Seahawks beat outmanned Redskins everywhere but the scoreboard
The Seahawks offense stuttered at first, Blair Walsh fluttered, and the Redskins eventually left Seattle in the gutter. Seattle lost another weird game.
The Seahawks got it done on defense in the first quarter, as they shut down the Redskins repeatedly. Bobby Wagner did all the scoring as he dumped Kirk Cousins for a safety. Yes, that was all the scoring, as the Seahawks couldn’t get much going on offense. At the end of a defensive battle in the first quarter, the score was Seattle 2, Washington 0.
The second quarter was basically a repeat of the first, with the exception of one sustained drive by Washington. Tight end Vernon Davis took his rejuvenation formula and was instrumental in the Redskins scoring drive. He led his team at the half with four catches for 59 yards.
Oddly enough, Doug Baldwin also had four catches for 59 yards. They both caught a 23 yarder as their longest reception too. Angry Doug did not have his soul removed from his body by Kam Chancellor, though, so there was a difference in their games.
This tweet from John Boyle is a fine summary of the first half:
That was at 2:52 of the second quarter. They added three more penalties after that for a total of 64 yards on nine penalties. The Redskins gained a whopping 87 yards in the first half, yet led 7-2. If that wasn’t bad enough, Eddie Lacy went into the locker room with an injury in the first half.
The second half ended with Blair Walsh sending his third straight field goal attempt wide left. Other than depriving the Seahawks of an 11-7 lead, his misses gave us this:
Seahawks second half started the same as their first
Wilson was repeatedly off target today, throwing two picks and nearly turning the ball over on at least three other attempts. Twice in the third quarter he had receivers open deep, but underthrew them, giving the Washington defensive backs time to get back into the play and break up the pass.
That being said, the Seattle quarterback had 60 yards on the ground through three quarters. Unfortunately almost all of his runs were scrambles. The Redskins got pressure on Wilson all day.
Finally in the fourth quarter, Wilson started hitting his targets. Thomas Rawls started running like it was 2015 again. Then this happened:
Which was awesome, at least until the two point try. Wilson’s slant pass was picked off at the goal line – sound familiar? The Redskins returned the pick about 600 yards, but eventually failed to do anything with it, other than keep their two point lead.
The Seahawks couldn’t get anything going after that abomination of a conversion try until they got the ball back just before the two minute warning. All Wilson did was this:
Sadly, that was not the last play of the game. Kirk Cousins made two great passes to set up a one yard touchdown run, and the Redskins took the lead back with 59 seconds left in the game. The Seahawks mounted one last drive, but not even the magic of Russell Wilson could save them this time.
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Seattle gained 476 yards of total offense, even ran for 148. Wilson had 77 of those yards, but at least the running game showed some life. In the end, three missed field goals, two dropped interceptions, and an incredible 16 penalties for 138 yards were too much to overcome.