Welcome to our October Jersey Power Rankings. Each month, we’ll figure out which players moved the most jerseys… this month, we saw a big swing toward Seattle, who not only took the top spot away from Detroit’s Matt Stafford, but dominated the top ten jerseys overall. Whether that’s because the Lions have been playing worse or because the Seahawks have been playing better (or both) is anyone’s guess, but for now, here’s October’s rankings:
We’ve already written quite a bit about legendary Seattle safety Kenny Easley this month, so we’ll keep this one short, but it’s nice to see the old dog add another plaudit to a month full of them by cracking the top 5 on our jersey rankings. That may be less of a big deal than, you know, having his number retired, but still.
The Kamtrak kept on rolling through October, helping Seattle hold their first three opponents to a combined 35 points. Kam didn’t have any jerseys in the top 5, but all four of his jerseys cracked the top 30. His most popular option was his Wolf Gray jersey (#8), followed closely by Home Navy (#11) and Away White (#18).
Along with Legion of Boom teammates Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, Kam continues to make turn the backfield into a killing field, mowing down receivers or ambitious running backs with Wolverine-in-the-Savage-Land (but still technically rules-legal) ferocity. As the season drags on and players get banged up, the prospect of venturing into Kam’s territory becomes ever more terrifying.
That said, even the LoB couldn’t seem to keep Houston’s passing game in check. The Texans racked up five touchdowns and a field goal last weekend, so there’s still definitely room for improvement on Seattle’s end.
Seattle’s remaining slate features three A-list passers in Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, and Dak Prescott; how they do against Kam and company will say a lot about how real their title aspirations are… and vice versa.
Our Week 5 “Who to Rep” winner continued the strong play he showed off in the first game of the month against Indianapolis, and consequently saw a huge leap in jerseys requested, with his white away jersey jumping all the way to #3 among all jerseys.
Wagner notched 26 tackles and a rare defensive touchdown in a dominant 4-0 October for the Seahawks, and remains a key component of everything they do on defense. Wagner is essential in stuffing the run, rushing the pass, and in coverage, and his ability to do all of the above at an elite level is beyond invaluable.
Wagner’s other jerseys did pretty well too, wit his Action Green jersey coming in at #19 and his Home Navy jersey coming in at #20.
Doug Baldwin* gets a little screwed by our system here, as he did have the top single jersey (Home Navy) by a decent margin, but was topped by #1 on this list, who had the #2 jersey and several other highly ranked jerseys.
Baldwin’s October wasn’t meaningfully better on the field than September, but he nonetheless rose in the rankings, thanks as much to Stafford’s slip from the top spot to outside of the top 10 as anything else.
Doug remains Wilson’s favorite target, and Seattle’s best receiver. He’s been quietly competent all season, though both he and his teammates would probably like to see him find the endzone a little more often (he has the same number of touchdowns on the season as his teammate Paul Richardson had last week). With an incoming upgrade at left tackle giving Wilson more time to throw, more scoring opportunities are probably coming his way.
*Disclaimer: Doug Baldwin is a brand ambassador of Rep the Squad, but if that was super important, he’d finish higher than #2, wouldn’t he?
Earl Thomas absolutely dominated the jersey rankings in October, as he finished with the #2 (Action Green), #4 (Wolf Grey), and #5 (Home Navy) most requested jerseys for the month.
Easy to see why, with Seattle going undefeated for the month, holding two opponents to ten points or less (Giants and Rams) and another below twenty (Colts). As ever, Watson is the commander of Seattle’s defense, calling out sets, snuffing out deep prayers, and cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes.
Seattle’s D was a bit less dominant in their final October game, giving up thirty-eight points to Deshaun Watson and company… but Thomas was still a difference maker, making corralling an interception and returning it seventy-eight yards for his second career pick-6.
In a high-scoring game decided by a single score, it’s fair to say Thomas’ interception likely snatched a narrow win from what could have been a double-digit loss; had Houston completed the pass, they’d have been in excellent field position, and Seattle would have been out a touchdown.
For that performance, and three lockdown outings against the rest of the October slate, Thomas’ fans went nuts, ordering enough of his jerseys to fill out three of the top five slots.
The Seahawks actually had the 6th place finisher, too, with Jimmy Graham. Outside of Seattle, top finishers were Marshawn Lynch (#7, Oakland), Darius Slay (#8, Detroit), John Elway (#15, Denver), and Jerry Rice (#23, San Francisco). It’s worth noting that Oakland and Denver only became available partway into the month, so it’s quite likely their players will charge up the rankings for November.
As for Detroit, they’ll likely bounce back in our rankings just as soon as they bounce back on the field—and with Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay healthy again and the schedule softening, that should be any minute now.
San Francisco continues to love their throwback jerseys (Montana, Young, Lott, and Clark all saw decent traffic for the month as well), but it remains to be seen if their big trade deadline move can reignite the fanbase’s interest in the current iteration of the team.
That’s it for this month, see you in 30 or so.