Don Banks of Sports Illustrated lists Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Red Bryant among his surprise impact players in the NFL this season.
Banks has this to say about Baldwin:
The Seahawks threw a ton of money at Sidney Rice in free agency, but they're actually getting more bang for their buck from Baldwin, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Stanford who was one of Andrew Luck's go-to targets. Baldwin was judged too small (5-10, 189 pounds) and slow to be selected, but none of that really matters now that he's leading Seattle in receptions (38), yardage (625) and per-catch average (16.4).
Baldwin has exhibited toughness and the ability to make the difficult catch in traffic, and his season-high eight-catch, 136-yard, one-touchdown day against the Giants in Week 5 led Seattle to its biggest road win of the year.
And here’s Banks on Bryant:
The fourth-year Seahawk has been a kick-blocking machine this season, with an NFL-high three field goal attempts swatted away and one extra point. But the 6-4, 329-pound Bryant isn't just a one-trick pony. He has played solidly all season on Seattle's defensive front, contributing 24 tackles, one sack and one interception in his 12 starts.
Bryant blocked a field goal and an extra point in Week 12 at home against Washington, after blocking two Phil Dawson field goal attempts in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland in Week 7. He has been one of the bright spots in Seattle this year, and the Seahawks are currently 3-1 in the season's second half, climbing to 5-7 to remain on the outer reaches of wild-card contention.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 40-yard run in this video link.
According to playoff race simulation by NFL-Forcast.com, the Seahawks have a 3.502 percent chance of making the playoffs.
Advanced NFL stats tracks player contributions throughout the season. Seattle’s Chris Clemons ranks second in terms of production among defensive ends.