Studs and duds from the Seattle Seahawks Week 10 last-second win over the Commanders

Studs come in all sizes on this Seahawks team.
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The Seahawks ran the ball with a pair of studs

I posted another article prior to the game, basically begging Seattle to turn Kenneth Walker III loose. Nope, not saying I called for Walker to turn a one-yard dump over the middle into a 64-yard screamer of a touchdown. I did write that the Seahawks coaching staff needed to stop saying after another loss, "We needed to run the ball more". I suggested that instead, perhaps they might actually pay attention during the game to ensure that, as a matter of fact, they ran the ball enough.

Happily, that happened in the win over the Commanders. No, Walker didn't have a huge game on the ground. But adding his 19 carries for 63 yards to Zach Charbonnet's 6 for 44 put the Hawks over 20 carries and over 100 yards rushing. As I wrote, it doesn't matter if it's number 9 or number 26 toting the rock. Charbonnet is so good that he's interchangeable with Walker in terms of production. The Hawks have won nearly every game in which K-9 has carried the ball 20 times or more in his career. More importantly, they're 5-0 this year when the team has over 100 yards rushing. One would think that the coaching staff might notice little things like this.

As for Walker, he might not have been spectacular in the running game, but each of those runs brought the Commanders in a little closer to the line of scrimmage to try to contain him. Think it's a coincidence that Geno Smith set a career record for yardage? I think not. As for spectacular plays, K-9 ran wild indeed on that little checkdown he caught about half a foot past the line of scrimmage. There was no mistaking the wicked block Jake Bobo threw to clear a path for Walker, or the block that Lockett made to keep the final defender off Walker. In Tyler's case, it was more of a, "you gotta shove me to get to him", which is exactly what happened. But one block's as good as another when they both get you to the end zone.