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Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday was another great performance and a barnburner in Seattle as the Seahawks had to play to the wire to beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 at an empty CenturyLink Field.
Throwing five touchdown passes for a second consecutive game was enough to get Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson his second honor as NFC offensive player of the week for the season. Wilson also won it in Week 1 after throwing four touchdown passes against Atlanta.
And it was a battle between Wilson and Dallas’ Dak Prescott as Seattle finally got the upper hand and Russell completed 27 of 40 passes for 315 yards and the five scores, tying a team record and career high.
Wilson’s 14 touchdown passes in three games are the most in a three-game stretch to begin the season in NFL history.
While the injury situation for the Seahawks seemed pretty dire during Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, the news was better Monday with none of the players who left the game suffering anything serious.
“None of the guys got banged up where it’s going to take a long time,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We might have dodged a bullet a little bit in that.”
Seattle will be without linebacker Jordyn Brooks for a few weeks after he suffered a sprained knee in the game, and the Seahawks could also be without safety Jamal Adams, who suffered a groin strain.
“I think Jamal is gonna have a hard time with the groin strain,” Carroll said. “That’s going to be hard for him. We’ll see if he’ll be able to make it back.” If Adams can’t make it back, Seattle’s already injury-riddled and beleaguered secondary will have to undergo yet another change for the game against the Dolphins.
Patrick Mahomes’ fiancée announces she’s having a baby
It’s quite a year for star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback kicked off the year in early 2020 by winning a Super Bowl and securing the game’s MVP trophy.
In July, he signed a long-term contract extension with the Chiefs that could pay him more than $500 million over the next few years.
On the same day he received his Super Bowl ring in September, he celebrated by proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Matthews.
His new season is off to blistering 3-0 start capped by Monday’s dominant win over would-be AFC rival Baltimore Ravens.
And now Mahomes is going to be a father. His longtime girlfriend Britney Matthews made the announcement on social media, accompanied in a photo by Mahomes and an ultrasound image of their pending arrival.
Details like the due date and sex of the baby were not provided. Mahomes and Matthews have been together since high school. They continued to date through his college years at Texas Tech, and she’s been a fixture by his side during his meteoric rise to the top of the NFL. And now, they’re officially starting a family.
For the Seattle Mariners… there’s always next year.
Given the difficulties of trying to finish the shortened 2020 regular season and all the restrictions required, then factoring in the lack of a coronavirus vaccine and the inability to institute universal rapid testing, it’s illogical to assume the 2021 baseball season will return to normal.
And yet, it’s so easy to want to think about the progress of the Mariners’ current rebuild in the framework of a 2021 MLB season that’s hopefully close to what it’s always been: a regular spring training, a full 162-game season, minor-league seasons being played and fans in the stands.
But coming off this odd, 60-game season, it’s fair to wonder if Seattle’s timeline to “success” — a word that seems to have relative definitions — has to have been slowed or sidetracked in some way.
The plan to get inexperienced position players like Kyle Lewis, Evan White, Shed Long Jr. and Jake Fraley close to 140 games and 500 plate appearances never materialized in 2020, nor did Justin Dunn and Justus Sheffield getting 25-plus MLB starts. Meanwhile, top prospects such as Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic, who were possibilities to debut in a normal 2020 season after three-plus months of minor-league games, never played a meaningful game after spring training was canceled.
The Mariners’ on-field performance and results were inconsistent, with stretches of poor play and stretches of promising potential. See ya next season.