Seattle Seahawks: 5 takeaways from Week 15 victory over Washington
By Jake Luppino
This is why we brought him here
Last year, near the trade deadline, Seattle made a deal with Detroit, acquiring FS Quandre Diggs. This year, John Schneider did it again, by agreeing to a deal with the Bengals, acquiring pro bowl DE Carlos Dunlap. Dunlap has played 6 games with the Seattle Seahawks. In those 6 games, he has 4.5 sacks. In the first 7 games of the season, the Seahawks tallied a total of 12 sacks. In their last 7 games, they have 28 sacks.
Not only are they blitzing more, but they are beginning to win more one on ones. A large part of that is because of Carlos Dunlap. Dunlap brings veteran experience to this line and ever since his arrival, this defensive front has developed chemistry that has clearly been on display in the last month and a half. It is safe to say the Seahawks fixed their defensive line issues. As a result, they are now a serious Super Bowl contender.
Carlos Dunlap, Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams are able to create their own pressure. The offense needs to worry about those three in the blitz game. Wagner is known for coming up the middle, while Adams blitzes in all kinds of directions. Carlos Dunlap wins one on ones, is effective in stunts and most importantly, makes clutch plays.
In Week 11 on Thursday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals, Dunlap closes the door on the game-winning drive for Arizona.
In the win over Washington, at a crucial point of the game, Dunlap delivers another clutch sack.
With the win, Dunlap will now be competing in the playoffs. He sure is happy to be in Seattle and Seattle sure is happy to have him on the team.