With week one in the books, let us examine the Seattle Seahawks as they kicked off the season on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Here are some winners and losers, and a couple of bold predictions following last Sundays game.
Week 1 winners
Winner #1: Russell Wilson, the Cook
In an article I wrote last week, I delved into the possibility of head coach Pete Carroll giving Russ the chance to Cook. As it turns out, Wilson is a rather good cook.
After missing a read and taking a sack on the very first play of the Seahawk’s first possession, Russell Wilson got hot. He then completed 7/7 on a touchdown drive that saw Chris Carson score from three yards out. Wilson finished the game completing an insane 31/35 pass attempts (88.6%!) for 322 yards and four TD tosses.
In fact, outside of second-year receiver D.K. Metcalf, who put up a respectable stat line of 4-95-1 , out of eight targets, Wilson was a perfect 27-out-of-27 for three touchdowns, distributing passes to eight different receivers. He was THAT good.
Winner #2: Jamal Adams’ versatility
Many viewed the Seahawk’s decision to trade for SS Jamal Adams as a costly one. This might have been true as it cost the Seahawks a couple of first day picks and more. However, the return on this costly investment may soon pay itself in full. Jamal Adams had a historically great debut for the ‘Hawks. He is the best strong safety in the league, and it is not even close. His ridiculous play Sunday saw Adams accumulate 12 tackles, one sack, two QB hits and two tackles for loss.
Week 1 Losers
Loser #1: Seattle’s offensive line play
To be fair, the offensive line play seemed to settle in a little more in the second half. And they were not that bad. However, early indications still show that there is much to be desired, especially in the pass blocking. Wilson was pressured 13 times and sacked three.
A lot of this may be attributed to the fact that Seattle has three players that are either or playing a new position. This was clearly evident in how little the unit gelled during the earlier periods. Aside from that, the Seahawks O-line also cost them 35 yards on five penalties, most notably a pair of holding calls by rookie LG Damien Lewis.
Loser #2: D-Line and inconsistent pass rush
Look, this may ultimately be Seattle’s biggest issue coming into the season, and it was also the case last season. It’s still early, but it’s clear after one week of football that the ‘Hawks haven’t done enough in the off-season to address this issue. New addition DE Benson Mayowa was responsible for one of Seattle’s two sacks in the game. The Falcons managed 434 passing yards, although much of that during garbage time in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, there was barely any pressure put on QB Matt Ryan throughout the game.
Anything can happen. Here are a couple of bold predictions I am making for the Seahawks based entirely off of one game:
Russell Wilson will win his first MVP
Writers, like fans, love to believe that they know something about players and teams that no one else does. The stats and numbers prove one thing, but somewhere deep down we all have these gut feelings. Mine tells me that Russell Wilson will win his first league MVP award. And he will do this while throwing for 50+ touchdowns to less than 10 interceptions. I am jumping to the conclusion that he will have one of the greatest seasons ANY quarterback in the Super Bowl era has ever had. Calm down, you say? I REFUSE!
Jamal Adams will win DPOY
Mark my words. Jamal Adams will be, at the very least, a Defensive Player of the Year finalist after the 2020 season is through. He is a game changer, and his skill set forces Seattle to game plan accordingly. No more 4-3 base-defenses, as his presence on the field will allow more nickel sub-packages to be implemented by defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. He is basically a linebacker with defensive back speed to go along with a defensive end’s pass rushing arsenal. Not something to complain about.