The Seattle Seahawks celebrated a touchdown by

 acting out a
baseball game in the end zone. Later ,
their punter ran for a first down when he was supposed to take a safety.Fair to
say they're playing with confidence again.Russell Wilson finished with a perfect
passer rating, throwing three touchdown passes in Seattle's 28-14 victory over
the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Seahawks and Lions came into the game with .500
records, but this matchup didn't seem all that even. Seattle forced three
turnovers , and after scoring three TDs in the second quarter, the Seahawks led
comfortably the rest of the way."We're having fun, we're in our groove and it
feels good," linebacker K.J. Wright said. "It's a perfect time, coming off the
bye week, to just really take off. We have a home game next week and we just
have to start stacking these wins on top of each other."After one second-quarter
touchdown, the Seahawks (4-3) celebrated in the end zone with a baseball scene.
Tyler Lockett was the pitcher and fellow receiver Doug Baldwin was the batter.
The "pitch" was Lockett throwing the football toward Baldwin, and when Baldwin
was hit by the ball, he ran at Lockett as if charging the mound.Two other
receivers were involved: Jaron Brown acted as the catcher, and David Moore
served as the umpire."World Series New York Giants
, so we had to try to do something," Moore said.The Lions
(3-4) weren't having nearly as much fun. Down 14 late in the fourth quarter,
they allowed punter Michael Dickson to run for a first down. Dickson took the
snap in his own end zone and was supposed to take a safety, but Detroit reacted
so poorly that after drifting across the back of the end zone, Dickson figured
he had a chance for a first down and took off running."Obviously, that part of
the game we're trying to do anything we can to get the ball and get after it,"
Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "They were trying to take the safety and play
that play there, and we obviously let him out and let him run. He saw the space
and he took it."Other items of note from Seattle's victory:GROUNDEDDetroit's
rookie running back, Kerryon Johnson, was held to 22 yards on eight carries
after running for a career-high 158 yards in his previous game against
Miami.QUITE A LINEWilson was 14 of 17 for 248 yards and three touchdowns, for a
perfect passer rating of 158.3."Beautiful game," coach Pete Carroll said. "Not
just that, Russell's doing more than just that. We ran the ball for
170-something yards today. He found some opportunities to run it and fix some
things for us and took advantage of the game plan. He did a great
job."DEBUTDefensive tackle Damon Harrison played his first game for the Lions
since being acquired in a trade from the New York Giants. He had seven tackles
and a sack New York Giants
, but Detroit was outrushed 176-34.IN THEIR THOUGHTSThe
Seahawks dedicated a game ball afterward to owner Paul Allen, who died Oct. 15.
This was Seattle's first game since then."He meant so much to us, all of us
players," Wilson said. "The culture that he was able to create that will forever
live on here for the Seattle Seahawks and the impact that he's made, not just
for us as individuals, as a team, but also as a city. There's probably not too
many people that have impacted the world more than he has."UP NEXTThe Seahawks
host the Los Angeles Chargers next weekend, while Detroit plays at Minnesota.
The Kansas City Plan.As in what the Kansas City Chiefs did at quarterback. With
Alex Smith still capable the Chiefs traded up to draft Patrick Mahomes in 2017.
