The Seahawks beat the Lions to even their record at 2-2. All wins are team wins, but this was absolutely a huge win for Geno Smith.
It’s part of sports culture to doubt. 12s are definitely among the most positive fanbases, to be sure. But there were plenty of people who questioned the Seahawks decision to move on from Russell Wilson this season.
A lot more thought the Hawks needed to draft a quarterback this year. Many called for a veteran to come in, like Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garapollo. Through it all, Pete Carroll said Geno Smith was his guy. We saw why on Sunday versus the Lions.
Okay, that isn’t entirely fair to the Hawks quarterback. We’ve seen him play well in every game this season. Yes, dear 12s, I know Seattle’s offense didn’t score against San Francisco. But was that on Geno Smith or the coaches? Was Smith the reason Rashaad Penny only had six carries against the Niners? Did Geno commit 10 penalties, and miss what seemed to be dozens of tackles? No, he wasn’t great, but the Hawks were riddled with terrible performances in that game.
Geno Smith proves he’s a winner for the Seahawks
When your worst game is 24-30 with no touchdowns and one pick, you’re doing okay. Joe Burrow, author of four interceptions in week one, would take that. So would Jimmy G, with his sparkling 10-19 performance in week three that included a fumble, a pick, and safety in a one-point loss. But enough of the worst we’ve seen.
Just recently, we (along with virtually the entire planet) called out the Seahawks for not trusting their own players. Less than two weeks ago, I wrote that Seattle needed to run the ball more. They finally did, and we’ll touch on that in another article. But the running game and the passing game go hand in hand. As many have noted, the Hawks had to trust Geno Smith to air it out. Without the threat of the deep ball, teams could stack against the run.
Granted, the Lions have one of the worst defenses in the league. But when you roll up 555 yards of offense, you’re doing something right. Smith himself was masterful. He completed 23 of 30 passes, which actually lowered his completion percentage on the year. Those connections resulted in 320 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards and another score.
Now, I don’t know about you, 12s, but I am loving this. I love that the Seahawks look like they finally trust their players to perform. I love that Geno Smith is proving all the doubters wrong, and has since week one. Most of all, I love that he’s calling ’em back on the field, with every game.