Wilson throws for 2 TDs, Seahawks hold off Cardinals 28-21

By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — It was a flashback performance for the Seattle Seahawks, and coach Pete Carroll enjoyed the show. 

A bruising running game. Russell Wilson making plays without being asked to do everything. And the Seahawks defense coming through in key moments to shut down Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals for a 28-21 win Thursday night.

Wilson still did his part, throwing for two touchdowns and rebounding from his worst performance of the season just a few days ago. But he had help in the form of Carlos Hyde rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown, and a defense that sacked Murray three times, including Carlos Dunlap’s clinching play inside the final minute. 

“Our guys really wanted to turn things and get back on track,” Carroll said. “And even with all of the situations, with all the guys in and out in the lineup and all that, it just didn’t matter. Guys played really well across the board.”

Wilson was flawless, erasing the mistakes from the past four weeks when Seattle dropped three of four, including losses in the past two weeks to Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams. The skid left Seattle in a tie atop the NFC West with the Rams and Cardinals. 

For a few days at least, Seattle (7-3) will be back on top alone until the Rams play on Monday night against Tampa Bay. It was an important victory for the Seahawks heading into the softest part of their schedule, with four upcoming games against teams with a combined 8-28-1 record. 

Wilson was 23 of 28 for 197 yards and TD passes of 25 yards to DK Metcalf and 11 yards to Tyler Lockett in the first half. Wilson had committed 10 turnovers in the previous four games combined, a stretch that started with Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona in Week 7. 

Lockett, who had 15 catches for 200 yards and three TDs in the first meeting with Arizona, had another nine catches for 67 yards. 

But the biggest boost for Seattle was the return of its run game. Hyde had a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter, and Seattle finished with 165 yards rushing.

“It helped balance our offense out today,” Hyde said. “We was able to hit passes, run the ball, move down the field. You know, how we play.”

Murray and DeAndre Hopkins couldn’t rekindle the magic from their last-second touchdown to beat Buffalo last Sunday. Murray was 29 of 42 for 269 yards and two TDs, but Seattle was able to get the kind of pressure on the QB that was missing from the first meeting.

“They definitely played for me in certain situations but like I said, we put up 21, had a chance to win the game at the end, but throughout the game, we started slow and kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Murray said. 

And that pressure came through in the closing seconds. On fourth-and-10 at the Seattle 27 with 38 seconds left, Dunlap got around the edge and tackled Murray for his second sack of the night. Seattle finished with three sacks and seven QB hits after not touching Murray in the first meeting. 

“(Pete) was fired up. He almost tackled me on the sideline. That was crazy to see a head coach that involved,” Dunlap said. 

Arizona (6-4) closed to 23-21 with 13:19 left when Murray capped a 15-play, 90-yard drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals defense held, but backed up near their goal line, J.R. Sweezy was called for holding on L.J. Collier in the end zone, giving Seattle a safety with 9:12 left. 

Arizona almost didn’t get the ball back. Seattle ran nearly seven minutes off the clock and Jason Myers’ 41-yard field goal gave the Seahawks a 28-21 lead with 2:19 to go. 

INJURIES

Arizona lost starting safety Jalen Thompson in the closing seconds of the first half with a right leg injury. Thompson had to be helped off the field and onto a cart, putting no weight on the leg. 

Seattle TE Greg Olsen tumbled to the ground early in the fourth quarter with a left foot injury. Olsen went down before contact and was helped off the field without putting weight on the leg. Carroll said the team believes Olsen tore the fascia in his foot. Seattle also lost right tackle Brandon Shell in the fourth quarter to a sprained ankle. 

700 CLUB

Hopkins became the youngest player in league history to reach 700 career receptions with his lone catch in the first half. Hopkins, 28, bettered the previous record held by his teammate, Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was just past his 29th birthday when he reached 700 catches. 

But Hopkins was limited to five catches for 51 yards. Fitzgerald led Arizona with eight receptions. 

RUSSELL RECORDS

Wilson is the fifth QB since the merger in 1970 to post 30 or more TD passes and a passer rating of 110 or higher over the first 10 games of a season. The previous four all went on to win the MVP award — Patrick Mahomes (2018), Peyton Manning (2013), Aaron Rodgers (2011) and Tom Brady (2007).

