Just about everything that could go right did go right for the Seattle Seahawks in their 40-7 destruction of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night – minus the fact that Earl Thomas broke his leg in the second quarter.
“You cannot replace Earl Thomas,” Seahawks radio sideline reporter Jen Mueller said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He is such a special talent and a special athlete. It’s going to be tough for the Seahawks without him dealing with that injury.”
While Thomas’ season is likely over, he hinted that his career could be over as well. Last night, the 27-year-old tweeted, “This game has been so good to me no regrets.. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers.”
What should fans make of this? Might Thomas actually retire?
“I really thought somebody should have taken the phone away from Earl,” Mueller said. “I love Earl and Earl is so passionate and Earl is so locked into the game and locked into football, and I wonder if Earl is not going to regret that tweet 24 hours from now. I think he was dealing with an awful lot, and his perspective might be different (Monday).”
The good news for Seattle is that the offense was clicking on all cylinders Sunday, especially the running game. Thomas Rawls rushed 15 times for 106 yards and two scores. As a team, the Seahawks ran 29 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s huge,” Mueller said. “You saw it open so much more. The misdirection that they were able to use in the passing game, some of those explosive gains, that was all set up because the Panthers had to respect the run. It’s Thomas Rawls’ running style, it’s Troymaine Pope being able to spell Rawls and it’s Russell Wilson getting his legs back. So many people looked at the rushing yards early in the season and wanted to know what was wrong with the Seahawks. Part of it was just Russell Wilson not being healthy. He is certainly back to full strength and getting all of those pieces together – boy, it is awfully hard for a defense to defend what the Seahawks can do on offense.”
Seattle (8-3-1), currently the 2-seed in the NFC, plays at Green Bay (6-6) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.