4 Down Territory: Seattle Seahawks win Battle of the Birds in Week 7

  • Rookies stepped up
  • Defense is alive!
  • Spoon should have had better stats
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2nd Down: The rookies stepped up on offense 

With the offense missing multiple starters, including star wideout DK Metcalf, a lot was going to be asked of rookies Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jake Bobo, and Olu Oluwatimi, and they absolutely delivered.

Evan Brown, who missed Sunday's game, has been a pro bowl caliber center this season, and the Seahawks didn't miss a beat as Olu quarterbacked the offensive line. The 20 points scored don't tell the whole story, as Seattle was in a position to put quite a few more points on the board if not for some mistakes and turnovers. It's good to know Seattle has two quality starting centers going forward.

Preseason stars Jake Bobo and JSN both had their best games in the NFL, with JSN hauling in 4 catches for 63 yards and his first career touchdown, while Bobo also had 4 catches for 61 yards and one of the best toe-dragging touchdowns you'll see all year. Bobo also ranks as the third-best player in the NFL in run blocking, according to PFF (subscription required). That's not receivers, that's all players.

It was great to see JSN flex and Bobo continue to break out. The value of finding good role players in the UDFA market can't be understated (Seahawks fans know Doug Baldwin). Dee Eskridge has completed his suspension, and to be honest, I'm not sure what his future looks like in Seattle. It feels like Seattle has the perfect quartet at the position right now, so Eskridge will need to earn his place.