Boye Mafe and Devon Witherspoon are studs indeed
Maybe both Mafe and Witherspoon were responsible for those blown coverages. I'm not at all convinced they were, in fact. But even if those scores go against their grades, there's just too much to like in what they did in this game. After all, there are always nine other players on the field for the Seahawks. And very few who can do what these two can.
Whether Mafe should have played contain on the Robinson touchdown, he still had a great game. He now possesses the Seahawks record for consecutive games with a sack at seven. When you break a record set by Michael Sinclair, that's a pretty big deal. In addition to the record-setting sack, he had a quarterback hit, broke up a pass, and had five tackles, one of those for a loss. Mafe was an absolute stud in this game, as he's been all season.
Devon Witherspoon clearly wasn't about to be outdone by his teammate. He blitzed Howell on the first play of the game and batted the pass to the ground. He broke up three passes in all and made five tackles. One of those resulted in the only turnover of the game. The Seahawks were holding on to a 16-12 lead in the third quarter.
On second and five at his own 30, Howell took off running on a designed play. Quandre Diggs and Witherspoon dropped in on him for a quick chat at the 40. After a bit of a disagreement, Spoon ripped the ball loose and Riq Woolen recovered. It's hardly Witherspoon's fault it wasn't the fourth quarter, or surely Seattle would have turned that opportunity into points.