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What the Cincinnati Bengals are saying about the Seattle Seahawks after Week 1

What the Cincinnati Bengals are saying about the Seattle Seahawks after Week 1

The Seattle Seahawks prevailed in Week 1, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 in a close game at CenturyLink Field.

While there’s been a lot of talk about Quinton Jefferson’s monster night, Jadeveon Clowney's Seahawks debut and DK Metcalf’s highlight-reel worthy catches, let’s flip the script and take a look at what the Bengals had to say about the Seahawks following Sunday’s game.

Former UW standout, now Bengals wide receiver John Ross, on his return to Seattle:

“It did feel good. It felt surreal. I used to work here for Staff Pro. I used to be a security guard here when I was in college. To be able to play here in front of some people who used to watch me in college, it did feel good. I’m thankful.”

Bengals coach Zac Taylor on the addition of Jadeveon Clowney:

“It was a good game plan for them with Clowney in there. He creates some issues believe it or not. So your best chance is to throw the football. That’s not how you want to win every single football game. When a team has chosen to take your run game out of the picture, then that is the reality. We had a chance to win. So credit to them, they had a good plan."

Taylor on how frustrating it was to see Seattle make big plays:

“With Russell Wilson, they are going to hit big plays. You try and limit it as best you can. We did a great job of pressuring him and getting him out of his comfort zone. He is going to step up and make some plays. He has played in the league a long time. We knew the big plays were going to come at some point, you’re not going to be perfect. You just have to limited him and I thought they did a good job of that.”

QB Andy Dalton on the Seahawks front 7:

“As you get into it, they were big up front, and did a good job of taking the run game away and obviously you can see what happened in the pass game, so we had opportunities out there.”

Tight end Tyler Eifert on out-gaining the Seahawks by nearly 200 yards:

“I mean, throughout the game I felt like we were doing a lot of good things. When the game is over, it’s not how many yards you gain, it’s how many points are on the board.”

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Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

Tyler Lockett leaves game with leg injury, taken to hospital to avoid a ‘pretty severe situation’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks had plenty to celebrate following its 27-24 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers, but one player was missing from the postgame hoopla. Star receiver Tyler Lockett faced a potential serious situation with a leg injury.

Lockett left the game at the end of regulation and was taken to a nearby hospital for examination. Pete Carroll called the injury a “really bad lower leg bruise – a contusion.”

“It caused some issues that we’re working on,” Carroll said. “I can’t tell you much more about it right now, but he’s out of here right now to get looked at. It’ll be OK, but it’s a pretty severe situation for him right now.”

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.”

By the sounds of it, Lockett played through the injury for some time but it’s unsure for how long. He returned the final kickoff of regulation for three yards before leaving the game during the overtime coin toss.

Lockett will be staying behind in Santa Clara on Monday night for further evaluation. The Seahawks will be taking every precaution to make sure that his leg injury is handled to perfection in order to avoid any potentially serious complications.

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. Carroll said he was unsure whether or not his star receiver would miss any time.

It goes without saying that Lockett’s potential absence would be a big hit to Seattle’s offense.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

Social media reacts: Undefeated no more.

An instant classic under the Monday night lights.

In what felt like an “NFC Championship Game” according to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the game did not disappoint: hard-hitting, trash talk, two teams that know one another very well and two teams that are in a tight race in the NFC West.

And it needed overtime to determine a winner.

Seattle (8-2) defeated rival San Francisco (8-1) 27-24 in overtime off a Jason Myers 42-yard field goal with time expiring. 

Here’s how the sports world reacted to this MNF showdown.

Up next: The Seahawks (8-2) head into a bye week.

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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat 49ers in overtime thriller, improve to 8-2

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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat 49ers in overtime thriller, improve to 8-2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) beat the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) in one of the most bizarre games I've ever seen. It took overtime for the second-straight week and Jason Myers kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as the clock ticked to zero. Had he missed, the game would have ended in a tie.

Russell Wilson threw a pick in Seattle's first drive of overtime, but he redeemed himself with a clutch 18-yard scramble to help get the Seahawks into field goal range at the bitter end. Myers, after missing two field goals and a PAT last Sunday against the Bucs, redeemed himself in a huge way, making both of his field goal attempts and all three of his PATs on Monday night. Here are three other takeaways from the insanity in Santa Clara.

