Richard Sherman’s return fizzles as Seahawks pound 49ers 43-16

The Seattle Seahawks came into Sunday’s game heavily favored and they did not disappoint. Much of the talk was about the return of cornerback Richard Sherman came with his new team, the San Francisco 49ers for revenge on the team that cut him. That story fizzled out as the game was never really much in doubt as the Seahawks destroyed the visitors 43-16. The Seahawks would pay homage to Richard in this blow out victory though.

“We thought it’d be nice to give him a tribute if we had the opportunity to do so. I know it’s kind of weird. We’re scoring. He’s on the other team. We’re doing a tribute, but that was in our hearts this week,” Baldwin said.

The NFL’s #1 rushing team did it again, the Hawks ran for 168 yards on 29 carries. Chris Carson racked up 69 yards before injuring his finger. He was capably subbed in for by Rashaad Penny who compiled 65 yards of his own along with his 2nd touchdown on the year. Whereas last year, Russell Wilson lead the team in rushing yards, three running back are now staunchly leading team in one of the NFL’s greatest turnaround in fortunes ever.

The running game took a lot off the arm of Russell Wilson who was able to cherry pick 4 TDs off a 49er defense that stacked the line. Dangeruss went 11-17 for 185 yards for a 140 rating. Russell now has 29 TDs good for 4th in the NFL. He also now has a 115 rating good for 4th in the NFL as well.

“We didn’t throw it that much but we were able to make some huge plays when we did,” Wilson said.

Jarron Brown keeps impressing with 3 more catches this weekend for 2 touchdowns. The rise of Jaron Brown gives the Hawks a capable 3rd receiver option that had been lost when Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson left the team. The 6th year veteran out of Clemson spent 5 years as a Cardinal before finding his way into Seahawk Blue. And while he hasn’t seen the ball a lot he has solidified his role on the team.

A bit of sad news came in the form of D.J Fluker, who many acclaim one reason why the Seahawks offensive line has turned around their fortunes. A leader on this new offensive line, Fluker found himself clutching his hamstring mid-way through the 2nd half. The former first rounder out of Alabama struggled to the sideline and his injury looks quite severe. That potentially could pose an impact to this team moving forward.

Bobby Wagner showed us yet again why he is probably the best middle linebacker in all of football. With 12 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses, and 2 passes defended the leader of this defense is proving that just because the Legion of Boom is gone, the spirit hasn’t been extinguished. Oh and by the way, the All-Pro crushed the 49er’s spirit in the 4th quarter with a 98 yard pick 6 as San Fran was about to earn a moral victory for a late score

It is true that the Seahawks will not be the NFC West champs as the LA Rams clinched that title; however, the Hawks are now 7-5 and have taken the lead in the Wild Card race. With another game against the woebegone 49ers, then the Cardinals, and a reeling Vikings team, 9-10 wins look reasonable for a team that most left for dead after starting the season 0-2.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.