The Seattle Seahawks have seemingly played at the Carolina Panthers a billion times over the past several seasons, and other than one playoff game, they’ve left Charlotte with a W. This year was no different, although it’s the 2019 Seahawks, so instead of a 30-10 or 30-17 win against a fading Carolina squad, they had to conjure up a critical offensive possession in the closing minutes to deny Kyle Allen a chance at a game-winning drive.
Seattle is 7-1 on the road for the first time in franchise history, which is nothing to sneeze at. Keep in mind that the Seahawks’ only “blowout” win came at Arizona, and most of their biggest leads have been away from CenturyLink Field. Closing these games out... have been a different story, but the Seahawks are in the playoffs.
Let’s get to Winners and Losers from Sunday morning’s victory.
He’s still apparently sick and his shin is still bruised, but Lockett looked like Lockett again. Eight catches on nine targets for 120 yards, including a touchdown in which Carolina opted not to acknowledge his existence. Those play-action crossers were largely on point (aside from one Wilson overthrow), and he had what was just about a game-sealing 3rd and 11 conversion.
Given his relative slump, Wilson had a turnover-free day and was highly efficient. You can’t really complain too much about 20/26 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, although his rapidly diminishing/hesitant scrambling skills are a worry in the long-run. That aside, Wilson was dropping dimes, making smart decisions, and the Panthers defense didn’t have a lot of answers.
Carolina’s run defense is lousy so it should’ve been a requirement to have Carson exploit this weakness. I’d say a career-high 133 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns gets the job done.
He only had two catches but one of them was a third-down conversion and the other was a touchdown on poor Donte Jackson, who looks like he belongs in the XFL. Metcalf and his former Ole Miss teammate AJ Brown are tearing up the league at the moment, which is awesome to see.
KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner
They need to be placed in tandem because they are the greatest linebacker duo the Seahawks have ever had. Those two combined for three Kyle Allen interceptions, and kept producing positive plays. Wagner appeared to have avoided serious injury to his ankle, which is a relief when it looked like his season was over. Enjoy Wright and Wagner starting on the same team for as long as you can, because they are Seahawks legends.
Ford had a hand (literally) on the first K.J. Wright interception and was a beast as usual in run defense, chasing down Christian McCaffrey in backside pursuit at least once. Another great hidden gem unearthed by John Schneider.
He recorded the only sack for the Seahawks and now leads the whole damn team (with THREE). I’m loving Green’s development in his second season, and his bull rushing abilities are getting better.
Only on a technicality did he not lose a fumble deep in his own territory. It appeared as if that led to his 2nd half benching, as Travis Homer became the preferred backup to Chris Carson. Whatever promise Prosise showed when he wasn’t getting injured, that promise has dissipated. Hopefully Homer gets more opportunities moving forward.
The stats will say he was tied for the team lead with ten tackles, but he struggled out there. Poor pursuit and bad angles, along with some blown containment on running lanes, and Kyle Allen stiff-arming him into the turf on a scramble. Hey, he’s a rookie and no one should expect him to look like Bobby Wagner 2.0 out there, but for all of the ribbing Mychal Kendricks gets for his missed tackles, there’s probably a reason he’s getting the starts.
Ifedi was awful. He had his usual false start, a holding penalty, and a sack-fumble on Russell Wilson would’ve been his fault if not for Gerald McCoy lining up offsides. That was a “do not re-sign” performance out of Germain.
Yeah he’s a loser, too. I don’t even like that a Gordon pass was in the playbook, but throwing that garbage into double coverage was terrible and it resulted in an interception. That’s not my idea of “getting Gordon more involved in the offense.” Never again with that play, but Gordon has to know better.
Pete Carroll’s timeout management
It didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but I am really tired of Carroll blowing timeouts on 4th down decisions. He did this in the 3rd quarter and opted to kick a field goal instead of trust his offense to get a yard against what is the worst run defense the NFL has seen in the 21st century. I’m not as peeved about his challenging the spot in the 4th quarter because if he didn’t, but so many other coaches would just line up and run that damn thing up the gut without sending the play clock all the way down to ten seconds. Either trust your offense or don’t, but don’t cost yourself timeouts that could be much more valuable in future games.
- The Seahawks remain a bad 4th quarter team, which is puzzling. They have done a poor job of closing games out and one of these days it’ll actually cost them.
- Malik Turner and Jacob Hollister both bounced back from critical drops last week and each reeled in three grabs. Obviously the Seahawks listened to me this week, as David Moore had no targets.
- Ugo Amadi ALMOST had a pick-six if not for Christian McCaffrey atoning for his drop by jarring the ball free from the Oregon rookie. I see bright things ahead for Ugo, whose floor is “special teams ace.”
- These misdirection, screen, and jet sweep plays need to be covered by the Seahawks defense a lot better than we’ve seen throughout the year. The Rams punished them last week, and so did Carolina quite often on Sunday. This has been whether the Seahawks have been at full strength(ish) or not.
- L.J. Collier apparently played. I didn’t see him do anything.
- Jason Myers missed another extra point, which gives him four missed PATs on the year, and nine kicks overall.
- Did I mention that the Seahawks are in the playoffs? They’re in the playoffs, and you should cherish that.
- Don’t take that Arizona Cardinals game too lightly.