It's been a strange season through the first five weeks in the NFL, but seeing the Seattle Seahawks venture into the dreaded Eastern Time Zone and come out with a win is perhaps one of the more bizarre moments of this young season, beating the New York Giants, 36-25.
Perhaps the biggest and most pleasant surprise during this stretch has been the play of Tarvaris Jackson.
Doug Baldwin is arguably a close second—as one can imagine the coast-to-coast stampede amongst fantasy players looking for an extra receiver on Monday morning, especially with bye weeks coming up across the league.
For T-Jack, the early going was indeed rough as performances in San Francisco and Pittsburgh left little to be desired, but some way, some how, he has managed to weather the storm, and if healthy, should earn the nod following the bye week to play two Sunday's from now against the Browns in Cleveland.
Ever since Sidney Rice's debut in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals, Jackson has managed to not only keep the Seahawks in the game, but put up decent numbers to boot. Granted his stat line will probably never mirror the elite quarterbacks in the game; nevertheless, the Hawks seem to be responding to him at the controls.
As for Charlie Whitehurst, he seriously can't win for trying as he looked solid coming in off the bench leading three scoring drives—two of which came in the fourth quarter—but like a good relief pitcher, he's best suited for the moment to wait in the wings if necessary.
For those of you scoring at home, Jackson got the no-decision, Whitehurst the win and Brandon Browner the save.
Looking ahead, the Seahawks' upcoming schedule is far less scary than originally anticipated, especially with some of the toughest opponents having to visit the CLink.
It may be a bit premature to go so far as to print playoff tickets, but it's almost a shame to see the Hawks enter the bye week with some serious momentum following this win.
While the past three games may not have been pretty, it is safe to say this team is improving with each passing week and could actually battle for a playoff spot. If the Seahawks are going to do so, Tarvaris Jackson should be the man to lead the way.