On Thursday Night the Seattle Seahawks won their second home game of the season, defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-24 and lifting their record to 5-5 heading into the home stretch of the season.
The win was crucial for Seattle’s playoff hopes, as a loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would have left them with very little room for error between now and the end of the season, with three games left against the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs. With the victory the Seahawks take sole possession of seventh place in the NFC, at least until Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons all take to the field with a chance to move into a tie with the Hawks at 5-5.
In particular, the Cowboys and Falcons face off in a early game, so only in the unlikely event of a tie between those two teams will the Seahawks not have company at 5-5 heading into Week 12. Sadly, however, because of Seattle’s victory over Dallas earlier in the season, it is actually better for the Hawks if Dallas wins. I’m not sure how much I can stomach rooting for the Cowboys, but maybe I can convince myself that if Jerry Jones and Co win enough games they won’t fire Jason Garrett and replace him with someone who might actually improve the team.
In any case, the Eagles travel to the New Orleans Saints, so I’m not too worried about them. At least for this week.
So, without going off on a tangent any further, here are some of the reactions from Twitter during and after the game.
“Aaron Rodgers is GOAT...”— A&J Talk NFL (@AJTalkNFL) November 16, 2018
The @packers had three first downs in the second half. The @seahawks had nine in the fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/TGfcAmLEju
Play off picture now looks like:— Irish Cowboys (@Irish_Cowboys) November 16, 2018
We can almost forget about the wildcards now. We would need to jump CAR,SEA,MIN.
Packers' latest collapse to Seahawks might mark end of an era #Packers https://t.co/nfGwr8qwR2— GB Packers Talk (@Packers_TT) November 16, 2018
@BrockESPN @TheMikeSalk made it back home to Oregon after the game, will try and be up for your show, but seriously 69007 fans and at least 30k were Packer fans never heard it that loud when we were on offense. Stood up almost entire game.. felt like the playoffs! #BigWin— Michael ✝ (@TheSeahawksROCK) November 16, 2018
Also, for fans frustrated with Brian Schottenheimer, it seems that hating NFL playcallers is sort of a normal thing.
Maybe if the packers realized they had more players on offense than devante Adams they could put up more than 24 points against the bum ass Seahawks— Jim (@HmD_Jim) November 16, 2018
Just another game where u have to wonder how the Packers lost it. McCarthy has to go. Never seems to go for it on 4th down or ever draw up a play for easy yards. Their entire team is @AaronRodgers12 making amazing plays. #TNF #Packers #Seahawks— Richard Corbally (@NFLDicky) November 16, 2018
So its the refs fault that crosby missed a kick and that mccarthy didnt challenge the catch lol hold this L— Katie Caddle (@KatieCaddle4) November 16, 2018
Mike McCarthy faces criticism after Packers lose again to Seahawks. https://t.co/dUY5vvkjzg— Dan Cancian (@dan_cancian) November 16, 2018
Seeing "Mike McCarthy" trending 4 hours after the game ends and knowing why is all sorts of yummy joy.— Nick Duncan (@IamNickDuncan) November 16, 2018
Why he did not challenge the Tyler Lockett not-a-catch catch will forever be known as the worst non-challenge call pic.twitter.com/CuKMc1FORl
Can @SFY or anyone please talk about Aaron Rodgers being the worst clock manager in football! Burns 2 timeouts in the second half for not. Then McCarthy isn't able to challenge Tyler Lockett catch. Rodgers does this every game.— Broc LaMere (@BrocLaMere) November 16, 2018
However, that’s enough about the losers from Green Bay. Let’s talk about some Seahawks.
