It’s Week 7 of the NFL season and the Seattle Seahawks (5-1) are hosting the Baltimore Ravens (4-2). The matchup will be a homecoming of sorts for Earl Thomas, who left Seattle after nine seasons and joined the Ravens. Thomas was last seen in Seattle gesturing towards his former team's sideline after breaking his leg.
Another big storyline is the showdown between quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson. Wilson is playing at his best right now, emerging as one of the top candidates for the NFL MVP award through six weeks. The Seahawks franchise quarterback has led his team to a 5-1 record thus far, completing 72.5 percent of his pass attempts for 1,704 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jackson is starting to cement his name in the quarterback game as well. After replacing Joe Flacco as the starting QB last season, Baltimore went 6-1 and into the playoffs. This year, Jackson is 4-2 and has already improved his completion percent from 58.2 percent to 65.1 percent.
Seattle has won its last three meetings with the Ravens and leads the all-time series, 3-2. The Ravens last faced the Seahawks in 2015, when Russell Wilson threw for five touchdowns and 292 yards. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
A win for the Seahawks this week would mean Seattle would be 6-1 for the first time since 2013—the year they won Super Bowl 48 over the Broncos.
The game was tied at 13 at halftime.
RUSSELL TO LOCKETT
Russell Wilson finds his favorite target in the endzone once again to put the Seahawks on the scoreboard and take the lead.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Earl Thomas on his return to Seattle:
“Hopefully they respect what I’ve done, get a couple of cheers and not too many boos,” Thomas said. “But whatever happens, happens. Hopefully it’s love.”
“It doesn’t matter who I’m playing for, I’m going out there and trying to win,” Thomas said. “Maybe when I get to the visiting locker room and see how that feels, it’ll add something to that. But other than that, it’s business as usual. I’m going out there to compete and make plays.”
Pete Carroll on Thomas' return:
“No different than facing the other guys who were great players for us in the past. We’ve been through this a number of times. I love playing our guys. I always do. I always like playing people that I know. I know that there’s an underlying current that somebody wants some other agenda going on or some other storyline. I don’t have one. I love playing against our guys. Earl was a great football player in the years that he was with us."