By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
The Washington Redskins came to Seattle with a slight limp. They were facing the fierce Seahawks defense with a very injured offensive line. The stat line showed this, however, the scoreline did not. Seattle rarely loses in November. Today that wasn’t the case.
The game didn’t start well for Seattle and never got better. In fact, the only points the Seahawks had in the first half came from the defense. They are now at 21 games without scoring on 1st possession. Slow starts have become commonplace for the Seahawks, but they often pick it up come the second half of the season. This game was not an example of that.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a career game last week. Many expected him to carry the momentum of that game into this week, but it wasn’t going to be the case. He threw for 297 yards but also had 2 interceptions. He seemed to struggle to get into a rhythm with the receivers. Wilson was often looking to extend the play, netting him 77 rushing yards. Wilson was again, as he was last week, the top rusher for Seattle.
The Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had said they were going to use running back Eddie Lacy more this week. In the first quarter, they seemed to be doing just that, however, Lacy was hurt (groin) and RB Thomas Rawls stepped in. The trade earlier in the week for offensive tackle Duane Brown helped solidify the offensive line greatly, and the run game did seem to slightly improve.
Penalties were a huge problem for the Seahawks today. Carroll said at his post-game press conference that “they needed to get that under control so they could go out and play the other team, and not themselves.” Seattle had 16 penalties for 138 yards, an insane number for a home team.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 6, 2017
The defense returned to its normal pace after a very out of character performance last week against Houston. With star safety Earl Thomas, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson out with injury, the defense relied more than ever on their front line to disrupt the Washington offense.
New addition defensive end Dwight Freeney had an impressive game for his second week with the team. He has 2.5 sacks in two games, showing that age isn’t always a factor in football. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, after being listed as injured and a game-time decision, did indeed play and had a strong night with 12 total tackles and a sack.
Seattle turns around and heads to Arizona to play a divisional game against the Cardinals on Thursday night. We will see how that November lucky streak does for them in the desert.
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