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Winners and Losers from the Seahawks’ 31-23 road win over the Dolphins

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I was hoping the Seattle Seahawks would play a relatively normal professional football game against an improved but otherwise still bad Miami Dolphins team. They didn’t do that, but they still won 31-23 and never trailed so that has to count for something. It’s Seattle’s first 4-0 start since 2013 and they have a chance to go undefeated into the bye week... pending any more COVID-19 cases around the league.

Let’s get to Winners and Losers for Sunday’s victory and then I’ll give my brain a rest.

Winners

Shaquill Griffin

I wanted to highlight him first because he’s had a rough start to a contract year. This was one of his best games as a Seahawk. He only allowed a single catch for 11 yards and had what was more or less the back-breaking interception late in the 4th quarter. His ball skills have rightfully been questioned due to the lack of picks and the fact that he often didn’t really come close to them, but two in as many weeks with good instincts and reading the quarterback is encouraging.

Ryan Neal

He’s not as good as Jamal Adams... he’s better. In all seriousness, another heads up interception and he delivered a big hit on 3rd down to stuff a screen to Myles Gaskin. Perhaps if he looked for the ball and not the hit it’s a pick-six but I’m not too bothered. Ideal safety depth at a time when Marquise Blair is done for the season and Lano Hill is inactive.

Ugo Amadi

I only recall one catch Amadi gave up for a first down and that was on a tough throw to Isaiah Ford that was also a bogus DPI call. Amadi had two passes defensed and consistently stayed with his man in coverage.

K.J. Wright

Yes he dropped a couple of interceptions but he was flying to the ball and was outstanding in coverage and run defense. His three passes defensed led all defensive players on both teams. This might be KJ’s last year in Seattle (I hope it isn’t) but he’s still got quite a bit left in the tank.

DK Metcalf

He’s had exactly four catches in all four games this season, and while he did have a drop he also was used in different route combinations and amassed another 106 yards. We saw a semi-deep shot early in the game and then a quick screen that saw him almost score from 33 yards out with only one blocker along the sidelines. What a beast.

David Moore

Three catches for 95 yards and a pivotal touchdown that put Seattle up 9. His first catch went for 57 yards and set up a touchdown right before halftime, and his second catch was a little pop pass that he turned into a big gainer. He was quiet last week but was a major factor today.

Greg Olsen

A solid day at the office with five catches for 35 yards, with three of them converted into first downs. He’s a chain-mover and someone Wilson seems to trust even in tight windows.

Chris Carson

By far Carson’s best performance on the ground this season. Coming off what was nearly a serious knee injury against Dallas, Carson racked up 80 yards on 16 carries and his first two rushing TDs, along with 20 yards in the passing game for 100 scrimmage yards on the dot. He ran hard, avoided the worst case scenario after that helmet to helmet shot, and remains trucking fools and trying to hurdle them.

Travis Homer in the passing game

Congrats to Homer on his first NFL touchdown, but I also want to note that on Russell Wilson’s third down scramble he picked up the blitzer and allowed Wilson to break free instead of get sacked.

Russell Wilson

It says a lot about Wilson’s performances that 24-34 for 360 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT is easily his worst game of the season. MVP.

Losers

Tre Flowers

Trading for Quinton Dunbar was an obvious hint that they wanted to replace Tre Flowers in the starting lineup. Now we know why. If Shaquill Griffin had his best game of the season, Flowers continued his struggles that date back to last postseason. He is either lining up in off-coverage because he’s too slow to handle speedy receivers of the top, or he’s lined up close to the receiver and failing to make a play on the ball because he’s not reacting quickly. Throwing his way is just an auto-completion at this point.

Cody Barton

I think we know why Barton was hardly talked about in training camp and also why the Seahawks drafted Jordyn Brooks in the first round. Barton’s angles are bad and so is his tackling. He is out of position way too often and frankly he might have even been out of position on the first interception, it’s just that Fitzpatrick threw a knuckler under pressure and he got to play volleyball. Bad game and I hope Jordyn Brooks returns soon and Shaquem Griffin gets more snaps.

Travis Homer - The runner

Homer was put in positions to fail but he really is just best suited as a pass-catcher and pass-protecting back. Four carries for 5 yards leaves out that his last carry gained eight.

Ken Norton’s two-man rush

What the hell was that bullshit? Deliberately not generate pressure and then create a gaping hole for Fitzpatrick to escape? Between that and his repeated desire to blitz K.J. Wright, I’m over Norton.

Cedric Ogbuehi

If I had known he would be in the game for that 4th and 3 play I would’ve prayed for a false start so that they could kick the field goal instead. He was terrible in Cincinnati and I failed to see what he brought to the Seahawks even as depth. Predictably he gave up instant pressure and Wilson was sacked.

Dick Stockton

Dude is 78 years old and has been broadcasting NFL games for so long that black-and-white TV was the standard. He had no idea that Wilson was picked off and just misidentified players all game long. That was a rough listen. Him and Brady Quinn is just a pairing of incoherence.

Final Notes

  • Jason Myers has yet to miss a kick this season and that’s encouraging. Sure he’s only kicked two field goals but he’s had a lot of PATs and he’s perfect there.
  • Benson Mayowa generated pressure on both interceptions, and L.J. Collier was largely the reason that Bryan Mone and Anthony Rush were able to team up for the only sack of Fitzpatrick.
  • Tyler Lockett dropping a pass? In this economy? Wild. I don’t know why he only had two catches and so few targets but perhaps they felt this was more of a Metcalf matchup.
  • The offensive line held up in pass protection very well but I thought this was their best run-blocking performance of the year. I loved that they routinely attacked Miami when there was a light box and sure enough Carson exploited.
  • Poona Ford continues to wreak havoc in run defense, and Alton Robinson also had a key stop on 3rd down.
  • Deejay Dallas needs to get more snaps. I can see serious value as a receiving back and he’s a more natural between the tackles runner than Homer. My slightly controversial opinion is that the Seahawks let go of Carlos Hyde and not Homer when Rashaad Penny returns.
  • If we have football next week, then the Vikings game is not an easy one. Minnesota has struggled defensively but their offense is starting to pick up and we may have a shootout on Sunday night.