Jadeveon Clowney played like a number one overall draft pick on Monday.
His impact against the San Francisco 49ers was so significant that multiple outlets referred to him as the best player on the field again and again.
The NFL took note as well, giving him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
In addition to the five tackles and his involvement on a couple of fumbles, Clowney had double-digit QB pressures, and was a complete menace in the San Francisco backfield all evening.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that a Seattle Seahawk has been awarded Player of the Week. Russell Wilson received the offensive version of the award last week, which I’m sure comes with a significant raise and a better parking spot or we wouldn’t make such a big deal about it.
The symbolism of these back-to-back weeks, however, should not be missed. Russell Wilson and Jadeveon Clowney are the two most important players on this team if the Seahawks hope to make a deep playoff run*.
*Apparently one also needs a kicker to occasionally win you a disproportional percentage of games per time played, but we won’t go there right now.
But Clowney needs to be best player on defense far more often than not - which he usually has. Wilson needs to be the best player on the offense, which he’s done pretty much every week.
If these two continue to build on their already impressive season, it will do wonders for a Seattle team heading into some pretty challenging games in the weeks ahead.