Sunday night the Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots with a goal line stop from the one yard line for the second time in five seasons. The win moved Seattle to 2-0, keeping pace with the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals, which each improved to 2-0 with a win Sunday.
However, in spite of the victory over Cam Newton, the game could prove to be a costly win for the team due to the number of serious injuries suffered. Specifically, Pete Carroll confirmed that the Hawks will be without both Marquise Blair and Bruce Irvin for the remainder of the season as they both suffered a torn ACL.
Pete Carroll confirms it's ACL injuries for both Blair and Irvin. #Seahawks— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 21, 2020
That will leave the already paper thin pass rush for the Seahawks even thinner, but Carroll did confirm that the situation will open the door for rookie fifth round pick Alton Robinson, who had been a healthy scratch in each of the first two weeks.
Carroll says Alton Robinson will almost certainly be active this week to help replace Bruce Irvin.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 21, 2020
Those weren’t the only injuries on defense, however, as both Tre Flowers and Jamal Adams suffered what are considered minor dings that shouldn’t affect their availability going forward.
Carroll says Jamal Adams and Tre Flowers sustained dislocated fingers in Sunday's game. Both are fine— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) September 21, 2020
That said, Carroll did note that the foot injury bothering Phillip Dorsett will almost certainly keep him inactive yet again and out of the Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. In contrast, both Cedric Ogbuehi and Rasheem Green could potentially play, but if they do they are more likely to be game time decisions.
Pete Carroll said they'll need to give Phillip Dorsett a longer break to figure out what's going on with his foot. not in the game plan this week at least. Ogbuehi and Green likely game-day decision.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 21, 2020
Moving on from injuries, Carroll raved about rookie wide receiver Freddie Swain, who hauled in his first career touchdown reception against the Patriots.
That came just hours after he had praised how quickly Swain has picked up the offense while speaking on 710 ESPN Radio earlier Monday.
Carroll raving about Freddie Swain on @710ESPNSeattle: "Amazing how much he's learned and how fast he's learned it.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 21, 2020
Of course, however, a major reason for the success the team has had offensively has been how great Russell Wilson has played so far this season. Fans know it, teams across the league know it and Carroll praised how dangerous Wilson is right now.
Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson: "He's as big a threat as he's ever been." Credits pass protection as a big factor in Wilson's big game last night.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 21, 2020
And now it’s time to prepare for the Week 3 game against the Cowboys as fans wait to see what, if anything, the Hawks do over the next six days in an effort to address the pass rush.