We're still taking in the good, the bad and the ugly from the Seattle Seahawks 30-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
Lamar Jackson’s unstoppable performance and Earl Thomas’ revenge game all filled the headlines on Monday morning, but it was Russell Wilson's candidacy for NFL MVP that took perhaps the greatest hit.
Let’s take a look at What They’re Saying about the Seahawks (5-2) following Week 7:
Adam Jude of The Seattle Times said a rare off day from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made Lamar Jackson look all the more impressive.
"For so long, and for so many moments already this season, Seahawks fans have been spoiled by a quarterback who makes the magical look routine, who is at his best when the pressure is molten hot in the fourth quarter. Sunday, that quarterback was Lamar Jackson of the Ravens (5-2)."
Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports says there’s a new MVP front-runner in town, and his name isn’t Russell Wilson.
“While Wilson struggled on Sunday, his counterpart, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, put together another superb performance while leading his team to a 30-16 win over the homesteading Seattle Seahawks. The Ravens' defense complemented Jackson's efforts by scoring two touchdowns and handing Wilson his worst game of the season to date.”
It was Earl Thomas’ first game back to Seattle after his bitter divorce with the Seahawks last season. After spending nine seasons with the Seahawks, Thomas’ time in Seattle ended terribly when he was carted off the field with a broken leg and flipped the middle finger at coach Pete Carroll.
Kevin Patra of Around the NFL says Thomas’ revenge couldn’t have gone better.
“Earl Thomas got his revenge. The former Seahawks safety, who built his Hall of Fame-worthy resume in nine seasons in Seattle, helped a Baltimore Ravens defense that clamped down on Russell Wilson and scored twice en route to a 30-16 road win Sunday.”
Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle noted Russell Wilson’s bad night, which included his first pick of the year that was returned for a 67-yard touchdown.
“Last week brought questions about what this Seahawks team would look like without a stellar performance by Wilson. This week brought the answer: Not great. On second thought, maybe that is the mark of a team’s most valuable player.”
John Blanchette of The Spokesman Review says the Seahawks have a big problem when Russell Wilson isn’t himself.
“This Seahawks team hasn’t shown that it’s special enough in any other area if Wilson doesn’t play A-minus or better. That’s fragile. Consider that in addition to the two losses on Seattle’s record, the Seahawks beat the Rams when their money kicker missed a field goal, outlasted winless Cincinnati by a point and survived two Chris Carson fumbles to edge Pittsburgh. Their five victims have an aggregate record of 11-21-1. Their only victory by more than four points has been over Arizona.
And until Sunday, their quarterback has been MVP-caliber.”