Seahawks still flying Wilson.
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BY SEATTLE SPORTS NUT GLENN BURNETT
Seattle Seahawks fans, a bird on the press wire tells me Seattle is indeed going with Russell Wilson this week at Carolina. I’m sorry Seattle NFL fans don’t have as big a name to throw around in the controversial “who’s our quarterback this week” conundrum. Pity, really. But at least this feature’s cover picture, which I like to think of as an upbeat avatar of Russell Wilson, gets more grins than a picture of Tim Tebow doing his signature move. Good luck using that image of Tim as a potential award winning avatar, Tebow fans! Fun, folks. Fun. It’s that time!
Folks, “if you don’t know me by now,” as the lyric goes…I’m the author of those ‘mostwantedzombie’ articles. Rest assured… you’re own Russell Wilson is NOT…
WEEK 4′s NFLMWZ!!
Seahawks, this is a zombie warning. Between now and Nov. 11 when the NY Jets visit, you must train to protect your city from this week’s feature creature…the NFL‘s MostWantedZombie!! Yes, the Jets are the NFLMWZ!!
Defined: The zombie performance is one where a player or team seemed to be just dragging along through its game. While still animated, this player/team seemed to have no direction. This week’s selection was produced by simple stat extraction. This is not a vote for a change a quarterback in New York.
Good morning, Seattle. Good morning New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the entire Tri-State metro area. Good morning NFC West.
Long Island Newsday covered a story about a 3 foot long alligator found in a Long Island, NY supermarket parking lot. Apparently this is the third alligator found roaming free on Long Island in less than a week. Alligators aren’t native to Long Island. Is this story for real? Is this about alligators or is it a cry for help by clever New Yorkers? Is it possible NY wants to let former Florida Gator Tim Tebow roam free too? How brainless is this idea of letting alligators loose in New York? Well let’s just say, you won’t see zombies going after whoever thought this stunt was clever. Zombies feed on brains, so I’m told.
The Jets’ game in New York against the 49ers must have been utterly frustrating. The Jets have a lot of problems going into Week 5. Mark Sanchez, leader of the pack, had a downright hypnotic game, attempting 29 passes yet only picking up 103 yards. It stands to reason though, when your running game does so well, your passing yardage won’t be so prominent. What’s that? The Jets rushed for less than 50 yards? Oh. Sanchez completed less than 45% of his passes. Yikes!
OK, those are the numbers that led me to this week’s zombie selection which the New York Jets can share with all those Long Island gator.
It’s sad to see, the play that essentially closed out all of New York’s hope in this game, was the play where Santonio Holmes gets injured and loses the ball. The fumble was recovered by the 49ers and returned for a touchdown. Rather than having possession and a 17 point deficit, the Jets were in a 23 point hole. Worse than that, they lost another playmaker.
Seahawks, have a great trip to Charlotte, bring back a win!
Good luck Week 5 contestants! Congrats to those who avoided…
WEEK 4 DeathWatch
DeathWatch explained: This segment is reserved to highlight the dying playoff hopes around the league as well as the teams that are on “thin-ice,” high-alert and in desperate need of saving their playoff hopes. Last week, after the Seahawks played host to the Packers, I placed all teams on “DeathWatch high-alert,” due to the poor officiating through the first four weeks of the regular season. No one was safe. I also suggested a writers’ strike if we writers were going to continually be forced to write about replacement referees. Fortunately by game 1 of Week 4, we were given reprieve, and we could get back to watching football rather than watching referees.
And so I write again, just in time for my weekly edition of DeathWatch. First things first. The Seattle Seahawks are still flying Wilson. The next eight weeks are critical to Seattle’s playoff hopes. I’d say the Seahawks are in stable condition.
The following teams aren’t showing much in the area of vital signs, but that doesn’t always mean they’re dead, does it? These teams are approaching the ICU. Cleveland, Tennessee, Oakland, Kansas City and New Orleans have really got to get more than just some adrenaline. Miami’s losing, but with their performance against Arizona on the road, I’m holding out hope for them. They’ve only played one divisional game, a loss, but they could beat any AFC East team right now if they’re still on the inspiring Hartline Express!
The Titans, Raiders, Chiefs and Saints give up too many points. The Saints are the only team of this bunch that, at 0 – 4, I’m not ready to give up on. They can still score at an alarming rate. If they can get it together soon enough they’d still make a dangerous Wild Card team. It seems as though the AFC has got some serious health issues.
One other team on the bubble of my DeathWatch is the Seahawks next opponent, the Carolina Panthers. This game is going to be a litmus test of sorts. If the Seahawks can make a necessary course correction in this game after losing in Week 4, and if they can avoid overcorrecting, they’ll make a nice bit of progress in their playoff hunt.
Audible to hot routes, swiftly go through pass progressions and see those chances for easy completions, Seattle. (See my picture illustrated response to Jefferson L. Davis in October 3rd’s ‘Seahawks Sports Nut readers’ mail sack‘ article.)
and now for…
WEEKLY WOOKIE WEVUE, NFL WEEK 4
Gwiffin III, Womo weplace “wookie” Wilson and weplacement wefs in WWW, NFL WEEK 4
Wussell Wilson, winner of my ”WEEKLY WOOKIE WEVUE, NFL WEEK 2″ spotlight for his performance at home against Dallas, and the weplacement wefewees, winners of my Wookie Wevue spotlight in Week 3, make way for Week 4′s “Co-Wookie Wevue” featuring Wobert Gwiffin III and Tony Womo.
“Wookie” defined: Regular readers recognize the Wookie Wevue segment as a place where I highlight an impressive rookie performance, either good or bad, preferring “true rookies” over those impressively poor veteran performances that only appear to be rookie performances.
This week was a tough decision. I had to choose between a “twue wookie” and a “wookie-like” veteran’s performance. The nominees, Wobert Gwiffin III and Tony Womo.
The raw numbers on Griffin: 26/35 (74.3% completion rate,) 323 yards, 102.4 passer rating, 8 rushes, 36 yards and a touchdown. Griffin put this performance up in a hostile Tampa environment in a closely contested game. Griffin was sacked only once.
In spite of Griffin III’s spectacular game, I have to spotlight Tony Romo as “Week 4′s Wookie.” With his 5 interception outing, one wonders how he racked up 300 yards of passing. I chose Romo because his performance this week is a stark contrast to is average performance. Romo’s 10 years in the NFL should help him avoid games like these. This truly gave the appearance of a rookie outing. It’s amazing to see a guy throw with 75% completion rate 31/43. That’s better than RG3′s Week 4 completion rate.
- At a rate of 1 interception per every 6 receptions, 5 INTs-31 completions, that means nearly 12% of his passes were intercepted.
- In 43 attempts, he had an amazingly low 7 incompletions!
- A whopping 84% of his passes were caught!!!
It’s ironic, but Romo could have helped Dallas win that game, had he thrown 85 times and produced 10 interceptions! After all, there’s a chance of diminishing returns when you give your opponent too many takeaways. Eventually the Bears offensive playbook would have given way to its own major failures.
With all due respect, as I’ve shown to Jay Cutler in a past article (impressive game this week,) I’m merely enjoying the absurdity of these numbers. The following is an excerpt from wikipedia:
In Week 5 of the (2007) season on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, Romo threw five interceptions (four in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns), and lost a fumble. He is the second person in the history of Monday Night Football to throw five interceptions in a winning effort.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, SEATTLE SPORTS NUTS!…..