Bears, Chiefs join Texans, Colts as NFL teams closing facilities Thursday due to COVID-19 tests

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The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs became the latest NFL teams to shutter their facilities Thursday due to a positive coronavirus test.  

In a statement, the Bears said they were notified of a player testing positive Thursday morning and paused all in-person activities at Halas Hall, canceling practice. 

“The player who tested positive and all close contacts have been contacted and have already begun self-isolation,” the Bears said. “We will continue to work closely with the NFL medical experts and follow the league’s intensive protocol. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority.”

Chicago is scheduled to face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. 

The Chiefs revealed a staff member tested positive, announcing the team will still practice Thursday but will conduct meetings virtually later in the day. 

The closures in Kansas City and Chicago followed earlier news that the Indianapolis Colts conducted its meetings virtually after a staff member tested positive (the team still held practice outdoors). The Houston Texans also shut down their facility for the second straight week after a player’s positive test. Linebackers Jacob Martin, Whitney Mercilus and Dylan Cole were all placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Philadelphia Eagles also on Thursday reported a positive COVID-19 test for a player. The Eagles are on their bye week but were in their facility on Wednesday.

The pandemic’s impact will be further felt by the league during Thursday Night Football, as key players on the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will be out due to either positive tests or contact tracing.  

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/11/05/covid-19-closes-three-nfl-facilities-thursday-texans-bears-colts/6174452002/

Russell Wilson apparently spends an astronomical sum per year on body recovery

By John Breech, CBS Sports

Since being drafted in 2012, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never missed a start. When Wilson takes the field against the 49ers on Sunday, it will mark his 133rd consecutive regular season start, which is the second-longest active streak in the NFL. 

The key to keeping the streak alive is two-fold: You have to play well so you don’t get benched and you have to stay healthy. Based on the way Wilson describes it, that first thing might actually be easier than the second thing, because it appears the 31-year-old spends nearly all of his free time trying to help his body recover and trying to stay healthy. 

During a recent interview on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Wilson revealed how much he spends to stay healthy and how that money gets spent.

First, let’s find out how much money he pours into staying healthy. 

“I probably spend $1 million if not more, a year, just on recovery,” Wilson said.

Whoa. That’s definitely way more than the $75 per year I spend on myself, but I also don’t take as many hits as Wilson. Of course, with the Seahawks heavily invested in Wilson with a four-year, $140 million deal, it’s no surprise that the quarterback has decided to invest in himself. 

So what does $1 million in performance recovering buy you? Glad you asked. 

“I have a whole performance team. I’ve got a whole group, I’ve got a full-time trainer that travels with me everywhere, works with [my wife] Ciara too” Wilson said. “I have a full-time [physical therapist]. I have a full-time mobile person that’s working on me, that’s making sure I’m moving the right way and everything else. I have a full-time massage person. We have two chefs. We have a whole performance team.”

Although Wilson has plenty of money now, he’s actually been doing this since at least 2014, when he was playing on a rookie contract that paid him an average of just $750,000 per year.  

“I’ve been doing it for five years or so, six years now,” Wilson said. “I’ve got everything. I’ve got all the toys. I’ve got two hyperbaric chambers. I’ve got a little bit of everything. I get in the hyperbaric four times a week, three times a week. I get treatment everyday.”

If you’ve ever skipped a workout, then you have nothing on common with Wilson, who NEVER skips a workout. Well, almost never. In the interview, Wilson revealed that he works out almost 365 days a year. 

“I do 365. The only time I don’t — I probably do 363,” Wilson said. “The reality is Christmas — depending on the circumstances, but usually I do because we usually have a game around then — and Thanksgiving. I’m in between 363 and 365 amount of work that we do every day, something around the work I do. I’m trying to play until I’m 45, at least. For me, my mentality is that I’m going to leave it all on the field and do everything I can to take care of myself.”

So far, Wilson has clearly done a good job of taking care of himself. If he does play until 45 and somehow manages to not a miss a game, he’ll also eventually set the record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback. However, if Wilson does break that record, it won’t happen anytime soon. 

