The Seattle Seahawks finally blew up in a good way with 51 points against the Lions. Yes, Russ, DK, and Rashaad were great. But none of it would have happened without center Ethan Pocic leading the way.
If you had told me even a few weeks ago that the Seahawks would score over 35 points, I would have laughed. Sadly. If you had said they’d break 50, I’d recommend you see a qualified mental health professional. Probably the same one I need to deal with the depression of this season. But thanks in large part to Ethan Pocic – yes, that seems as unlikely as the 51 point explosion – the Hawks offense came to glorious life.
Keep in mind that Seattle had the ball at the Detroit one-yard line with two minutes to go, and Russ took a knee twice. This could have easily been a 58-point game, which would have tied the Seahawks Dec 9, 2012 win over the Cardinals. Frankly, I’m perfectly fine with the record staying in place against the Desert Chickens. There’s a lot to be happy about without the record.
Ethan Pocic keyed the huge Seahawks offensive eruption
Pro Football Focus gave Pocic the highest grade of any Seahawks lineman, at 76.0. That’s hardly in the stratosphere of D.J. Reed’s grade of 92.2 or Colby Parkinson’s 93.3, but Pocic was the key to the Hawks 51 points. Don’t believe PFF if you don’t want to, but would you believe Bob Condotta?
Yes, of course, you would; you don’t need to see a mental health professional. Check this interesting little tidbit from Mr. Condotta’s report card for the Seahawks win over the Lions. In grading the offensive line an “A”, the Seattle Times reporter added, “Wilson also credited center Ethan Pocic with his presnap setting of blocking assignments and sniffing out pressures.”
Russ was pressured just three times and was sacked once. Seahawks not named Rashaad Penny gained 95 yards on the day. He only had 170 yards himself, as you know. Overall, I’d say that was a pretty good day at the office for the offensive line. As the guy who calls out adjustments for the blocking scheme, I’d say Ethan Pocic more than earned the MVP of the game.