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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. 

Quandre Diggs adds 'settling presence,' another playmaker to Seahawks defense

Quandre Diggs adds 'settling presence,' another playmaker to Seahawks defense

Quandre Diggs found out early last week that the Seattle Seahawks wanted him to start at free safety against the San Francisco 49ers. Diggs played all 83 snaps in his Seahawks debut, recording two tackles and a third-quarter interception that led to Jacob Hollister’s 3-yard touchdown catch.

Diggs also had a few highlight-reel hits, most notably a crushing blow to 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk down the right seam.

“I think there was an impact,” Pete Carroll said. “I thought both the safeties played really well. … I think the settling presence of a veteran and also, he’s a hitter. He’s a real hitter and he goes for it. He had a couple big shots. Had a big shot in the toss. Had a couple shots on receivers that I think had a factor later on in the game.”

Seattle acquired Diggs from the Detroit Lions on Oct. 23 in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. He then missed two games while he dealt with a hamstring injury that he’d been playing through in Detroit.

Now back to full strength, Diggs has teamed up with Bradley McDougald as Seattle’s new safety pairing. Carroll has always valued veterans in those spots, and Diggs’ experience makes him dependable as the last line of the Seahawks defense. That faith in Diggs allowed Seattle to play more single-high rather than playing predominantly two-deep as the defense had been prior to Diggs’ entering the lineup.

“I thought the safety play was the best we’ve seen it this year,” Carroll said of Diggs and McDougald. “I thought that was the best game that our safeties have played. I’m hoping that we can continue to grow and get better and feed off it. It’s an early assessment because Q’s just played one game. He can do a lot of things, so we’ll be anxious to figure out how he can complement what we’re doing and utilize him now that he’s crossed the threshold of playing time for us.”

Those comments don’t appear to bode well for Marquise Blair, who’d started three-straight games prior to Monday night. Carroll said that they want to keep Blair involved and that the rookie “played in dime situations” against the 49ers, except the official game book doesn’t have Blair playing a single snap.

Given that Seattle’s defense took a major step forward against the 49ers, forcing three turnovers and carrying the Seahawks for much of the game, Blair might continue to watch from the sideline moving forward.

Bobby Wagner noticed an uptick in the overall level of play from the secondary due to Diggs’ contributions.

“His range – he’s red line to red line,” Wagner said. “He definitely adds another playmaker to the back end that allows us to do a lot more things once he gets acclimated to the system.”

Most importantly, Diggs said his hamstring came out fine following Monday’s overtime win against the 49ers. He’ll have a bye week to rest and should be 100% in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Takeaways from the Seahawks' thrilling OT win against the 49ers

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Takeaways from the Seahawks' thrilling OT win against the 49ers

One of the best Monday Night Football games to date. One for the ages. An instant classic.

These were just some of the thoughts and feelings from the NFL world following an epic 27-24 overtime Seattle victory over rival San Francisco on Monday night.

Coming into the game, the big story was the 49ers defensive front who has been absolutely tormenting opposing offenses this season. But the story quickly flipped onto Seattle's defensive line lead by one stellar performance from Jadeveon Clowney: five tackles, one sack, five QB hits, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

"What's crazy to me is this performance from the defense came out of nowhere," said our Insider Joe Fann.  From locker room sound to the sights and sounds from the game he's got all the stories you want to hear from the big win.

Listen to the full podcast below:


Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12


Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury


Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

It's been a fantastic week for the Seattle Seahawks, and it continues to get better.

Seattle came out of its win against the San Francisco 49ers relatively injury free with one major exception. Tyler Lockett suffered a bad leg contusion, so bad that the Seahawks star wide receiver spent two nights at Stanford Hospital before flying back to Seattle on Wednesday.

But what appeared to be a potential "severe situation" (Pete Carroll's words) now seems to be all clear. Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Lockett isn't expected to miss any games.

Seattle's bye week couldn't have come at a better time as the Seahawks won't have to worry about rushing Lockett back to health. He's not a guy who would need to practice at any point next week, either, in order to play in the Week 12 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles

Lockett has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns on the season as Seattle's clear-cut No. 1 receiver. It's great news that his leg injury shouldn't dampen what has been a career year for Lockett.

