TOP OF THE TOWN ‑ I’m sure by know that you know the 2019 Seattle Seahawks by the nickname Cardiac Kids. Three of their four wins this NFL season have been by a collective total of four points. That is cutting it close, very close. They did beat Arizona by 17 (27-10) and their only loss was at home to a Dew Brees-less New Orleans by six points (33-27) when Russell Wilson scrambled late to bring the Hawks back from a 33-14 deficit to make the game look closer than it really was. Wilson, by the way, is having his best season. He has been almost perfect and is in the early running for the league MVP. He has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,409 yards and 12 touchdowns without an inception. He is also the second-leading rusher on the team with 120 yards.  His completion percentage leads the league, as does his 12 TDs. I’m still looking, though, for pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah to have a big impact. Clowney is showing some of his talent, but Ansah has yet to dominate the way I thought he would. And I do not like Tre Flowers at cornerback. He gives up a lot of those out patterns for six to seven yards. For me, he plays too far off the receiver and doesn’t press. Maybe it’s a two-fold problem: No effective pass rush and a zone defense in the secondary that allows for receivers to find the open holes. Against the Rams, linebacker K.J. Wright was targeted on three successful consecutive passes of five yards. He did lead the team with 10 tackles, but it seemed the Rams thought he was a major weakness. Without Wilson, Tyler Lockett and Will Dissly and running back Chris Carson the Seahawks would be in deep offensive trouble. But they are 4-1, so what do I know? … It will be interesting Saturday night when the Washington Huskies visit Stanford. Washington has had trouble in the past winning at Stanford, although the Cardinal this year are not as impressive as they have been. Most experts expect a Husky blowout win. If that happens it would snap a five-game losing streak for the Huskies at Stanford dating back to 2007 when Washington won 27-9. I think the Huskies could be in trouble. This is a trap game and I wouldn’t be surprised if Stanford won. David Shaw is a good coach and he will have a plan of some kind to overcome a surprisingly defensive weakness his team has. So look out Huskies. … ESPN is reporting that the University of St. Thomas has been expelled from the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for being too good in football. The school has been invited to the Division I Summit League, which does not have football. The team could compete in the Missouri Valley Conference for football. Everything seems to be up in the air right now.  That’s it for today.

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