Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to be rewarded.
Led by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary and the nastiest defense in the NFL proved the strength of the Seahawks was greater than the record-setting arm of Peyton Manning in their stunning 43-8 rout on Sunday night.
I don’t care if he threw for 3,300 yards, 300 yards or three yards. Whether it’s 26 TD passed or none. Russell Wilson is the Most Valuable Player on the 53-man roster. And that’s one big-time accomplishment, considering there are several pro bowlers and at least three All-Pro’s donning Seahawks Blue every week.
The Seahawks’ top-ranked defense is good enough to win on any field and carry Pete Carroll and company back to New Jersey for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 3.
In his fourth season, Thomas is being asked to do more than ever as the patrol on the back end of the defense. He already has four interceptions, although none since Week 7, and leads Seattle in solo tackles (69) and is second in total tackles (85). About the only stat Thomas hasn’t recorded this season is a sack.
Currently at 10-1 and the only team in the league with double-digit wins, there isn’t much to critique about the 2013 Seahawks. But who are the best players on the team so far?
Almost three months into the regular season and Seattle still hasn’t gotten their off week yet. All that stands between them and a franchise-best 10-1 start to a season is the Minnesota Vikings.
Lynch still banged up, but with only two of the eight players listed as out this week (Lynch is not one of them), things don’t look bad for Seattle.
Unlike most teams who like to watch their next opponent’s most recent game film, Seattle isn’t going to rely on the 49ers/Packers game. Rather, the Hawks are looking back to the 2012 season for the right footage.
Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle’s defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes of a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.