The Seahawks lost a heartbreaker in Sunday’s contest, but without the amazing performance of Tyler Lockett, they wouldn’t have even come close.
The Seahawks looked terrific on offense in the first half of their game against the Cardinals. They led 27-17 at the half and were in absolute command of the game. Even though they lost, Seattle still rolled up 572 yards of total offense. No one was more responsible for those offensive fireworks than my game MVP, wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
We’ve talked a lot about the emergence of the phenom DK Metcalf, and rightly so. Before he made a single catch for the Hawks, I wrote that Metcalf could be a very good facsimile of Megatron. So far, he’s doing a great job of that, while still being himself. All the talk of Metcalf being the new number one target of Russell Wilson seemed to be premature. Even before this week’s game, the second-year player had one more target than Lockett. After his record-setting performance, no one should doubt Number 16’s place as the primary receiver for the Seahawks.
Tyler Lockett’s greatness
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All Lockett did was pull in 15 of 20 targets for 200 yards and three touchdowns. The 15 catches tie the Seattle record, held by Steve Largent (you may have heard of him). More to the point was how Lockett made those plays. On his first scoring catch, he was open by at least ten yards in the end zone. His final touchdown was what should now be known as the Lockett.
Here are the steps: get maximum extension, making your 5’10” play like Harold Carmichael – that’s 6’8″ for you kiddies. When the rocket from Wilson arrives, lock the ball into your hands like it’s in a hydraulic press. Finally, with approximately half a millimeter of turf before you step out of the end zone, clearly get both feet in bounds. Lockett is just a genius.
It isn’t just his catches, either; it’s what he can do after he catches the ball. In overtime, he caught the ball over the middle, then juked not one, but two defenders out of their cleats to pick up an extra six yards and the first down. Lockett seems to be able to appear and reappear as if he has his own personal transporter.
Yes, Wilson had to throw those passes, and he made some incredible throws. We’ll talk about the not so incredible throws soon. But Tyler Lockett was simply amazing on Sunday. Without his acrobatic catches, the Seahawks would have never made it close to overtime. It was a very disappointing loss, but Tyler Lockett was absolutely the MVP in this one.