Seahawks offensive grades from week 8 against Falcons
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks scored 24 points in the first half versus Atlanta in week 8 and then not so much in the second half. Here are the grades for Seattle’s offense.
Facing a bad Falcons defense on Sunday, the Seahawks offense would have expected to have a great day. Instead, they had a wonderful first half and then were bad in the second. No excuses. Atlanta didn’t suddenly trade for a bunch of all-stars for the second half. Seattle just failed to execute.
Overall, Seattle gained just 322 total yards and averaged 5.9 yards per play. Good enough to beat a bad Falcons team but probably not good enough in the weeks ahead when the Seahawks start playing much better teams.
Here are the grades for Seattle’s offense from their victory over Atlanta.
Russell Wilson threw two more touchdown passes and had a quarterback rating of 131.7. But he was only asked to throw five passes in the second half when it seemed like the Seahawks were trying to run the clock out for the entire half. Wilson was good but wasn’t asked to do enough in a game that should have been a blowout.
Chris Carson was spectacular in the first half with 86 yards running on 14 carries. He finished with only 90 yards because offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer became amazingly predictable. Run Carson up the middle and then again and then again. Carson could only do so much. Rashaad Penny made an appearance and ran for 55 yards on 8 carries, possibly enhancing his trade value.
Wide receivers/tight ends
Tyler Lockett was great again catching all 6 of his targets for 100 yards. Lockett is on pace for a season with well over 1,000 yards receiving. He also made two one-handed catches on the same drive in the first half that made him look every bit the Pro Bowler he should be.
D.K. Metcalf had his first multi-touchdown receiving performance of his career with two. He caught 3 of his 5 targets and is looking more comfortable each week. David Moore had just one of his first targets be caught so he still isn’t a valuable number three or four receiver.
Seattle misses Will Dissly a lot and the offense doesn’t seem to function nearly as well without him. At least Seattle will get Ed Dickson back this week so that should help.
The worst news is that center Justin Britt tore his ACL early in the game and is out for the season. Joey Hunt is a capable backup but not the grinder that Britt is. Overall, the line play was underwhelming and a failure in the second half.