Quarterback – Russell Wilson
Going into the game, I was hoping that we would see a lot more Brett Hundley than Wilson. That didn’t end being the case and had it had been, Seattle probably would have lost. Wilson was under pressure the whole game and was sacked six times, most times since week two. His numbers also suffered as he had several dropped passes by receivers, two by Doug Baldwin. Wilson also threw an interception that, except for not being at the goal line, reminded me of the interception he threw against the Patriots in Seattle’s Super Bowl loss. Maybe Seattle just shouldn’t throw slant passes?
By the end of the game, Wilson had thrown for just 152 yards with a quarterback rating of 75.9. At least he hit Tyler Lockett for a big gain to set up the game-winning field goal.
Chris Carson, against a porous Cardinals run defense, had little room to get yards on the ground. He did end up with 122 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, but the numbers are skewed because of his long 61 yard run on Seattle’s touchdown drive in the third quarter. The fact that Carson didn’t have even bigger numbers was not his fault, though. He just had terrible blocking.
Rashaad Penny looked like a rookie again and gained just six yards. Mike Davis, though, was solid with 44 yards on just seven carries and scored on a 17 yard touchdown run.
Wide receivers/tight ends
As I mentioned, Baldwin had two drops. One drop was on a throw that Wilson was not accurate on and Baldwin had to make an adjustment in an attempt to catch the pass. Still, 12s are used to seeing Baldwin catch everything. Baldwin was targeted five times and had just 27 yards to show for it. Lockett was somehow only targeted twice and caught both. One went for a touchdown and one was a 37-yard gain that set up the field goal that won the game.
Ed Dickson had a catch that looks like a run as Wilson had to throw the ball backwards and then Dickson made a nice run to pick up extra yards. Nick Vannett caught two passes but dropped one that seems had he caught it he would have been able to run for a first down.
Only Justin Britt and Duane Brown played their normal positions. Ifedi was moved to right guard from right tackle and was terrible. George Fant played right guard and was not good. Ethan Pocic filled in at left guard and showed he is not ready to play in the NFL. Seattle’s offensive line was mostly awful and gave up all those sacks and failed to open holes for the running backs. In fact, even on Carson’s long run in the third quarter, he ran between tight ends Vannett and Dickson and not the line.
At least against Dallas, the Seahawks expect to get regular starters J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker back.