It’s a new week, but the chatter around magician, I mean Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, is still loud and clear.
Week 5 brought another brilliant performance from the Seahawks franchise quarterback, who looks worth every penny of the $140 million contract extension he signed with the Seahawks this offseason.
Sideline meetings held by Wilson, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner turned the tides on Sunday, allowing the Seahawks to come back from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Browns 32-28 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Up next, Seattle (5-1) welcomes the NFC North leading Baltimore Ravens (4-2) in a clash at CenturyLink Field.
Before we preview this week’s matchup, let’s take a look at What They’re Saying about the 5-1 Seahawks in Week 7:
Robert Mays of The Ringer shares his thoughts on Wilson, who he calls the MVP favorite.
“Even as Wilson continued to show that he belonged at the table with the league’s best quarterbacks, his early-career reputation followed him. But now, with the final piece of the Legion of Boom gone and a lackluster running game that can take this team only so far, Seattle’s fortunes don’t hinge on its past identities. The Seahawks are now unmistakably Russell Wilson’s team, and for the first time, people are understanding how great that team can be.”
Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk also raved about Wilson’s nearly flawless game. He may have thrown the word Super Bowl in there too.
“This year, he’s arguably playing better than any other quarterback, and if he keeps it up he very well could become the MVP. More importantly the Seahawks could end up forcing the road to Miami through Seattle, which will make a return to the Super Bowl more likely.”
NBC Sports’ Peter King called the Seahawks “a formidable team” and noted the return of defensive end Jarran Reed.
“This is a formidable team, and they’re never out of it with Russell Wilson in charge. And now the Seahawks get a valuable and rested piece back for their defensive front—Jarran Reed, suspended for the season’s first six games—just at the right time. The Ravens come to Seattle next Sunday as the most dangerous rushing team in football."
James Brady of SBNation discussed the NFC West and how the 49ers are now the team Seattle needs to beat in the division.
“The NFC West is still going to be a fight — the Seahawks are 5-1 and the Rams can’t be counted out at 3-3 — but the 49ers now should be favored in that fight. The Seahawks had their run of being the most-feared team in the division when the Legion of Boom was running the show. The Rams took over that mantle when McVay came in. Now it’s the 49ers’ turn to the bullies in the division.”
Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer says Wilson would get his MVP vote if voting took place today.
“As it stands now, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would probably get the edge for me over Watson for MVP. And one reason why is that 20-6 deficit in Cleveland today felt like nothing for an offense that doesn’t really have another skill player who’ll keep the defensive coordinator up on Saturday night. So much of it is Wilson himself, and how he rubs off on his teammates.”
And last, but not least. We've got to talk about the Seahawks wide receivers' celebratory dance to NSYNC. It dominated Sunday and is still the talk around the NFL two days later.
"The Seahawks are now the favorite team for every NFL fan. I’m sorry. Those are the rules."
The ’90s boy band’s Twitter page even gave the team a score on their performance after the Seahawks’ official page tweeted out the video asking, “How’d we do, @NSYNC?”
“The judges scores… 10 – 10 – 10 – 10 – 10,” NSYNC’s Twitter responded, a perfect score all around.