Stud of the Week
There were plenty of candidates from Sunday, but these are our top three.
2nd honorable mention – The London 12s. Wow, the crowd was fired up for Russell Wilson and company. On television, it sounded like a Seahawks home game, at times.
1st honorable mention – Frank Clark. When he saw that he’d be matched up against a beat-up offensive line, and straight across fro a rookie tackle, he had to be smiling all the way to the stadium. Opportunities were there and the Michigan alumni took full advantage. Clark was an absolute menace to the Oakland Raiders offense all day.
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He had two-and-a-half sacks and two-and-a-half tackles for loss. For good measure, Clark added three more quarterback hits for a total of nine appearances on Oakland’s side of the line. The Raiders only ran 56 plays on Sunday. That means Clark was making himself a pain in the Raider’s rear on 16 percent of their plays.
If you’re on the silver and black, that stat alone would make you cringe. The third-year pro had two strip sacks of quarterback David Carr. He made rookie first-round pick Kolton Miller look exceedingly bad on the first one when Clark blew by Miller’s outside shoulder and leveled Carr in the first quarter. Jarran Reed recovered that one.
In the third quarter, outside linebacker Jacob Martin recovered the loose ball after Clark’s second strip sack. This time Clark beat Miller to the inside and was on top of Carr before the QB had time to react. The Seahawks scored 10 points off the two turnovers Clark caused.
Stud of the week – Russell Wilson. It’s about time Russell Wilson was our Stud of the Week. He is the most important payer on the Seahawks. Once again, the fate of the game wasn’t placed on his shoulders, and he was a perfect compliment to Seattle’s ground and pound running attack.
Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9%) for 222 yards and three touchdowns. He also picked up an additional 20 yards on six carries. RW3 again showed flashes of the “championship years Wilson “with his poise and creativity. His first TD pass was a five-yard bullet to Jaron Brown, which went exactly as the play was drawn up.
His second scoring throw was a thing of improvisational beauty. Wilson mishandled handled a shotgun snap from Oakland’s 20, on third and five. He picked the ball up, ducked a pass rusher and threw on the run with another defender in his face to connect with David Moore, in stride. He did virtually the same thing (without the bobble) on his third touchdown pass, a 10-yard scoring play to Tyler Lockett.
It would be remiss not to include his 50 plus yard strike to Doug Baldwin in the third quarter. Baldwin made a heck of a catch, but Wilson threw it 50 yards to a place where only his receiver could pull it down.
Seattle has a bye next week. Their schedule resumes on October 28 in Detroit, against the Lions.