The current record belongs to Brett Favre, who started in 297 consecutive games. For Wilson to break that record, he’ll have to play at least halfway through the 2030 season when he’ll be 42 years old. Of course, if anyone can do it, it seems like Wilson would probably be the best bet (Philip Rivers is second on the list with 230 consecutive starts, but would like have to play nearly four more seasons after 2020 to break the record). 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/russell-wilson-apparently-spends-an-astronomical-sum-per-year-on-body-recovery/

LOOK: Todd Gurley costs Falcons by scoring TD after failing to stop his momentum, leads to wild Lions comeback

By Jeff Kerr, USA Today

Gurley gave the Lions an opportunity to win the game by not going down short of the end zone

Watch Now: Breakdown: Steelers Defeat Titans, 27-24 (5:00)

If there was any concern about the Packers’ ability to rebound from a blowout loss, we can probably go ahead and throw those concerns out the window. One week after getting trounced by Tampa Bay, the Packers responded by pulling off one of their best all-around performances of the season in a 35-20 win over the Houston Texans. Aaron Rodgers painted another offensive masterpiece with 283 passing yards and four touchdowns. 

The Packers didn’t have running back Aaron Jones in this game, but as it turned out, they didn’t actually need him, because they had Rodgers and Davante Adams to carry the offense. A healthy Adams is nearly impossible to stop, and he proved that on Sunday. The Packers receiver caught 13 passes for a career-high 196 yards, which also serves as the eighth-highest single-game total in franchise history. 

It became clear pretty early in the game that the Texans were going to have a few problems covering Adams. For instance, on this third-and-9 in the first quarter, Adams was covered well, but then Rodgers made a fantastic throw that was followed by an even better catch:

Rodgers credited that completion as the one that got the Packers’ offense rolling on Sunday. 

“It was really the catch down the left sideline on third down that got us going,” Rodgers said after the game, via NBC 15. “With some beautiful late hands by [Adams] … when he’s in the game, obviously we’re tough.”

The 28-yard throw to Adams was actually one of two catches of more than 25 yards that he had on the drive. Two plays later, Adams would catch a 36-yard pass that set the Packers up at Houston’s 5-yard line. The Packers eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to go up 14-0, and after that, the blowout was on. 

Rodgers and Adams connected at key times in this game. Not only did they convert the third-and-9 above, but later in the game, the Packers converted a third-and-4 after Rodgers hit Adams with a 45-yard touchdown pass. 

The was TD was one of seven times where the duo connected on third down. To make that stat even crazier, just consider this: The Packers converted 7 of 12 third downs in the game and Adams was on the receiving end on ALL seven conversions (third-and-goal, third-and-1, third-and-4, third-and-5, third-and-7, third-and-9, third-and-10).

On almost every third down, it was pretty clear where Rodgers was going with the ball, but the Texans still couldn’t stop it. Although the Packers offense had a hiccup last week, it doesn’t look like that loss is going to have any long-term effects. The Packers still look like one of the best offenses in the NFC, if not the best, and they looked like that even though they were missing a key player in Jones. 

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every game from Week 7. If you’re looking for a deeper dive on the Giants-Eagles game that was played Thursday, be sure to click here.

Green Bay 35-20 over Houston

Packers-Texans grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Detroit 23-22 over Atlanta

New Orleans 27-24 over Detroit

Buffalo 18-10 over N.Y. Jets

Washington 25-3 over Dallas 

Cowboys-Washington grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Cleveland 37-34 over Cincinnati

Browns-Bengals grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Pittsburgh 27-24 over Tennessee

Steelers-Titans grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 45-20 over Las Vegas

Buccaneers-Raiders grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 33-6 over New England

49ers-Patriots grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

L.A. Chargers 39-29 over Jacksonville

Kansas City 43-16 over Denver

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Ciara is Russell Wilson’s biggest fan: Her most supportive moments

By Jaclyn Hendricks

Ciara “wuvs” her some Russell Wilson.

The 35-year-old singer — who has been married to the Seattle Seahawks quarterback since 2016 — regularly gushes about her favorite NFL star on Instagram, recently sharing a mushy selfie.

“I Wuv Me Sum Him @DangeRussWilson 🥰,” Ciara captioned the post.

Whether cheering from Seattle’s CenturyLink Field or showing her support from the comforts of home, there’s no question that Ciara is Wilson’s No. 1 fan.

Celebrating Wilson’s 9th NFL season

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To kick off the 2020 NFL season in September, Ciara posted a touching Instagram tribute to the 31-year-old celebrating the “hardest working man” she knows.

