Seahawks defensive captain Bobby Wagner was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week and but for a brief acknowledgment from media members, Wagner never mentioned the acknowledgment. Such is the nature of Wagner who believes in leading by example. Wagner challenged himself and the team’s defensive player after the loss to the Arizona Cardinals. “It’s time to shut up and play ” Wagner was quoted. That is exactly what Wagner last Sunday against the 49ers.
The Seahawks changed their defensive against the 49ers by throwing multiple blitz packages at the Niners offense. Wagner was given the go-ahead to blitz the quarterback and the result was an eye-catching performance by the six-time Pro Bowler. On Sunday Wagner recorded a team-high 11tackles, 2.0 sacks, four quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss. The Seahawks defense held the Niners to just 112 yards through the first three-quarters of the game. The Niners change of quarterback from Jimmy Garoppolo to Nick Mullens rattled the Seahawks for a brief moment. After regaining their composure the defense was able to settle down and close out the game.
MORE HELP ON THE WAY
The Seahawks defense looks to have turned the corner in time to face a talented Buffalo Bills offense led by fleet-footed quarterback Josh Allen. Strong safety Jamal Adams is back practicing after a nagging hamstring injury forced him to miss the last four games. The Seahawks traded for Carlos Dunlap last week and he is cleared to practice and face the Bills.
WEDNESDAY INJURY PRACTICE REPORT