Bills quarterback Josh Allen showed the NFL that he belongs on the same field with MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Truth be told Allen was the best quarterback on the field. The third-year quarterback and Bills first-round pick in the 2018 draft ( 7th overall) had a career day. Allen threw for a career-high 154 yards in the first quarter, 282 yards at halftime, and finished with a career tying 415 yards and three touchdowns after completing 31 of 38 passes for a 138 passer rating.
BRUISED AND BATTERED QUARTERBACK
While Allen was being harassed for seven sacks Wilson was beatdown for five sacks and hit 16 times. For the second straight week, the Seahawks sputtered in the early goings. The Seahawks overcame their early game jitters against the 49ers. On Sunday the Bills were relentless in applying pressure and the Seahawks played uphill football all afternoon. The constant pressure on Wilson caused two fumbles and two interceptions. Despite the turnovers, Wilson finished the day with 28/31 for 390 yards and two touchdowns.
BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR DEFENSE
Seems contradictory to say the defense had a bad day when it recorded seven sacks its highest total in the last seven years. But yes the Seahawks defense had an unrecognizable performance. The Bills gameplan from the beginning was to after the Seahawks suspect secondary. While Strong Safety Jamal Adams returned for the first time after missing five games cornerback Shaquil Griffin was ruled out. The Bills took their chances with Adams and went after cornerback Quinton Dunbar who filled in for Griffin.
Nothing personal to Dunbar. When you have the league’s most productive receiver in Stefon Diggs you use. Diggs finished the day with 9 receptions and 118 yards. To make matters worse Dunbar was nursing a sore knee.
The lackluster effort by the defense overshadowed the play of Carlos Dunlap II who started his first game with the Seahawks after a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals. Dunlap recorded three tackles and one sack.
BIG TAKE AWAY
The Seahawks are a team decimated with injuries that have taken their toll on both sides of the ball. A healthy Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde could have helped the running game get tough inside yards. The Seahawks converted 2 of 3 fourth-down attempts but were a woeful 3 of 12 on 3rd downs. On defense, the Seahawks need a healthy Shaquil Giffin and Quinton Dunbar. The return of Adams and Dunlap is a major boost. What is needed for the Seahawks is some continuity on defense. The teams have talented players but no cohesion.