On Halloween Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks snapped their three-game losing streak. In what was their first home win of the 2021 season, the Seahawks put together an excellent performance in a much-needed win.
Shockingly, the Seattle Seahawks opened the gates quite aggressively on the offensive end. Combined with another impressive defensive performance, Seattle was able to slam the down shut on a potential upset in Week 8. After a disappointing three-week stretch, it felt good to see Seattle get back in the win column.
Over the course of the last three and a half weeks without Russell Wilson, the locker room has really stuck together. The belief in one another has never wavered and that has played a crucial role in Seattle sitting with some sort of hope as they enter their Week 9 bye week.
Here are three takeaways from a commanding Seahawks Week 8 win.
3 takeaways from Seahawks Week 8 win versus Jaguars
During life without Russell Wilson, the struggles for this Seattle Seahawks team have stemmed from offensive issues. Whether it be poor pass protection, lack of run game, inconsistent play calling or all of those things combined, many feel Seattle could have beat the Steelers and Saints if the offense was able to produce more.
While Geno Smith did deserve some criticism for those issues, it is also important to acknowledge that 12s should have expected his rhythm and timing to be off with the starters. After beating the Jaguars, Geno Smith touched upon the extra work between him and Tyler Lockett after practices. He attributed Lockett’s big game — 12 receptions, 142 yards — to that preparation.
Throughout the first half, Geno just seemed to be in real control of everything. He was no longer hesitating in the pocket, constantly pump faking. He was dropping back and going through his reads with confidence. He started off the game completing 14 of his first 14, breaking Aaron Rodgers record of most completed passes in 2021 (12).
Offensive coordinator Shane Waldron also deserves a ton of credit for the game plan. Going up against a struggling Jaguars secondary, the Seahawks went to the play-action game early and often. Truly, the run game wasn’t that much of a factor in this one. Seattle was able to grow upon their lead by getting the ball into the hands of their playmakers.