Frank Clark has tied his single-season career high with 10 sacks after two of Aaron Rodgers tonight.— TJ Cotterill (@TJCotterill) November 16, 2018
"One sack a game isn’t enough. My teammates and my coaches are looking at me as a player of high caliber, so I got to produce." https://t.co/3js612hYlI
2019 EDGE FA update 3.0 the #49ers/#NFL team could target w/sack #s:— 49ersInsiders (@49ersInsiders) November 16, 2018
-Terrell Suggs-5.5 pic.twitter.com/z9R0QdmMNe
DE Frank Clark on his career-high-tying 10 sacks through 10 games: “I got a lot more in me.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 16, 2018
“I want to continue to show the world I’m one of the best pass rushers in the league.” #Seahawks
Frank Clark 3rd in sacks and Wagner should be DPOY. He is far and away the best LB in all of football. No one saw this defense playing this well in 2018. And they have a favorable schedule in December. Playoffs...?— Camden Rider (@RiderCamden) November 16, 2018
Frank Clark has 10 sacks in 10 games— mike (@SeahawkScout) November 16, 2018
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark registered his 10th sack of the season tonight vs the Green Bay Packers.— Terry (T-Holla) (@terryhollimon) November 16, 2018
Here is the T-Holla “Future-Cam” video of Frank leaving the #Seahawks facility in early 2019. #SecureTheBag #Seahawks #FrankClark pic.twitter.com/8VWKZkfo13
Frank Clark with his second sack of the night. So he called his shot. https://t.co/jbpGiiVjje— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 16, 2018
For those who may have tuned out of following the Seahawks during the offseason, this explosion by Frank Clark is not unexpected to some. During the offseason I covered how Clark stacks up against others who recorded similar production through their first three years, and the list includes some impressive names. It is even more impressive considering the reduced practice time allowed under the current version of the CBA, it can take three to four years of practice reps for a player to develop, and Seahawks fans are seeing the value of patience by the front office and coaching staff from both Clark and Tyler Lockett.
Tyler Lockett looked great out there again... Seahawks surprisingly good this year...— TheMMATrader (@TheMMATrader) November 16, 2018
Green Bay still horrifically overrated getting by pretty much on Rodgers alone...
When targeting Tyler Lockett this year, Russell Wilson is 38 for 49 for 554 yards, 7 TDs, and no INTs. That’s a passer rating of 153.4.— Jacson A. Bevens (@JacsonBevens) November 16, 2018
The highest single season passer rating in history is 121.
#Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett was just targeted 5 times today but caught all 5 target for 71 YDS#GBvsSEA #GoHawks— Your Seahawks (@yourseahawks) November 16, 2018
In case you’re wondering, that means Lockett has caught 38 of his 49 targets this season for a 77.55% catch rate.
Go Seahawks! Great team win. Russ Wilson was hot. Tyler Lockett had great catches. Run game was lights out. Defense came through. Hey Pete!— joann balardeta (@windergal) November 16, 2018
I’ve bashed Tyler Lockett a lot over the years ... I wanna give him some props for playing his ass off this year ... been the best WR on this team .. now we are still a 8-8 team but going forward Lockett can be a number 2 WR for sure— MickShanny (@shanahanjosh) November 16, 2018
Can we talk about how good Tyler Lockett is and how 99% of us were wrong about his contract situation— Evan Hill (@EvanonHB) November 16, 2018
Well, obviously not all of us were wrong.
For everyone who are surpised by the size of the contract Tyler Lockett just signed.— tropical storm john (@SeahawksMachine) August 29, 2018
Let me repeat what I've been saying for months --> HE'S REALLY GOOD.
And he's a three time All Pro kick and punt returner. pic.twitter.com/vuuV2o9qcO
The fact that there was that whole Tyler Lockett incompletion fiasco makes the W that much sweeter imo. Now Packers fans will have something else to talk about for the next 5 years rather than the Fail Mary. #Seahawks— The Big Dickson (@SeaJam12) November 16, 2018
Tyler Lockett underrated asf— Jason (@Jqsonn) November 16, 2018
Russ pour Tyler Lockett, magnifique ! #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/Rl7DSNAL97— NFL France (@FirstDownFR) November 16, 2018
Russell Wilson is slinging it. Back-to-back completions to Tyler Lockett. pic.twitter.com/O2pcvFZyMC— Jimmy Clarke (@JimmyClarke) November 16, 2018
Tyler Lockett is worth all the money— Tricia Romano (@tromano) November 16, 2018
Tyler. Lockett.— Ben Cummins (@BenCumminsFF) November 16, 2018
And Lockett knows how to get dressed up for game day.