“Season 9. So proud of you babe @DangeRussWilson! Hardest working man I know. Seeing your daily dedication and commitment to the game continually motivates and inspires me!” Ciara captioned the post.

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-0 entering Week 6, with Wilson throwing for 1502 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Bringing Seattle’s 12th man ‘energy’ home

With many stadiums remaining fanless this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ciara and her band of cheerleaders are bringing the “energy” of Seattle’s 12th man home.

“Bringing the stadium energy to the house,” the “Goodies” songstress shared with her Instagram followers in one post.

In the clip, Ciara is seen holding her and Wilson’s 2-month-old son, Win Harrison, while their 3-year-old daughter, Sienna Princess, waves her green pom-poms and her 6-year-old son Future Zahir yells for the camera.

Ciara shares son Future with recording artist ex Future, 36, from whom she split in 2014. Wilson, meanwhile, was previously married to high school sweetheart Ashton Meem. They also called it quits in 2014.

Twinning in bathrobes for the ESPYs

For June’s remote ESPY Awards, host Wilson had to get creative.

Making the most of an at-home step-and-repeat, Wilson and Ciara posed in their bathrobes and slippers on a makeshift “red carpet,” where the mingled with a cutout of LeBron James.

“I’ve been coming to this show for the last seven years, and one of my favorite parts of the night has always been the red carpet,” Wilson said. “I figured, why should this year be any different? So I built one in my own backyard.”

In addition to posing for the “paparazzi,” Ciara reacted to questions about Wilson’s quarterbacking.

“Girl, now look at you trying to start some trouble,” Ciara replied to a pre-recorded question comparing Wilson to Tom Brady.

Wilson always has her back, too

Instagram

Wilson to the rescue!

Back in February, Ciara — who was pregnant with son Win at the time — recalled how her quarterback hubby had to cut her out a dress after an event.

“Right now my honey is cutting me out of this dress,” Ciara said on her Instagram Story at the time, adding, “You cannot damage this dress, baby.”

Ciara later shared a few snaps from a Tom Ford presentation in the dress, captioning the photos with Wilson, “Us.”

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Patrick Mahomes breaks NFL touchdown pass record as the Kansas City Chiefs bounce back to win

(CNN) — And just like that Patrick Mahomes broke a NFL touchdown pass record as the Kansas City Chiefs got back to winning ways against the Buffalo Bills.

The quarterback threw two touchdown passes to inspire the Chiefs to a 26-17 win on Monday as they bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last time out.

With his first touchdown pass of the night, Mahomes became the fastest player in the Super Bowl era to reach 90 touchdown passes, doing so in just 37 games. The previous mark was set by Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who reached the landmark in 40 games.

What Dak Prescott’s injury means for his future with the Cowboys.

Travis Kelce received both of Mahomes’ touchdown passes as the quarterback recorded a touchdown pass in his 16th consecutive game.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL all-time passing touchdown list with 556 passes.

‘Parting like the Red Sea’

Despite Mahomes’ record, it was rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who stole the show.

The 21-year-old rushed for 161 yards to record his second career 100-yard-plus game, as the Chiefs ran their opponent into the ground.

“When you have days like this, things just seem to part like the Red Sea,” Edwards-Helaire said after the game.

READ: NFL’s Alex Smith returns to play two years after life-threatening leg injury

“Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs broke another NFL record.”

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs broke another NFL record.

Mahomes signed a 10-year contract extension with the Chief this year in a deal that his agent says is the most lucrative contract in sports history.

The 25-year-old, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship last season, is now under contract through the 2031 NFL season.

The extension is reportedly worth $450 million but the team did not confirm the terms of the deal.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/20/sport/patrick-mahomes-nfl-kansas-city-chiefs-spt-intl/index.html

Giants and Judge finally win, beat Washington on fumble TD

By TOM CANAVAN, Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Judge and the New York Giants have finally won, and they have rookie Tae Crowder and a risky gamble by Washington coach Ron Rivera for making them relevant again.

Crowder, the last player taken in the NFL draft — Mr. Irrelevant — scooped up a fumble and ran 43 yards for a touchdown with 3:28 to play. That gave the Giants a 20-19 victory over Washington on Sunday in a battle of the two of the NFL’s worst teams.

