4 winners and losers from Seattle Seahawks victory over Cardinals in Week 7

Seattle is now 4-2 in the 2023 but with a tough stretch of games forthcoming.
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Winner No. 2 - Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Like Bobo, Jaxon Smith-Njigba also had the best game of his very early NFL career. Maybe because of DK Metcalf, Smith-Njigba hasn't had the best routes to run yet. He was used more, it seemed, as a check-down receiver and he caught several short passes on third-and-longs that had little chance of picking up a first down. So while some point out that Smith-Njigba simply hasn't gotten many targets - he was third on the team in targets before Week 7, this is untrue. It's how he has been used instead of the amount of times he has gotten the ball.

In fact, it's a bit odd when looking at Smith-Njigba's week-by-week numbers. He has three games with 4 or more receptions - the same number as DK Metcalf - and five games with 5 or more targets. But when a receiver is just catching the ball in the flat all the time, he's unlikely to gain many yards. But with no Metcalf, Smith-Njigba was used more downfield.

This was especially true on Smith-Njigba's 28-yard touchdown catch in Week 7. Hopefully, Smith-Njigba will have a ton of touchdown receptions in his career with Seattle, but his one against the Cardinals was the first of his career. He also managed to get himself wide open on the play, something we saw quite a bit of in the preseason before he was injured.

Smith-Njigba had a season-high 63 yards receiving (which led the team) and a season-high 15.8 yards a catch. He was also targeted 7 times, another season-high. Of course, once Metcalf returns, hopefully Seattle will keep using Smith-Njigba is the same kind of routes he ran in Week 7. Otherwise, he will simply revert back to the same kind of underwhelming production he had prior to Sunday's game.