Let's go big for stud number two: the unstoppable Jarran Reed
His stats may not have been flashy. He didn't rack up 19 tackles, like Bobby Wagner did in Week 1. Reed had eight tackles, four of those the solo variety, one for a loss. He also had three quarterback hits and one-and-a-half sacks. Oh, and he broke up a pass, too, because why not? Now let's recast those stats in a slightly different light, and remember Reed is a nose tackle. A nose tackle, whose job is usually to keep blockers off the linebackers to stop the run, and tie up pass blockers so the edge rushers can get to the quarterback.
Look at those stats again, 12s. Four solo tackles with one for a loss, four assists, three quarterback hits, one-and-a-half sacks, and a pass defense. Those are better numbers than Nick Bosa has for the entire season. Bosa's stats: 7 total tackles, 2 TFL, 6 QB hits, 1 sack, zero passes defensed.
Now, Bosa could easily explode and triple his sacks in one game, we all know that, unfortunately. This isn't about throwing shade on Bosa. That's a dangerous, and frankly stupid, game. This is about recognizing what Jarran Reed is doing for the Seahawks.
In the immortal words of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, "You wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts." So let's look at the one and only Aaron Donald.. You know, the guy who makes the opposition exclaim, "Oh my god." By the way, Geno Smith said it wasn't him, but he's not ratting out his boy. Okay, so far this season the one-man wrecking crew has put up these stats: 11 total tackles, 2 TFL, 4 QB hits, 1.5 sacks, and zero pass breakups. Again, those stats are for three games, not one. And we've had enough of Mr. Donald's smoke in Seattle, thanks. This is just to show how incredible Jarran Reed was against the Panthers.