The game wasn’t decided until Rivera rolled the dice after a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to Cam Sims with :36 left in regulation to cap a 10-play, 75-yard march.

Instead of playing for overtime, Rivera had Washington (1-5) go for the win with a 2-point conversion in an attempt to get back in the mediocre NFC East race. Allen found no one open, scrambled to his left and had his pass under pressure fall incomplete.

It gave the 38-year-old Judge his first win as an NFL coach and allowed the Giants (1-5) to avoid a second 0-6 start since 2013.

Washington rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game midway before a rare Giants quarterback pressure turned the game around.

On a third-and-9 from the Giants 45, linebacker Kyler Fackrell strip-sacked Allen for an 8-yard loss. Crowder chased down the bouncing ball, gained possession and ran untouched to the end zone — to the applause of teammates. No fans were allowed at the game at MetLife Stadium.

Daniel Jones, who wasted a long third-quarter drive with an awful interception, threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton and Graham Gano kicked two field goals.

Allen threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Logan Thomas, and Dustin Hopkins, who missed from 47 yards on the opening drive, hit two shorter field goals.

Jones, who rushed for a team-high 74 yards, was 12 of 19 for 112 yards and an interception by Kendall Fuller in the back of the end zone that ended a nine-minute-plus drive.

Allen was 31 of 42 for 280 yards and an interception by James Bradberry, which set up the Slayton score.

Washington used a pair of time-consuming 70-yard drives to tie the game at 13-all with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 13-3 late in the second quarter, Rivera made a gutsy call on fourth-and-4 from the New York 40. Allen hit Dontrelle Inman for 15 yards after scrambling away from pressure. He capped the 13-play drive with a 5-yard rainbow toss to Thomas.

ALTERNATING TACKLES:

Giants LT Andrew Thomas, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, did not start for the first time this season. Fellow rookie Matt Peart, a third-round pick, started. Thomas replaced him in the second quarter but went back to the bench early in the third after missing a block on a third-and-1 at the Washington 37. He returned in the fourth quarter.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Both teams were on the field for the national anthem. Washington’s Tim Settle, Landon Collins and Montez Sweat raised fists. The Giants had roughly 15 players take a knee. They had a similar number the first two home games.

INJURIES

Washington: Starting LG Saahdiq Charles was hurt on the second play from scrimmage (left leg) and didn’t return. WR Antonio Gandy-Golden left with a hamstring injury.

Giants: The most serious injury was to WR C.J. Board. He was carted off the field early in the third quarter after taking a big hit from Washington safety Deshazor Everett trying to catch a low pass. He was diagnosed with a concussion and a neck injury and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Backup CB Darney Holmes (neck) left in the first half; LB Blake Martinez and DT Dexter Lawrence were evaluated for concussions and returned.

UP NEXT

Both teams stay in NFC East. Washington hosts Dallas next Sunday. The Giants have a short week and play in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

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Why D.K. Metcalf may be best deep-ball threat since Randy Moss: By the numbers on the Seahawks star receiver

By Jeff Kerr, CBS Sports

Here’s how Metcalf is rewriting the Seahawks record books while challenging several historical markers

D.K. Metcalf has emerged as the best big-play receiver in football since entering the league in 2019, even though the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has become more valuable to the offense in his breakout season of 2020. Metcalf has averaged over 15.5 yards a catch in each of the five games he’s played this year and in six of his last seven games overall, including his breakout postseason from his rookie campaign. The 2019 second-round pick made his presence known in the NFL with his seven-catch, 160-yard performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild-card playoffs last year — still Metcalf’s career-high in receptions and yards. 

Not only has Metcalf has established himself as one of the most valuable players in Seattle’s offense, but he’s become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, delivering one of the best starts to a career for a wide receiver this century. In this week’s “By The Numbers,” we take a dive into Metcalf’s incredible start with the Seahawks and where he ranks amongst the best deep-threat wide receivers through 21 career games. 

