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NFC West Report Week 4: Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson, pocket passer.

Russell Wilson’s mobility was limited Sunday, but the Quarterback played the role of pocket passer very well.
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The Seattle Seahawks are 3-1 at the quarter-season mark, and sit just below the Rams in the standings, due to the divisional record tiebreaker.

NFC West standings after four weeks of football.

Week 4 Result: 27-17 Win over the New York Jets (2-2)

Russell Wilson has yet to meet a jump ball he doesn’t like. Playing through an MCL sprain in his left knee and a sprained right ankle, he routinely lobbed up passes into 1-on-1 coverage for big gains. Obviously limited in mobility, Wilson played the role of statuesque pocket passer surprisingly well. Wilson finished the day with a career low -5 rushing yards, but threw for 309 yards and 3 TD’s with zero turnovers.

Seattle’s offensive playmakers made Wilson’s job look easy. Jimmy Graham put up 100+ receiving yards in back-to-back games, after breaking that mark only once in 2015. CJ Spiller signed to the Seahawks last Tuesday, and had a receiving TD on Sunday. If Spiller returns to some semblance of the playmaker he once was, the Seahawks have added another weapon to an already potent offense.

The game was close at halftime, with the Seahawks holding a 14-10 lead, but quickly spiraled out of reach for the Jets in the 2nd half. The Jets only scoring play of the 2nd half was a really flukey Cliff Avril forced fumble of Ryan Fitzpatrick that Jets WR Charone Peake scooped up for a 42 yard TD while Seahawks defenders stood around watching.

Next Up: Bye Week

The Seahawks hit the bye week at an opportune time to recover from injuries. Wilson is the headliner, but several Seahawks are dealing with injury.

On the "glass half full" side, maybe the bye week will be a speed bump just as the Seahawks offense has finally sorted out its early season struggles. One can hope, right?

Biggest headlines:

Starting with the most painful news, Football Outsiders advanced stats predict that the Seahawks are the favorite to win Super Bowl LI. They are currently considered twice as likely as any other team to raise the Lombardi trophy on February 5th.

First round pick Germaine Ifedi saw action for the first time this season, playing well overall. Much was made of the Seahawks weakness at O-Line at the beginning of the year, and they’ve had some struggles, but seem to be righting the ship.

The Seahawks lost linebacker Mike Morgan to season ending IR. Morgan was technically a starter, but only saw the field for about 25% of the Seahawks defensive snaps.