Seahawks Preparing for Marquee Matchup Against Ex-Teammate Richard Sherman
With the Seahawks heading into their bye week after Week 10, Monday's upcoming prime time matchup against the 49ers could possibly go a long way in determining the eventual winner of the NFC West division.
Once viewed as a fan favorite in Seattle, now-villain Richard Sherman has his sights set on defeating his former team for the second time in three tries.
Even though Sherman and the 49ers defeated the Seahawks 26-23 in Santa Clara last December, that game proved to be virtually meaningless for both teams. This time around, the stakes are much higher, as the ninth-year cornerback will be looking to put his team one step closer towards winning their first NFC West title since the 2012 season, when they went all the way to Super Bowl 47.
Sherman’s former teammate and friend Bobby Wagner is pretty certain that the ex-member of the now extinct “Legion of Boom” will be determined to once again defeat the team he spent his first seven NFL seasons with before being released by Seattle back in March 2018.
“I’m pretty sure he wants to beat us. I’m not saying that he sat there and marked this game on his calendar, but when it comes up, you know that he wants to win down there,” Wagner said prior to Thursday’s practice. “Look at how he was the last game that they won down there, he was pretty excited about it. I’ll try to make sure he’s not excited this week.”
Wagner continued to state his aspirations for beating his former teammate and how Sherman certainly won’t let him forget losing in San Francisco if the 49ers prevail over the Seahawks on Monday night.
“Richard is a person that’s not going to let you live that down until the following season unless you beat him at basketball in his house," Wagner said. "He’ll deny it, but I’m pretty sure a guy like that has cameras at his house and we can find some footage.”
In addition to Wagner’s comments on Sherman, quarterback Russell Wilson also cracked a few jokes regarding his former teammate. The eighth-year quarterback also acknowledged how cautious he’ll need to be in attacking the right side of the field, which is where Sherman solely operates in.
“I know not to go over there too much, he’s as good as it gets over there. So, I got a lot of respect for Sherman and how he plays the game," Wilson smiled. "He really understands things well, so you got to be really smart when you go over there.”
Wilson isn't kidding about being more cautious and aware throwing the football in Sherman’s direction. Through eight games this season, the former fifth-round pick out of Stanford has generated a trio of interceptions along with eight pass deflections and has returned to his previous All-Pro level in his second year with San Francisco.
The Seahawks will definitely have their work cut out for them in trying to hand the 49ers their first loss of the season. Accomplishing that feat won’t be any easier for Seattle going up against a motivated and healthy Sherman.