Three Studs and Duds from the Seahawks Week 2 victory over the Lions

Seattle moved to 1-1 in the 2023 season with a victory over Detroit. Here are some guys who stood out for Seattle.
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Yes, Geno Smith was one of the studs of the Seahawks overtime win

Speaking of Geno Smith, he was much more of a stud than a dud. Despite the utter incompetence, arrogance, and stupidity of the officiating crew, Smith kept his head in the game. On second and 20, Smith scrambled for 15 yards. Yeah, I know, he made some good runs. He would have picked up the first down on the next play, but an illegal formation negated the play. Geno said, that's cool, and hit Tyler Lockett for 12 yards and the first down. Yes, I'm projecting there, but it's abundantly clear that Smith was not rattled one bit by the obstacles thrown his way. Two plays later, and he found Lockett again, this time at the back of the end zone for six points.

Yes, Smith lost his mind a bit on that insane scramble that lost 17 yards, but he was clearly trying to make something happen, rather than just panicking. It was a bad decision, but it was exactly that, a decision. His decision-making skills were unparalleled in the overtime period. Smith was so cool, he was playing at sub-zero temperatures on the Seahawks final drive. He hit six of seven passes, launching strike after strike. Yeah, I'll take a quarterback who hits 78 percent of his throws with two scores and zero turnovers, thanks.

Before I move on to the two stars of this game - yes, there were two players who came up even bigger than Smith - I have to talk about two players that were roundly criticized last week. I know, becuase I was one of the many voices complaining about the poor play of tackles Stone Forsythe and Jake Curhan. Smith made a point of thanking them both after the game for giving him a clean pocket. Yes, he got hurried a few times, so it wasn't a perfect performance by any means. But it was a vast improvement over week one, when it looked like the Hawks line was in for a disastrous season without Charles Cross and Abe Lucas.