In a battle of two heavily injured teams, the Seahawks rode a hot defense and an even hotter connection between Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf to a huge win in Philadelphia. Wild card Sunday saw Seattle get a number of key contributors back, with more on the way. The return of several players, and the emergence of one on defense, are featured below. That and more:
- For the second consecutive week, Travis Homer far out-snapped Marshawn Lynch, 69 percent to 28. Pete Carroll said Monday that Lynch will play more in Green Bay, but currently, the split feels right. Robert Turbin played his first snaps on offense since returning.
- David Moore remains the third wideout in the rotation, as he has since Josh Gordon’s suspension, while John Ursua played just 12 percent of snaps—though at least he was again active.
- Luke Willson played 39 percent in his return, while Jacob Hollister continues to play a massive amount, at 88 percent. Hollister, a relatively limited blocker, has been huge for Seattle, especially in Willson’s extended absence.
- Jadeveon Clowney played 83 percent of snaps, and considering what he is playing through, that’s just an amazing effort. He is a total warrior.
- Ugo Amadi was the clear cut nickelback for a second consecutive week, playing 25 percent of defensive snaps and finishing as the highest graded Seahawk by Pro Football Focus.
- Shaquem Griffin was back in the rotation up front, as he played 14 percent of the defense’s snaps and helped to create an early pressure for Ezekiel Ansah.
- Seattle used some dime packages for a second consecutive week, and it was again Marquise Blair not Lano Hill, featured as the sixth defensive back, despite the latter being available to fill that role with Quandre Diggs healthy.
- After the Seahawks had their early field goal attempt blocked, the NBC broadcast put the blame on rookie Phil Haynes for messing up his assignment, and it seems like Seattle’s coaching staff may have agreed. The guard did not get back onto the field in special teams after that apparent error.