Take a look at the week twelve grades for the Seattle Seahawks as they took on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
The Seahawks took care of business in the Bay Area as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-13 on Sunday afternoon. It was a game the Seahawks had to have to keep their playoff hopes alive. With the way the rest of the NFC is humming along, the Seahawks are probably going to need to win eleven games.
Clearly, the Niners aren’t the formidable foe they once were, but any win in the NFL is a good win. Though I would consider this game more of an open book quiz than a test, I still decided to hand out grades for week twelve.
Offensive Line: (B)
If you’re just looking at the box score you’ll notice the offensive line produced a very impressive stat on Sunday. The Seahawks did not surrender a single sack. Let’s be honest, some of that is credited to the fact that Russell Wilson is an incredible escape artist. Even so, it was a much better performance up front than we’ve seen much of the season.
The Niners certainly aren’t the best defense Seattle has to play, but it was still refreshing to see this unit play together and consistently win matchups. Hopefully the line continues to gel and improve as the team comes down the critical home stretch.
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After throwing an interception on his first passing attempt, Russell Wilson responded emphatically. Wilson finished the game with 228 yards passing for two touchdowns and also added a score with his legs. As per usual, Wilson made plays when the team needed him to.
The interceptions have been puzzling at times, but the positives have greatly outweighed any negatives this season. I’ve been saying it for a while now; the Seahawks will go as far as Russell Wilson takes them.
Running Backs: (C)
It was tough sledding for the running backs once again, but I did see some things I liked. I thought Eddie Lacy ran a little harder than I’ve seen him lately. It was still a performance that left a lot to be desired, but it was evident that Lacy was doing his best to get going.
J.D. McKissic was brilliant when called upon. I’m enjoying seeing the Seahawks find creative ways to get the ball in McKissic’s hands. He is certainly a weapon when he touches the ball.
It sounds like Mike Davis should be back this week. That would be a welcome addition. I really liked how he ran against Atlanta.
Receivers/ Tight Ends: (A)
The pass catchers continue to make plays. I was in awe of a couple catches in particular. Doug Baldwin had a beautiful diving catch for a first down during a exhilarating Wilson scramble drill. Paul Richardson also made a phenomenal sideline grab. it’s been so fun to see Richardson fully healthy for a season. He’s become a big part of this offense.
Jimmy Graham continued his red zone rampage that has successfully replaced the running game in that part of the field. Graham now has eight touchdowns on the year and should add to that total over the final five games.
Defensive Line: (B+)
Michael Bennet and Sheldon Richardson anchored down the line for the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. The two game wreckers did their very best to do just that. The 49ers were unable to get much of anything going and it started up front. On a line that has been snake bitten by injuries, Bennet and Richardson have been a stabilizing force for this team.
The head hunters in the middle of the defense were incredible on Sunday. Bobby Wagner made another highlight play as he hauled in an interception that he basically just took away from the receiver. Wagner is making a serious case to be a defensive player of the year candidate.
Defensive Backs: (B)
Another week with Lane and Maxwell filling in at corner. They both held up pretty well, but they weren’t facing a threatening QB. Lane still was getting beat more than I’d like, but their performances were passable. Hopefully Shaq Griffin will be healthy and able to replace Lane as a starter on Sunday night.
Special Teams: (B)
Jon Ryan absolutely crushed a 74 yard punt. That was the highlight of the day for special teams. Unfortunately, Blair Walsh missed another field goal. I have to wonder if the team will trust him to make big kicks in crucial moments down the stretch. It has to be in the back of their minds.