Seahawks offensive and defensive grades from MNF win week 12

Seahawks' Chris Carson (32) rushes against the Eagles Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Philadelphia. Seahawks won 23-17.Jl Eagles 113020 15
Seahawks' Chris Carson (32) rushes against the Eagles Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Philadelphia. Seahawks won 23-17.Jl Eagles 113020 15 /
2 of 4
Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /


Quarter Back. Seattle Seahawks. RUSSELL WILSON. A+.

Over the last two weeks, Wilson hasn’t posted big numbers, but he has played good, clean football. Once again, in Week 12, Wilson turned the ball over 0 times. His arm strength was on display last night as he hit D.K. Metcalf on a moon ball that later set up a David Moore fade touchdown. Although Wilson only threw for 230 yards, he was smart with the football and knew when to use his feet.

In a season where the theme has been all about letting Russ cook, Seattle has canceled out the noise and has become smarter in the last two weeks. Last night, the offense didn’t take too many shots down the field. Now, credit goes to Philly for applying pressure on the quarterback. But, also keep in mind that Seattle is trying to get their running backs involved from the get-go. While the offense appeared stagnant at times last night, I thought Wilson played another nice game.

. . Seattle Seahawks. RUNNING BACKS . A

Last night was the long-awaited return of Chris Carson. After missing several games with a foot injury, Carson saw a decent amount of snaps as HB1. While Carlos Hyde attempted a rush nearly 7 more times, Carson made the play of the day with a mean run that resulted in a touchdown. Last week against Arizona, Hyde was bringing the fight to the Cardinals with physical downfield runs. Last night, it was Carson who was letting the Eagles defenders know he won’t be going down easy.

While the Eagles did a solid job in stopping the run, only allowing 76 total rush yards, Seattle had one or two big rushing plays that helped them keep drives going. Carlos Hyde had a 20-yard touchdown called back on a holding call. If these two can remain healthy, they will be a nice 1, 2 punch heading into January. Also, keep in mind that Rashard Penny should be returning to the field of play too. He had his breakout game last year against the Eagles.

A. . . Seattle Seahawks. WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS

There was simply no answer for D.K. Metcalf last night. After a solid outing against Arizona, Metcalf went off against this Philly secondary. It was quite an impressive performance, considering that he was covered by Darius Say Jr. for the majority of this game. Seattle showed no fear in attacking Slay. They went to Metcalf early and often and he was the recipient of Wilson’s first moon ball. He should have caught another go route, but he seemed to have misjudged the ball as he hesitated.

Tyler Lockett had another quiet game, only posting 3 catches for 23 yards. Although David Moore had -6 receiving yards, he did score the first touchdown of the game. The tight ends weren’t too heavily involved in this game, but keep a lookout for Will Dissly as the season progresses since Greg Olsen is now on the IR. Metcalf finished the game with 10 catches for 177 yards and 0 touchdowns. The wideouts and tight ends are receiving an A instead of an A+ because Metcalf dropped an easy touchdown when Slay fell to the ground. Otherwise, it was a nice performance.

. . Seattle Seahawks. OFFENSIVE LINE . B+

The Seattle offensive line was at near full strength last night with the return of Ethan Pocic. Damien Lewis no longer had to play center, but they were missing RT Brandon Shell. The Seattle offensive line played a solid game for nearly 60 minutes. In the first two possessions for Seattle, they were able to get into Philly territory but didn’t execute on 4th down conversions. While Wilson was sacked 2 times and hit 7 other times, this offensive line held their own.

The run game was presented with some nice holes as they helped assist Carson into the end zone. Of course, they could have been better and allowed 0 sacks and opened up more holes for Carson, but that’s not a realistic ask. All this offensive line has to do is play good enough so that Wilson can establish his rhythm. In the losses this season, the opposing defensive front has been disruptive for the majority of the game. That didn’t happen last night and the Seahawks won.