K.J. Wright understands doubts, but “don’t sleep on” Seahawks

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Bookmakers have installed the Seahawks as six-point underdogs for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, which makes sense when you take a look at the standings but represents a stark departure from recent years.

The Seahawks haven’t been underdogs by that much at home since a 2011 game against the Ravens saw Baltimore come into Seattle as seven-point favorites. Linebacker K.J. Wright understands that the mixture of the Seahawks’ record and players missing because of injuries has created doubts about the team — “it’s human nature” — but cautioned against writing them off.

“Don’t sleep on us, man,” Wright said, via ESPN.com. “This team is really good. We’re still talented. We can be the best of the best. We are the best of the best, so just because we have injuries don’t mean that things will change. We’re going to be good out there.”

The Seahawks won that 2011 game against the Ravens and a similar outcome against the 10-1 Eagles this weekend would certainly strike a blow to the notion that the Seahawks are going to fade away in the final weeks of the 2017 season.

28 responses to “K.J. Wright understands doubts, but “don’t sleep on” Seahawks

  1. As a Hawk fan since ’76 I can comfortably predict another Eagles blowout. 48-10 would not surprise me. The OL will again be overwhelmed and Wilson will be running for his life. Wentz will pick apart the secondary and the game will be over by halftime.

  2. They beat Atlanta and New England last year, there’s no doubt they can get up for a big game. The problem is that they have failed to do that this year so far

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    Since I’m an AFC guy and don’t have a dog in the NFC fight, I can say that the Seahawks have been hit unusually hard by injuries. With five games left, things could get even uglier.
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  4. If the Seahawks win, it won’t be in a traditional football way. The Eagles DL is going to stop the anemic run game and be in Wilson’s face all game long. If they don’t contain the pocket and Wilson gets free to make some big plays, the Seahawks could stay in this game. I understand why the Eagles are favorites and I think and hope they’ll win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this game ends up a loss for them.

  5. Primetime at CenturyLink the Seahawks have been very good in the past. The Eagles seem to be firing on all cylinders right now and look really hard to slow down. This should be one of the best games of the season, key words “should be”. Looking forward to it, and it looks like the Seahawks are too.

  6. Russel Wilson is going to have to have a huge game and put the team on his back for the Seahawks to win. That said, I believe he is one of the few QBs in the NFL capable of doing so.

  7. nhpats says:

    November 30, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Russel Wilson is going to have to have a huge game and put the team on his back for the Seahawks to win. That said, I believe he is one of the few QBs in the NFL capable of doing so.
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    The one Patriot fan that praises Russell Wilson almost as much as Seahawks fans do. Russell will have a huge game against the Eagles. The Eagles are on an impressive streak right now and their confidence level is so high that complacency might be a factor in this game.

  8. Eagles played the Bears last week, so it was almost like having a bye week. Eagles will win by two scores.

  9. It’s a QB driven league (sorry about the cliché) and Russell Wilson is playing at a higher level than I’ve ever seen him play. If the Seahawks can keep a game close, Russell is just about as good as anyone in the final minutes. The Defense used to carry the Hawks, but they don’t need to anymore. Russell has really tightened up his game. He reminds me of Steve Young. It took Young a few years to become the QB that he eventually became, as he learned to rely less on his athletic ability, and learned how to win with his head. It’s awesome when a QB has both weapons.

  10. charliecharger says:

    November 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

    It’s a QB driven league (sorry about the cliché) and Russell Wilson is playing at a higher level than I’ve ever seen him play. If the Seahawks can keep a game close, Russell is just about as good as anyone in the final minutes. The Defense used to carry the Hawks, but they don’t need to anymore. Russell has really tightened up his game. He reminds me of Steve Young. It took Young a few years to become the QB that he eventually became, as he learned to rely less on his athletic ability, and learned how to win with his head. It’s awesome when a QB has both weapons.
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    Interesting. I don’t think Wilson is playing at that high of a level right now. The last eight games of 2015 he was on fire and playing better than anyone for that stretch. Right now he’s playing well, but is still missing people wide open and not protecting the ball like he usually does (previous seasons). He’s taken longer to get in rhythm of the game, but when he does that is when he plays well. It’s like he tries to let others take the spotlight in the game and when that doesn’t work he realizes its all on him, he excels. Similar to your point of Steve Young.

