Two truths and a lie from Seattle Seahawks wretchedly close loss in Week 13

  • Culture is fine
  • The defense is...?
  • No issues with QB1

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Truth No. 2 - No argument about QB1 in Seattle

Was Geno Smith perfect in Week 13? No. But can anyone logically argue that Drew Lock would have been an upgrade over Smith? They shouldn't try. Smith threw one interception but that was also a really good play by DaRon Bland where he cut off a pass intended for Tyler Lockett and was simply a lot more physical than Lockett. But Smith threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for another. He was 23 of 41 for 334 yards and a quarterback rating of 97.

His numbers might have been even better had Lockett not dropped a pass in the fourth quarter that would have been a sure first down and 20-yard gain. DK Metcalf, who overall had a great game with 6 catches on 8 targets for 3 TDs and 134 yards, also dropped a slant pass that seemed as if he could have held on to the ball he might have run to the end zone. Smith could have thrown a better pass to Noah Fant for a first down on Seattle's final futile drive, but two or three bad throws over the course of an otherwise good game is just being nitpicky.

Smith also moved around well in the pocket and was not sacked even though he was often under pressure. The Cowboys were credited with one sack, but that was against DeeJay Dallas who was attempting to throw the ball on a trick play.

Some of Smith's throws were just perfect dimes like the one above. He played well enough, even though the offense broke down a bit in the fourth quarter which was as much about play-calling and adjustments made by the Cowboys than what Smith was doing, to lead the Seahawks to a victory. The hope is he keeps playing as well as he did against the Cowboys the rest of the year and maybe Seattle can steal a game or two.

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