Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Eric Williams

NFC West Reporter

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a black hoodie pulled over his carefully cropped lower hair, Tyler Lockett appeared slightly miffed on the query that his group nonetheless wasn’t getting sufficient respect nationally after their fourth straight win. 

However because the Seattle Seahawks stack wins, the cat-quick receiver is aware of nationwide observers will begrudgingly have to offer this ascending group some love.

“At this level, we do not actually care concerning the doubters anymore,” the 30-year-old veteran receiver stated. “We already knew what we may do and attain as a group. So, we’re simply going to proceed to observe that pattern, proceed to have a good time one another. We have got an awesome group. We have got nice coaches. We have got every part we want right here. 

“The largest factor is, you get caught up in what the surface world is saying, you get too comfy. And we’re simply going to maintain going on the market and getting higher. And if folks wish to discuss us, that is cool. However on the finish of the day, we bear in mind what they have been saying earlier this season.” 

On the entrance of the road of gamers receiving slander firstly of the yr was Seattle quarterback Geno Smith. Nonetheless, Russell Wilson’s substitute is enjoying higher than the quarterback traded for a bunch of picks and gamers this offseason. 

The Seahawks will not be profitable regardless of Smith, however due to him.

That easy fact was highlighted on this group’s 31-21, come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.

Adam Amin and Daryl Johnston break down Seahawks’ profitable streak after victory over Cardinals

FOX commentators Adam Amin and Daryl Johnston analyze the Seattle Seahawks’ 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Living proof: Smith threw an terrible interception supposed 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. However as an alternative, he owned the error, telling his group ‘My unhealthy’ on the sidelines. After which 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 adversity has grow to be a calling card for all the group. He completed 24 of 36 for 275 yards with two landing passes and the interception. Smith additionally ran for one more 38 yards. 

“I’ve belief in myself,” Smith stated of the interception. “I do know what I can do. I am enjoying within the NFL. That is the very best degree. There’s gamers on the market which might be going to make nice performs. Generally the ball just isn’t going to bounce your manner, however you may’t be fazed by it. And in spite of everything I’ve gone by, issues like that aren’t going to faze me.” 

Not solely is Smith undeterred by these errors, so are his teammates.

“All of us have an underdog story,” Seattle security Ryan Neal stated. “So, whenever you exit and see Geno do one thing like that, it reveals the theme of this group, the heartbeat of this group. It is us towards the world.”  

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray struggles, loses cool in loss vs. Seahawks

Kyler Murray had a heated dialog with DeAndre Hopkins throughout the first half.

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 on 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 is like textbook what we wish our id to be,” Seahawks rookie proper sort out Abe Lucas stated. “We wish to be nice finishers. Our place coach (offensive line coach) Andy Dickerson preaches that. It is not all the time going to be fairly, however he known as the ugly pressure — simply how a lot are you keen to pressure to get the job finished, you recognize what I imply? 

“On the finish of it, you may have actually piss-poor method, however should you’re getting the job finished, that is what issues.” 

That is just about the Seahawks in a nutshell. The Seahawks lead the NFC West with a 6-3 file, and they’re doing it with an id and tradition head coach Pete Carroll created when he first took over a decade in the past — play good protection, take the ball away, run the soccer and have an environment friendly, resilient individual on the controls like Smith.

“You’ll be able to see it,” Carroll stated. “There is not any denying it. You’ll be able to see we’re able to enjoying good ball, and I would like them to comprehend it. I would like them to see it, and I am 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 greater than a decade, masking the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Comply with him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.

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