Good morning. We will have our regular Monday Morning QB live chat at noon today, so stop by to talk about the game if you have time during lunch.
But for now, let’s take a spin around the web to see what folks are saying about Seattle’s 24-23 win over New England, which puts them in a tie for the NFC West division lead at 4-2 with San Francisco and Arizona.
Here’s my game story. Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has now engineer two, fourth-quarter comebacks in the last, four weeks. “It doesn’t matter the situation, it doesn’t matter the score – we’re going to fight for 60 minutes,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “And I’m just happy that it’s turning out our way.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Wilson played more like a poised veteran than an undersized rookie. Boling: “As pointed out by teammate Richard Sherman, the marvelously unfiltered cornerback/commentator, Wilson has now led fourth-quarter comeback victories over Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Tom Brady of New England. ‘Not many people can say that – and he did it with confidence,’ Sherman said.”
Ryan Divish of The New Tribune talks with outspoken Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who doesn’t mince words when asked about New England’s no-huddle offense. “They are running this gimmick, hurry-up stuff. You don’t do that in the NFL,” Sherman said. “It’s not effective because there are great defenses out there.”
Pete Carroll said revenge was not on his mind in getting a win against the Patriots, the team that fired him over a decade ago. “That was a long time ago,” Carroll said. “And there’s been a lot of games. I really love (New England owner) Robert Kraft. He’s a great man. He’s been great throughout the years about our separation. And I respect the heck out of him.
“But I’m a competitor. So, heck yeah, I want to win against those guys.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Wilson came to Seattle’s rescue at the end of the game. Farnsworth: “But in the end, Wilson, the rookie QB who was making his sixth NFL start, found a way to out-Brady the incomparable Brady. After throwing five interceptions in the past two games, Wilson threw three TD passes and no picks while completing 16 of 27 passes for 293 yards and fashioning a 133.7 passer rating – with the yards and rating being career bests.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks have finally turned into a complete team, getting solid efforts on both sides of the ball. Brewer: “These are the kinds of improbable victories that launch teams. And for the Seahawks, defensively dominant but offensively opaque, an all-in rally against an elite team could help redefine the possibilities this season.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that Wilson outplayed Tom Brady in the final quarter. Thiel: “Instead of Brady, the man of many memorable comebacks, it was Wilson who launched his team after slogging through a turgid second half to deliver the performance of his abbreviated football career, staggering the Super Bowl-bejeweled Pats.”
Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that Seattle’s win over New England sends a statement to the league. Salk: “Russell Wilson isn’t always pretty. He’s definitely not traditional. But he can sling it. And maybe more importantly, he has a quality about him that you don’t see every day in the NFL. You can call him a leader or a winner. Heck, I’ve even been accused of calling him a prophet or a deity. I’m not exactly sure what he is, but he’s a must-watch whenever he drops back.”
Jeffrey Martin of USA Today writes that Wilson answered critics with is performance against New England. Martin: “While one controversial finish can be disputed, Wilson has guided two fourth-quarter comebacks against two teams with quarterbacks – Brady and Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers – whose credentials can’t be questioned.”
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports says the quarterback debate between Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn is over after the rookie’s performance against New England. Silver: “It’s kind of crazy to consider that less than two weeks earlier, Wilson was seemingly in danger of being deep-sixed, at least in the eyes of a skeptical public.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has a nice breakdown of Seattle’s man pressure schemes defensively on third and long situations.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com writes that New England coach Tom Brady swung for the fences and missed against the Seahawks, including a intentional grounding call that cost the Patriots three points at the end of the half. Curran: “Brady’s numbers were great if you had him on your fantasy team – 395 yards, 36 completions, two touchdowns – but in real football, the mistakes that cost points cost the Patriots this game and dropped them to 3-3.
The squander before the half was lamentable.”
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe rips apart New England’s secondary for giving up the game-winning touchdown to Sidney Rice. Bedard: “Holy moly, what a terrible performance by the secondary. They let a plucky popgun rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson — with average weapons — complete 16 of 27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns for a sky-high passer rating of 133.7. Wilson averaged 10.8 yards per attempt, which is just ridiculous.”