The Seahawks overcame 13 penalties, including three that brought back Percy Harvin touchdowns (yes, three Harvin touchdowns were reversed by questionable-at-best penalties), and won an ugly game on the road, 27-17 over Washington. Seattle improves to 3-1.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense struggled in the third quarter but Wilson finished the game 18-of-27 for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 122 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Wilson finished with a 127 rating and as our own Thomas Beekers pointed out, is now on pace for 7.7 YPA, 70% comp, 3408 yards, 32 TDs, 4 INTs, 836 yards rushing, 4 TDs on the year. That pace likely won't hold of course, but shows you the level he's playing right now.
Wilson's biggest play came on Seattle's final drive, on a key third down, when he evaded the pass rush, spun to his left, then dropped a pass off to Marshawn Lynch to seal the win.
Lynch was on point most of the game as well, but battled lower back issues that kept him out at key points. Lynch finished with 72 yards on 17 carries and added 5 receptions for 45 yards and a key touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Seahawks up 24-10. Lynch caught a pass from Wilson out of the backfield and broke a tackle before getting into the endzone.
Seattle's defense was stout as well, giving up only 32 rushing yards on 17 attempts, but surrendered 283 passing yards and two touchdowns to Kirk Cousins. Both touchdown passes were breakdowns defensively, one down the sideline to DeSean Jackson where he snuck behind Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman, and another late in the game where Andre Roberts got behind Marcus Burley in zone coverage. Seattle will go back to the drawing board to eliminate those mistakes, but overall, nothing terribly concerning on the defensive side of the ball. Cousins played well enough to keep his team in the game until very late, but Seattle's defense and special teams continually gave Seattle's offense excellent starting field position, an advantage Wilson and his group didn't take advantage of enough.
Bottom line -- a road victory is never a bad thing, and Seattle has to feel good about getting out of Washington without any major injuries to report. Despite discipline issues along the offensive line (repeated false-starts and holding calls) and a few bad luck calls, the Hawks gutted out a win. They'll take it.