Recapping what was a surprisingly eventful week in the run-up to Sunday's Seattle Seahawks game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Compared to Seahawks’ seasons of past years, this one has been pretty quiet when it’s come to pre-game verbal jousting. Maybe that’s part of having gone to two straight Super Bowls and having a place in the football hierarchy fairly secured.

Then out of the blue, a game against the 3-10 Cleveland Browns turned surprisingly interesting.

It all started Wednesday when Cleveland coach Mike Pettine answered a question during his regular press conference about Russell Wilson and responded that he would consider him still be on a tier below the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

Pettine then reiterated that when he talked to Seattle media via a conference call later that day saying:

“Just I was in the AFC East and went against Tom Brady for years, I just don’t, and I know Peyton (Manning) people talk about where he is now and I have gone against him for a bunch of years, this is my 14th year in the league. But it’s hard to put anybody else, Aaron Rodgers, it’s hard to put anybody else in that category. But he’s getting pretty darn close to it. You just go by results, this is a guy that you can tell he’s not as concerned about the numbers but the most important number is winning and he’s been one of the winningest quarterbacks in the league since he took over as a starter and that carries a lot of weight.

But I think as a franchise the Seahawks have done an outstanding job of building it around him. That takes a lot off your quarterback’s plate when you play great defense and you are one of the elite defenses in the league, that you run the ball extremely well, that opens a lot of things up. …  But he is certainly one of the best in the league, but it’s just I’ve been around some darn good ones and haven’t gone against Russell that many times. But if you had to rank them, he’s doing an outstanding job but I would probably put him right in that next tier right outside the best.’’

Wilson then responded on Thursday that he had heard the comment but that wins are all that matter.

That led to receiver Doug Baldwin saying this on Thursday when asked about Pettine’s comment and if Wilson had heard it: “I’m sure it was brought up to him a number of times. You guys probably wouldn’t leave him alone about it. What do I think about it? I don’t think anything about it. It’s one man’s opinion. It is what it is. Russell Wilson’s going to continue to play on Sundays and we’ll see what happens when it’s all said and done.”

And then Thursday night on an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks’ defensive lineman Michael Bennett stuck up for Wilson saying: “Obviously he’s (Pettine) not good at picking quarterbacks.Maybe he doesn’t know what elite is. I think that Russell Wilson is very elite. He’s been to two Super Bowls. It’s only his fourth year. I don’t think a lot of guys can say that. There’s a lot of guys with a lot of passing yards that haven’t had any success and don’t even go to the playoffs, like Philip Rivers and guys like that. Drew Brees hasn’t been to the playoffs in two years. So Russell Wilson is definitely an elite quarterback, and he can lead a team. … I think Russell Wilson has done a great job of proving that he is up there at the top tier of players.”

Seattle’s a 15-point favorite and has won its last four, looking again like one of the best teams in the NFL while the Browns had lost seven in a row until last week. If nothing else, it gave everyone a lot more to talk about this week.