1. Jadeveon Clowney powers Seahawks defense

Clowney was an absolute monster all game long. He carried Seattle's defense with five tackles, five quarterback hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

His 10-yard scoop-and-score put Seattle on the board and made it 10-7 in the first half. He later had a sack-fumble that resulted in another takeaway for Seattle's defense. Clowney put the heat on Jimmy Garoppolo throughout the entire game.

Seattle was liberal with the blitz and its pass rush was as productive collectively as it had been all season. The Seahawks finished with five sacks and 10 quarterback hits as a defense. That's a huge step in the right direction as it was the defense that kept Seattle in the ball game.

2. Turnovers galore

Seattle turned the ball over four times and San Francisco turned it over three times. Each team's defense scored once. Seattle scored 21points off of turnovers. Quandre Diggs intercepted Garoppolo on a pass that bounced off the hands of Kendrick Bourne. Poona Ford recovered a Garoppolo fumble forced by Clowney as well.

The 49ers scored on a sack-fumble of Wilson that was then fumbled by Germain Ifedi in what was a bizarre play. K'Waun Williams forced the initial fumble on the sack, and then Fred Warner punched it out of Ifedi's hands. DeForest Buckner ultimately recovered and ran it back 12 yards for the touchdown. Wilson was sacked five times in total.

3. Poor officiating

Seattle was called for two dubious helmet-to-helmet penalties. Neiko Thorpe made what appeared to be a perfect tackle on punt coverage, and Quinton Jefferson was flagged for lowering his helmet against Garoppolo, a penalty that wiped out a sack.

Meanwhile, the refs missed a late hit and a separate facemask against Wilson. The facemask came on the play where San Francisco scored a defensive touchdown. It's never wise to play the "blame the refs" game, but Seattle had a few legitimate gripes in this one.

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Odds and ends

- Wilson finished the game with just 248 yards, one touchdown and one pick. The score was a four-yard pass to Jacob Hollister. It's unsure whether Hollister was the intended target, but the tight end made a fantastic one-handed grab anyway.

- Josh Gordon caught two passes for 27 yards. Each reception converted a clutch third down.

- Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright each dropped what would have been game-sealing interceptions on the 49ers final drive of regulation. Instead, San Francisco kicked a game-tying field goal and took the game to overtime.

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Trailing 10-0 and in danger of going down more, the Seahawks needed their defense to get a huge stop against the 49ers offense. They did more than just get the stop, they changed the game. 

Jarran Reed blasted through the 49ers offensive line, sacked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and forced a fumble. Before the 49ers could even react, Jadeveon Clowney swooped in, scooped the ball up, and ran it in for the score. 

The Seahawks could have been down 17-0, instead, it was 10-7, and the Seahawks were right back in the game. 

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

It took overtime, but the Seahawks pulled off the 40-34 victory over the Buccaneers last week to improve to 7-2.

Now the Seahawks face one of their biggest tests of the season: The undefeated San Francisco 49ers.

Can the Seahawks pull off the upset and stay in the NFC West hunt, or will the 49ers improve to 9-0?

Be sure to follow our Seahawks Insider Joe Fan on Twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from San Francisco

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

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Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health

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Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health

Over the course of the month of November, NBC Sports will be releasing videos that feature various sports superstars discussing the importance of mental health as well as how they approach the subject.

NBC Sports will then release a documentary titled “Headstrong” in conjunction with men’s health month. Among the athletes who participated in the nationwide project was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson has long been an advocate for mental health, and he speaks to his mental health coach Trevor Moawad on a daily basis. He said he established an appreciation for creating a positive mindset at a young age.

“I think the mind is everything,” Wilson said. “My parents used to talk to me about how we think and how we talk and the power of language is everything. Really it’s the core of what mental health is.”

Wilson’s parents encouraged him to have an imagination and believe in himself. They taught him that speaking things into existence would allow him to be successful and make the most out of his potential.

Seattle’s 5-foot-11 franchise quarterback faced several challenges as a kid. His family didn’t have much financially, and, even then, he was told he was too short to ever be an athlete of any significance. There was never a shortage of people telling him no.

“I’m thankful for my parents giving me a vision – for giving me positive language and giving me language of life and not negativity,” Wilson said.

Wilson is famous for his optimism, and that outlook is contagious throughout the Seahawks roster. Every word out of his mouth during a game – no matter if the Seahawks are up by seven or down by 20 – is positive. It’s part of the reason why Seattle has become notorious for late-game comebacks with Wilson at the helm.

