The Seattle Seahawks continued their dominant form in 10 AM games, rolling over the New York Jets by a score of 27-17. The win sees Seattle head into their bye with a record of 3-1, atop the NFC West – with the LA Rams still to play in week four. A controversially called game that could’ve been salted away much earlier, the Seahawks still managed to navigate a tricky matchup and a hostile environment in a wholly impressive game. Nothing better than football at MetLife stadium!
For the first time this season, Seattle’s defense faced off against a true number-one wide receiver. And, for the first time this season, Richard Sherman shadowed him nearly all game. Sherman and Brandon Marshall were a great battle all game long - both players found success against one another. Marshall ended the game with 89 yards – including a touchdown - on four catches, the longest of which being a 41-yard catch and run where he flat out beat Sherman. The touchdown was perfect timing and placement and not a ton Sherman could’ve done. Not to be outdone, Sherman came away with two interceptions, after a first half that saw his yards allowed on the season nearly quadruple, from 23 to 95.
I simply cannot praise Jimmy Graham enough. From even making it back from injury in less than a year, to being one of the best players on the field last week, to becoming the first tight end in Seahawks history with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. These past two games have been Graham’s two best as a Seahawk, and he and Russell Wilson seem to really be connecting now.
Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL in one knee. Russell Wilson has a high ankle sprain in the other ankle. Russell Wilson probably shouldn’t have even played in Sunday’s victory – his best game of the season. Russell Wilson is truly incredible.
On Seattle’s first touchdown drive, Wilson threw three (!) of the best balls I’ve ever seen him throw. A perfectly placed lofted ball to Graham, a perfectly timed 38-yard dart to Doug Baldwin, and finally a late-yet-somehow-perfect touchdown pass to CJ Spiller. Throughout the game Wilson’s movement inside the pocket was magnificent – climbing up and sliding away from pressure – and it was never more evident than on that touchdown drive. What a player.
The offensive line was far from perfect in a game where they were wildly overmatched, but they weren’t totally incompetent either. The pressure and hits started to pile up towards the end of the game, but for the most part they held up to the best of their ability. It helps when Christine Michael in the backfield literally climbs into a cannon, gets an assistant to light it, and then proceeds to get shot out of said cannon, perfectly timed with the snap.
Not much has been said about Neiko Thorpe since he arrived in Seattle. In fact, nothing has really been said about him at all. But he has been a really good addition to special teams, including on a Jon Ryan punt today where he busted his ass downfield to spook return man Jeremy Ross into a touchback inside his own 10-yard line. He later let up his block on a Tyler Lockett return only to see his man clobber Lockett, but hey, you win some you lose some.
The Legion of Boom, and the Seahawks defense as a whole today, were getting their hands on some Fitzpasses. By my count, KJ Wright, Bobby Wagner, Jeremy Lane, DeShawn Shead, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Sherman all had a pass breakup. That’s essentially the entire second and third level of the defense – absolutely insane. Them ball ‘Hawks are heating up.
I’m not sure what exactly Seattle’s plan at fullback moving forward is. It seemed as though another year of Will Tukuafu was the plan, after he was re-signed following week one. But then he was released. Since then, tight end Luke Willson has been filling in, and doing a damn good job of it. I am all for the Seahawks carrying four tight ends this year - Graham, Willson, Brandon Williams and Nick Vannett all warrant a roster spot – and if that means no natural fullback on the roster, it’s cool with me.
Early bye weeks are pretty annoying, unless your quarterback is hobbled and a bevy of other big-name players are making it back from injury. In that case, and only in that case, it’s A-OK with this guy here. A week off to get healthy and 3-1 to boot, it’s easy to feel good heading into the bye week. Go Hawks.