Well, that was a fun one, wasn’t it?
Some game, this season, Seattle will handily beat an opponent. I am sure of it.
Seattle likely needed Russell Wilson to put on a passing clinic to pull off a road win today, and he delivered one. After a shaky first half where he was sacked four times, offensive Brian Schottenhiemer adjusted Seattle’s attack, calling short passes to attack Pittsburgh zone defense. What Wilson did with those calls was surgical, and he again reminded us that, when called upon, he is a top quarterback in this league. Brilliant play by Russ, and great adjustment by Schotty.
Second year tight end Will Dissly was a boss today. Five tough grabs over the middle, two touchdown passes, and grat effort trucking over defenders. I love everything about Will Dissly.
Tyler Lockett had a great day hauling in ten grabs, but rookie receiver DK Metcalf again showed us just how special his upside is snagging three passes for sixty one yards and a TD. Do not underestimate just how valuable his early season contribution is to Seattle’s passing game. This is really good news for Seattle with no Doug Baldwin this year.
Bradley McDougald looked good at free safety replacing Tedric Thompson, and had a key interception. This might be his job for the rest of the year.
Seattle’s linebackers had a great day keeping all plays in front of them, and putting on a tackling clinic. They were the stars of the defense.
Quietly, Shaquill Griffin had another really solid game at left corner.
Rashaad Penny reminded doubters why he is special at running back. For as tough as Chris Carson is, Penny is the home run hitter on this offense. I think he is going to have a great year.
Chris Carson had his worst game as a professional football player and it nearly cost Seattle an important road victory. For two weeks in a row, he felt the defense keying on him, and today it got the better of him, as he fumbled the ball twice, and the second time set up an easy Steelers score that made the match 28-26. The game shouldn’t have been that close. Fortunately, he iced the game gaining a key fourth and one first down in the closing minutes.
Germaine Ifedi has had a rough start to the season at right tackle. He gave up tons of pressure against the Bengals last week, and had was responsible for three penalties this week. Seattle needs him to play cleaner. He’s capable, and as a fourth year pro, he needs to if he wants a big second contract.
Seattle’s defensive line started the game on fire, but I thought wore down a bit in the second half. Already playing without Jarran Reed and Ziggy Ansah, today they needed the presence of Poona Ford inside stacking up the run, and being generally disruptive. Let’s hope Poona gets back next week. Poona, Poona, Poona.
Seattle’s offensive line gave up a ton of first half pressure, and stuggled some to open up run lanes. It was ugly, but they played better as the game went on.
Russell Wilson took a vicious shot to the head from linebacker Bud Dupree that somehow wasn’t called for roughness by the refs when the refs were calling all kinds of plays against Seattle. I’m going to take it here. It brought back horrible memories of that one Super Bowl match up between these two clubs years ago. Screw those Pittsburgh loving refs. Screw them a lot.
Seattle is 2-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl winning season of 2013. Enjoy that, Seattle fans. What is most exciting to me about that is this team still doesn’t feel complete, yet. Their defensive line, for example, while exceeding early expectations, is still playing without stars Jarran Reed and Ziggy Ansah. This defense is only going to get better, and ultimately, I think the offense will, as well.
Also, interestingly enough, Seattle is still sitting pretty with 2019 cap space and 2020 picks to make another trade. They can still add to this team. Last week, I was thinking that they could add a receiver. This week, I’m thinking that they could make a move for a defensive back. Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is reportedly on the market and wants to play nickel corner. Seattle conceivably has a need at nickel corner. Is this the next step Seattle takes towards reclaiming the NFC West?
Could be an interesting next few days.
For now, let’s bask and enjoy this important win.