The Seattle Seahawks, led by a red-hot Russell Wilson, took on the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday in a clash of high-powered offenses. Did the Cowboys have enough fire power to keep pace with Seattle’s new-look passing game? Let’s have a look at who played a big role in the game, as well as some things that went south for the Seahawks.
Here are the Seahawks winners and losers and who’s next.
Week three winners
Winner #1: Russell Wilson for MVP
Russell Wilson methodically shredded the Cowboys secondary for much of the afternoon, passing for 315 yards and five TD’s. This is the third week in a row that Wilson makes this list. He has now set an NFL record with the most touchdown passes through three games to start a season, surpassing both Peyton Manning and Patrick Mahomes.
If you are curious as to the kind of season Wilson is having, this past Sunday Wilson completed “only” 67.5 percent of his passes and ended the game with a 130.7 QB rating – both season lows for him through three weeks. You read that right. Through three games, Wilson has now tallied 925 passing yards, a 14-1 TD-to-INT ratio, and 139.0 QB rating, all while completing over 76 percent of his passes. The MVP train seems to be moving through the Emerald City.
Winner #2: Tyler Lockett’s hat-trick
With so much focus on Russell Wilson and the record season he is having so far, people tend to forget who it is he throws to. Even D.K. Metcalf has received more attention from the media as a potential game-breaker. The truth is the Seahawks receiving room still belongs to Tyler Lockett.
The sixth-year speedster proved why he is one of Seattle’s most important players. Lockett scorched the Cowboys secondary to the tune of 100 yards on nine catches. More impressive were his 3 touchdown catches, all in the first half of the game. Lockett made a mockery of the Cowboy’s defensive backfield, consistently exposing soft spots in zone coverage. Man-to-man coverages fared no better as he was able to use his quickness to release on routes to great effect. Like Wilson, he understands this offense and it shows.
Winner #3: Who’s next up
Tip of the hat to Seattle’s backup players. It is a common saying, a mantra shared by all teams, that the next man must always step up. This could actually be an article title “Seahawks Winners, losers, and who’s next“.
Due to a slew of injuries, the Seahawks were forced to rely on their backups for much of the afternoon. Rookie defensive end Alton Robinson, active for the first time this season, finished with a sack in the last drive. DB Ryan Neal, who was just activated from the practice squad was able to intercept Dak Prescott’s potential game-winning pass in the game’s waning seconds. Another backup to note is LB/DE Shaquem Griffin, as he had a key stop late in the fourth quarter. Other players who stepped up when needed includes OG Jordan Simmons as well as LB Cody Barton.
Not a bad day for Seattle’s backup players.
Week two losers
Loser #1: Seahawks Injuries (again)
Injuries to key players in the first two weeks was the story coming into this game. It seems that trend will continue. SS Jamal Adams suffered a groin injury and is facing an uphill battle in trying to get back. There is no clear timeline for his return, but, likely, he will not be playing in week four.
Another blow to the defense came when rookie LB Jordyn Brooks suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter. There were also losses to the offensive side of the ball. Rookie standout OG Damien Lewis went down with a lower-ankle sprain in the first quarter. Perhaps the most notable injury to the Seahawks this past Sunday came when RB Chris Carson was wrapped into a gator-roll by defensive lineman Trysten Hill. This was a questionable tackle, and it brings us to our next loser of the game.
Loser #2 Trysten Hill
Usually, you will never find players from an opposing team included in these lists. There are, however, always exceptions. On this list because of an injury-causing tackle on Carson, Hill has been called out by head coach Pete Carroll and other Seahawks on his intentions and the technique in which it was applied.
When Hill took Carson down to the turf, he did so with a rolling motion (known as a “gator roll”) that ultimately forced Carson out of the game with a resulting knee injury. It has since been confirmed that the injury is an MCL sprain, and luckily Carson shouldn’t miss much time. Hill was not flagged (or even ejected) for that play, however, he was flagged for a roughing-the-passer penalty later in the same drive. His helmet-to-helmet collision with Russell Wilson set up the eventual game-winning catch by D.K. Metcalf. It seems even karma could not let that slide. Hopefully, the league does not either.
The Seahawks will go on the road in week four, as they continue their AFC East tour against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have an all-time record of 10-5-0 against the visiting Seahawks and will be looking to a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense to keep pace in what could be a huge day for Russell Wilson and company. Check back next week to see who the Seahawks winners and losers were, and who’s next.