For Pete’s sake: Three Seahawks that drove the Week 13 win

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Seahawks QB Geno Smith
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Geno Smith authors his signature Seahawks game

So, we’ve talked about tight ends performing nearly flawlessly, Tyler Lockett adding to his Hall of Fame resume, and DK Metcalf turning in another great performance. You know, all of a sudden it occurred to me that – hey! – somebody must have been getting the ball out there to all those guys! And whaddya know, it was that Geno Smith guy again.

Geno Smith is no stranger to success. Well, not this season, he isn’t. Am I surprised at how successful he’s been? Listen, if we’re being honest, everyone outside of the Seahawks organization is surprised. That’s what makes his story all the sweeter. That, and his absolutely perfect attitude about it all. He continued to write back to the doubters with a signature performance vs the Rams.

Was Smith perfect? As much as I’d like to say that’s true, no, he wasn’t. He fumbled on one of the four sacks and eight QB hits the Rams laid on him. He was also intercepted by Bobby Wagner on a  play that should have been ruled an incompletion. It was still a brilliant play by Wagner, but at best he broke up a pass, at worst (for the Hawks) he forced and recovered a fumble. But since it was BWagz and Seattle won, I can’t get too crazy about it.

But other than that Smith was brilliant, again. The few remaining critics of his game would trot out that Geno can’t get it done in crunch time. Ahem: 10 plays, 75 yards, 2:20 for the win with 36 seconds to spare sounds like a winner to me. As he has all season long, when things go south for him or the team, Geno Smith picks himself off the turf and goes back to work. His 367 yards passing was a new personal record, while his three touchdown passes matched his career high.

Since we’re tossing numbers around, this was Smith’s sixth straight game with a passer rating over 100 and his ninth of the season. Remember, he did that with current fourth-string RB Tony Jones in the game for 23 snaps. No knock on Jones, but there’s a reason Penny, Walker, Dallas, and Homer were ahead of him on the depth chart.

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Sometimes in life, you get happy little surprises, like an extra chicken nugget in your lunch. You shouldn’t be eating those, by the way; all those nasty transfats and hydrogenated oils. Sometimes you get those surprises in football, like a fifth-round draft pick setting a Hawks rookie record for interceptions with five games to go. We see you, Tariq, even if opposing quarterbacks don’t. But in this game, the stars were exactly who we expected. Lockett, Metcalf, and Smith won the game for the Seahawks. What more could you want, for Pete’s sake?