Seattle Seahawks Week 2: The good news and the bad news

Sing it with me along with the sounds of Led Zeppelin, "Good times/bad times/But at least the Seahawks won."
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Let's talk about that Seahawks offense

The Hawks struggled to finish in the first half, much as they did last week versus the Rams. But as John Boyle wrote on, they came through with the big finish Sunday. There wasn't a lot of running room, but Kenneth Walker did run for two scores. He only had 43 yards on 17 carries, but as the announcers said during the game, he probably actually ran 200 yards, as he had to make two or three cuts on virtually every play to avoid a loss. Zach Charbonnet looked decent, as he spelled Walker for four carries. They might not have piled up many yards, but they did help keep the Lions from just selling out on the pass rush on every play.

Which leads me to this good news: Geno Smith was able to stay on his feet for almost the entire game. The line gave up one QB hit, and while there was one sack, that was entirely on Geno. Smith made the most of his chances, too, completing 32 of 41 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. That's a 78 percent completion rate with zero turnovers. And people still hate on this guy.

The coaching staff deserves some love too. After forgetting that they had a star running back last week, the Hawks actually ran the ball in the second half of this game. Seattle handed the ball off nine times in the second half alone. They also got the tight ends much more involved in the passing game. Noah Fant had four catches after seeing none in week one. Will Dissly had three catches and Colby Parkinson added a pair. The distribution was much better than week one, when the TE group had just three catches. Great job, guys.

Oh, I almost forgot the last bit of good news: Tyler Lockett plays for the Seahawks. We've been spoiled, 12s. We've come to expect the man to make great catches and score on ridiculous plays every week. And after all, it's his fault, because that's usually what he does. Whether he's at the back of the end zone or reaching to break the plane as he is pushed out of bounds, Tyler Lockett is the one to call when you need to secure that valuable end zone property.

As Dave Birkett wrote for The Detroit Free Press, the Seahawks are the Lions kryptonite. These games are nail-biters, that's for sure. These last two games against Detroit have probably taken thousands of years off the lifespan of the 12s. But considering the alternative - nail-biting losses - I think we can all be happy with more good news than bad this week.

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