You’re not going to believe this, but I’m adding another column into my ever-growing list of Cool Shit That I Want To Write About.
Like so many of you, I’m sure, you constantly find yourself wondering either aloud or in your Google search bar: “Why am I watching this?” With Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Amazon Video, and probably more streaming services that I’m forgetting, but only forgetting because there are just too many of these damn things popping up, there are more things to watch than ever. (I’m pretty sure I have the bonus Showtime add-on subscription on my Amazon Prime account? How does that happen? Could I love The Affair and Twin Peaks that much that I blacked out one night and rather than order a bunch of clothes I don’t need or make sports bets I shouldn’t go through with, I got real crazy and upped my subscription because I needed to see how the Bookhouse Boys were doing right now?) Point is, there is a lot of good television and sporting events and movies out there for all of us to consume, and I’ll be honest: I devour my fair share.
So why not write about what I’m watching while also thinking to myself more often than not: “Why am I watching this shit?”
It’s a fair question to ask, but it’s one that I’ll never really be able to answer because does anyone really know why we watch what we watch? Does it matter? I don’t know, but I watch a lot of things, so I’m going to write about the comical misuse of time that I exhibit on a daily basis.
Enjoy. Or don’t. I’m still writing this damn column.
Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles took their 10-1 record to Seattle in a game I was looking forward to all week. Yes, the Saints facing the Panthers at home was intriguing, the Falcons getting the opportunity to buy back the trust of its fans after a rocky start against the Vikings was interesting, but the Eagles are the favorites to come out of the NFC this year and the Seahawks were my preseason Super Bowl pick. In a year where it seems like so many teams are a quarterback away from contending, and, you know, actually being a fun watch, both of these two teams boast quarterbacks who are very much in the running for MVP this season.
Barring other unexpected commitments, I make time to watch Russell Wilson play quarterback. There aren’t many in the NFL like him. The guy is leading his team in rushing, just got a competent left tackle for the first time in 14 years Tom Cable has been the offensive line coach in Seattle, and is being asked to, really, do everything for the Pete Carroll’s team as the Legion Of Boom continues to evolve into more of a Legion Of Gloom. With the kind of injury luck the Seahawks have had this year, along with their revolving door at the running back position, your gut would tell you write this team off because the Football Injury Gods just didn’t like them this year. Instead, Wilson, in similar fashion to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, finds a way each week to keep his crippled team afloat with his arms and his legs. Too often in sports we take careers like Wilson’s for granted.
I will never take watching Russell Wilson on Sundays for granted.
Carson Wentz is already inching closer and closer to joining Wilson and Rodgers in the As Long As They’re Healthy And Playing They Can Win Any Game category. What works against the former North Dakota State star is something that’s entirely out of his control: experience. He’s still in just the second year of his NFL career, but he’s already rightfully in the MVP conversation, which is really all you want as an NFL fan -- to have a quarterback who at least belongs in the conversation. I think Wentz will get there, but Sunday night was a reminder that Wilson has been there for a while and isn’t going away anytime soon.
What’s better than debating whether or not Wentz or Wilson is the MVP favorite for quarterbacks not named Tom Brady right now?
An entertaining primetime Sunday Night Football with my favorite announcing duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.
The Seahawks were up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, and my prediction that they’d beat The Visor Guy's team on Sunday night that I'd made on my podcast earlier in the week was looking good. Wilson was moving around a fierce Philly pass rush, and finding Doug Baldwin for first downs on the sidelines seemingly every time the Seahawks needed to a big conversion. There is something different about this Seattle team, at least offensively, with Mike Davis -- who is somehow only 24-years-old and did not play at South Carolina with Stephen Garcia in 2008 -- backing up Wilson. It’s remarkable how much scarier the Seahawks look when Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls aren’t back there.
But the Seahawks never appeared to be phased by the Eagles. Wentz was forced to play from behind from the outset, after a Blair Walsh field goal on the opening drive for the Seahawks made it 3-0, and he had a tough time. The Seahawks secondary survived without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor this week against the best team in the NFC. Wentz had 45 attempts in this game, but it felt like attempted far less.
Still, it was interesting to see Wentz in a high-pressure environment, even if it was a regular season affair. In a lot of ways, his rise reminds me a lot of what happened with Dak Prescott in Dallas last year. Like Prescott, No. 11 has established himself as a franchise quarterback that you want come playoff time, but, considering the rash of injuries in Seattle, the Eagles should have lit up a Seattle defense that had already been roasted at home earlier in the year to both Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson. On the plus side, Nelson Agholor’s transformation into a consistent, terrifying deep threat in Philadelphia is something I don’t think anybody saw coming.
This game didn't feature Wentz and Wilson throwing bomb after bomb to a final score of 45-38 that I had envisioned prior to the contest, but it was fun to see a Seattle team look like the Seattle team of old. While Arizona and San Francisco have fallen, the Seahawks have been more stubborn than Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. It was interesting to see how the Eagles responded when they were down 17-3 on the road against a potential playoff team -- they didn’t fold and we were treated with Wentz going no-huddle and throwing Four Verticals into the end zone until the clock hit 0:00. Like Wilson, the Eagles' quarterback is a leader who is just not going to crumble in big moments, no matter how clear it is that it’s just not his team’s day.
I’m glad I watched this one.