Notes from the Nest: Seahawks show their true colors in 30-24 loss

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Last week’s Notes started with a Phew!, but this week the Seahawks are getting a big OOF! The Seattle Seahawks laid an absolute rotten egg on Sunday, a 30-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. That is likely to have a devastating impact on this current team’s outlook.

The score does not do proper justice to how badly Seattle was outplayed. The Seahawks were manhandled by the Panthers, dominated in every facet of the game, and are now preparing for an unstoppable-looking San Francisco 49ers squad to come into Seattle on Thursday. A beatdown of epic proportions looks imminent.

This was a terrible, ugly, saddening loss to say the least. Before we get into all the disappointments and negatives, I do want to get some positive notes in here. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver group is not the problem, and may even be the reason Seattle was remotely competitive in this game.

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The trio of Metcalf, Lockett, and Goodwin combined to catch 15/25 targets with each receiver gaining over 60 yards and a score. Lockett continues to make his push toward being the second-greatest receiver in Seahawks history. His sixth straight game with a touchdown set a franchise record, as he once again wowed us with another beautiful toe-tapping touchdown. So far this year he has been able to avoid major injuries (knock), and it is showing in a career-best performance in 2022.

DK Metcalf got the big payday this year, and while we may never see the dominance he displayed in the first half of the 2020 “Let Russ Cook” season, he’s quietly putting up one of his best seasons of his career. A threat to break 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns again, DK also is within distance of his first-ever 90+ receptions season. During the Russ years, DK never had more than 129 targets in a season. Through 13 games, DK is already at 110. Seeing the Seahawks put the ball in the hands of their two best players has been such a joy to watch this season.

Let’s not forget to give props to Marquise Goodwin. Expected to be nothing more than a training camp body, this speedster has been a pleasant surprise for a team that desperately needed help at the #3 wide receiver position. His 5 receptions for 95 yards and a score were huge in giving Seattle a shot on Sunday. On the year, Goodwin is going to push for over 30 receptions, 500 yards, and 5 scores. Considering how this new-look offense can perform when healthy, it makes me wonder how explosive Seattle could be potentially upgrading this spot, but for now, thank you Goodwin for being awesome this year.