The Seahawks started their 2020 NFL season with a convincing 38-25 road win over the Atlanta Falcons. In the win the Seahawks relied on some familiar players and some newly acquired players in Jamal Adams, Greg Olsen and Brandon Shell, and Damien Lewis.
RUSSELL WILSON IS COOKING
A murmur that grew into a loud roar during the offseason was the chant of let Russ Cook. You cannot blame Seahawks fans for calling on head coach Pete Carroll to let Wilson be more active in the offense. During training camp Wilson talked about how he had spent the offseason studying game film of opponents and himself. On Sunday the hard work paid off, and Russ definitely was cooking.
Wilson was simply perfect on the Seahawks opening drive going 7-7 and capping the drive with a three-yard toss Chris Carson. The score put the Seahawks up 7-3 and they never looked back. The TD toss Carson was the first of four touchdowns Wilson would throw. Wilson finished the day throwing 31-35 passes for 332 yards and a passer rating of 143.1. Of his four TD passes Wilson’s 32 yarder to DK Metcalf on fourth down in the 3rd quarter was the most spectacular.
The most impressive stat for Wilson was that he completed passes to nine different players. In addition to Metcalf and Carson, Wilson completed passes to Greg Olsen who had four catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. Reliable and steady Tyler Lockett lead the way for the receivers with eight catches for 92 yards.
JAMAL ADAMS IS AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED
Many wondered if the Seahawks paid too much for strong safety Jamal Adams when they traded for him during the offseason. After Sundays performance not a word could be heard from the we paid too much crowd. Adams finished the game with a team high 12 tackles and recorded one sack, two quarterback hits .
ROOM TO IMPROVE
There is no doubt the Seahawks have plenty of room to improve. The Seahawks bend but don’t break defense gave up 450 passing yards to Matt Ryan. Three Falcon receivers Julio Jones ( 9-157), Calvin Ridley( 9-130), and Russell Gage (9-11) all went over the century mark in receiving yards. Part of this can be attributed to players not knowing each other on defense and should be an easy fix after a week of film study. The Seahawks
WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Despite their defensive transgressions the Seahawks stopped the Falcons on all four of their fourth down attempts and caused and recovered a fumble on a fake punk. The Seahawks defense had two sacks and one interception but struggled to slow down Ryan when there was no blitz.
Rookie Damien Lewis had a slight meltdown in the four-quarter when he was called for a false start and a hold in a span of three plays on the same drive. That was the only time we heard Lewis’s name which is a good thing. Olsen was called for a false start in between Lewis’s penalties. The Seahawks offensive line snapped back to shape in the next few plays, and the drive ended with a 42-yard field goal by Jason Myers. The only other time the Seahawks offensive line looked shaky was at the beginning of the game when Wilson was sacked on the first drive in the first quarter. The line recovered and gave Wilson enough time to have a career day.