For Pete's Sake: 5 observations from the Seahawks' Christmas win for the 12s

  • The receivers come alive!
  • Run defense is still soft
  • Defensive line comes up big when it mattered most
Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titans
Seattle Seahawks v Tennessee Titans / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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When looking at this game before Sunday, there wasn't necessarily a clear winner and loser, but momentum seemed to be on the Seattle Seahawks side. They had just beaten the Eagles in an exciting upset and looked like they could add another just one week later.

The Titans' future seemed a bit more uncertain, as rookie quarterback Will Levis had brought some excitement to the team since he took over under center earlier in the season for Ryan Tannehill but was sidelined for this game due to an ankle injury. Historically, a starting quarterback being benched for a younger player never sat well with the veteran, and when given the opportunity again, they did all they could to prove why they deserved to be the QB1 again.

That could've been added motivation for Tannehill on Sunday, but his performance didn't do much to change Mike Vrabel's mind. Most of that can be attributed to the Seahawk's constant pressure from the defensive line, making the quarterback's job much more difficult, which was a nice change of pace after Jalen Hurts left last week's game without being touched with a fingertip.

Fortunately, the Seahawks knew the assignment and successfully continued their exciting winning streak by taking it down to the wire and leaving Tennessee with a record-breaking victory.

It was the Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and Jaxon Smith-Njigba show

Although Geno Smith and Drew Lock have been able to utilize most of their pass catchers this season in every game, it seems like one receiver is the dominant one leading the game, and that changes week to week.

That changed on Sunday, as Lockett, Metcalf, and Smith-Njigba were heavily involved with the game plan and stepped up to the plate when needed. Altogether, they recorded 198 of the 227 receiving yards, plus a nice touchdown from Metcalf. It was very much a collaborative effort that may not have gone the same way had one of them made even the slightest mistake.

It goes to show how well put together the offensive skill positions have been, having three reliable and game-changing receivers for the quarterbacks to play with and soon for the team to build around.

Hopefully, that type of production will continue over the last two games of the season, as both look like they could be wins for Seattle and help their postseason chances even more.