Carlos Dunlap just continues to impress. He reeled in another sack last night and played a large role in this disruptive Seattle front. The Seahawks were running a lot of stunts last night and it appeared to be working early on as they were able to rattle Wentz with the pressure. Although they weren’t forcing any turnovers, they were causing multiple three and outs. In fact, the Eagles didn’t get a first down until midway through the 2nd quarter.
Wentz missed a lot of his throws last night simply because Seattle was able to apply enough pressure. The Seahawks finished the game with 6 sacks and 1 interception. Over the last month or so, this defensive front has been coming together and getting better each and every single week. Another nice luxury to have is the best blitzing safety in Jamal Adams. This defensive front set the tone early last night.
It seems that every week I find myself talking about rookie Jordyn Brooks. He once again played a solid game last night, being disruptive in the run game and showing flashes of good pass defense. Miles Sanders is the Eagles best offensive weapon outside of Wentz and he was held to 15 yards. The Seahawks allowed a total of 70 rush yards, the majority of which came on scrambles from Wentz. Sanders was held in check all game.
Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright both played fantastic games last night. Although Dallas Goedert posted a big game in the box score, he was held in check for the majority of this game. Early on, Wagner made a beautiful play in coverage on Goedert. K.J. Wright also had a huge pass deflection on a 4th down attempt by Philly that was going to Goedert.
Boy oh boy, it was nice have to Shaquill Griffin back last night. He played a really solid game in coverage. He has missed the last month with a concussion/hamstring injury. Keep in mind, we are also missing CB2 in Quinton Dunbar, who we hope to get back to full strength. Last night, Griff and Flowers were able to hold their own. Outside of Goedert, no one else really did any significant damage to this Seattle defense. Jamal Adams was all over the place, rushing the passer, dropping into coverage, making plays to stop the run. He, of course, finished the game with 1 sack and had one hard hit on Boston Scott late in the game.
Quandre Diggs didn’t have to do much on his interception, except catch it as Wentz nearly threw it right to him. Just as the front four has been coming together over the last month, expect the same for the backend of this defense. With Griff and Qunbar both missing some time, these guys in the backend still need to develop some chemistry. We saw flashes last night of what this defense could potentially be going into the playoffs. Regardless, this secondary has posted back-to-back nice performances. They will only get better from here on out as their confidence is mounting.