The Seattle Seahawks did not have the offensive performance they were hoping for in the first half against the Denver Broncos, especially if you take out the production by rookie tight end Will Dissly.
Dissly, expected to be the number two tight end behind Nick Vannett while starter Ed Dickson is sidelined, instead looks like one of Seattle’s best weapons overall — and he was only thought to be on the team for his blocking prowess. Targeted four times by Russell Wilson in the first half (most on the team), Dissly has three catches for 105 yards. It only took two catches for Dissly to have a higher yardage output than Jimmy Graham had in any game last season.
Will Dissly has 81 yards in the 1st quarter.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) September 9, 2018
Jimmy Graham didn't have 81 yards in any game last season.
Graham’s last game of at least 105 yards was Week 4 of 2016, when he had 113 against the New York Jets.
TOUCHDOWN WILL DISSLY!!!! Leaks out on the play-action after initially blocking. Love the play call here. #Seahawks #SEAvsDENpic.twitter.com/Q9pCk1N5Qk— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 9, 2018
Dissly is playing human pinball pic.twitter.com/cPMgq6hW4E— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 9, 2018
Unfortunately, many of the Seahawks other than Dissly have struggled as Seattle trails 17-10 at halftime. Tyler Lockett has caught one of two targets for two yards. Doug Baldwin has caught zero of one target. David Moore and Brandon Marshall are also zero-for-one, with Marshall drawing an OPI in the end zone on what would have been a touchdown.
Rashaad Penny has caught three of three for 20 yards. Chris Carson has three carries for 36 yards, two catches for 23 yards, and this:
Chris Carson literally JUMPED a dude!!!! #Seahawks #SEAvsDENpic.twitter.com/gDgi5CslUX— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 9, 2018
Russell Wilson finishes 9-of-15, 150 yards, one touchdown and no picks. He also took four sacks, losing 34 yards, including a 22-yard loss just before the end of the first half. The Seahawks have no sacks, but Earl Thomas and Bradley McDougald have both picked Case Keenum, keeping the score close.
Seattle gets the ball to start half number two.