The Seattle Seahawks traveled cross-country to take on the AFC East division leading Buffalo Bills in a tough game. This is just one week following their most complete performance all season in a win against division rivals San Francisco 49ers. Let’s take a look at some of the Seahawks’ winners and losers in week nine and what to expect next in their next matchup.
Week nine winners
Winner #1: DK Metcalf
Coming into this game, DK Metcalf garnered much-deserved attention in the national spotlight. And rightfully so, as yesterday’s performance proved his place among the league’s elite at the wide receiver position. Despite a struggling Russell Wilson, Metcalf managed to have a productive day, catching seven passes for 108 yards. He even caught a late fourth-quarter touchdown in garbage time to bring his season total to eight. Despite a tough day offensively, Metcalf was one of the few bright spots for the team. Expect this trend to continue.
Winner #2: Jarran Reed
Jarran Reed was re-signed to a multi-year deal after the 2018 season due to his sack production (10.5 sacks). Reed showed flashes of the 2018 season and was able to get to the quarterback with ease. He finished the game with 2.5 sacks on 3 QB hits and was consistently in the backfield on Sunday. Reed, as well as starters up front on the defensive line, have been stout against the run all season. However, it is the added element of being able to rush the passer that makes Reed a defensive wild card. Let’s see if he can keep up with that kind of production.
Winner #3: Carlos Dunlap
Putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks has not been one of Seattle’s strong suit, so making a mid-season acquisition before the trade deadline made lots of sense. What was not expected was the potential upgrade to happen almost instantly. Veteran DE Carlos Dunlap certainly made his presence felt just days after being made a Seahawk. He recorded five tackles while registering 3 QB hits. He also recorded a sack when he overpowered a blocker with a straight-line bull rush. Seattle needs to apply pressure. Dunlap, mixed in with a variety of blitz packages, seems to be a step in the right direction.
Week nine losers
Loser #1: Seahawks secondary
The Seahawks secondary took massive strides in the right direction in their last home game against the San Francisco 49ers. This week they had the momentum going into this game to pair along with the return of All-Pro Jamal Adams. Unfortunately for the team, they went back to allowing a top tier offense to gash them. To give you a better idea of the kind of performance by the ‘Hawks backfield, the front seven produced a seven-sack game as a unit. That is more than half of what Seattle has done in their first seven games total leading into the weekend (12). Even with this kind of production, Bills quarterback Josh Allen, was still able to throw for over 400 yards along with four total touchdowns. This unit is a long removed from the vaunted Legion of Boom’s days.
Loser #2: Russell Wilson
This is the second time in three weeks that I have placed Russell Wilson on the loser’s list, and it is no coincidence that the Seahawks have lost both games. It is never a good thing when a team must completely rely on a single player to win games. Although the rise of DK Metcalf and the presence of two All-world defenders, Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams, would indicate that Seattle is in no short order for talent, the task of winning games almost always seem to fall squarely on Wilson’s shoulders. However, it is clear that “Mr. Unlimited” has his limits. For the second game in three weeks, Wilson has accounted for 3 or more turnovers, throwing for a pair of interceptions and losing two fumbles. He threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns to go along with the turnovers, but again – it was too little, too late.
The MVP chants are softening midway through the season for “DangeRuss”, and he may be in danger of letting another MVP-like season slip from his grasp – again.
The Seattle Seahawks (6-2) will look to rebound next week in a Week 10 matchup on the road against the Los Angeles Rams (5-3). Kickoff will be at 1:25 pm PST.