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

We have our next great controversy. A true battle between two conflicting sides. The next ‘What do you see: blue dress vs. gold dress?’ or ‘What do you hear: Laurel or Yanny?’

In last night’s epic Seahawks vs. 49ers Monday Night Football overtime thriller, Seattle backup quarterback met Niners corner Richard Sherman at midfield for a coin toss to determine possession in overtime. The head referee asked Smith his call: heads or tails?

And the rest is history. Which do you hear?

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Still coming down from last night’s overtime thriller in the Bay? Same. But now the Seahawks (8-2) enter into a much needed bye week of recovery with momentum on their side. 

Putting the Seahawks in primetime calls for a special game: Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF. The formula for a good game is simple: primetime + Seahawks = happy sports fans.

But, the Seahawks who were scheduled for a Sunday Night Football showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks, just got the boot.

The game that Seattle got flexed for? The Green Bay Packers (8-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-1) at Levi’s Stadium, CA.

In a way this makes sense. Two division leaders (NFC North and NFC West) but both teams in tight divisional races. The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the Packers while the Seahawks, after an epic OT win on Monday Night Football, are on the heels and breathing down the necks of the Niners.

The Eagles are also in a tight race in the NFC East but both Philadelphia and the Dallas Cowboys have the same record and sitting at the top of the division at 5-4.

Here is what the Seahawks’ remaining schedule looks like:

11/24 at Philadelphia

12/02 vs. Minnesota (MNF)

12/08 at Los Angeles (SNF)

12/15 at Carolina

12/22 vs. Arizona

12/29 vs. San Francisco 

Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week


Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

Good news for the Seahawks on Tuesday morning as it appears Tyler Lockett is out of the woods in terms of anything severe resulting from his injury last night and he might not even miss any game time:

Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle radio this morning also added that Lockett, "should be OK going forward."

Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital while dealing with a leg injury sustained in Monday night's win vs. the 49ers. 

Last night, as Joe Fann reported, there was concern about the extent of the injury:

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. 

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

The Seattle Seahawks have one of, if not the best locker room cultures in the NFL, and it’s been that way since Pete Carroll has been the team’s head coach.

The Seahawks play with unwavering effort no matter the opponent or what the scoreboard says. The same can’t be said for every team. Seattle has an unbreakable confidence and optimism that something good is always about to happen. There’s a level of accountability that must be adopted by everyone – players and coaches included. Most importantly, everyone has each other’s back.

We saw that earlier this season when the team supported Chris Carson after he lost a fumble in three-straight games to open the season. Now we have another example with Seattle’s commitment to Jason Myers.

Pete Carroll said all last week that there was no consideration to making a change at kicker following Myers’ pair of missed field goals in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, including a 40-yarder that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Not a single player badmouthed Myers or threw him under the bus after that performance.

And then a week later, Myers was one of the heroes in Seattle’s 27-24 win on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. His 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as the final seconds ticked away in overtime. Had Myers missed, the game would have ended in a tie. Myers made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points against the 49ers.

Instead, the kicker was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field at Levi’s Stadium. The celebration continued in the locker room.

It was another perfect illustration of what makes Seattle so unique. The Seahawks, while often a heart attack-inducing team, have been able to achieve such sustained success due to their culture.

“It’s important,” Bobby Wagner said of the team’s support of Myers. “If you watch the kickers, and they miss a field goal, everybody in the world gets to see him miss a field goal and everybody in the world gets to get on him. With us, when we miss a tackle, or we miss a block, people might miss that and so it’s important to let them know that we all mess up. Just like you have our back, we have his back. He came through for us.”

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner wins Lakers tickets in bet with Richard Sherman

Bobby Wagner posted a game-high 11 tackles in the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football.”

His defense took a massive (and unforeseen) step forward as Seattle forced three turnovers and sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times. San Francisco’s offense went eight-straight drives without scoring with six of those possessions lasting four plays or less.

