Seahawks versus Eagles: Defensive grades show why Seattle won
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks moved to 9-2 with a victory over the Eagles on Sunday. A lot of the credit for the win can go to Seattle’s defense.
The last two weeks, the Seahawks defense has been very good. Sure, they were facing a banged up Eagles on offense on Sunday, but even so did more than enough to win the game even if Philadelphia had been healthy. Forcing Carson Wentz into four turnovers is an example of that. Here are the grades for Seattle’s defense.
I wish Jadeveon Clowney would have gotten to play on Sunday because he might have had 3 sacks. As it was Ziggy Ansah played his best game of the year and had 1.5 sacks. Thankfully, not that Seattle would have been atrocious without him, but he made the defense better overall by supplying pressure. Rasheem Green chipped in with a forced fumble of Carson Wentz, a sack and two quarterback hits.
It may say quite a bit that the Seahawks fifth leading tackler was Bobby Wagner. He is usually first and has to be. K.J. Wright was in on 12 tackles, had a tackle for loss and a pass defended. Mychal Kendricks had maybe his best game of the season against his former team and finished with 11 tackles. And then Shaquem Griffin, getting more time lately, had two quarterback hits.
Tre Flowers had 7 tackles, three passes defended and an interception. Bradley McDougald also had a pick. Shaquill Griffin was solid too and Wentz threw his way less often than Flowers. If Flowers plays as well as he has the last two weeks the rest of the year, that changes how good this Seahawks can be. Sure, the Eagles were missing several receivers, but they still had professional football players on the field.