Seahawks MVP for game 13: they call me Mister Diggs

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 08: Defensive back Quandre Diggs #37 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 08: Defensive back Quandre Diggs #37 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks played a terrible game against the Rams. Not everyone did, though. Call him Mister Diggs or Big Play Quandre; just call on Quandre Diggs.

This was absolutely the most disappointing game of the season for the Seahawks. As in both of their previous losses, they were embarrassed. The Hawks failed to score an offensive touchdown. Russell Wilson looked more like a backup quarterback than an MVP candidate. The defense gave up 455 yards and four touchdowns. Despite that, one defender stood out as the best of the Seahawks tonight. That player was free safety Quandre Diggs.

Diggs didn’t get a lot of help from his teammates tonight. Jadeveon Clowney made some nice plays, along with his line cohorts Jacob Green and Shaquem Griffin. In fact, Griffin gets an assist on the biggest play of the night for Seattle. More on that play in a bit. Yet the Seahawks didn’t record a single sack tonight. Rams QB Jared Goff isn’t a great quarterback, or anything close to one.

But if Goff doesn’t get pressured, he’s decent. He had two touchdowns and two interceptions tonight. If Seattle could have done anything on offense, that would have cost Los Angeles even more than it did. As it is, Goff’s picks cost the Rams a 14 point swing. That’s right. If Goff hadn’t been picked off, the Rams would have won 35-6.

That 14-point swing was entirely courtesy of Mister Diggs. Pressured by Shaquem Griffin, Goff let a pass sail in the third quarter. See, I told you I’d get back to that. Diggs came streaking in and took the ball in for a 55-yard pick-six. On the Rams next series, they drove to the Hawks 37-yard line. And again, Goff let the ball sail a bit, and Quandre Diggs was there to pick off the pass at the Seattle three-yard line. If he had missed, it would have been six points for Los Angeles.

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It isn’t often that a defender can create a 14-point swing, but that’s exactly what Diggs accomplished. It isn’t his fault that Wilson had an awful game. The stat sheet shows he completed 22 passes, but it sure seemed more like two. Too many overthrows, too many sacks…it just wasn’t Wilson’s night. Nor the Seahawks either. The Niners did their job, but the Hawks couldn’t take advantage of it. At least Diggs can build on his MVP performance. After blowing their shot at the top spot in the playoff seedings, Seattle will need more Big Play Quandre.