The Seahawks dominated what was supposed to be one of the league’s best defenses. This was a complete team win if there ever was one.
The Seahawks needed this game. Sure, you can find all kinds of pundits saying they’d still have an 86 percent chance of making the playoffs with a loss. But who wants to lose? The Vikings were a good test, and Seattle came out of this game with an excellent overall team win. For once, Russell Wilson didn’t have to save the team. In fact, he was probably the worst player for Seattle tonight. Turns out Bobby Wagner was not going to lose this game.
Wagner had a huge night. His first big play was a beauty. He ate Dalvin Cook up on a third down swing pass. Sadly, the refs decided to throw some laundry on a terirble personal foul call. Specifically, they called “Grabbing the helmet opening” on Wagner. Not a facemask. Even the commentators said they’d never heard this one. They missed an actual facemask on Wagner later, though, so it all worked out. Wagner would make bigger plays by far.
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When I said Russell Wilson had a bad night, I’ll admit he did have some very nifty runs. On a play action call the pocket collapsed and Wilson took off up the gut for a big first down. On the same drive he faked a handoff on a designed keeper and got the easy first down. He wound up with 61 yards on seven carries, including a spectacular 40 yard run, the longest run from scrimmage for Seattle all season. But, still he was only 10 of 20 for 79 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. That’s just awful.