For the second time in three weeks, the Seahawks delivered an uncharacteristically flat performance against a divisional opponent. In Week 14, it was in Los Angeles against the troublesome Rams; in Week 16, it was the pesky Cardinals. Of course, Seattle was not helped by the string of injuries that came after kickoff, nor the ones which held out several key players before kickoff, but it does not excuse a dreadful showing.
The injuries and bizarre nature of the Seahawks’ Week 16 loss led to some interesting snap counts, which we’ll get into here:
- In the first game since Josh Gordon’s suspension, Malik Turner paced the wide receiver corps behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, playing 51 percent of snaps. David Moore (18 percent) and Jaron Brown (12 percent) were well behind, too. That logjam has fluctuated all season, but it remains worth tracking.
- Obviously, Travis Homer was forced to handle the load in the second half after Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise exited, but it will be interesting to see where his snaps land next week with reinforcements on the way.
- Part of the reason for Jamarco Jones getting the start at left tackle (reportedly) was the desire to keep George Fant in his role as the sixth offensive lineman. Fant played just 21 percent of snaps, while Russell Wilson was under constant pressure and Jones was overmatched by Chandler Jones. Hindsight is 20/20, but that seems like a personnel error.
- Rasheem Green topped all EDGEs with 70 percent of snaps on defense, and his development and emergence as a contributor is a shining spot in 2019.
- Perhaps this is reading too much into it, but to hear Pete Carroll say after the game Ezekiel Ansah played a ton against the Cardinals, then to see he played just a little over half (54 percent) of the defense's snaps seems foreboding of the workload he can handle moving forward.
- Without Jadeveon Clowney and Al Woods, Bryan Mone out-snapped L.J. Collier 18 to five. Different positions, yes. But taking into consideration both Collier’s draft status, and his ability to play inside and out, this is a brutal reflection on where he is at.
Seattle will close out their regular season schedule next Sunday, with a chance to take the NFC West, against the 49ers at home in prime-time.