The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West on Sunday with a victory over the Rams.
The Seahawks are 2020 NFC West champions after defeating the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Seattle will now be no worse than the third seed in the NFC playoffs and get at least one home game in the playoffs. Here are three thoughts from Sunday’s win.
The defense has gone from awful to Super Bowl-caliber
The Seahawks defense was once the worst in the NFL. They were by far worst in total yards allowed and passing yards given up. While not overall statistically great, Seattle has moved up to 23rd in yards allowed per game and are 7th in the NFL in sacks with 43. Seattle has the 9th-best QBR-allowed at 89.7.
My point is that forget what we saw early in the year. This is a different defense with better and healthier personnel. D.J. Reed has been a find. Carlos Dunlap was a fantastic mid-season addition. This defense is good now. Really good.
Russell Wilson might be just as good if he cooks less
Russell Wilson did not have a turnover, the first time since week 12 he hasn’t thrown an interception. In the second half, he was 10 for 13 for 141 yards and a touchdown. Wilson did throw a deep sideline pass to David Moore but was otherwise fairly conservative and just what Seattle needed.
If Wilson feels like he doesn’t have to do too much and can rely on the defense and the running game to help win games, Wilson, like every quarterback, is better. And a toned-down Wilson is good enough to lead Seattle to a Super Bowl.
The kids are alright
The Seahawks appear to have drafted well in 2020. Defensive end Alton Robinson seems to keep making plays in limited snaps. Robinson has played on just 29 percent of the Seahawks defensive snaps this season but has 4 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. By the way, those 4 sacks would have tied for the team lead in 2019.
Jordyn Brooks played just 28 snaps on Sunday (37 percent of Seattle’s defensive snaps) and had 7 solo tackles. This means on a quarter of each snap he played he tackled someone. That’s great production. Brooks’ pace if he had played all 75 snaps would have been to have 19 tackles.
And Freddie Swain returned two kicks for an average of 27 yards.