The Seahawks beat the Cardinals on Sunday 20-17. Here are three things we learned about Seattle.
The Seahawks won on Sunday. But they lost much more than just a football game. Gone for the season are Earl Thomas and Will Dissly. Still, climbing back to 2-2 in 2018 is a positive. What did we learn about Seattle from the win over the Cardinals?
Sebastian Janikowski is no Blair Walsh and that is a great thing
Sure, Janikowski missed two field goals on Sunday. But if he were Walsh, there is no way he makes the 52-yard game winner. At this point in his career, Janikowski is not making any Pro Bowls, but he might still be good enough to help Seattle win some games.
He was against the Cardinals, at least. While Seattle could have been in a more comfortable position at the end of the game had Janikowski made early field goals, the Seahawks probably would not have won had they still had Walsh instead of Sea Bass.
The offensive line can run block really well
I will be honest and say I thought a lot of the week three success of running the ball was mostly Chris Carson running over and through people. I still think Carson was great. But in week four against the Cardinals, Mike Davis ran for over 100 yards too.
Seattle, with Duane Brown and D.J. Fluker, is very good at running the ball. They aren’t so good at pass blocking. But for a team that ideally wants to get back to a Marshawn Lynch-type offense from 2012-13, run blocking is more important. Seattle can win games by running the ball. They win fewer relying solely on Russell Wilson.
Earl Thomas really didn’t seem to like the Seahawks
Thomas notably (and probably memorably) flipped off the Seattle sideline as he was being carted off on Sunday after breaking his leg. Should Thomas have done this? No, of course not. He was saying something inappropriate to the Seahawks brass but showing it to some players who have been brothers of his on the field.
But Thomas did what Thomas has always done. He played by his own tune. The free safety will be missed in Seattle. Because he probably played his last down as a Seahawk.