Sorry NFC, Seahawks now favorite after dramatic 41-38 victory over Texans
So how you like that Jimmy Graham now after his game-winning, 18-yard TD reception that gave Seattle the 41-38 lead with 0:21 second to play in the wild game against the Texans in CenturyLink field?
What a game!
And I know that the Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) have a better record, but make no mistake, the Seattle Seahawks are the team to be in the NFC. Regardless of the need for late-game dramatics to pull the victory out Sunday over Houston, Seattle is great shape to win the NFC West and possibly earn that home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The best thing is that in five weeks, Seattle will have a chance to prove me right when they host the NFC East leader Eagles in CenturyLink field.
But, before then, the Seahawks need take care of business next Sunday. Which, I’m sure they will at least be focused and ready to do.
The most unfortunate news to come from the game though and only possible chink in the armor is that safety Earl Thomas, who returned the first Watson interception for a TD, exited the game with an apparent hamstring injury.
Thomas will receiving an MRI to determine the damage.
While I’m at it, Seattle rushed for a total of 33 yards on 21 carries against the stout Texans defense. That is, not good. Seattle will need to get that figured out to live up to the expectations placed upon them, but those games happen.
Once again, Wilson was called upon to rescue the team, and once again he did completing three passes for 80 yards on the last drive including the go-ahead score to the much maligned tight end Graham, his second score of the game.
Don’t look now but Graham has scored TDs in the last three games for a total of four on the year including a big TD in the victory agains the Rams in LA a few weeks back.
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett rose to the occasion with a 6-grab, 121-yard day.
The defense was getting to Watson when the QB was completing pass or scrambling as Seattle sacked him 5 times, led by defensive end Frank Clark and his two takedowns. Newcomer Dwight Freeney got in on the action with a 1/2 sack of his own.
K.J. Wright once again led the Seahawks with 14 tackles.
In all, the defense was there when it needed to be with the final play coming from Sherman to seal the game.
Deshaun Watson is quite the impressive player.
If there were any question or doubt before, that debate is officialy settled now thanks to the QB’s 19-of-30, 402-yard, 4-TD performance.
Watson was quite the leader in his seventh game as a pro and up until 0:21 seconds to play in the game, had the Texans in position to earn the win in the home of the 12s.
With his 4-TD day, Watson becomes the first player in NFL history to score 19 passing touchdowns in his first seven games as a pro “passing” Kurt Warner. Watson also has two rushing scores for a total of 21 scores on the year.
Since taking over for Tom Savage in the first game of the season, Watson has been on a tear although to be fair, he did throw three interceptions. Two of which changed the outcome of the game. Those things are going to happen to a rookie. Heck they happen to veterans. Either way, the Texans are a completely new team with him under center.
The NFL hasn’t seen a player with this type of creative, combined ability since, well Russell Wilson.
And on this day, in the end it was the senior leader Wilson that reminded the youngster of who’s-who in the NFL and that the rookie still has a way to go. But no doubt, the kid looks to be well on his way.
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How can it not be quarterback Russell Wilson after his late-game heroics and 452-yard, 4-TD day? Or how bout the secondary as a whole as the unit intercepted the Texans’ QB Watson three times, returning the first for a 78-yard TD (Earl Thomas) and the last coming on Houston’s last drive sealing the win (Richard Sherman)?
But today the award goes to wide receiver Paul Richardson who caught two early touchdown passes on consecutive drives, both times answering Houston scores.
First, it was a 20-yard grab with two minutes to play in the first quarter that evened the score 14-14. Then after Houston moved ahead again, 21- 14 on a Will Fuller 20-yard TD grab from Watson, Richardson caught his second.
That grab gave Richardson five scores for the year.
In total Richardson caught 6 passes for 105 yards with his two scores.
The NFC East comes a calling as Kurt Cousins and the Washington Redskins (3-4) travel cross-country to face Seattle in CenturyLink Field for an afternoon content. Washington limps in after dropping two-in-a-row to division rivals.
Seattle will look to continue their surge and stay one game behind the Eagles (7-1) for best record in the NFC.