The Seahawks moved to 4-3 with a win over the Lions in week 8. A lot of the win was due to the excellence of the offense. Here are the grades.
The Seahawks couldn’t ask much more of Russell Wilson than what he did on Sunday. And the offensive line was once again really good. Plus, the running backs were fantastic. Seattle’s offense clicked and excelled in a win over the Lions.
How good was the offense? This good.
Russell Wilson’s quarterback rating was a perfect 158.3. He threw three touchdown passes and two of them were throws that few humans make consistently. But Wilson does. And 12s should be happy that Wilson is their quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Wilson also ran for 15 yards on two designed runs that looked as if he was still playing in 2014. Seattle has a weapon at quarterback that most other teams do not.
Chris Carson ran for 100-plus yards for the third time in his last four games. He runs with strength and athleticism and it is a wonder he lasted until the seventh round in the 2017 draft. He shouldn’t have. Even with a bad line he would be productive.
Mike Davis added 33 yards on 10 carries and is the perfect understudy for Carson. Rashaad Penny is returning kicks but not carrying the ball. There is no time to panic, though. He’s a rookie and Carson in rolling.
Wide receivers/tight ends
Tight end Ed Dickson made his debut for the Seahawks after missing the entire season with injury and made an impact. Dickson caught both his targets and had 54 yards receiving inclusing a long of 42. He will be an asset going forward.
Tyler Lockett continued his Pro Bowl-caliber season with another touchdown catch. That is six in seven games. David Moore is on a semi-breakout year and had four catches on four targets for 97 yards and a touchdown. Most of his catches were ones where he had to use his size to create space.
Once again, the line created enough space for a Seahawk running back to go over 100 yards. And the line didn’t have Wilson get hit during every dropback. Wilson was sacked just twice and once was a coverage sack.
The line is no longer a weakness. In fact, should the Seahawks make the postseason, the offensive line is going to be a big reason for it.
Brian Schottenheimer has come a long way since those first two bad games of the season. He and Wilson have developed a report and Schottenheimer is calling a lot more effective runs than passes. Seattle averages 12.5 yards a pass on Sunday and 4.2 yards per run. Against a decent defense, that’s good stuff.