A sign of a good team is one that can find different ways of winning football games. Through the first three games of the season, especially in the two Seattle Seahawks victories, it felt they were riding the strong offensive efforts. While the defense showed signs of improvement, especially in the run game, they did just enough to help Seattle secure victory.
However, on Monday Night Football in Week 4 against the New York Giants, this defense had its coming out party. Granted, the Giants were dealing with a handful of its on the offensive side, most notably, missing three starting offensive linemen. But, the Seahawks took advantage of the situation and were able to apply substantial pressure on Jones.
In fact, the Seahawks really won this football game riding the coat tails of this record tying defensive performance. Finishing with 11 sacks and forcing 3 turnovers, not many are discussing the lackluster performance by Seattle's offense. The tide of the game truly turned when one young player introduced himself to the national audience.
Turning point in Seattle Seahawks Week 4 victory
Despite never trailing in the game, it felt as if the Seahawks missed out on early opportunities to really run away with this game early on. Actually, in the second half after failing on back-to-back offensive opportunities, the Seahawks opened up the door for a potential Giants comeback. In what looked like was going to be a scoring possession at the end of the third quarter to make it either a 3, 5, or 8-point game, Devon Witherspoon introduced himself to the world.
What seemed to be a miscommunication between Daniel Jones and Paris Campbell turned into a 97 yard interception return for a touchdown that ultimately put the dagger in this game. Rookie CB Devon Witherspoon was all over the place throughout this game. He was used as a blitzer, made secure tackles in zone coverage and locked up when called upon in man coverage.
Ever since making his debut in Week 2 against Detroit, he's shown why Seattle made the right decision in selecting him at number 5 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. His interception last night took this Seahawks team out of a precarious position. To start off the second half, the Seahawks got stopped on 4th down and then, Jason Meyers had missed a 53-yard field goal.
Sometimes, that's all it takes for Uncle Mo to switch sides. We saw it happen on Sunday Night when the Chiefs offensive penalty resulted in a safety. It gave the Jets new life and almost rallied them to a comeback victory. While it was played in the same stadium, the momentum shifting plays did not have same result.
The Seattle Seahawks defense continually found ways to rise to the occasion and help secure the team's third straight victory as they enter their bye week. The good news, this team is young and hasn't evolved into the best version of themselves.