Earl Thomas looking back to form after “amazing” performance against Packers

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Watching Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, it didn’t take long to understand just how different a team Seattle was last season after Earl Thomas was lost to injury in early December.

Thomas was flying around like his former All-Pro self in the Seahawks’ 17-9 loss to the Packers. He led the team in tackles with 11, many of which involved Thomas flying from his safety position to drop ball carriers at, or behind, the line of scrimmage.

“He was really good yesterday,” head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. “He was good tackling at the line of scrimmage, he made two or three open field shot tackles for no gains, he was there on the deep ball a couple of times, had a pick on the one play that was called back, he ranged well and had a great hit on the running back coming from the middle. He just played a terrific game.”

Seattle’s defense just wasn’t the same following Thomas’ season-ending broken leg last year. Steven Terrell replaced Thomas for the rest of the season and, unsurprisingly, wasn’t able to replicate the performances of one of the league’s best safeties. The Seahawks averaged just 16.4 points per game in the 11 games Thomas started last season. That number climbed to 22.4 points per game over the final five games of the regular season.

While Thomas already looked like he was back to his former self during his limited action in the preseason, Sunday’s game in Green Bay allowed him to display his ability again over a full 60 minutes of action.

“Woah, that was amazing!” defensive end Cliff Avril said of Thomas’ performance against the Packers. “I was yelling that out during the game, actually, like ‘I’m glad to see you back out here man.’ He is out there flying around, smacking people. It shows you how great of a player he is. It shows you the difference it was I guess in a sense. They say next man up a lot of times, but obviously somebody like that, it’s pretty hard to replace. But to have him back out there and making plays and his energy that he brings is amazing. It is fun. It is fun to be out there with him.”

Thomas is a vital part of Seattle’s defense. Having him back in the lineup has the unit looking as formidable as ever.

11 responses to “Earl Thomas looking back to form after “amazing” performance against Packers

  1. Earl Thomas is good.
    But he is certainly no Eric Berry.
    The Kansas City Chiefs are a much deeper team than Seattle, they will still roll on.

  2. “Next man up” certainly does not work for their Offensive line, which is truly offensive. It stinks. It only works when the team has a deep roster, and a team can have a deep roster if it is young, on the rise, and it does not have a bunch of established players making top dollars. When your game manager is making 20 mil a year, and your backups are getting multi-million dollar per year offers from other teams as free agents, you can no longer have a deep roster. Instead you scrape the bottom of the barrel for backups to you starters.

  3. Curtis. Can you write about other western NFL teams or are you mandated to always write about the Seahawks? Chiefs, Chargers, my Raiders, Rams, Niners, Cardinals, – lots of other story lines. Seatlle’s ship has sailed

  4. Earl Thomas is good.
    But he is certainly no Eric Berry.
    The Kansas City Chiefs are a much deeper team than Seattle, they will still roll on.

    Thomas and Berry were part of the same draft class (2010)

    Thomas has been an All-Pro in 5 of his 7 seasons.. Berry, 3 of 7.

    They’re both great players. But there’s no question which has had the better career.

  5. No, Earl Thomas is not the “best” safety in the league. Remember the Amendola pass caught against Earl in the SB. Earl was only a yard and a half away from Amendola when the ball was thrown. I watched it a hundred times. Earl has zero anticipation. Just ask yourself, how often do you see Earl arriving late to a caught ball that he was responsible for? Earl has zero anticipation, and generally arrives late and hitting his own teammates. A Seattle fan who doesn’t have blinders on.

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