Where did Earl Thomas watch the Seahawks game?


Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed his first ever regular season game last weekend with a hamstring injury, and did what pretty much any one of us would do.

He went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch his team lose to the Buccaneers.

"I was into it," he said, via The Seattle Times. "You can't be silent. You can't hide when you are openly passionate about something like this. People knew who I was but they kind of let me be. But it was definitely hard watching it."

The Times added that Thomas tried to hide by wearing a hoodie and glasses. The Buffalo Wild Wings in question was in Portland.

"I knew I was trying to make it back for this week," he said. "So it helps to be back out there. Was just definitely just weird for me to see the team out there without me. I know it's not all about me, but I'm a part of the team, so it was definitely weird to see that."

Seeing how hurt Thomas was emotionally about missing a game -- his first, apparently, since high school -- goes a long way toward explaining the sustained success of Seattle's secondary. The Legion of Boom is allowing just 229.7 yards per game and an opposing quarterback rating below 90 on the season. On the sidelines, they always seem consumed by the game and by the moment.

Thomas is the nerve center of a truly great unit -- one that will need him this weekend when the troubled but always explosive Panthers (4-7) come to town. Seattle (7-3-1) has a comfortable lead in the NFC West over Arizona (4-6-1) and are a perfect 5-0 at home this season, but they don't want to take any chances.