The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Green Bay Packers 19-15 in Seattle's final preseason game of 2023. Very few starters for the Seahawks played on offense, while Green Bay played a lot of their starters to begin the game. So that the game wasn't a blowout seems OK.
Among the players I was hoping would standout, Levi Bell had a tackle for loss but didn't do anything in terms of a sustained pass rush. That's his strength. Nose tackle Matt Gotel had a solid game, but mostly against backups. Still, he's massive enough to potentially make the team as a backup nose guard. He just barely missed making the list that follows.
I don't have Easop Winston, Jr. on this list even though he had a good game. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that all of his real production came in the second half against the Packers' backups to backups. Also, he made a horrendous decision on a punt to run for the ball inside his own five-yard and then make a fair catch on the ball instead of letting it bounce into the end zone. That was ugly.
Seahawks winner No. 1 - Receiver Jake Bobo
With Jaxon Smith-Njigba out most likely for Week 1 after suffering a broken wrist in preseason Week 2, Jake Bobo surprisingly is most likely WR3 for the Seahawks entering when the real games begin. Honestly, I am not sure if that is good or bad. Don't get me wrong. Like everyone else in the Seahawks-verse, I would like a bit more Bobo. But he also hasn't proven he can do anything consistently against first-team defenders.
Still, Bobo just seems to make plays every single week. Against the Packers in the first half, he caught a beautifully thrown pass from Drew Lock after Bobo ran an excellent route for a touchdown. Bobo doesn't seem to even bobble passes and that's key. NFL teams care about whether a receiver can get open and then whether they can corral the ball thrown toward them. Bobo seems to be able to do both.
What we don't know is how well Bobo will play off of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and how much he will actually help take pressure off of Lockett and Metcalf in real games. With Smith-Njigba we can assume opposing defenses will focus on him a little and leave Metcalf and Lockett with the occasional one-on-one coverage. Opposing defenses aren't going t be a scared of Bobo. Of course, that might help the Seahawks and Bobo as he is sneaky productive.