The Seahawks offense saw good news powered by a pair of rookies
I think we all knew Jake Bobo was good, right? And we expected that Jaxon Smith-Njigba would eventually hit his stride. But there's nothing like the satisfaction of seeing a pair of rookies play like rock-solid NFL veterans in a tight divisional contest. As John Boyle noted for seahawks.com, it was the first time that the Seahawks have had a pair of rookie receivers score in the same game. Think about that for a moment, 12s. Granted, the Hawks haven't been around since the Stone Age like the Packers or Bears, but 47 years is a pretty nice stretch. We are entering a new age for this franchise, and frankly, it feels pretty darn good.
JSN led the Seahawks with four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown, although Bobo was right behind him with 61 yards of his own. Smith-Njigba could have had an even better day though, as he dropped two of his seven targets. He didn't fair well on contested catches either, at least not according to PFF, which had him going 0-2 on the day. Moving back to the good news, he did force a missed tackle after one catch, the only Hawks receiver to do so. And speaking of good news, you know you want more Bobo. Yes, he's a fine receiver, but let's not lose sight of the fact that he has the third-highest blocking grade in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Not just on the Hawks, not just among receivers, but among all players in the league. There are two guards rated ahead of him, and then there's Jake Bobo. Oh, and he does stuff like this, too:
It's pretty hard to compete with that, but Kenneth Walker III brought his lunch pail to work, too. All he did was carry the running game completely on his back. He smashed and slashed his way to 105 yards on 26 carries. While he didn't score, he did move the chains four times and forced seven missed tackles by the Cardinals. In a game that saw the Seattle offense implode a few times, Walker was one of the key drivers for the team. With just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Hawks were nursing a seven-point lead. K-9 got the ball six times on the eight-play drive and picked up 20 of the 25 yards Seattle gained. Jason Myers kicked a 48-yarder to ice the game. All that was left was the last-gasp drive for Arizona that turned into a sack party for Seattle. That wouldn't have happened without Walker.