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SBNation Reacts Results: Seahawks fans give the Leonard Williams trade a ‘B’

Bonus results: Seahawks fans lead the NFC West in confidence polls.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Seattle Seahawks fans and fans across the country.


The first Seahawks Reacts survey for the month of November also had the distinction of being the first SB Nation Reacts survey of the 2023 season to feature the division-leading Seattle Seahawks.

Was this play last Sunday a turning point for Seattle?

Only time will tell.

What we can say in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s comeback win is that JSN’s touchdown - on a wide receiver screen, of all things (!!!) - helped the 12s maintain their confidence in the direction the team is heading with 8 of the season’s 18 weeks (and 7 of the season’s 17 games) in the books.

How does the 12s’ confidence compare to our division rivals?

I’m glad you asked.

  • Arizona: 79%
  • Los Angeles: 40%
  • San Francisco: 56%

League-wide, only four teams have fanbases with higher confidence in the direction their team is heading right now: Cincinnati, Detroit, and Jacksonville are at 98%; Houston is at 97%.

Confidence is, of course, a good thing.

You know what else is a good thing? Having a division rival that trails you by half a game in the standings on their bye week while you’re getting ready to play one of the best teams in the league.

Why is this a good thing?

Because, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Seahawks will still be referred to as the division-leading Seahawks heading into Week 10.

At least by me.

Obviously, the 12s (and the team) would like the Santa Clarans to be a full game back a week from now . . .

Which brings us to the next good thing:

Personally, I’m hoping that the ~4% of poll respondents who selected “Seahawks by 9+” are the correct ones, but it still fills me with pride to see that the majority of fans think the Seahawks will win.

The overwhelming majority (89%) believe that it will be a close game with whichever teams wins doing so by a single score.

This seems like a reasonable expectation given how good the Seahawks and Ravens are.

That brings us to the final question in this week’s survey . . .

The new guy!

(see main photo for article)

On Monday, the Seahawks sent a 2024 second-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick to the New York Giants for defensive lineman Leonard Williams.

As part of that deal, the Giants paid most of Williams’ remaining salary (~$9.35M), leaving Seattle responsible for a mere $647,222 (meaning that adding Williams isn’t costing the Seahawks anything cap-wise, only picks-wise).

This week’s survey asked the 12s to assign a letter grade to the trade and the group settled on it being a B.

Personally, I gave it an “A” because one of the understated benefits of the trade is that Leonard Williams has recent experience - and success - against two of the Seahawks upcoming opponents.

  • In Week 3, Williams had 4 total pressures, including 0.5 sacks and 2 quarterback hits, against the 49ers.
  • In Week 7, Williams had a sack, a hit, and a hurry against the Commanders.

Seattle plays Washington next week and San Francisco two weeks after that. My sense is that Leonard Williams will be one of the “keys to the game” in both of those contests.

Welcome to Seattle, Mr. Williams!

Go Hawks!


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