But even though the QB appears to be a master on the topic of mental health, it’s still something he works at on a daily basis.

“You don’t have to be sick to get better,” Wilson said. "No matter how successful you are or what status you are – a top quarterback or if you’re trying to overcome cancer – the best thing that we can do is have positive language.”

Neutral language is also just as important as having a positive mindset. The Idea of neutrality means to have the ability to assess your situation – good or bad – without letting it impact you positively or negatively. That allows you to best understand the necessary course of action without being influenced by emotion.

Wilson said that losing his father was the event that challenged him the most from a mental standpoint. His father was sick and his passing wasn’t a surprise, but that didn’t make the situation any less devastating.

Wilson shared that he feels his dad with him every place he goes. It’s the quarterback’s devout faith that helped him not only get through the loss of his father, but grow and thrive from it.

“The sun still comes up in the morning,” Wilson said. “That’s the reality. If we can have that great perspective that the sun is still going to come up, and we can believe in that and have great faith and have great people to surround you and love you and care for you – that’s critical to life.”

Wilson is currently having an MVP-caliber season having led Seattle to a 7-2 record through nine games. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to have 22 touchdown passes and just one interception at any point in a season.

For more on NBC’s headstrong initiative, head to our Headstrong website.

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

The matchup we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. The Seattle Seahawks (7-2) are in the Bay Area for a primetime bout against the San Francisco 49ers (8-0).

Monday’s night’s contest will dictate who’s in control of the NFC West and will serve as a litmus test for both teams. Here are five Seahawks players who will play pivotal roles in whether or not Seattle is able to come away with a win.

1. DE Ziggy Ansah

I wasn’t lying when I said that Ansah would be on this list until he showed up. Seattle will desperately need its pass rush. Jimmy Garoppolo will carve up the Seahawks secondary if he’s allowed to sit in a clean pocket all game long. Pete Carroll said during the week that Ansah is still lacking strength and is about 10 pounds away from where he needs to be. Ansah is going to have to find a way to be productive without being at 100% because Seattle doesn’t have any other options at edge.

2. DB Quandre Diggs

Diggs is one of Seattle’s two wildcards in this game. He is yet to play a game for Seattle, but it appears that he’s finally ready to make his Seahawks debut. Diggs’ hamstring is healthy, and he doesn’t carry an injury designation going into this one. We have no idea how Diggs will fit into Seattle’s defense. Nickel corner seems to make the most sense as Diggs would be able to make a big impact while not having to be an every-down player. He’d figure to be an upgrade over Jamar Taylor.

3. WR Josh Gordon

Gordon, obviously, is the other wildcard. The receiver told reporters on Saturday that he’s healthy and ready to roll. I can’t imagine the Seattle makes him inactive. His mere presence alone will be enough to capture San Francisco’s attention. Jaron Brown, David Moore and Malik Turner played a combined 64 snaps in Week 9. There’s no reason why 25 of those can’t go to Gordon. His potential Seahawks debut will be one of Monday night’s biggest storylines.

4. TE Jacob Hollister

Hollister caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Bucs, including a 10-yard walk-off score. He’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who will be making his first career start in place of Kwon Alexander (torn pec). Alexander was one of San Francisco’s emotional leaders on defense, and he was also fantastic in coverage. Greenlaw will have big shoes to fill. It would be silly for Seattle to not challenge the rookie early and often.

5. RB Chris Carson

San Francisco’s defense has been fantastic, but the 49ers have largely benefitted from playing with a lead. That has made opponents one dimensional. If Seattle can avoid an early deficit, sticking to the run game will be crucial. The 49ers have allowed 4.7 yards per carry this season and two-consecutive 100-yard rushers. Kenyan Drake racked up 110 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries in Week 9. Before that it was Christian McCaffrey with 117 yards on 14 carries.

The 49ers utilize a Wide-9 alignment along their defensive front to buoy the pass rush. But that strategy does leave gaps against the run. Carson has four 100-yard games this season, and Seattle will likely lean on him heavily Monday night. Getting Carson rolling will help keep the 49ers talented defensive line off balance.

Seahawks, 49ers debate over the ability to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL

Seahawks, 49ers debate over the ability to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL

We all know that Seattle Seahawks fans and San Francisco 49ers don’t care for each other. Every 12 or member of the Faithful would gladly tell you all about the rivalry that exists between the NFC West foes.

