The Seahawks won in Carolina and moved them into good position for the playoffs. Here is how the offense graded.
The Seahawks defeated the Panthers on Sunday in Seattle’s most important game of the season. The win moves Seattle to the front of the line as far as NFC Wild Card hopefuls. Now Seattle just needs to win their home games – four of their last five games take place at CenturyLink – to have a very good chance at the postseason.
The defense wasn’t overly good on Sunday. And the offense went about things a different way than they have recently. But it worked. Here is how well.
Quarterback – Russell Wilson
Wilson needed to be great on Sunday and he was for nearly the entire game. Wilson still missed an open Doug Baldwin in the endzone (this is becoming a weekly occurrence) and took a sack when he once again held on to the ball too long. These are but little complaints in a game where Wilson had a quarterback rating of 128.9 and threw two touchdown passes. Wilson was the reason Seattle won in Carolina.
Chris Carson fumbled twice, if only one counted. Carson has been a huge boon to the Seattle running game but he needs to hold on to the ball better. Seattle had its worst rushing game in weeks but thankfully that was almost expected. The Seahawks relied on Wilson to win this game, not Carson and company.
Wide receivers/tight end
Tyler Lockett and David Moore were fantastic. Each receiver went over 100 yards receiving, each had a touchdown reception and each had a reception of 43 yards or more. Lockett averaged 21.4 yards a catch and Moore was 25.8 yards per.
The tight ends were targeted four times between Ed Dickson and Nick Vannett and caught everyone of them.
The line wasn’t as impressive as in the last eight games or so, but still the offense gained nearly 400 yards and Wilson was sacked just twice. Seattle was better in the second half than in the first which means the adjustments Seattle made in-game worked. This wouldn’t have been the case under Tom Cable.