Stud of the Week
Honorary Honorable Mention – ESPN Production Staff. They gave us a tremendous view of the Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson breaking up a Wilson pass to Tyler Lockett in the waning seconds of the third quarter. I’ve watched football my entire life and can’t remember a “money shot” like that. The play comes into view as Jackson’s hand gets between Lockett’s. Outstanding.
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2nd honorable mention – Austin Calitro. Replacing one of the best linebackers in football can be intimidating, especially when its the leader of your defense, Bobby Wagner. Calitro stepped up and had a good game. He made solid hits, showed inspired hustle, and did a great job of being around the ball.
1st honorable mention – Tyler Lockett. As much as ESPN analyst Jason Whitten praised Wilson for his touchdown throw to Lockett, the QB didn’t deserve that much credit, his receiver did. Lockett fought off some serious hand checking, got a quarter step on the defensive back, and made a nice over the shoulder catch.
Stud of the Week, Shaquill Griffin. Until the fourth quarter I was considering Russell Wilson for this, and in less than two minutes of game time, RW3 went from stud to dud.
Shaq Griffin was a beast Monday. For a player who came into the game as questionable with an injury, he played anything but questionably. First of all, his pass coverage was top notch. The Seahawks needed Griffin to cover one on one, as well he did. Their opposite corner was being held down by subs, due to Tre Flowers’ injury, so the safeties needed to help on the other side
Then there were Griffin’s two interceptions. He almost single-handedly kept the Seattle Seahawks in the game during the first 30 minutes. If Griffin can keep playing at this level, the Hawks have themselves a new shutdown corner.
1 – In his Seahawks uniform, Sebastian Janikowski looks like a combination of Jared Lorenzen and a 1970s mailman.
2 – Exceedingly unfair to the 12th man for ESPN to have Von Miller as a halftime guest while the Seahawks are playing against Khalil Mack.
3 – Wow a drop-kick kickoff. That was genius and got the Hawks an additional 10 yards of field position.