Quarterback Russell Wilson had another epic performance throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns and the Seahawks defensive line showed that it will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Here are quick takes from the Seahawk’s professional win over the Colts.
TYLER LOCKETT AND WILSON STILL BESTIES
All during training camp, we saw the electric connection between D.K Metcalf and Wilson. Truth be told Lockett messed a few days of camp due to a minor leg injury. Of course, this was kept under wraps until Lockett was fully healthy to start the season. Believe me, the brother is healthy. Lockett also proved his chemistry with Wilson is just fine thank you very much. Lockett started the game with a bang scoring two touchdowns in the first half.
The first was during the Seahawk’s first offensive possession a 23-yard reception that capped a 9 play 81-yard drive.
The second was simply marvelous.
More impressive was that the play came after the Colts had sacked Wilson on the previous play for minus-five yards. Lockett finished the game with four receptions for 100 yards. After a catch less first, half Metcalf decided to do get into the fray with a 12-yard reception on the second play of the Seahawks opening drive to start the second half.
METCALF AND WILSON ARE FRIENDS TOO
Once he got warmed up Metcalf wasted no time leaving his imprint on the game. Metcalf hauled in three other passes to finish the game with four receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown. The lone touchdown reception was indeed what we saw all summer long during training camp.
A DIVERSE OFFENSE
The long-awaited Seahawks ump tempo under Shane Waldron crept up on you if you were not paying attention. The change under Waldron that was seen on Sunday was the diversity of the offense. Running back Chris Carson had 16 carries for 91 yards and a non-lethal fumble. Rookie Dee Eskridge had two carries for 22 yards. His two carries were during jet sweep motions where he ran behind the line of scrimmage and received the ball. A successful scheme used by the LA Rams.
TIGHT ENDS VITAL PART OF THE GAME PLAN
As advertised the Seahawk’s tight ends played a vital role in the Seahawk’s offense Sunday afternoon. Will Dissly had three receptions for 37 yards and on one of those receptions, Dissly swatted a defender away as he rambled down the field for extra yardage. Former Ram Gerald Everett had just two receptions, but one was an 11-yard touchdown reception on a slant route.
What makes the Seahawks so dangerous on offense is that they are willing to take whatever the defense gives them. If the opponent decides to stop the run the Seahawks will use the short passing game to soften up the defense, then go deep once the safeties move up.
If the defense blitzes the Seahawks will counter with long debilitating plays to Metcalf or Lockett.
THE SEAHAWKS DEFENSE IS DIFFERENT
The Seahawks have a tenacious talented and deep defensive line. That was lacking last year. Having an active and nasty defensive line enables defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr to play mad scientist like his counterpart Waldron. On Sunday the Seahawks Bryan Mone, Rasheem Green, Benson Mayowa, Darrell Taylor, and Carlos Dunlap had a day of days.
The group’s constant pressure had Carson Wentz running from shadows and on his backside.
Green, Mayowa, and Taylor all had a turn at planting Wentz on the Indy turf.
Wentz was hit ten times in addition to being sacked three times. The pressure from the D-line allowed Norton Jr to pick and choose when and who he would blitz. Bobby Wagner led the team with 13 tackles and behind him with 11 sacks was Jordyn Brooks. The two linebackers also dropped into pass coverage to continue the confusion game with Wentz. The Seahawks defense stopped the Colts on three separate fourth-down attempts. Jamal Adams blitzed and cause havoc, but it was more of luxury rather than a necessity.