Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
Two Sundays ago, the Seattle Seahawks put up a tremendous fight in a shoot out against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite great production from Seattle's offense, poor execution and costly interceptions ultimately doomed them in the end. Furthermore, Seattle's secondary proved to be a liability in coverage once again, while the LB corps failed to stop the run. Fortunately for the Seahawks, their special teams played well enough to offset some of this defensive struggle.
Bobby Wagner (54)
Wagner got torched in coverage.
Chris Carson (32)
Before he suffered an injury, Carson was elusive and efficient on the ground.
D.K. Metcalf (14)
D.K. Metcalf hauled in two catches for 23 yards. Metcalf made defenders miss in space and evaded Seahawks defenders to force two missed tackles.
Damien Lewis (68)
Lewis was a quality run blocker but had costly pressures and penalities.
David Moore (83)
Moore ran quality routes to get open during the game. He hauled in three catches for 54 yards and extended three plays for first downs.
Duane Brown (76)
As usual, Duane Brown excelled as a run blocker and pass protector.
Jacob Hollister (48)
Hollister was productive in the receiving and blocking games.
Jarran Reed (91)
Jarran Reed failed to control the line of scrimmage or generate significant pass-rush pressure.
Jason Myers (5)
Myers was a perfect 4/4 on extra points and 2/2 on FGs.
Michael Dickson (4)
Michael Dickson averaged an insane 51 yards per punt. His long went for 66 yards and he landed two punts inside the twenty.
Poona Ford (97)
Ford hurried Murray twice and was active stopping the run game.
Quandre Diggs (37)
Diggs forced an interception and prevented the Cardinals from catching any passes against him.
Shaq Griffin (26)
Shaq Griffin held the Cardinals offense in check for most of the game but allowed a TD score.
Shaquem Griffin (49)
Tre Flowers (21)
Tre Flowers prevented the Cardinals from hauling in any receptions against his coverage.
Tyler Lockett (16)
Lockette demolished Arizona's defense. In this game, he finished with 15 catches, 200 yards, and three TDs.
Ugo Amadi (28)
Ugo Amadi was targetted by Russell Wilson four times and allowed four catches for 50 yards.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockette carried Seattle's offense throughout this game. Wilson threw for over 300 yards connected 15 times to Lockette for 200 yards and three touchdowns. As a result, these two propelled the Seahawks to an explosive first half start.
However, Wilson's costly interceptions in the second half and overtime cost the Seahawks this game in the end. Furthermore, his tendency to hold the ball too long, coupled with Seattle's exhaustion in the second half, caused this offense to stagnate in overtime.
In terms of the running game, Seattle's offensive line opened a decent number of rushing lanes. Consequently, Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson ran efficiently and generated much yardage on the ground. Likewise, Seattle's offensive line protected Russell Wilson and prevented him from being sacked. However, it helps to have a QB like Wilson, who can evade pressure easily.
As mentioned earlier, Russell Wilson was a volatile QB who was both productive but erratic. On the one hand, he picked apart cornerbacks like Dre Kirkpatrick and LBs like Dre'Vondre Campbell in coverage. During the first half, Wilson even threaded the needle to beat Patrick Peterson's tight coverage. However, he also made poor reads late in the game that eventually tanked Seattle's momentum.
Seattle's running backs were productive on the ground. Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson broke multiple tackles and displayed excellent vision to get to the second and third levels of the defense. However, they were underwhelming from a receiving standpoint. Likewise, Seattle's offensive line protected Russell Wilson and prevented him from being sacked. However, it helps to have a QB like Wilson, who can evade pressure easily.
From a receiving standpoint, Seattle's corps bullied Arizona's defense. Wideout Tyler Lockette had a career day demolishing CBs like Dre Kirkpatrick in coverage. Additionally, David Moore and D.K. Metcalf was able to generate yardage in space after the catch. Plus, the combined three-headed TE monster of Hollister, Olsen, and Dissly hauled in seven catches for 78 yards. Furthermore, this TE group controlled the line of scrimmage with excellent blocking, especially in pass protection.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
As a whole, Seattle's defense was obliterated in both the run and passing game. While the Seahawks defense pressured Kyler Murray 15 times, they could not sack him throughout this contest. The silver lining for this group is that they forced one interception and a fumble against Arizona. However, Kyler Murray and Arizona's explosive receiving corps exploited Seattle's multiple lapses in coverage and run defense.
Overall, all the units of this defense struggled against the Cardinals. For instance, the DL failed to sack Kyler Murray despite getting into the backfield 15 times. Oddly, the Seahawks LB corps was shredded in coverage by all of Seattle's pass catchers. Star LB Bobby Wagner was especially bad in coverage where he surrendered 96 receiving yards. Conversely, FS Quandre Diggs and CB Tre Flowers had excellent days in which they allowed zero catches or yards. However, CB Quinton Dunbar and FS Ryan Neal each gave up over 70 yards in coverage.
Play of the Game
Russell Wilson 47-yard TD to Tyler Lockette with 00:51 in the second quarter.
Comments on Coaching
Despite getting outcoached by Kliff Kingsberry, Pete Carrol's coaching staff did an adequate job. On the offensive side of the football, the aggressive play-calling let Russell Wilson take over this game early. In fact, Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer's decision to air it deep to Tyler Lockette late in the second put Seattle up with a commanding lead to enter the second half.
Unfortunately, the third quarter is where Seattle began to unravel. For starters, this team committed multiple mental errors in run defense of the football and failed to control the line of scrimmage. As a result, Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds excelled on the ground while DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Larry Fitzgerald excelled through the air. To make matters worse, Seattle failed to make the necessary adjustments to sustain their first-half lead.
However, the true thing that killed the Seahawks' momentum was their inability to execute down the stretch. When the game went into overtime, it was clear that Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were drained. Consequently, they had drive-killing penalties that prevented a D.K. Metcalf score. Plus, Wilson himself threw a dangerous pass in overtime on a bad read that led to an Arizona GW FG.