Super fun win on Sunday at CenturyLink, as the Seahawks and 49ers were the first teams in NFL history to combine for a 43-16 score. The Seahawks were favored by double-digits and this was one of those kinds of games where far too often you see us play down to the level of our competition and eke out an ugly win by 3 points, followed by everyone talking about how it doesn’t matter how pretty it was as long as a win is a win is a win is a blah blah blah. Not this time. After some predictable early-game struggles, we eventually went up 20-0 and didn’t look back.
What I’m Geeked Out About After Twelve Games
Russell Wilson, one more time. 11/17 for only 185 yards, but a whopping 4 TDs against 0 INTs. Check out this season through three quarters: 2,716 yards (on pace for around 3,621), 8.33 yards per attempt (a career high by a fraction of a yard), 29 TDs (already his third-most in a season), 5 INTs, and a 115.5 passer rating (which would easily be a career high if he can keep it up). There’s raw passing numbers, and there’s efficiency, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy who’s more efficient, either this season or over the course of a career.
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Good Way)
You can’t do what he’s doing without the offensive line playing the way they’ve been playing. We’ve always said, “If Russell Wilson ever had time in the pocket, he’d be among the best in the game,” and this year is living proof. There were a few too many penalties for my liking (some legit, some REALLY ticky-tack), but otherwise Wilson had a clean pocket most of the day, and when he was heavily pressured (like on that one ugly sack near the 49ers goalline), I would argue the receivers or running backs let him down by missing assignments.
The proof is also in the pudding in the run game. A week after Carolina brought us down to Earth a little bit, we had a quietly explosive game against a pretty solid 49ers run defense: 168 yards on 29 carries (5.8 per attempt) and a TD. Carson led the way with 69 (nice), but Penny had 65 of his own (including a nifty 20-yard TD scamper) on nearly half the attempts.
Defensively, I mean, Bobby Wagner should probably be the MVP of this one: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 2 passes defended, 1 simultaneous forced fumble/fumble recovery, and a 98-yard interception returned for a touchdown (the longest in franchise history … LOB WHO MOTHERFUCKERS???). Best Middle Linebacker In Football Hands Down No Questions Asked Thank U Next.
Elsewhere, Justin Coleman had a monster game with 10 tackles and half a sack. Austin Calitro was all over the place in the stead of K.J. Wright. Poona Ford was a load in the middle. Frank Clark was in Nick Mullens’ pocket all day. For a unit that ended up giving up 452 yards of offense (mostly in garbage time), that was a helluva game. I mean, largely due to their ineptitude, the 49ers ran 74 plays to Seattle’s 49, so the Seahawks’ defense had to contend with a modest time imbalance. A lot of heart on that side of the ball to hold them to just 16 points.
Getting back to the offense, kudos to Jaron Brown for his 2 TDs. Tyler Lockett had a 52-yard score and a massive kickoff return to start the third quarter (which immediately preceeded Penny’s touchdown). And Doug Baldwin even got in on the action with a 1-yard score. Fantastic all-around day by these guys.
Let’s Talk About Competitions
The youth is really starting to stand out, and it’s a good sign of things to come. The Seahawks should have plenty of money to spread around this offseason, and they’ll have a lot of fun decisions to make. Frank Clark needs to be extended; that has to be Priority #1. I would argue Jarran Reed is Priority #2. I think the aforementioned Calitro could be a great fit to slide into K.J.’s role alongside Wagner. I do ultimately think the Seahawks will look at the secondary in this year’s draft, but it’s nice to see Thompson and Hill making strides as the season has progressed. We talk all the time about Griffin and Flowers – and rightly so – but it’s nice to see the depth in this secondary start to approach prior glories. It’ll never be as good as it was, but to come close is something special.
On the flipside, how smart was that decision to extend Lockett when we did? Between him, getting Doug healthy again next year, with David Moore and Jaron Brown rounding out the group, we’re set at wide receiver. We’re also set at running back with Carson as the lead dog and the emergence of Penny as a change-of-pace threat to break it at any time. That speed and explosiveness is what we expected all along from the first rounder, so it’s nice to see it finally showing up in games.
There’s a lot of quality youth on this team. If we can just keep the offensive line intact, 2019 could really be something special, assuming we can fill in some of the holes with free agency.
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Bad Way)
Obviously not a great day by the kicker. Gladly, it didn’t come close to affecting the outcome; let’s just hope this is a random anomaly and he got all his bad kicks out in a laugher.
Ultimately, it looks like Carson’s finger injury won’t matter too much (though, you hate to see a guy prone to fumbling injure any part of his hands). But, the hamstring injury to Fluker seems like a crusher. He could be out for a few games, the rest of the regular season, or put on IR and lost entirely. You hate to see something so serious happen towards the end of a game that’s been largely decided, so let’s hope for the best.