Facing a 4th & 5 from the Falcons’ 38-yard line early in the third quarter on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks kept their offense on the field. Russell Wilson took the snap, dropped back a few steps, then released a perfect pass into DK Metcalf’s waiting hands: Touchdown Seahawks.
For Wilson, it was the latest throw in a career full of flawless deep passes. For Metcalf, it was more proof that the second-year wideout is emerging as one of the game’s elite deep threats, as he breezed past Isaiah Oliver, stacked the corner, and won with ease. But just as impressive and exciting as the throw and the catch was the pre-snap read by Wilson.
Pete Carroll told reporters following Seattle’s Week 1 win that Wilson came to the line of scrimmage on that 4th down with a few different options packaged in.
Carroll notes Wilson had options on the fourth down play and saw the coverage on Metcalf and went to that. An example of how in command Wilson is of the offense.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 13, 2020
The ninth-year quarterback made the correct read of the defense and the result was a far-too-easy touchdown for the Seahawks. As Carroll pointed out, Wilson is at the peak of his powers, combining a complete command of his offense and game-breaking ability.
The Wilson-Metcalf combination is something Seattle will certainly see more of in the 2020 season. With Wilson’s grasp on the offense and what opposing defenses are doing, they could become even harder to defend.