opening possession.

2. Pass rush MIA (again)

Less than a week after the 49ers sacked Baker Mayfield four times and hit him eight times, the Seahawks failed to register a single quarterback hit. The entire pass rush was invisible despite 37 total pass attempts from Mayfield. Seattle is still stuck at just 10 sacks through six games.

3. Timely turnovers

Seattle's defense was saved by four takeaways against the Browns.

Tre Flowers had his first-career interception, picking off Mayfield in the first half.

Tedric Thompson had his second interception in as many weeks. His clutch takeaway just before halftime kept Cleveland off the scoreboard and led to Jaron Brown’s touchdown catch in the final minute of the second quarter. Like the first, this interception also came off a tipped pass as Shaquill Griffin made a great play on the ball.

Ezekiel Ansah stripped Nick Chubb on a screen pass and recovered the fumble himself. It was his biggest play as a member of the Seahawks thus far.

Finally, K.J. Wright picked off a pass to ice the game that bounced off the hands of Browns running back Dontrell Hilliard.

If not for the takeaways, Cleveland likely would have steamrolled Seattle. The Browns racked up 406 total yards. Nick Chubb ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 101 yards. If not for a few drops, Beckham's day would have been much bigger.

Odds and end:

- Chris Carson notched his third-straight 100-yard game with 24 carries, 124 yards, and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 35 yards. He’s been an absolute monster as of late for Seattle.

- Will Dissly left the game in the second quarter with a left Achilles injury and did not return. A torn Achilles would end his season and keep him out likely into the beginning of 2020.

- David Moore blocked a punt in the second quarter that led to a Seahawks field goal.

- C.J. Prosise was in the game on two curious plays. He was given the ball on a 2-point conversion attempt in the second quarter and didn’t convert. He was also in the game on a crucial 3rd-and-1 at the end of the third quarter and lost a fumble.

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.