The Seahawks Didn’t Look Amazing Taking Care Of Business Against The Cardinals

After that Husky near-debacle on Saturday, I’m not going to complain about a 20-10 victory at home over a 1-win Arizona team. But, just know that there’s nothing to glean from this one. It’s a win, that’s it. On to next week.

I will give it up to the defense, though. They still look mean! We held them to 249 yards on 63 plays. The Cards were 5/15 on third down and 0/3 on fourth down. Josh Dobbs – a bad passing quarterback – only threw for 146 yards and 4.4 yards per attempt. We sacked him 4 times, hit him 8 times; we got 6 tackles for loss, and we defended 8 passes. That’s all while the Seahawks’ offense didn’t do much of anything, limited to four scores, while turning the ball over three times.

D.K. Metcalf didn’t go in this one, as he’s dealing with numerous injuries. I pretty quickly dismissed his absence as nothing more than that – we’ve been hearing about him playing through some stuff seemingly all season – until Pete Carroll came out after the game and, unprompted, started deflecting rumors that D.K. was unhappy and that’s the reason for him not playing. Now, I’m trying to figure out what THAT means. Is Pete trying to get out in front of something by anticipating what fan reaction might be? Because, I mean, maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I didn’t really see that theory floated anywhere. Or, is D.K. actually not happy and quietly seeking a trade after one too many complaints about his proclivity for penalties sent him over the brink? Was he actually held out by the team, in hopes that we can get a deal worked out this week?

Regardless, I think the team needed this. They needed a week off from the D.K. discourse, but more importantly, they needed to see what Jaxon Smith-Njigba can do as the team’s #2 receiver. Without the need to feed D.K., could he step up and show why he was deemed to be the first receiver taken off the board?

Well, he caught 4 for 63 and his first NFL touchdown, so that’s something. I wouldn’t call that a breakout game or anything, but we’re headed on the right track. In conjunction with Jake Bobo’s 4 for 61 and a TD, it was a good day to be a rookie receiver on the Seahawks! I’ll say this, I’m incredibly intrigued by the future of this position for us. Sure seems like we’re in good hands (!) for the foreseeable future!

We also got a very workhorse-like day out of Kenneth Walker, who was without Charbonnet in this one. He had to carry the rock 26 times for 105 yards; unfortunately, he wasn’t rewarded with a TD.

I couldn’t help but notice we weren’t super great the one time we got down inside the 10 yard line, having to settle for a field goal. I guess I was just happy we actually took the points, but it’s disturbing that we had two shots from the one yard line and were stuffed both times.

This was something of a coming-out party for Darrell Taylor, as he got his first 1.5 sacks of the season in this one. That’s big, because we lost Uchenna Nwosu for an undetermined amount of time. Boye Mafe also added another sack to his team-leading total, and Jordyn Brooks was all over the place making plays (9 tackles, 2 for loss, with a pass breakup and half a sack). And let’s not forget Devon Witherspoon with a number of bone-crunching tackles (sounds like he could’ve had a bigger day if not for penalties overturning his huge plays).

All in all, it was good to see the Seahawks bounce back. I feel like this would’ve been another loss a year or two ago, mostly because the defense wasn’t nearly as effective as it is now. These are the games you have to have, and sometimes you need the defense to cover the offense like this. I’m starting to believe – more and more – that this is a unit that can propel us to bigger things.

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