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Quinton Jefferson shares Super Bowl XL memories, eager for homecoming vs. Steelers

Quinton Jefferson shares Super Bowl XL memories, eager for homecoming vs. Steelers

Quinton Jefferson picked the perfect time for the best game of his career. His six-tackle, two-sack performance was pivotal in the Seattle Seahawks 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.

Jefferson also had two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and two passes defended. Pete Carroll pointed out that the fourth-year defensive lineman was a half-second away from making a few more impact plays as well.

“No doubt it was fun,” Jefferson said. “My biggest thing is doing it again. You did it once, can you do it again? I’m going out this week, our whole d-line is trying to cause some havoc again.”

If he can put together an encore in Week 2, he’ll be doing so in his hometown. Jefferson, a Pittsburgh native, grew up a diehard Steelers fan. Jefferson admitted he probably still owns a terrible towel somewhere at home – an obligatory keepsake for any childhood Steelers fan.

He also remembers Pittsburgh beating Seattle in Super Bowl XL.

“I remember a (Seahawks) loss. That was a dope game,” Jefferson said laughing. “At the time I was happy the Steelers won, but I hope we get the win this weekend.”

Any memories of a few controversial calls in that game?

Jefferson started laughing again.

“I have no comment on that,” he said wisely.

Sunday won’t be the first time Jefferson has played at Heinz Field. His little league team, the Swissvale Flashes, attended a Steelers game and had the opportunity to play on the field during halftime. Jefferson later played a pair of games at Heinz Field in high school. He had two sacks in one of those contests during his senior year.

“I balled out,” Jefferson said. “Hopefully I can do it again.”
 
Pete Carroll said that he’s already spoken with Jefferson about what to expect on Sunday. It’s a tactic that Carroll commonly utilizes when there are special circumstances surrounding a particular player on a particular game. He did it last week with DK Metcalf prior to the rookie’s NFL debut.

This week it’s Jefferson’s turn. Carroll reminded him to not get too caught up in the adrenaline of playing in his hometown. It’s just another game, Carroll said, and any extra adrenaline could be to Jefferson’s detriment.

“Don’t make sh— up,” Jefferson said, paraphrasing Carroll’s message to him. “Do what you’re coached to do – what we do every day – and we’ll have some fun.”

A win would give Jefferson and the Seahawks a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013 – Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning season. That would make for the perfect homecoming as far as Jefferson is concerned.

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

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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. 

Seahawks WRs make NSYNC proud

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Seahawks WRs make NSYNC proud

The Seahawks receivers are a talented group. Both on the gridiron and the... dance floor?

After Russell Wilson hooked up with Jaron Brown for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half, the wide receivers game together for a celebration that Total Request Live would be proud of. 

Yes, they did that. I mean, it "might sound crazy, but it ain't no lie," this group truly is in sync... get it?

Whether you are team NSYNC or team Backstreet Boys, you gotta love the celebration game of the Seahawks. Social media sure did:

One Twitter user had his pop hits wrong, but he still made us laugh. 

As the boys of NSYNC said, "I know that I can't take no more. It ain't no lie. I want to see you out that door. Baby bye, bye, bye."

Hopefully, the Seahawks are waving bye, bye, bye, to Cleveland following a victory. 

 

Seahawks TE Will Dissly leaves game with left Achilles injury

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Seahawks TE Will Dissly leaves game with left Achilles injury

CLEVELAND -- Will Dissly appears to have suffered a serious injury for the second-straight season. He left Sunday's game against the Browns in the second quarter with a left Achilles injury.

The injury took place 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.

It's a nightmare injury for the Seahawks as Dissly had become a go-to target for Wilson. Dissly entered Sunday's contest with 23 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns.

Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister are the tight ends remaining on the active roster. Fingers crossed that it's not a torn Achilles, but the signs point to the worst case scenario. Dissly suffered a ruptured right patellar tendon as a rookie in 2018. We'll have updates if Pete Carroll provides them postgame.