"Mama says that alligators are ornery 'cause they got all them teeth but no toothbrush." pic.twitter.com/VRsDhpySr8— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 15, 2018
In case you were wondering, The Waterboy was released when Tyler Lockett was six years old while his father was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and his Uncle Aaron Lockett was a freshman at Kansas State University.
However, Tyler wasn’t the only one to show up to the game in noteworthy attire.
Tyler Lockett’s Waterboy outfit is clearly outfit of the night, but gotta show some love to Branden Jackson coming with his Sunday’s best on a Thursday. Frank called him Deacon Jackson. pic.twitter.com/wStWovj7ad— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) November 16, 2018
And just in case anyone forgot, or anyone thinks I overlooked him in the hype about Lockett and Clark, Bobby Wagner spent the game doing Bobby Wagner things.
Bobby Wagner covering number one receivers down the field like it's his job— Eric Eager (@PFF_Eric) November 16, 2018
Imagine the pain of meeting Bobby Wagner in the hole...— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) November 16, 2018
Seahawks in cover 3 Mable with Bobby Wagner covering Davante Adams' vertical?— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) November 16, 2018
Wagner "forcing" the incompletion.
Bobby Wagner loves covering Green Bay receivers 40 yards downfield pic.twitter.com/VfLonZKx9u— mike (@SeahawkScout) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner got Aaron Jones erect faster than Cialis pic.twitter.com/dD6LtqSWOz— Seattle Sportsnet (@alexSSN) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner is the highest graded linebacker in the NFL so far this season. pic.twitter.com/QB1yRqMOi5— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 14, 2018
Bobby Wagner has an overall 99 rating in the latest Madden NFL 19 roster update. Here are the 5 players with an overall 99 rating. pic.twitter.com/DO0SauAo0D— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) November 16, 2018
Just in case y'all didn't know, Bobby Wagner is a tackling machine.— tropical storm john (@SeahawksMachine) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner is an animal— The God Foster (@todd_thegrad) November 16, 2018
And I don’t know how he is off the field, but he’s an intensity machine on the field.
I could watch Bobby Wagner stick running backs all day. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/ERjYEYnjoj— Nick Lee (@NickLee51) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner is a brick wall— Steve White (@86stevewhite) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner is carrying this entire team right now pic.twitter.com/NBgfDPK5es— Emily Maire (@copycatleague) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner has been playing at a high level for a long time.— Justin Williams (@JWills270) November 16, 2018
Bobby Wagner standing push up tackle holy shit— mike (@SeahawkScout) November 11, 2018
Updated odds to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year (@BovadaOfficial):— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 14, 2018
Aaron Donald -250
Khalil Mack +450
Myles Garrett +1000
JJ Watt +1200
DeMarcus Lawrence +3000
Jaylon Smith +3000
Von Miller +3000
Tre'Davious White +2000
Bobby Wagner +2000
Danielle Hunter +2000
Bobby Wagner is the Zach Thomas of this era. Consistently great yet somehow underrated among his contemporaries. @NFLonFOX #Seahawks #SEAvsGB #TNF #ThursdayNightFootball— Mike J. Bautista (@MikeJBknows) November 16, 2018
Per @PFF, the top 5 Seahawks this season and their positional rank:— Asian Sports Man (@asiansportsman) November 15, 2018
1. Bobby Wagner - 88.4 (#1)
2. Chris Carson - 82.4 (#5)
3. Russell Wilson - 81.7 (#12)
4. Bradley McDougald - 77.9 (#16)
5. Duane Brown - 76.1 (#14)
And to close, let’s see what Aaron Rodgers thought of the game.
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I WAS WAITING FOR THIS ONE! pic.twitter.com/8TeiDKLBsE— C.J. Tumbarello (@c_tumbarello) November 16, 2018
Inject allllllll 19 seconds of this into my veins!!! pic.twitter.com/RGgbipZZKP— C.J. Tumbarello (@c_tumbarello) November 16, 2018
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Now the Seahawks get to relax over the weekend in preparation for what is shaping up to be an crucial Week 12 trip to the east coast to take on the Carolina Panthers.