The Seattle Seahawks faced off with the Arizona Cardinals on the road this past weekend in what was previewed to be a tough matchup between divisional rivals. With Seattle coming off a bye week, there was a little more time to address the issues on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look at how the Seahawks fared in a shootout that went into an extra quarter.
Week seven winners
Winner #1: Tyler Lockett
With the season’s midpoint approaching, the league has witnessed the surging rise of second year receiver DK Metcalf. Last night, Tyler Lockett reminded the league why he is Seattle’s WR1. He had an absolute monster of game. With Metcalf in unusual form, where he only caught two balls for twenty three yards, Tyler Lockett showed up. Lockett caught 15 passes for 200 yards while adding three touchdowns, a performance which put him at the top of the league with seven receiving touchdowns. This is the second best receiving performance ever by a Seahawk just behind all-time great Steve Largent.
Winner #2: D.K. Metcalf’s ridiculous speed
Again, DK Metcalf was a no-show for the Seahawks offensively. His best play of the day came on defense when he chased down SS Budda Baker for ninety yards to prevent a potential pick-six. According to Nextgen Stats, Metcalf peaked at 22.64 mph. Usain Bolt topped off at 27.80 mph in his record-setting sprint in Berlin while wearing light-weight shoes and sprinter’s garments. Metcalf ran nearly the length of the field in 10 pounds of gear. He could have also won the game if not for a holding penalty by WR David Moore. One play later, Russell Wilson threw a drive-ending interception.
Winner #3: Pete Carroll’s toughness
The Seahawks dominated on the ground, in the air and the time of possession, so there really should be more winners that come to mind while writing this list. Unfortunately, when you lose a game that you had the chance to win on multiple occasions, you tend to overlook the positive plays. One thing you can NOT overlook is Pete Carroll’s toughness. A couple of weeks removed from an arthroscopic knee surgery, Carroll proved his toughness by coaching on the sidelines even as he appeared on the team’s weekly injury report. As the league’s second-oldest coach at 69 years old, this is no easy task. Hats off to you, coach.
Week seven losers
Loser #1: Russell Wilson
I never thought I would ever have Russell Wilson on the loser’s list. The league’s early MVP favorite fell back down to earth due to a multitude of mistakes and bad decisions. Wilson threw three interceptions – his most in a game since the 2017 season – with his third pick giving the Cardinals great field position, which led to a game-winning field goal in overtime by Arizona. The offense did produce at a high level, however, with Wilson making several spectacular throws worthy of the highlight reels. When it mattered most though, Wilson threw the game away. The blame could be placed solely on these mistakes, as Wilson himself was even quick to take responsibility.
“I thought we played a great game except for those three plays,” Wilson said, via NBCSportsNorthwest.com. “And those are my fault.”
Even in a down game where Wilson throws for three interceptions, he still managed to throw for 388 yards and three touchdowns while consistently moving the ball downfield.
Loser #2: Pass rush
Through six games, the Seattle Seahawks defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for a total of 2,212 yards through the air. That places them near the bottom (31st) in the league in passing yards allowed. Blame the secondary, but a team can not sustain a winning formula without a good pass rush. Missing all-pro strong-safety Jamal Adams certainly hurts the team as he provides a lot of the pressure applied to opposing quarterbacks. But, in the end, the Seahawks front seven have generated almost no pressure against the Cardinals, leaving Kyler Murray to carve up an already suspect secondary without its star safety. They surrendered 360 yards and three touchdowns while generating almost no pressure and not registering even a single quarterback hit, let alone a sack. Changes are needed for the Seahawks if they are going to make a run in the playoffs.
The Seahawks look to right the ship and bounce back next week against the 4-3 San Francisco 49ers in a return-to-home game at Century Link. The rest of the NFC West team records look like this:
Seattle Seahawks 5-1
Arizona Cardinals 5-2
Los Angeles Rams 5-2
San Francisco 49ers 4-3
Not a lot of room for mistakes. The NFC West is a war zone. Let the arms race continue.