NFC West Reporter
GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a black hoodie pulled over his intently cropped reduce hair, Tyler Lockett appeared slightly miffed on the query that his crew nonetheless wasn’t getting sufficient respect nationally after their fourth straight win.
But because the Seattle Seahawks stack wins, the cat-quick receiver is aware of nationwide observers will begrudgingly have to provide this ascending crew some love.
“At this point, we don’t really care about the doubters anymore,” the 30-year-old veteran receiver stated. “We already knew what we could do and accomplish as a team. So, we’re just going to continue to follow that trend, continue to celebrate each other. We’ve got a great team. We’ve got great coaches. We’ve got everything we need here.
“The greatest factor is, you get caught up in what the surface world is saying, you get too snug. And we’re simply going to maintain going on the market and getting higher. And if folks need to speak about us, that is cool. But on the finish of the day, we bear in mind what they had been saying earlier this season.”
At the front of the line of players receiving slander at the start of the year was Seattle quarterback Geno Smith. However, Russell Wilson’s replacement is playing better than the quarterback traded for a bunch of picks and players this offseason.
The Seahawks are not winning despite Smith, but because of him.
That simple truth was highlighted in this team’s 31-21, come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.
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Case in level: Smith threw an terrible interception meant for working again Ken Walker III that Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins tipped to himself and returned 30-yards for a rating, placing Arizona up 14-10 with 9:26 left within the third quarter.
Smith may have put his head down and sulked after that momentum-sucking play. But as a substitute, he owned the error, telling his crew ‘My dangerous’ on the sidelines. And then Smith used his arm and his legs to steer Seattle to a 13-play, 75-yard rating that gave them the lead for good, 17-14, after a 9-yard landing throw to Lockett.
Smith’s capacity to battle by means of adversity has change into a calling card for the whole crew. He completed 24 of 36 for 275 yards with two landing passes and the interception. Smith additionally ran for an additional 38 yards.
“I have trust in myself,” Smith stated of the interception. “I know what I can do. I’m playing in the NFL. This is the highest level. There’s players out there that are going to make great plays. Sometimes the ball is not going to bounce your way, but you can’t be fazed by it. And after all I’ve gone through, things like that are not going to faze me.”
Not solely is Smith undeterred by these errors, so are his teammates.
“We all have an underdog story,” Seattle security Ryan Neal stated. “So, when you go out and see Geno do something like that, it shows the theme of this team, the heartbeat of this team. It’s us against the world.”
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Smith additionally was lucky. Twice, the Cardinals didn’t corral interceptions backed up in their very own territory that might have thwarted Seattle scoring drives. And on the very subsequent play, Smith made them pay with touchdowns to DK Metcalf and Lockett.
Smith led the Seahawks on three, lengthy landing scoring drives as Seattle seized management of the sport within the second half. The Seahawks completed 10 of 15 on third down, at one level changing seven straight third-down alternatives.
Then Seattle used Walker to shut out the sport. The hard-charging runner refused to be tackled within the later phases, totaling 62 of his game-high 109 yards within the fourth quarter. Walker additionally posted two scores.
Since taking up because the starter for injured Rashaad Penny in Week 6, Walker is No. 3 within the NFL in speeding yards (424) and first in speeding touchdowns (6).
“It’s like textbook what we want our identity to be,” Seahawks rookie proper sort out Abe Lucas stated. “We want to be great finishers. Our position coach (offensive line coach) Andy Dickerson preaches that. It’s not always going to be pretty, but he called the ugly strain — just how much are you willing to strain to get the job done, you know what I mean?
“At the top of it, you may have actually piss-poor method, however in the event you’re getting the job completed, that is what issues.”
That’s pretty much the Seahawks in a nutshell. The Seahawks lead the NFC West with a 6-3 record, and they are doing it with an identity and culture head coach Pete Carroll created when he first took over a decade ago — play good defense, take the ball away, run the football and have an efficient, resilient person at the controls like Smith.
“You can see it,” Carroll said. “There’s no denying it. You can see we’re able to enjoying good ball, and I need them to comprehend it. I need them to see it, and I’m not afraid to speak about it — and present them what they’re able to doing, so they’re resetting our expectations.”
Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.
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