HIGHLIGHTS: Seahawks in action against the Browns

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HIGHLIGHTS: Seahawks in action against the Browns

It's NFL Sunday and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are in Cleveland taking on Baker Mayfield and the Browns. For Cleveland, it's a chance to get back to .500 and keep playoff hopes alive. For Seattle, it's a chance to keep pace with the 4-0 49ers and remain in the top tier of the NFC. 

Cleveland opened the game with a kick return touchdown, but the Seahawks answered and this game was off and running. 

Seattle trailed 20-18 at halftime.

Here are some of the best highlights of the game so far (check back often, as this article will be updated throughout the game):

DK STRONG

DK Metcalf is a monster. At 6'4", 229lbs, he is a hulk of a man. With that combination of size, power, and speed, he can be tough to bring down. He showed off all those skills in one play against the Browns.

CAN YOUR QUARTERBACK DO THAT?

2nd and 14 from the 16-yard-line. What do you do? Let Dangeruss take care of business.

NOT UP IN HERE

Who needs a good punt returner when you have a good punt blocker?

END THE HALF STRONG

The Browns had a chance to go up big with the first half winding to an end, but the Seahawks intercepted Baker Mayfield, then drove the length of the field to score with 22 seconds left in the second quarter. 

BYE, BYE, BYE

The Seahawks receivers are "NSYNC"

PUNCH IT OUT

Ziggy Ansah ain't playing around.

BROWN DOES IT AGAIN

A touchdown so nice, he decided to do it twice.

CC: TOUCHDOWN

Chris Carson put the Seahawks ahead late in the 4th quarter

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Be sure to follow Joe Fan on twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from Cleveland. 

Then come back here to NBC Sports Northwest after the game for analysis, blogs, videos, and player interviews.

More Seahawks: 

Three Keys to a Seahawks victory in Cleveland
Week 6 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. Browns
Analysis: Seahawks two-minute defense desperately needs to improve
Seahawks likely without LT Duane Brown vs. Myles Garrett, Browns
Seahawks OL Jamarco Jones set to make first-career start vs. Browns

Seahawks in action vs. Cleveland, follow us for live updates

Seahawks in action vs. Cleveland, follow us for live updates

The Seahawks are coming off a big Thursday night football win vs. the Rams and have now traveled to Cleveland to take on Baker Mayfield and the Browns. 

The Browns, are coming of an embarrassing loss to the 49ers on Monday Night Football. 

Be sure to follow Joe Fan on twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from Cleveland. 

Then come back here to NBC Sports Northwest after the game for analysis, blogs, videos, and player interviews.

More Seahawks: 

Three Keys to a Seahawks victory in Cleveland
Week 6 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. Browns
Analysis: Seahawks two-minute defense desperately needs to improve
Seahawks likely without LT Duane Brown vs. Myles Garrett, Browns
Seahawks OL Jamarco Jones set to make first-career start vs. Browns

Week 6 inactives: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny OUT vs. the Browns

Week 6 inactives: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny OUT vs. the Browns

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny will miss his third game of the season with a hamstring injury. He's among Seattle's inactives against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Chris Carson will once again serve as a work horse back for the Seahawks against a Browns team that allowed 275 rushing yards to the 49ers in Week 5.

Also, as expected, D.J. Fluker and Duane Brown are out on Sunday. That means George Fant should start at left tackle with Jamarco Jones starting at right guard. It will be Jones' first career start.

Full list of Seahawks inactives:

CB Akeem King

WR Gary Jennings

WR John Urusa

G D.J. Fluker

T Duane Brown

RB Rashaad Penny

DL Branden Jackson

Browns inactives:

WR Taywan Taylor

WR Damion Ratley

CB Denzel Ward

CB Greedy Williams

DE Genard Avery

C Austin Corbett

T Kendall Lamm

Notes:

- Cleveland will be without its two starting corners, which should provide a boost to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

- Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier and second-round pick Marquise Blair are both active against the Browns. Both rookies were healthy scratches against the Rams in Week 5.

- Jordan Roos and Jacob Hollister are active as well after being promoted from the practice squad on Friday.