Historical leaderboards

Highest yards per catch average through 21 career games

  1. Randy Moss (1998-1999) — 18.64
  2. Victor Cruz (2010-2011) — 17.91
  3. D.K. Metcalf (2019-2020) — 17.45
  4. Julio Jones (2011-2012) — 16.88
  5. John Jefferson (1979-1980) — 16.8

*Minimum 80 receptions, post AFL-NFL merger  

Most touchdown receptions through 21 career games (since 2000)

  1. Odell Beckham Jr. — 19
  2. Hakeem Nicks — 14
  3. Kelvin Benjamin — 13
  4. Marques Colston — 13
  5. Mike Evans — 13
  6. A.J. Green — 13
  7. Julio Jones — 13
  8. Calvin Ridley — 13
  9. D.K. Metcalf — 12

*Dez Bryant, Austin Collie and Mike Williamsare tied with Metcalf at 12. 

Highest receiving yards per target through 21 career games (since 1993)

  1. Victor Cruz — 11.33
  2. Randy Moss — 10.55
  3. JuJu Smith-Schuster — 10.21
  4. D.K. Metcalf — 10.04 
  5. Julio Jones — 9.92

*Minimum 80 receptions 

Metcalf is in some pretty impressive company through 21 games, as Moss became a first-ballot Hall of Famer and Jones is well on his way toward accomplishing that goal. What has made Metcalf’s feat more impressive regarding the receivers that have caught 80-plus passes through 21 career games is that he’s 21st in receiving yards (1,396) despite being one of 90 wide receivers to reach that mark since the merger. The Seahawks are 16-5 in Metcalf’s 21 career games, and that .762 win percentage is eighth all-time for players that have 80-plus career catches through 21 games (Metcalf is tied with Al Toon, Cris Collinsworth and Edgerrin James). 

Now, let’s take a look at where Metcalf ranks amongst the wide receivers in 2020.

2020 leaderboards

Receiving yards

  1. DeAndre Hopkins — 528
  2. Stefon Diggs — 509
  3. D.K. Metcalf — 496
  4. Robby Anderson — 489
  5. Calvin Ridley — 485

Yards per catch

  1. D.K. Metcalf — 22.5
  2. Michael Gallup — 20.5
  3. Chase Claypool — 20.1
  4. Justin Jefferson — 19.5
  5. Allan Lazard — 19.5

Receiving touchdowns

  1. Adam Thielen — 6
  2. Mike Evans — 6
  3. D.K. Metcalf — 5
  4. Jonnu Smith — 5
  5. Mark Andrews — 5
  6. Robert Tonyan — 5

Metcalf is among the league leaders in several categories and ranks in the top 10 in yards per target, third amongst players with more than 20 targets. While Metcalf only has a catch rate of 56.4%, that can be attributed to his yards per target and all the deep balls Russell Wilson throws his way. 

Metcalf also has eight catches of 20-plus yards this season, which is third in the NFL behind Calvin Ridley and CeeDee Lamb.

Where does the Seahawks wide receiver rank amongst the best pass catchers in franchise history through 21 games?

Seahawks all-time leaderboards

Most receiving yards through 21 career games

  1. D.K. Metcalf — 1,396
  2. Joey Galloway — 1,275
  3. Steve Largent — 1,096
  4. Brian Blades — 1,056
  5. Daryl Turner — 1,017

Most receiving TDs through 21 career games

  1. Daryl Turner — 17
  2. D.K. Metcalf — 12
  3. Brian Blades — 10
  4. Steve Largent — 10
  5. Joey Galloway — 7

Most receptions through 21 career games

  1. Joey Galloway — 82
  2. D.K. Metcalf — 80
  3. John Carlson — 77
  4. Steve Largent — 74
  5. Darrell Jackson — 72

The Seahawks certainly received a gift when Metcalf was still on the board at No. 64 overall, where they made him the ninth wide receiver taken in the 2019 draft. Imagine how the Philadelphia Eagles feel taking J.J. Arcega-Whiteside at No. 57, the Indianapolis Colts taking Parris Campbell at No. 59, or the Arizona Cardinals taking Andy Isabella at No. 62. Metcalf has more career catches, yards and touchdowns than all three of those players combined. Metcalf also leads all players in the 2019 draft class in yards and receiving touchdowns, while ranking third in receptions.

The Seahawks found a diamond in the rough in Metcalf — and the NFL’s next elite wide receiver in the process. 

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Sick NFL players must isolate even if negative

By KEVIN SEIFERT, ESPN

The NFL is following a policy that requires players and team staff members to isolate if they experience COVID-19 symptoms, even if their most recent test result was negative, chief medical officer Allen Sills said Thursday.

