The Seahawks withstood Bruce Arians and the best wide receiver duo in the NFL in Week 9, coming out on top in an overtime duel against the Buccaneers, 40-34. Seattle saw both Duane Brown and Luke Willson go to the locker room early on with injuries, leaving the door open for some difficult juggling, with George Fant the third tight end and backup left tackle. However, both players stuck in the game, and helped the Seahawks to victory.
- Chris Carson receiving a workhorse amount of snaps has become the norm at this point in the season, with another game of 80+ percent of the offensive snaps. Rashaad Penny (15 percent) was the only other tailback to see snaps, with Travis Homer limited to special teams and C.J. Prosise inactive.
- Willson’s early injury impacted the tight end position on Sunday, but Jacob Hollister came through huge, scoring two touchdowns—including the winner—and playing 80 percent of the offense’s snaps.
- The wide receiver group is likely to change quite a bit, with Josh Gordon’s arrival, but David Moore was the clear third receiver in Week 9, with 55 percent of the offensive snaps. Moore was unfairly criticized after Gordon was claimed by Seattle—with some deeming him just another guy—but the reality remains, he has an ability above-the-rim that isn’t currently matched on the roster. He deserves to continue to see snaps. Malik Turner continues to receive the scraps, at 9 percent on Sunday.
- Marquise Blair playing every defensive snap is great to see, but even more encouraging was Bradley McDougald doing so in his return to the starting lineup. For a moment, his injury seemed quite concerning—if it is indeed behind him, that’s welcome news for the Seahawks.
- Jamar Taylor played about as often as he did in Week 8, at 43 percent—it was the same for Mychal Kendricks, too, at 68 percent.
- Another anonymous game from L.J. Collier, who played just eight percent of the defensive snaps.
When the Seahawks take the field for Week 10, in prime-time against the 49ers, all eyes will be on how Gordon is integrated into the offense. Check back here next week for that, and the ripple effect it has across the offense.