They let Mahomes sit for a year and learn behind Smith, then moved on to the
young rocket-armed quarterback in 2018.That worked out pretty well for the
Chiefs as Mahomes threw 50 touchdown passes and was voted All-Pro as the Chiefs
went 12-4.I have suspected for a while that the New York Giants would like to
emulate that plan, and a report Saturday evening by Paul Schwartz of the New
York Post confirms that “More and more, this appears to be the scenario about to
unfold for the Giants.”There is a lot to unpack from Schwartz’s report. The
upshot, though, is that if Schwartz is correct — and as well-connected as the
veteran Post writer is there is no reason to doubt his reporting at all —
Manning will be back in 2019. A highly-drafted heir apparent could well be
alongside him. If the Giants can find that guy.Truthfully New York Giants
, this is a scenario I favor. If, of course, the Giants can
find a guy they believe can be their quarterback of the future in a weak
quarterback draft class.I continue to believe that the Giants will open 2019
with a veteran placeholder/mentor at quarterback and that if they are going to
do that there is no one better-suited to the role than a 15-year starter and
two-time Super Bowl MVP.Schwartz writes:Schwartz also writes that the Giants
will be undertaking a “high-alert effort to find his successor” and that the
search “will be undertaken in the draft, not free agency.”Again, I favor this
approach. No one, pro- or anti-Manning, should be under the impression that
whoever opens the season at quarterback in 2019 is doing anything other than
keeping the seat warm for the next franchise quarterback. Whether the Giants
find that guy in this draft, or have to wait until 2020. Also, let’s not think
the Giants are going to find the next Mahomes simply because they appear to be
choosing to follow that blueprint. Those guys don’t grow on trees.Schwartz
writes that the Giants are not yet sold on Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, but
that he appears to be “the only quarterback in this draft possibly worthy of the
No. 6 pick.”What about Kyler Murray? Per Schwartz, it “does not appear” the
Giants have interest in Murray. I wrote recently that I would be “shocked” if GM
Dave Gettleman were to stake his legacy as GM on the diminutive Murray. This
report seems to agree with that line of thinking.Schwartz indicates that,
failing to get Haskins, the Giants might consider a quarterback in Round 2.In a
weird way Cheap
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, you wonder if the odd week
experienced at the Senior Bowl by Daniel Jones might put him in the Round 2
discussion for the Giants. Jones had a rough practice week that led many to
conclude he could slide out of the first round, then turned around and won MVP
honors during Saturday’s game by completing 8-of-11, running for a touchdown and
throwing for one.None of what Schwartz wrote carries the official seal of an
“announcement” from the Giants. Still, it appears we are beginning to get some
clarity on the path the Giants will choose to take.Odds ‘n endsSome really smart
writing from Conor Orr of SI asking whether it’s even possible under the current
circumstances for NFL games to to adequately officiated. Orr asks the simple
question “have we simply started asking too much out of referees?”In my view,
that is absolutely the right question. The rule book is voluminous. There are
degrees to everything. From year to year the league changes its priorities and
places various pressures on officials. There is gray area all over the place,
with officials having to judge intent.Here is part of what I wrote on this topic
in Saturday’s BBV mailbag:“Every human being has made mistakes — many of them.
It is part of life. You want to train officials the best you can and give them
the best chance to succeed — just like coaches want to do with players.“I don’t
believe the NFL has put officials in the best position to get things right. I
believe they are asked to do far too much, to judge too much intent, splice
through too much minutiae and wade through rules that are far too complex in a
game moving at a frenetic pace your television set can’t come close to
conveying.”I hope to have Orr on the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast during the week
to discuss that and more. Conor is a former Giants beat writer for, so we
will of course get into some discussion about the Giants.It amazes me sometimes
that some folks — fans or bloggers — can’t tell the difference between
speculation/opinion and real reporting. Dan Duggan of The Athletic opined the
other day that it would be “stunning” if the Giants exercised the second year
option on veteran running back Jonathan Stewart.That, of course, led to a myriad
of “reports” that the Giants had decided not to pick up that option. Which, of
course, has not happened. Even Duggan admitted that his source was “common
sense.” Duggan Youth Eli
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, of course, is absolutely right. It would be a
stunner if the Giants picked up the second year option on Stewart’s deal.I’m
actually rooting for Tom Quinn to get the special teams coordinator job with the
Green Bay Packers, a position for which he has reportedly interviewed. Quinn,
fired by the Giants after the 2017 season, did a classy thing by returning to
the team last season to help when Thomas McGaughey — his replacement — was
forced to miss time due to cancer treatments.Dates to rememberIf you haven’t
been following the terrific “A Date to Remember” series you are missing out on
chances to reminisce and read stories about some of the great moments in Giants
history. BBV contributor Jeff Roberts is doing a great job with those, and we
have had a chance to speak with Carl Banks, Osi Umenyiora and Lawrence Tynes to
get their personal remembrances. There are still a few posts to come in that
series. Don’t miss ‘em!Podcast stuffThose of you who listen to our podcasts may
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