The Seattle Seahawks lost starting cornerback Brandon Browner to a groin injury in the second quarter of today’s 33-10 blowout victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but Browner’s injury barely had an effect on the Seahawks. While he is definitely a solid starting cornerback in this league, there’s actually a chance that slot cornerback Walter Thurmond is even better. Hopefully Browner’s injury isn’t serious going forward, but the Seahawks can definitely rest easy knowing that they have somebody as good as Thurmond behind him.
Thurmond came into the game and promptly put forth an incredible performance, with the high point being a forced fumble to seal the game in the Seahawks favor. Several penalties allowed Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense to continue to stay on the field, even if the game was well in-hand at that point at 33-10. But Ryan looked poised to help cut the lead, and he threw a strike to Harry Douglas that looked like a huge play. Douglas was cutting his way to the right sideline when Thurmond made an excellent tackle to force a crucial fumble. Although Douglas needs to shoulder some blame for not holding onto that one, it was just a very alert play and solid tackle from Thurmond, who was also able to recover the fumble on his own while he was still on the ground.
All in all, it was a great day at the office for Walter Thurmond III, as he also had seven total tackles and two tackles for loss. He was making big plays in the running game all day, and he his two tackles for a loss were big plays on Steven Jackson in the third quarter. The first was to stop Jackson for a four-yard loss on the run, and the second was an excellent, aggressive tackle on S-Jax on a poorly-timed screen play called by the Falcons offense.