  11. It’s hard to win on the road in the NFL unless you’re playing a team with noticeably less talent like the Browns or something. December will show us what these upstart teams really have because I remember a lot of hot teams that stumbled into the playoffs when they hadn’t done it before.

  12. The demise of the Seahawks is simply economics. They were amazing when they had all those players on cheap rookie deals. Once they started to have to pay them they had to make hard choices. This happens all the time.

  13. The Eagles are playing great football, but a *night* game at CenturyLink? Carson Wentz won’t be able to hear himself think, much less audible. Yes, Seattle is decimated with injuries, but there is still enough on-field talent to make Sunday night interesting, and Philadelphia is already looking past this game, which could be the equalizer. #GoHawks

  14. Who exactly gave the Eagles beat? Oh right, nobody. Two teams above .500. They’re the Cowboys of last year. Great record with a soft schedule. They’re definitely a good team trending upwards, but let’s not act like they’re the new juggernaut of the league.

  15. Interesting. I don’t think Wilson is playing at that high of a level right now.

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    I’m guessing you’re a fantasy football guy. The real game of football has many intangibles that stats guys and fantasy football players just don’t understand. Russell has these intangibles in spades.

    As for the earlier post about Russell tightening up his game and now being able to bring the team back for the win these days even without a top D… Remember 2012 in the playoffs it was Russell Wilson who brought the team back and regained the lead against Atlanta at the end of the game. It was the defense that failed to stop Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez for the winning field goal, so they lost. It is nothing new.

    That was 2012…he is the same guy just better now and more consistent…but Russell has always had that end-of-game metal.

  16. illumination666 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 11:09 am
    Who exactly gave the Eagles beat? Oh right, nobody. Two teams above .500. They’re the Cowboys of last year. Great record with a soft schedule. They’re definitely a good team trending upwards, but let’s not act like they’re the new juggernaut of the league.
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    As opposed to the world beaters that the Seahawks have taken down like the Colts,Cardinals, and the Niners twice. Fun Fact: Two of the Eagles wins came against a team that beat Seattle. Even More Fun Fact: Seattle has one win versus a winning team

    Every week the fans of the Eagles’ opponent say “they haven’t beaten anyone” and then get 30+ dropped on them. Keep hating haters but this is a complete team….beast defense, great o-line, solid running game, receiving threats, a QB playing at an MVP level, and quality special teams. The Eagles win because they are good. I’m not gonna crown them but there isn’t a team in the league that they don’t match up well with.

  17. Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham connection is reaping major rewards for the Seahawks right now, 8 TDs in last 7 games. That connection will be tough for the Eagles to stop. I think the seahawks O-line is finally gelling and looking halfway decent. If seattle’s D line can get pressure this will be a rough day for the eagles. The hawks are rarely blown out, and usually have a chance to win it at the end, I think they pull out a close one at home on prime time. 27-24

  18. I’m guessing you’re a fantasy football guy. The real game of football has many intangibles that stats guys and fantasy football players just don’t understand. Russell has these intangibles in spades.
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    Haven’t played fantasy football in 4 seasons. I don’t bet on games either. I actually just watch the game to try and enjoy it. Don’t get my comment twisted earlier about Wilson not playing at that high of a level. I do think he’s an MVP candidate for sure with the amount of production he’s giving this team, but I know he’s capable of so much more because he’s done it in the past. Like I said before look at the end of 2015 season. He was hitting every throw and seeing coverage like Manning was in his prime. Right now he’s making some pretty amazing plays, but he’s still missing wide open receivers, he’s taking too long to get into rhythm. He’s holding back at the beginning of games.

  19. Right now….just about every single phase of the game is in Eagles favor. Only area I see Seahawk edge is linebacker. Since Seattle has shown nothing in the area of rising up and beating a good team consistently, and they are currently on a home 2 game losing streak…….make it 3. Fans can’t carry this mediocre team anymore.

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