Studs and duds from the Seattle Seahawks week 12 loss to the 49ers

Dee Eskridge was a stud. There, I said it.

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Enough crying. On to the Seahawks studs

I never thought I'd say this, but the first name that comes to mind is Dee Eskridge. I'd written him off for the year, before the season even began, even before his suspension. He just hadn't shown much in his first two years in Seattle. I mean, 17 catches and six carries in two years aren't exactly Deebo Samuel numbers. Clearly, that's who the Seahawks thought Eskridge could be for them, and it just never happened. It appeared that he found his calling against the Niners, though.

All Eskridge did was return four kicks for a total of 140 yards. His first was for an electrifying 66 yards that gave the Seahawks the ball at the 49ers 33-yard line. That's how you manage to kick a field goal despite gaining one yard on a drive, by the way. Think of it this way: on a night Seattle managed just 220 yards of offense, Eskridge picked up over 60 percent of that on special teams. Even tossing out the 66-yard bombshell, he still averaged over 24 yards per return. As I said, I never imagined saying that Dee Eskridge was a stud for the Seahawks, but it feels very good to do so.

Jordyn Brooks was a stud in this game as well. It would be pretty difficult to exclude the only member of the Seahawks to score a touchdown in the past seven quarters, right? The fact that he led Seattle with 12 tackles is almost secondary to his heroics. Okay, it is secondary, but he still would have been a standout even without his heads-up play to get the Hawks within striking distance. I imagine that John Schneider and Pete Carroll regret not picking up his option for next season. As much as I hate to say it, it's quite likely that Brooks would be even better in a system that makes better use of his skill set, just as Lee Vowell suggested.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba has done a pretty good job of making all those early-season concerns disappear, hasn't he? Yes, he drops too many passes, but Metcalf did too as a rookie. Not as many as JSN, but still too many. But when a player can make catches like this beauty from the rookie. He is a rookie, right? Oh, and he led Seattle in receiving yards for the third time this season. Remember when the national media said he was a bust? We knew it was just a matter of time.

Yes, the Seahawks took a tough loss, and there's no positive spin to put on that simple fact. But we can take pride in the fact that when other teams would have folded, the Hawks fought back. They lost to the better team on Thanksgiving, but they didn't quit. As Mr. Vowell wrote in his recap of the game - you already clicked the linked article above, right? - that's a positive that both the Seahawks and the 12s can be thankful for.

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