The Seahawks didn’t exactly play their best game in Sunday’s loss to the Titans. That description does not apply to the amazing future Hall of Famer and human tackling machine, Bobby Wagner.
Sadly, dear 12s, the Seahawks played far from a complete game in their home opener. For the first three quarters of the game, there was no shortage of MVP candidates. Russell Wilson was his usual phenomenal self. Heading into the fourth stanza, Tyler Lockett already had six catches for 144 yards and another spectacular touchdown.
But after the equally spectacular 68-yard touchdown to Freddie Swain to start the fourth quarter, the Seahawks offense went dormant. The one player that was revved up and maxed out for the entire contest was Seattle’s All-World middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Seriously – 20 tackles? What did the man do, teleport?
Bobby Wagner showed his greatness for Seahawks again in week 2
Wagner was on the field for all of the Seahawks 88 defensive snaps, and another eight on special teams. The entire Hawks defensive backfield played every snap, in fact, but no one came through like Bobby Wagner. B-Wags forced Tennessee’s first three-and-out, then another with his huge sack of Ryan Tannehill. The Titans had third down at the Seahawks five-yard line, but Wagner streaked untouched into Tannehill, forcing Tennessee to settle for a field goal.
Half of number 54’s remarkable 20 tackles were either assists or one-on-one versus last year’s rushing champ, Derrick Henry. Speaking of solo tackles, Bobby Wagner made 16 one-on-one drops, easily a record for him. His 20 combined tackles also beat his previous mark of 19, set in 2019 against the Saints.
By the way, that was another Seahawks loss. Just because your middle linebacker is the best in the game and can make 20 tackles, doesn’t mean he should have to. Quandre Diggs was the only other player in double digits, with 10. No one else had more than five solo tackles. We salute the amazing MVP performance of Bobby Wagner, but not even he can do it alone.