From 2012-15, the rivalry was one of, if not the best in the NFL. Now that the Seahawks are 7-2 and the 49ers are 8-0, there’s a chance for Monday night’s contest to reignite the fued between both teams.

I spent the last few days asking around as to whether or not it’s possible to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL. Here are the responses I received followed by my take on the matter.

HC Pete Carroll

Carroll, as expected, dismissed the conversation all together. In his mind, it’s not possible to acknowledge a rivalry while still approaching every game like a championship opportunity. That would mean to place more value on one game compared to others.

“It isn’t in my mind,” Carroll said. “Every game to us is a championship regardless of who we’re playing, where we’re playing, what the situation is, what the schedule says, what the matchups are and what’s happened before. In that case, there is no one game that’s different than another. We don’t want it to be. We want to play every game like it’s the only game we’ve got. That’s how we approach it.”

So at no point will he ever mutter the word?

“It’s not part of the mentality at all,” Carroll said. “That’s right.”

What’s funny is that Carroll was later asked about whether or not he wishes Jim Harbaugh was still in the NFL. Carroll and Harbaugh have a lengthy history that began at USC and Stanford and continued with the Seahawks and 49ers, respectively.

“Yeah. I like Jim. I like Jim a lot. I think he’s a great ball coach. He won’t like me saying this, but I love beating him,” Carroll said while smiling. “He’s doing great. I think he’s an incredible coach. I think he’s unique, he’s tough, he’s smart. Creative. He’s a great ball coach.”

But it wasn’t a rivalry between them?

“No,” Carroll said. “I think you guys thought that. We played them. It was fun.”

It’s hard to imagine that wins against a Harbaugh coached team didn’t feel even a little bit more satisfying than other victories, but who knows. *insert shrug emoji*

LB Bobby Wagner

Wagner acknowledged that Seahawks vs. 49ers from 2012-15 was a rivalry. But he noted that it had more to do with the people involved and the stakes in some of those contests. There’s an added emotion on both sides when you end someone’s season or someone ends your season.

There were so many faces in that rivalry on both sides that remained consistent during that stretch. That’s why Wagner doesn’t believe these two teams are currently rivals beyond what’s typical for divisional opponents. And that’s fair, in my opinion. There’s not a ton of history between players on these two teams.

Except for Richard Sherman, of course. Wagner and Sherman are still close friends and hate losing to one another.

“Richard is a person that’s not going to let you live that down until the following season unless you beat him at basketball in his house,” Wagner said, who enjoys reminding everyone he beat Sherman in 1-on-1 last offseason. “He’ll deny it, but I’m pretty sure a guy like that has cameras at his house and we can find some footage.”

Wagner said it would take a postseason matchup in order for 49ers-Seahawks to get anywhere close to the rivalry it was in its heyday. He’s probably right about that.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan

I asked Shanahan the exact same question I asked Carroll: “Is it possible to acknowledge/appreciate a rivalry while still approaching every game the same way?”

Shanahan gave a much different response.

“Yeah it is,” he admitted. “Every game you feel as though it’s the biggest game of the year, so that really doesn’t change. But, teams in your division, teams you play twice, things like that, there’s always a little different feel to it. You don’t make anything up or make it any bigger than it is but, you address that. Especially when you play teams a lot, and especially twice a year. There’s always a little bit more to it.”

LB K.J. Wright

Wright was somewhere in the middle. He initially said he didn’t believe in rivalries at all but then admitted that 49ers vs. Seahawks from 2012-15 was a rivalry.

“I loved that because it was good on good – good running backs, good linebackers, it was fun,” Wright said.

He added that his outlook on football as a whole shifted once he had kids. He obviously still loves the game, but he doesn’t invest time or thought into who is and who isn’t a rival. Wright also said that he’d love to see Seahawks-49ers get back to where it used to be.

“Oh no doubt. But the word rivalry – I don’t believe in rivalries,” Wright said. “I did then. Not now.”

QB Russell Wilson

Wilson initially seemed on board when asked if he believes in rivalries.

“You definitely believe in rivalries,” Wilson said. “You think about the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, those types of games. Those are pretty big games. People care about them for sure.”

He quickly changed his tune when asked if he’s able to acknowledge them as a player.

