Here's a quick rundown of reaction following the Seahawks' controversial 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night.
Oh, look. We're talking about the referees again. The controversy around Richard Sherman not being called for unnecessary roughness after colliding with kicker Dan Carpenter is the talk of Tuesday.
"A Monday night officiating controversy in Seattle. Never heard that one before, right?" wrote MMQB's Jenny Vrentas. "How the crew led by (Walt) Anderson, an official in the NFL since 1996, handled the final three seconds of the first half of Seahawks-Bills sparked outrage from pretty much everyone not living in the Seattle zip code."
"There's always some kind of shenanigans during prime-time games in Seattle, and Monday night was no different. But the Bills getting completely jobbed by the officiating crew is not up for debate," wrote Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
Even the NFL says the referees blew the call.
At the end of the half in #BUFvsSEA its unnecessary roughness for hitting the kicker. Foul means he can stay in the game.— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) November 8, 2016
Or did they?
You can't have roughing the kicker because the play was shut down for defense offside. You can have a late hit which I think it was.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 8, 2016
ESPN's Mike and Mike talked Tuesday morning about whether Sherman's play was "dirty" as some have suggested.
Sherman said after the game he was going for the ball and that he didn't stop playing because the officials didn't blow the whistle.
OK. Enough of that. Let's talk about the other 59:57 seconds of that game. Jimmy Graham's game can be described in four syllables:
Eight catches. 103 yards. A pair of one-handed touchdowns.
"The Seahawks finally realized what anyone with a pair of eyeballs already knew. It didn’t matter if he was smothered with defenders or denied the use of one of his limbs. In a 31-25 victory over the Bills, Seattle made it official: Jimmy Graham is always open," wrote The Seattle Times' Matt Calkins.
"It took 11/2 seasons, a debut year cut short by a major knee injury, a nine-month recovery from tricky surgery and seven-plus games of this season. But Russell Wilson showed Monday night he now, finally trusts the Seahawks’ $40 million tight end they got in a trade in the spring of 2015. Trusts him enough to throw the ball to him in traffic. In the red zone," wrote Bell. "Anywhere."
And Russell Wilson looked almost 100%. He went 20-of-26 for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a score.
"It was a night that offered encouragement for an offense that went into Week 9 having managed just one touchdown in its previous 23 possessions," wrote ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, adding "The difference was not so much Wilson's running ability, but calls that allowed routes to develop downfield so that the Seahawks could hit on explosive plays."
"The hottest question in Seattle sports — when will Wilson be Wilson again? — got answered. Perhaps not definitively, because he’s had other games in which it seemed as if he was past his injuries (namely, vs. the Jets) only to wobble in subsequent outings," wrote The Seattle Times' Larry Stone.
But, the running game is still an issue. 12 carries. 33 yards Monday night.
Remove Wilson and Tyler Lockett from that -- Eight carries. 10 yards.
A win is a win, but this suuuuuuuuucks. pic.twitter.com/CFSZB30HMp— Sam I Am (@SeahawkSammy) November 8, 2016
The Seahawks have the 30th-ranked rushing offense out of 32 teams.
Now that every team is at or past the halfway mark in their season, ESPN's Kapadia has given the Seahawks a "B" grade for the year.
"The defense had a hiccup Monday night but is mostly responsible for the Seahawks being in first place in the NFC West," Kapadia wrote.
A hiccup, yes. But they do what the often do -- especially on Monday nights. They stood up when it counted most.
"Those four downs from the 10 were the defining moment of the game, the last challenge for a defense that struggled most of the night," wrote Jason Jenks of The Seattle Times.
Kapadia also gave Cliff Avril the Seahawks' midseason MVP award. Avril already has nine sacks this season, just two short of his personal best of 11 in 2011. And he has eight more games to eclipse that.
We'll leave the last word for Star-Lord himself.
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