If you’re thinking that it’s been awhile since you’ve seen Seattle Seahawks return man score a touchdown, you’re right.
According to my story today, Washington last scored a touchdown on a return on Dec. 12, 2010 in a Seattle’s 40-21 loss at San Francisco.
With the limited opportunities because of the new kickoff rules, Washington even brought a punt return out of the end zone last week against Minnesota in attempt to try and create an explosive play. Fortunately, he made it back to the 22-yard line.
The 30-year-old Washington said he’d like to have a big play against his former team, the New York Jets.
“Would I like to return a touchdown against the Jets? Yes,” Washington said. “Would I like to return a touchdown against the Rams? Yes. … It will be an intense game for us, especially since we’re at home, so I’m liking that part of it.
“It will be fun to go out there and see (Jets special teams coach) Mike Westhoff. I have tremendous respect for him, and some of the guys that were drafted with me—D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Eric Smith, Nick Mangold and such. It will be good to go out there and see some of those guys, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to win the game.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with Seattle center Max Unger, who’s dealing with a dislocated middle finger on his snapping hand, but does not expect the injury to affect his play. Boling: “Unger seems to have brought even more passion to his leadership role. It’s to the point that coach Pete Carroll often calls the offensive line ‘Max’s Guys.’”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane is making an impact on special teams as a gunner.
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Larry Stone of the Seattle Times writes the Rex Ryan and the Jets circus is coming to town.
ESPN’s John Clayton includes Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas on his midseason all-pro team.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports includes Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane on his all-midseason team. Cole: “In a very active, explosive defense, Mebane stirs the drinks. Mebane has surpassed Vince Wilfork as the toughest defensive tackle in the league to move. The 6-foot-1, 311-pound Mebane simply creates havoc inside with his low-to-the-ground ability to play with great leverage and power. Mebane has pretty good pass-rush skills (three sacks) for an inside player, but his real strength is being able to clear the way for his teammates.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando compares Mark Sanchez’s rookie season to Russell Wilson’s performance this year, and finds that Wilson is ahead of the curve.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports predicts the Seahawks will make the playoffs.
Pete Prisco of CB Sports also puts Richard Sherman on his midseason all-pro team.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle No. 12 in his NFL power rankings this week. Banks: “If the Seahawks can run the table at home this season, where they’re 4-0 so far, they’ll make the playoffs as a wild card. I like their chances, with only one home game remaining against a team that currently has a winning record (Week 16 versus San Francisco). And that late-season showdown with the 49ers might wind up being more important to Seattle in the standings than it is to San Francisco.”
Brian Burke, writing for The New York Times Fifth Down Blog, gives Seattle a 71 percent win chance against the Jets.
Mike Vorkunov of the New Jersey Star-Ledger talks to Tim Tebow, who says the Wildcat offense hasn’t been as effective as he would’ve liked so far this season.