Seattle Seahawks: 5 takeaways from Week 15 victory over Washington
By Jake Luppino
Is the BOOM back?
In the second half of the season, this Seattle defense has been ascending in the right direction. Since Week 9, they have the number 1 rushing defense in the NFL. In their last four games, no opponent has scored over 20 points. In the Week 15 victory over Washington, we saw this secondary play with the physicality that reminded many 12s of the Legion of Boom era.
CB D.J. Reed who has stepped up into the CB2 position played remarkable Sunday. With no Quinton Dunbar and Tre Flowers, Reed stepped up to the challenge. Not only did he have multiple pass breakups, hard tackles and an interception, but he played with confidence. You could see exude confidence as he talked that talk after making a big play on the ball. He reminded me of a young Richard Sherman who let his opponents know that he was the real deal.
CB1 Shaquill Griffin also put an imprint on this game with a great interception. Washington also strayed away from him as they consistently targeted Reed. The future is bright for this secondary. With the return of Dunbar and Flowers near, Reed and Amadi have shown they are viable options and thus, the Seahawks have depth at this position. FS Quandre Diggs, recipient of his first pro bowl honors, also put together a nice game. He is a strong, speedy safety who sees the field well and breaks hard on the ball.
Last but not least, how about SS Jamal Adams? Another game, another sack. This one was impressive too as he showed off his blazing speed in tracking down Haskins behind the line of scrimmage.
With 9.5 sacks on the year, Adams is in his own class and will look to continually add to that total. If the secondary is able to continue this good play with Adams rooming around the box and applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks, this Seahawks team has a great shot in playing in Tampa Bay for the Super Bowl.