Seahawks Game Day Newsletter 8 Dec 10th Seattle_digital - Page 63

AP Images might come down to the play of Bortles and his receivers in the passing game, in order to loosen defenses. Last week, Bortles was effi cient through the air, and young receivers made play after play in support. The fourth-year quarterback went 26-of-35 passing for 309 yards and two passing touchdowns, for a rating of 119.8. Wide receiver Marqise Lee made a statement, making seven catches on 10 targets for a team- best 86 yards and his third touchdown of the season. With the injuries of Allen Robinson (out for the year, knee) and Allen Hurns (ankle), the rookie wide receivers must make an impact as the team heads through December. Last week, Dede Westbrook made six catches for 78 yards, while Keelan Cole caught all three targets for 49 yards. Tight end Marcedes Lewis continues his solid 12th NFL season, after adding four receptions for 46 yards and a two-point conversion reception. THE SEAHAWKS Even with key pieces unavailable for the stretch run, the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) seem poised for another December run to the NFC playoffs. It starts with their dynamic, play-making quarterback Russell Wilson. His ability to make plays on the move in both the passing and running games has kept the Seahawks offense moving in diffi cult situations. With 3,256 passing yards on 62 percent passing, Wilson has thrown 26 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in 2017. Wilson also leads the Seahawks in rushing with 71 attempts for 432 yards with three rushing touchdowns. Doug Baldwin is still Wilson’s favorite target at receiver, with 63 receptions for 782 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Jimmy Graham is one of the best red-zone threats in the NFL, and is tied for the league lead with nine touchdowns. The “Legion of Boom” defense has suffered some key injuries in 2017 (S Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman, DE Cliff Avril out for the season), but they still have players capable of changing games. Linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to make an impact with 113 tackles (2nd, NFL), 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. With 33 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits and 12 tackles for loss, defensive lineman Michael Bennett can still create havoc in the backfi eld.