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Richard Sherman is the NFC defensive player of the week

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Optimus Prime needs to find a little room on his mantle.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been named the NFC defensive player of the week for his work in the team’s 28-7 win over the Jets. Sherman intercepted a pass on the goal line to kill a Jets scoring chance in the first half and then forced a fumble while sacking quarterback Mark Sanchez in the second half to put an end to any thoughts about a comeback for the visiting side.

The 2011 fifth-round pick has made a name for himself this season because of his play, four interceptions for a tough Seattle defense, and because of the things he says off of it. He dubbed himself Optimus Prime before his matchup against Calvin Johnson and tweeted some trash talk at Patriots Tom Brady after the Seahawks beat New England earlier this season.

As long as his play stays at a high level, Sherman will be able to talk all he wants. Right now, it looks like he’ll be able to talk all season.

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  1. supremekingz says: Nov 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    As a 49er fan, I have to say: The Seahawks are a pretty good football team. Their secondary is pretty top notch, and I never expected them to beat up the Patriots in Foxboro earlier this year.

    There’s more than one way to win in the NFL, and the 49ers and Seahawks play great D and run the ball down your throats. Big props to Sherman. He may play for the Seachickens, but they’re not exactly a punchline anymore

  2. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Nov 14, 2012 1:02 PM

    Pretty safe to say Pete and JS know what they are doing even though the “experts” bash their drafts every year.

    Sherm 5th rd, thomas 1st rd , kam 4th rd- all pro bowlers.

    Plucked Pro Bowler Browner from the CFL and is anyone really laughing at those Irvin, Wagner and RW picks now?

  3. albanyhawker says: Nov 14, 2012 1:14 PM

    For the record, the Seahawks beat the Patriots in Seattle, not Foxboro.

  4. tjh9985 says: Nov 14, 2012 1:20 PM

    If Sherm played for a big market team he would be a household name. Elite cover corner.

  5. cball77 says: Nov 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    supremekingz says:
    Nov 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    There’s more than one way to win in the NFL, and the 49ers and Seahawks play great D and run the ball down your throats. Big props to Sherman. He may play for the Seachickens, but they’re not exactly a punchline anymore

    Punchline?? Kind of like a franchise that had 8 strait non-winning seasons prior to last year?

  6. seattlerogueburner says: Nov 14, 2012 1:42 PM

    A lot of teams in the NFL have one player who exemplifies who they are. Seahawks have a full squadron of players who will only get better from here on out. We’re not Super Bowl contenders this year, but our guys are young and hungry. This city deserves a championship.

    Go Hawks.

  7. scoobaj says: Nov 14, 2012 1:48 PM

    hawks are just fun to watch this year if your a fan of the game, especially if your a hawk fan. if the upward trend of total team progression continues like this, getting to the playoffs could be just the beginning. go hawks!

  8. trollhammer20 says: Nov 14, 2012 2:20 PM

    The best thing about his game this past week was he improvised on the strip-sack, which was actually his first-ever NFL sack.

    He said after the game he noticed the Jets had brought in a third tight end, a guy who was like 6’5″ 300. He didn’t think they brought him in to run a route, given it wasn’t a goal-line situation, and there was no WR on his side of the field, so he decided to freelance on a blitz. No one touched him, and when Sanchez tried to get off a last-second pass, he fumbled. End result, Sherman forced his second turnover of the game, and the coaching staff will have to think about the possibility of some called corner blitzes in weeks to come.

    Them’s some smart people who go to Stanford, ayup.

  9. steelerben says: Nov 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    cball77 says:
    Nov 14, 2012 1:40 PM
    supremekingz says:
    Nov 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    There’s more than one way to win in the NFL, and the 49ers and Seahawks play great D and run the ball down your throats. Big props to Sherman. He may play for the Seachickens, but they’re not exactly a punchline anymore

    Punchline?? Kind of like a franchise that had 8 strait non-winning seasons prior to last year?

    ————————————————

    Seattle Seahawks 275-299 lifetime
    San Fransico 49ers 528-425-16 with 5 Lombardis.

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but the numbers speak for themselves.

  10. steallayer says: Nov 14, 2012 3:18 PM

    Steelerben….the numbers of past do speak for themselves, the only thing is, every single player on the niners and seahawks this year, none were a part if that history…we choose yuo write our own. No lombardis? Not yet, for either squad…just sayin

  11. seahawksbmx says: Nov 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    Actions speak louder than words and/or tweets. That said, RS can definitely back up his arrogance with his play as those outside Seattle and the NFC West will continue to discover. Should have been a Pro Bowler last year, will definitely be this year. 5th Round steal. Glad Harbaugh didn’t know what he had in this guy at Stanford.

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