Seahawks offensive grades versus Vikings: Offensive line wins the day

On a day when Russell Wilson wasn’t at his best, the Seahawks offensive line found a way to beat the Vikings defense and moved Seattle to 10-2.

The Seahawks currently sit at 10-2 and lead the NFC West by a half-game over the San Francisco 49ers. With Seattle’s win over the Vikings on Monday, Seattle is now the number-two seed in the NFC. Seattle scored 37 points against a good Minnesota defense and it says a lot that quarterback Russell Wilson was not great. The offensive line was the reason the Seahawks won Monday.

And I swear I am not making this up, but Seattle did not have a penalty on offense.

Here are the grades for Seattle’s offense from week 13.


On paper, Wilson was good. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. But look a little deeper and he made some costly mistakes. He technically threw an interception but it was after his pass got batted at the line. Wilson tried to knock it down as the ball reflected his way but instead hit the ball up in the air. And the ball went right into a Vikings arms and it was returned for a touchdown.

Wilson was sacked twice, one for a one-yard loss but another for a 13-yard loss. The second was completely on Wilson who had time to throw and then to throw the ball away but instead he went straight into a Minnesota player. These are the kinds of plays Wilson used to make quite a bit but has cut down on some. Let us hope he doesn’t revert back to that form.

Grade: B

Running backs

Goodness, goodness. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were pretty special on Monday. The duo combined for 38 carries and 176 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Penny also had a touchdown receiving. Carson (23 carries and 102 yards) and Penny (15 carries and 74 yards) combined for 209 total yards. Neither had a turnover. They were awesome to watch.

Grade: A+

Receivers/tight ends

Tyler Lockett had no catches on three targets. He didn’t look healthy, as it turns out he was dealing with the flu. But since injuring his shin a few weeks ago, he has struggled. D.K. Metcalf had 6 catches on 7 targets for 75 yards but had another fumble. That is his third fumble this season which leads the NFL in a bad way. David Moore had a 60-yard touchdown reception so that was good. And Jacob Hollister had 6 more catches for 44 yards and is becoming a valuable member of the offense. But why don’t the Seahawks use Josh Gordon more?

Grade: C

Offensive line
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What more can be asked of this group? The Vikings ranked fifth coming into the game against the run but after Monday, they now rank 15th. That is what giving up 218 yards rushing will do to a team. The Seahawks averaged 5.1 yards a carry. And Wilson was sacked just twice, one of which was Wilson’s fault and not the lines’. It may not happen often, but Seattle’s offense was very good during a game where the reason for it was the play of the offensive line.

Grade: A



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