“To fans and people, I think every game means something different to them. For us, anytime you get to step on the field, it means everything. It doesn’t matter who we play. It doesn’t matter where we play. It doesn’t matter if it’s practice. If you have the right focus, practice should mean everything. I think the way that you go about your business.

“I think the greatest players that played this game, when they’re in little league, it meant everything. I think when you’re in college, it means everything. I don’t think the factor of what the color of the jersey they wear changes anything at all.”

My two cents

I think Shanahan put it perfectly. It’s possible to acknowledge that certain games carry more weight without changing how you prepare. Not all wins are created equal. Like I said before, some just provide an added layer of satisfaction.

I also agree with Wagner in regards to the current state of 49ers-Seahawks. I believe it’s a rivalry, but one that is fan-fueled. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I wouldn’t expect many players on either side to feel a specific animosity within this matchup.

Selfishly, I hope that changes Monday night.

Josh Gordon already making a positive impact on DK Metcalf with Seahawks

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Josh Gordon already making a positive impact on DK Metcalf with Seahawks

There aren’t many receivers that make DK Metcalf feel like he’s looking in the mirror. Josh Gordon is one of the few.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers last week and Friday marked just his second practice with his new team. And yet, Metcalf (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) said he’s already learning from Gordon (6-foot-3, 225 pounds).

“You’re never too old to keep learning,” Metcalf said. “I’m trying to pick everybody’s brain. There’s always new things to be learned. Josh is the first receiver I’ve been on the team with who’s like a similar build as me.”

Gordon has apparently taken a studious approach to his first week in Seattle.

“He’s not really talkative," Metcalf said. "Just seeing him work and how he’s come in from Day 1 trying to learn the offense and how he runs routes. I’m trying to pick his brain while we’re at practice and trying to learn some new stuff from him.”

It didn’t take long for Gordon to impress Metcalf in their first practice together on Thursday. Metcalf said he remembers watching Gordon’s 1,600-yard season back in 2013. The rookie believes Gordon still possesses the same All-Pro traits.

Metcalf was impressed by the way Gordon gets off the ball. According to Metcalf, Gordon showed a low stance coming off the ball to allow him to play physical, maintain his balance and stop on a dime.

“He looks real good out there. I’m just trying to mimic him,” Metcalf said. “He’s a dog and goes and gets the ball. He’s not letting little DBs bully him around. He’s going to attack the ball in the air, and he’s finishing in the end zone.”

Gordon’s biggest asset is his experience. He’s not only been a productive player in this league, but he’s had to persevere through adversity on several occasions. There are lessons to pass down both on the field and off.

But as Metcalf noted, it sounds like Gordon is taking a lead by example approach while also getting up to speed himself.

“He knows what he’s doing out there,” Metcalf said. “He’s been in clutch situations. He’s seen some of the top corners in the league. I see him taking notes. I’m trying to compete with him taking notes.”

Gordon posted 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Patriots this season. He was then put in Injured Reserve with knee and ankle injuries before being waived two weeks later. Gordon practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday as he continues to deal with the ankle injury, although he should be good to go for Monday night against the 49ers.

As for Metcalf, the rookie has 29 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns on the year. He’s coming off of his best game with six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs in Week 9.

Metcalf made several standout plays in the fourth quarter and overtime during that win against Tampa Bay, none bigger than his 29-yard reception down the left sideline in OT. He also caught a 53-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter for what should have been the game-winning score.

Metcalf said he’s been seeing “quite a lot” of man coverage due to the attention defenses are forced to give Tyler Lockett. That 53-yard touchdown was a perfect illustration of that. Lockett and Metcalf each ran a deep crossing route, Lockett from right to left and Metcalf from left to right.

The safety went with Lockett which meant Metcalf just had to beat Bucs corner Jamel Dean in a footrace. Advantage Metcalf.

“I knew at that point it was just me and my man,” Metcalf said. “Russ saw me, threw me the ball and put it in the perfect position for me to catch and run.”

Consistent production from Metcalf, especially to that degree, would provide a huge lift to Seattle’s offense and take some of the pressure off of Lockett’s shoulders.

That’s where Gordon comes in. He has the opportunity to not only help bring Metcalf along from a mental standpoint, but to also add an extra dimension to the Seahawks passing game. Gordon’s highly-anticipated debut will be one of the biggest storylines going into Seattle’s primetime matchup against San Francisco on Monday.