The Nationally televised Sunday night matchup between two of the top franchises in the league did not disappoint. The Seattle Seahawks defense stopped the New England Patriots Cam Newton from the one-yard line to put an end to a dramatic game and preserve a 35-30 win. Here are some quick takes from the game.
THE SEAHAWKS CAN OVERCOME ANY ADVERSITY
The Seahawks offense is both talented and confident it can overcome any adversity. Quarterback Russell Wilson’s perfectly thrown pass to Tight End Gregg Olsen on the third play of the game bounced off his hands and was intercepted for a touchdown by Patriot safety Devin McCourty. The pick-six had little effect on the Seahawks as they came back on the series and scored on a 13 play, 75-yard drive that ended with a four-yard TD from Wilson to Tyler Lockett
There is no denying that Wilson is in a zone and playing the best football of any quarterback in the league. On Sunday Wilson passed for five touchdowns to five different receivers. The five touchdown ties his career mark. Last week in Atlanta Wilson passed for four touchdowns and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. In two games Wilson has nine touchdowns with just 11 incompletions.
DK METCALF FEARS NO MAN
The second-year wide receiver DK. Metcalf was matched up against the Patriot’s best defender in Stephon Gilmore. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of Year had his hands full in Metcalf. Metcalf caught four passes for 92 yards that included a 54-yard touchdown grab. The two were involved in a shoving match after Metcalf blocked Gilmore into the Seahawks bench.
DEPTH AND TALENT ON DEFENSE
The Seahawks defense like the offense has talent and depth. Safety Quandre Diggs was ejected in the first quarter for a hit to the head on Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry. His replacement Marquis Blair suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and was replaced by Ugo Amadi. The second year safety from Oregon held his own against a talented Patriot offense.
Carroll said in press post game conference that Blair will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Linebacker Bruce Irvin also suffered a knee injury but according to Carroll it was more of a knee sprain and that he was walking around after the game.
DEFENSE MAKE A STAND
The Seahawks bend but don’t break defense ed by Jamal Adams was given it’s stiffest test to date by Newton and wide receiver Julian Edelman. Newton rushed for 47 yards and scored two touchdowns to go with his 30/44 for 397 passing yards. The former Panther had one touchdown and an interception by Quinton Dunbar. Edelman had 8 receptions for 179. In addition to Edelman wide outs Damiere Byrd ( 6-72) and N’Keal Harry ( 8-72) had big receptions yards but never saw the endzone.
The Seahawks offense is as good as any in the NFL and showed a nice balance with 154 rushing yards and 275 passing. Penalties continue to be an issue as the team had racked up nine of them for 68 yards. A heathy Irvin is vital to if the team is creating any type of pressure on the quarterback. If consistent L.J Collier could go a long way in helping solve the teams pass rush woes