A sampling of national-media reaction following the Seahawks' 37-18 victory over the 49ers that was dampened by Russell Wilson's knee injury.
This might be the most worrisome 19-point victory Seahawks fans have experienced in a while.
Understandable, considering the way Russell Wilson’s leg bent on that third-quarter tackle on what was an otherwise breezy 37-18 win over the 49ers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Already playing with a high right-ankle sprain, Wilson eventually left the game with what he and the team were calling a sprained left knee.
Otherwise, the Seahawks looked like themselves, bounced back after last week’s struggle in Los Angeles, and improved to 2-1 on the season.
As expected, the national media had plenty to say about the Seahawks’ fortunes. Below is a sampling:
Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback said the bye week can’t come fast enough for Wilson and the Seahawks:
“So the early view on Russell Wilson is that he wants to play against the Jets in New Jersey next Sunday, then rest and rehab his sprained right ankle and strained left knee (if that’s all it is, which will be discovered with finality today) over the Seattle bye week. Teams usually hate having the bye this early, but an early October week off couldn’t come at a better time for Seattle than Week 5.”
ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia explained the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Seahawks:
“The best-case scenario for the Seahawks is that the MRI doesn’t reveal anything and Wilson is able to play next week against the Jets, even if he’s at less than 100 percent; and after the trip to New York, he gets the bye to heal up. The worst-case scenario is that he misses time.”
Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated noted how the offense looked familiar:
“This was the Seahawks offense from late 2015, the same rhythm and pace, the same quick passes and long runs. There were different faces, sure, and familiar staples, too. But for one week at least Seattle’s other unit pushed pause on the panic button.”
Marc Sessler of NFL.com included Christine Michael as one of his five takeaways from Sunday’s victory:
“Seahawks running back Christine Michael lived up to the billing. Unencumbered by committee duties, The Woke Bloke ripped through San Francisco for 106 yards on 20 totes, using his power and burst to victimize the opponent. Michael opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run on Seattle’s third play from scrimmage. Highlights aside, though, he repeatedly challenged defenders, spun out of tackles and battled for extra yardage. We like Thomas Rawls, but Michael, who finished with two scores, has earned the chance to fly as the volume-heavy hot hand while Seattle prepares for the Jets, Falcons and Cardinals over their next three dates.”
CBS Sports’ John Breech gave the Seahawks an A in his Week 3 grades:
“No one in Seattle cares about the Seahawks’ grade this week because all anyone cares about is Russell Wilson‘s knee. Wilson took an ugly hit in the second half and had to leave the game. However, before he left, he threw for 243 yards and a touchdown. The good news for the Seahawks is that they might’ve finally found someone to replace Marshawn Lynch. Running back Christine Michael ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Niners.”
Kevin Clark of The Ringer said Jimmy Graham was one of the winners of Week 3:
“Seattle is good again this year. This is not a new development. The new development is that one of their most disappointing players has jump-started the offense and could provide a massive boost to a top NFC contender. In Seattle’s 37–18 victory over San Francisco, Graham finally looked like the player who was, in 2015, worth trading a first-round pick for. The tight end passed the 100-yard mark for only the second time as a Seahawk (he had 11 yards against the Dolphins and 42 against the Rams in Weeks 1 and 2). Graham developing into a top target would give Russell Wilson a much-needed post–Marshawn Lynch safety valve.”
USA Today was pretty succinct in its assessment of Wilson in its weekly “40 Things We Learned” feature:
“The fact the Seahawks have to give weekly injury updates on QB
Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog said Wilson’s injury problem is getting disconcerting:
“Wilson’s health going forward is an issue, even if he checks out OK for next week. He’s playing behind a line that isn’t protecting him well, and like early last season he’s taking too many hits. The Seahawks are relying on an undrafted rookie to be their backup, so they can’t afford for Wilson to miss any significant time. Wilson hasn’t missed a start in his NFL career. But if things keep going as they have the first few weeks of this season, that streak will be in jeopardy.”
Bay Area News Group’s Tim Kawakami wrote about the 49ers’ inability to compete with the Seahawks in recent seasons:
“History says that the Seahawks have been far better than the 49ers in recent years and the gap seems to be growing; logic says that the 49ers can’t go anywhere until they can compete with their division rivals. And it’s reasonable to say that until they can compete on this field against this team the 49ers are at a stand still.”