The Seahawks played one of their most complete games of the season in their win over the Chargers. Make no mistake, though. The critical victory was powered by Kenneth Walker III.
I’d say most 12s would agree that the Seahawks week seven defeat of the Chargers was their best overall performance of the year. Pretty much everybody was clicking Sunday. The defense was beyond solid. Yeah, they gave up three touchdowns, but LAC was a top-ten offense coming into this game. Seattle held them to their third-lowest points of the year. It was especially great to see the Hawks hold their opponents to just 53 yards on the ground. 22 of those were from QB Justin Hebert, so their running backs got virtually nothing running the ball.
I have to point out that in any given week, the Seahawks resurgent quarterback Geno Smith would be perfectly fitting as the game MVP. The win over the Chargers was no different. As Jake Luppino wrote in his analysis of another zen master performance, Smith was supremely confident in not just his own abilities, but in those of his teammates. Despite that, the hero of this game for me was rookie star Kenneth Walker III.
Kenneth Walker III is just the latest Seahawks rookie sensation
Do you like highlights? Of course you! Walker gave us no shortage of highlights with his stunning performance in Los Angeles. Go ahead, watch him again right here. Watch him destroy the Chargers again and again. Take your time; I’ll wait. No, really, go ahead. I’m watching him slash through the Chargers again myself. Man, that’s pretty.
Okay, back to the game and the man called Kenneth Walker III. Yes, we know he goes by Ken, but I’ll be honest and tell you that since search engines prefer Kenneth, that’s what I’m going with here. I mean, he could legally change his name to Ken, but something like Destroyer of Defenses would be far more fitting.
All Walker did against the Chargers was rip off 167 yards on 23 carries. Ah, I remember the days when the Seahawks lamented they didn’t run the ball enough. Surprise, they only had themselves to blame for running the ball just 56 times in their first three games. The Hawks have topped 30 carries in three games this year. They won them all. Hmmm…could there be some correlation there? The answer is yes.
There is definitely a correlation between getting the ball in the hands of Kenneth Walker III and victory. Now, I don’t usually do this, as I’ve made more than my share of egregious errors in judgment. As in, I predicted that Eddie Lacy would be good for the Seahawks. I also said that Russell Wilson would still be in Seattle this season. Thank goodness I was wrong on that one! However, I feel compelled to repeat that the criticism of the Seahawks second-round selection of Kenneth Walker III was absolutely short-sighted and mind-numbing. His week 7 MVP performance was amazing, but number 9 is just getting started.