As a result, there likely will be an uptick in missed practices and perhaps games as the team medical staffs work to determine the source of the symptoms. The coming cold and flu season will add a new level of complexity to the task and will serve as a sharp break in routine for players and coaches who in previous years routinely pushed through illnesses to get onto the field for games.

“We’re always going to err on the side of safety and we’re going to support the medical judgment of the medical staff,” Sills said in a conference call with reporters. “Everyone has the same goal here and that’s to operate as safely as we can. … When you look at the big picture, our goal is to make sure we don’t put someone on the field that we think might be actively infected. If we’re going to make a mistake, we would rather make a mistake on the side of being cautious and keeping people off the field. If it turns out that those were non-COVID symptoms, I think we would all be happy with that outcome.”

Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was sent home from the team facility Thursday because of an illness, although Sills did not speak to Beckham’s specific situation. There will be no set timetable to guide the return of those asked to isolate under this policy. Instead, Sills said, they will be judged on a “case-by-case basis” while testing for other ailments such as influenza and other respiratory viruses.

Detroit running back Adrian Peterson was listed as not practicing Thursday due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19, a Lions source told ESPN. Peterson has been Detroit’s leading rusher since signing with the team just before Week 1, with 54 carries for 245 yards and a touchdown.

The Lions have been stringent about protocols since the start of training camp and have not had a player placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list since the beginning of August. At that point, eight Lions players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the first days after reporting for training camp, including Matthew Stafford, who had a false positive.

The NFL is testing all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees for COVID-19 on a daily basis, including on game day. But Sills has said often that the league will not rely on testing alone.

“Just because someone has one negative test,” Sills said, “we can’t say that they’re absolutely not infected.”

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Vaughn McClure, ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter, dies at 48

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Vaughn McClure, a member of ESPN’s NFL coverage team since 2013, died this week at his home near Atlanta. He was 48.

McClure joined ESPN to cover the NFL, and he settled in on the Atlanta Falcons beat as part of NFL Nation. He covered the team during its run to Super Bowl LI in 2017. He contributed to ESPN’s television and radio coverage of the Falcons and the NFL, as well.

“We all loved Vaughn,” said John Pluym, senior deputy editor for digital NFL coverage at ESPN. “He had a heart of gold. He was so helpful to our reporters. In the last few hours, we’ve heard so many stories about how Vaughn had helped them with a story or how he put in a good word for them with a coach or player.”

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, pictured in 2018. Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images

Pluym added: “Talking to Vaughn on the phone was always a joy. I loved how you could just sense the excitement in his voice for being able to cover the Falcons for ESPN. We will all miss him greatly. And I’ll end this the way Vaughn ended every phone call with a colleague: ‘Appreciate you. Love you.’ We all loved him, too.”

Tributes to McClure quickly spread on social media after news of his death, with Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher among those sending condolences. “Today I was very saddened to hear about the passing of my dear friend Vaughn McClure,” he wrote. “We became fast friends when he was covering the Bears. He had a big heart and was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. You will be missed.”

Wrote longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown: “Heartbreaking news about Vaughn McClure. Text[ed] last week for background on some QB stuff. He was a very thorough journalist. Always a positive vibe every time we connected. Finished every text with ‘love ya bro.’ Rest well Vaughn. Love ya bro.”

The Falcons, in a statement, said: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. He was an earnest, thoughtful reporter who had a passion for his craft and the relationships he held. He will be missed dearly and we are holding his family, friends and associates in our thoughts and prayers.”

McClure came to ESPN after covering the Bears for the Chicago Tribune for six seasons.

“People will probably remember how Vaughn was able to connect and develop trusting relationships with many of the athletes he covered, or how diligent he was about deadlines, or the countless times he volunteered to help out a colleague on another sport,” said Patricia Mays, senior director of content strategy and distribution at ESPN and who brought McClure to the company. “But what I respected most was how committed he was to continually improving. One of the last emails I received from him was asking for feedback. He wrote: ‘Would love to talk to you after the season about how I can get better at a lot of things. I want to be great at this job.'”

Among his other assignments while at the Tribune was covering the Bulls in the postseason. Previously, he covered Notre Dame football for the Chicago Sun-Times and Fresno State basketball for The Fresno Bee. He also worked at the South Bend Tribune and DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

McClure, who graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1994, was a Chicago native.

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