Seattle Seahawks preseason Week 2 offensive and defensive MVPs

The Seahawks defeated the Dallas Cowboys in preseason Week 2.
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Multiple Seattle Seahawks looked impressive in Saturday's 22-14 win against the Dallas Cowboys in preseason Week 2.

Charles Cross showed great technique in pass pro, Jake Bobo also had a great catch early in the game from Geno Smith, and Tre Brown had a 4th quarter interception that helped deliver Seattle the win.

Despite the great plays from multiple players, the MVPs from this week's game may not have had the big "splash" plays, but showed true flashes and should give Seahawk fans optimism heading into the season.

Seattle Seahawks MVPs for preseason Week 2

Defensive MVP - Boye Mafe

If the Seahawks awarded the most improved player in the preseason, without batting an eye, the favorite would be sophomore edge rusher Boye Mafe. What stands out most in his game against the Cowboys was how impressively he was able to utilize his hands. Mafe was able to place his hands into the lineman's chest first all game, letting him use his long frame to keep tackles at bay.

Mafe also displayed a great burst off the edge as well, consistently being the first defensive lineman off the ball. This combined with his terrific hand placement, created great knockback in the run game. When pass-rushing he would also string together rip moves off of his initial engagement with the tackles chest, as he did on his deflection on Cooper Rush late in the first quarter.

Statistics-wise, Mafe had 3 pressures and a batted pass on 14 pass-rushing snaps. No doubt an impressive outing, one good enough to be named this week's defensive MVP.

Offensive MVP - Jaxon Smith-Njigba

It was tempting to give offensive MVP to Charles Cross, who as mentioned earlier, looked really good in pass protection with the exception of the single sack he allowed. But Njigba was able to fend off Cross with his impressive performance Saturday night.

Njigba looked completely comfortable Saturday night and has in general in the few snaps we've seen him play this preseason. He's looked fluid in his route running and has shown consistent hands, hauling in multiple tough catches. One of them included a 48-yard catch that displayed Njigba's ability in yards after the catch before he was stopped at the one-yard line, the catch would set up a one-yard Deejay Dallas touchdown. Njigba would end the game by catching 3 of 3 targets, for 58 yards.

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