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Seattle's surprising win over the New England Patriots left the Seahawks at 4-2 and tied with the 49ers at the top of the suddenly formidable NFC West. Meanwhile, New England, a heavy favorite to win its tenth division title in the last 12 years, finds itself unexpectedly in a four-way tie atop the AFC East. Here's what we learned:1. New England's Secondary Needs OverhaulIts been no secret that the Patriots defensive backfield is the Achilles Heal of this team, but Sunday's performance may have been among the most discouraging in recent years. Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson, who came into the game with a less than stellar QB rating of 75.2, torched New England for 293 yards through the air with 2 TD passes against zero interceptions, good for a QB rating of 133.7. There was hope in Foxborough that CB Devin McCourty, after a disappointing sophomore campaign, would return to the form that made him Defensive Rookie of the Year season in 2010. Unfortunately for New E...
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Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson had his best game of the season Sunday against the Patriots, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns.Fantasy Spin:Wilson came into Sunday's matchup having thrown five interceptions in his last two games. Sunday he only committed one turnover and that came on a lost fumble. Wilson probably won't be as effective when he faces the 49ers'...
Before the season began this looked like it may be a Thursday night match-up that would go fairly unnoticed. Now, almost to the half-way point of the season, this contest between both 4-2 squads looks like it will have major implications. Implications that go beyond who wins the division and who goes to the playoffs. Rather, a match-up that may determine who the next dominant...
We predicted that week six could hold some big surprises, and it certainly did. While Russell Wilson's coming of age performance against the Patriots was one of the biggest, there were plenty of other big showings throughout the weekend that were worth noting.
Did you miss some big performances amidst all the weekend's action?
Two Rookies Take Big Steps
Just a couple...
The Patriots lose a close one out west to the Seahawks. The Jets win a blowout against Indy while Buffalo and Miami each win by three in Week 6.
Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie.
In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays.
Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 Sunday.
We wrap up the sixth Sunday of the NFL season by looking at a handful of players who exceeded expectations and a handful who failed to deliver.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: It's not as though expectations weren't at a relatively high level for Wilson, who's had a decent start to his career. But few expected him to perform like that against the Patriots...
LAST WEEK: 6-8
SEASON: 55-36 (60%)
The Seahawks are coming off a huge win against the Pats and the 49ers are coming off a really rough loss to the Giants, but San Francisco's defense is just too good to lose to Russell Wilson no matter how good the Seattle defense plays.
Both of these teams were big underdogs in their...
The New England Patriots blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead to lose 24-23 at the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson found Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:27 left to tie the game at 23. Steven Hauschka's extra point gave Seattle the lead, and after Tom Brady and the Patriots were stopped short on fourth down, the final margin was secure. New England falls to 3-3, while...
In the midst of watching his team rally with 14 points in the final 71/2 minutes, Seattle coach Pete Carroll forgot about his history as a one-time coach of the New England Patriots.
He was too busy celebrating Seattle's unlikely comeback and a starring performance by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
"That's funny that you even bring that up. I hadn't even thought...
Fantasy owners face a big challenge in Week 7 with a whopping six teams on bye (Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego). This means several owners will be scrambling to the waiver wire, and in most standard 10- or 12-team leagues owners must dig a little deeper than normal. While waiver adds are usually specific to team needs, there are a couple of running...
Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at San Francisco 49ers (4-2) Sunday, 4:25 ET, FOX, Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver Last meeting: The 49ers won, 19-17, at Seattle last Dec. 24 with PK David Akers' fourth field goal of the day being the game-winner with 2:57 remaining. Streaking: San Francisco QB Alex Smith is 7-1 in his past eight starts against NFC West teams. Calling...