Seahawks week one MVP: Uchenna Nwosu turns up the heat

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Seahawks Week 1 MVP

Of course, I’m talking about Uchenna Nwosu. Yeah, the title of the article is a bit of a spoiler, isn’t it? Nwosu seems to be about the only new player who didn’t come to Seattle as a result of the Wilson trade. He was expected to have a major impact when the Hawks signed him in March, but I doubt anyone expected he would play such a huge role in week one. Nwosu tied for third on the Hawks with seven tackles, three of them solo. He had two quarterback hits, a sack, and even broke up a pass.

Uchenna Nwosu earned the MVP with the biggest plays of the game. Both his sack and his pass defense came on Denver’s first series of the second quarter. The Broncos kicked a field goal on their first possession and were about to cross into Seahawks territory. Nwosu’s sack set them back to second and 17. He broke up a pass intended for the tight end on third down, and Denver had to punt. Seattle went ahead 10-3 on their ensuing drive.

That series was great, but Nwosu earned the big bucks with what was quite likely the play of the game. I mean, other than the incredibly stupid decision to take the ball out of Russell Wilson’s hands. You know the play, 12s. Third and goal at the Hawks one-yard line. Broncos back Davonte Williams goes up the middle but is crushed by the Seahawks. Our man Nwosu slams the ball loose, and Mike Jackson gets his second fumble recovery of the game.

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There were a lot of Seahawks that could have earned the game MVP. As Geno Smith said after the game, it was a team win. He was almost flawless in the first half. Cody Barton and Jordyn Brooks were each in double digits in tackles. Tight ends Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson became invisible on their touchdown catches. I mean, were there any Broncos defenders with 20 yards of those guys? But for me, Uchenna Nwosu was the standout player and my MVP of week one.