Some Unsung Seahawks

The conversations at the water cooler this week have mostly centered on Matt Hasselbeck’s “ridiculous” performance and Marshawn Lynch’s “beast mode” run during the Seahawks’ 41-36 win over New Orleans on Saturday.

Let’s take a second to recognize some of the unsung Hawks, at least by my view:

How about linebacker David Hawthorne? The player they call “heater” always seems to be in the middle of things when the Seahawks’ defense is making plays. When Lofa Tatupu left with a concussion, Hawthorne moved to middle linebacker and Will Herring took Hawthorne’s spot and the defense didn’t miss a beat. Hawthorne recovered a fumble and nearly came up with an interception againt Drew Brees. He was the best player for a defense was a lot better than the final statistics showed against the Saints.

Raheem Brock: The defensive end has combined with Chris Clemons to give the Seahawks a big-time pass rush. Brock’s one of those veterans of the playoff wars. He’s had three sacks the past two games and combined with Clemons to makes things tough for Sam Bradford and Dree Brees.

Tight end Cameron Morrah: Like Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett, Moorah’s a former Cal Bear. The 2009 seventh-round draft pick looks like a future star to me. He was on the field for 24 snaps against the Saints and his 39-yard catch of a perfectly thrown Hasselbeck ball was one of those highlight plays that got overlooked after that crazy Saturday victory at Qwest Field. Morrah’s got great hands and adds some speed to a receiving corp that needs it now that Deon Butler is out and Ben Obamanu’s status is unclear because of a separated shoulder.

Earl Thomas: The rookie free safety has been making an impact since Day 1. He was burned big-time by Brees in the regular-season loss against the Saints, but he played a lot smarter on Saturday. He took fewer chances, but he continued to lay the lumber. The kid can hit. There’s a reason he’s a Pr0-Bowl alternate.

Chris Spencer: It’s always hard to judge the play of the offensive line during the course of the game, but Spencer seems to be playing his best football, as is the entire offensive line.

Brandon Stokley: The 12-year veterans knows how to get open. The Seahawks were fortunate he was healthy enough to play against the Saints after missing the St. Louis game because of a concussion. Stokley had four catches for 73 yards, including a 45-yard TD reception that gave Seattle a 24-17 lead in the middle of the second quarter. The Seahawks never trailed again. Mike Williams and Stokley give the Seahawks a nice 1-2 combo when it comes to possession-type receivers.

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