But Wagner went home with more than a divisional win. He told reporters postgame that he had a side bet with Richard Sherman. Apparently he missed the beginning of Seattle’s locker room celebrations in order to gloat about his winnings.

“I was too busy talking trash to Sherm,” Wagner said.

So what was the bet?

“Lakers tickets.”

A reporter joked that they probably wouldn’t be sitting in the rafters.

“Nah. Not when you go with Sherm,” Wagner said.

Both the 49ers and the Seahawks seem destined for the playoffs, which means Sherman will have to wait until January or maybe even February in order to make good on the bet. A quick look at the schedule shows the Lakers hosting the Celtics on Feb. 23.

That might be the game you can catch Wagner and Sherman sitting courtside at Staples Center.

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

Jadeveon Clowney becomes instant fan favorite after dominant performance against 49ers

It’s probably a fun time to remind everyone that the Seattle Seahawks acquired Jadeveon Clowney for a third-round pick and a pair of rotational pass rushers. We knew it was a heist then – especially when you consider that the Houston Texans are covering half of Clowney’s salary in 2019 – but it’s even more laughable now.

Let’s be clear, Clowney has been solid for the Seahawks all year long. He wins on a regular basis despite seeing more double teams than any other edge rusher in the NFL. His PFF scores were always well above average despite having just two sacks through nine games.

Heck, he only has three now through 10 games, but if you watched “Monday Night Football” you know that Clowney absolutely dominated the San Francisco 49ers. He was the Seattle Seahawks' MVP in the 27-24 overtime win.

Clowney had five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown – a 10-yard scoop and score to get Seattle on the board late in the second quarter. He was productive on both sides of the line, victimizing Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey on several occasions.

“I just thought he was so impressive all night long,” Pete Carroll said. “What a fantastic game.”

Pro Football Focus gave Clowney a grade of 90.7, which seems low if we are being honest. He was that dominant. PFF credited him with 11 pressures all by himself as he ignited Seattle’s pass rush that had been dormant  through nine games.

The Seahawks sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times and hit him 10 times. Clowney accounted for two turnovers, not only recovering a fumble but forcing a sack-fumble as well.

Seattle heard all week long about San Francisco’s defense – and its defensive line in particular – being the best in the NFL. That meant there was pride at stake for everyone on the Seahawks defense.

“It’s a competition,” Clowney said. “If you’re not competing, you need to retire. Point blank. Period. It’s all about competing at the end of the day. I don’t want to be outperformed by anybody, any week. In my head I always make it a competition.”

Added Bobby Wagner: “Their defense was considered the best defense, and we wanted to show otherwise.”

The craziest part of it all was that Seattle’s defensive performance came out of nowhere. It had been shredded by Matt Schaub and Jameis Winston the previous two weeks. There were no indicators that the Seahawks were close to taking a sizeable step forward defensively. But they limited San Francisco to 3.2 yards per carry and kept Garoppolo to 248 passing yards.

And that’s part of the magic of a Pete Carroll-coached team. Seattle always finds a way to perform in high-pressure situations. Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF.

Several players benefited from Clowney’s consistent pressure. Al Woods, Jarran Reed, Poona Ford and Tre Flowers all had sacks. Garoppolo had several arrant passes with Clowney in his face, two of which could (and should) have been intercepted on San Francisco’s final drive of regulation by K.J. Wright and Wagner.

“When they’re doing the things that they’re doing, it allows us to do a lot of things in the back end. (Garoppolo) started rushing some of his throws,” Wagner said.

Russell Wilson said Clowney played “lights out.” It was the type of performance – especially when you consider the opponent and the stage – that earns players big-time contracts. It was also a game that endeared Clowney to Seahawks fans everywhere.

Knowing that they’ll have to see Nick Bosa and DeForest Buckner twice a year for the foreseeable future, everyone in Seattle wouldn’t mind having a guy like Clowney on their side.

He’s scheduled to be an free agent this offseason. If it were up to the 12s, Clowney would have been re-signed as he came off the field at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night.