A drama-free win? In this economy?
That’s what the Seattle Seahawks blessed us with on this final Sunday of September. They went into State Farm Stadium in Glendale, took care of the hapless Arizona Cardinals by a scoreline of 27-10, and exited the venue without some season-ending or career-ending injury. No coaches getting flipped off, no kickers missing gimmes (at least not for the Seahawks), it was so easy to the point of being boring.
This is going to be a fairly easy Winners and Losers column to write, so let’s get to it!
I got on Carson and made a case for him to be benched for this game. Well Rashaad Penny being an injury scratch made it moot, but the most important thing is Carson looked like his 2018 self. An impressive 22 carries for 104 yards, 4 catches for 41 yards, and ZERO fumbles made for his best showing since last season against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was finishing his runs, he was patient with his reads, and from a confidence standpoint that must have felt great for #32. Many kudos to him after a rough start to the year that extended beyond just the fumbles.
Clowney may not have gotten a sack, but he had multiple pressures of Kyler Murray and of course he received the only touchdown pass Murray threw on the afternoon. He had come close on interceptions in the first two games of the season, he finally gets one on the third attempt. Those are the impact plays Seattle hoped they would get, and that interception arguably ended the game as a competitive contest.
Wilson didn’t need to be spectacular, and as such we just take 22/28 for 240 yards and a TD for granted. His pocket presence is better than it’s ever been, his willingness to take checkdowns has greatly improved, and he’s throwing in rhythm in the quick passing game at a level that I don’t think we’ve seen since the torrid 2015 stretch.
He is a revelation in the passing game. I don’t think anyone expected him to end September leading the team in touchdowns and 2nd in receptions. Dissly has more catches (27) in eight games with the Seahawks than he did in 16 games as a TE at the University of Washington (25). Dissly has a knack for getting open and his soft hands make him a week-to-week great target for Wilson.
Welcome back, Luke! Two catches for 26 yards including this clutch third-down conversion. He got held on this play and still made a ridiculous diving catch.
The revenge game went pretty well for him. Three catches for 50 yards, with two of them resulting in third down conversions.
Tyler Lockett, #1 receiver
Four targets, all caught for a total of 51 yards. Nothing flashy yet highly efficient once again. Those play-action deep crossers with Lockett are just money in the bank at this point.
He played the role of touchdown vulture thanks to Dissly nullifying a Carson TD with a hold. It must have been a great feeling getting into the end zone for the first time since 2016, and it’s good to see him battle through his numerous injuries to make the 53-man roster and have some involvement in the offense.
I’ve never seen the Seahawks’ quick passing game look this effective, nor have I seen them utilize TEs this well as receivers. He had a great gameplan and hardly put a foot wrong with his pass-first approach to start, then using the rushing attack in the 2nd half to help put the game to bed.
Griffin is playing some outstanding football. He had a terrific pass break-up that led to Arizona’s first missed field goal, drew an offensive pass interference, and had another pass defensed that was erased because the refs called a fictitious holding penalty on Tre Flowers. If this is the Griffin we get all season, then he is rapidly going to become one of the undisputed top players on the Seahawks defense, and quite possible the best player in the secondary.
I’ll ignore (for a day) how bad Kendricks’ tackling form tends to be and praise him for his two sacks. He’s an effective blitzer, and Seattle needs him to be when you consider how the Seahawks are blitzing more than normal.
Given the struggles of Green last season and into this preseason, he’s fared well to start his sophomore campaign. The former USC star recorded a sack of Kyler Murray and had at least one good run stop that I saw.
Consider it rookie growing pains, because he had four targets and just one catch for six yards. I thought he did a poor job fighting for a jump ball on his first target, and should’ve done better on a fade throw towards halftime. He also played two-hand touch when trying to block Terrell Suggs. I’m not too worried but that was Metcalf’s worst showing to date.
Wilson was sacked four times, pressured several more times, and there were obvious busted protections that led to two super easy sacks. Duane Brown got destroyed by Suggs on a strip-sack, so really one of the few weak spots on the day.
Tyler Lockett, the return man
Give Ugo Amadi a chance to return punts and kickoffs. Lockett is just not the same dangerous return man anymore.
- Ziggy Ansah got his first sack as a Seahawk. Was it in garbage time? Sure. I don’t really care, as it’s just nice to see him get on the board in a Seattle jersey.
- Seattle is 10-1-1 in the wolf grey jerseys. The stats do not lie!
- The Seahawks defense struggled to defend the running back in the passing game for the second week in a row. David Johnson had 8 catches for 99 yards, which follows up Alvin Kamara’s 9 catches for 92 yards and a TD last week.
- Jason Myers made both of his field goals and all of his extra points. Maybe the Seahawks’ red zone issues in the 1st half were just to get Myers some FG attempts to justify his contract.
- Tedric Thompson was a bit unlucky on that defenseless receiver penalty. If anything, Christian Kirk was defenseless because Kyler Murray hung him out to dry.
- First-round rookie L.J. Collier’s tackle on David Johnson to turn what would’ve been a sizable gain into just a one-yard play was impressive. Didn’t see too much of him but that stood out to me.
- Bring on the Los Angeles Rams. Who wants two Enemy Reactions in a week?!
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