Seahawks Defense Shutdown Wentz and The Eagles

by Kevin Nesgoda

The Seattle Seahawks were able to squeak out a win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Seattle’s defense came to play this week, showing that when they are healthy, they can play at a high level. Quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t have to be at his MVP status this game for them to get the win, but instead Seattle relied on a strong running game and some key plays made by wide receiver, DK Metcalf. 

Wilson had a modest game against the Eagles. He has taken a step back sense Seattle’s two game skid where he just seemed to be doing too much. Wilson has gotten back to taking care of the football and not trying to make something out of nothing. While it’s not the Russ we are all used to seeing it shows that we don’t need him to be spectacular every single week to still get a win. Wilson threw for 230 yards on 21-30. He also was able to find wide receiver, David Moore, in the endzone on a beautifully thrown touch pass. 

DK Metcalf is a name that we have been talking about now for weeks. This week especially the wide receiver felt he had something to prove. Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, told Metcalf that he was not at the same caliber as Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions great, before the game had started. While that might be an accurate stance from Schwartz at this point in Metcalf’s career, you shouldn’t try to unleash the beast that is DK Metcalf right before you are scheduled to play him. The second-year receiver tallied 177 yards through the air on ten receptions. Darius Slay, who was matched up on DK for most of the game, was just simply undersized and at a total disadvantage when guarding the Seattle receiver. 

Pete Caroll and Brian Schottenheimer made it apparent that they were going to lean on their ground game in this week’s game. Chris Carson made his first appearance back sense week 7, when he suffered a foot sprain. Carson looked exceptional coming off an injury, particularly when he channeled his inner ‘beast mode’ and drug multiple Eagles defenders into the endzone late in the second quarter. Having Carson gives the Seattle offense the ability to establish their two back system they have used for multiple years now. The Seattle running attack had 76 yards on the day and one score. 

Seattle’s defense is surely trending in the right direction. The front seven for Seattle was able to sack Carson Wentz six times in Monday’s game. That’s an impressive stat, however the fact that it came from six different players each time just shows the versatility that we have when healthy. Having Jamal Adams back really opens opportunities for others on the defensive side of the ball to get their chance at getting to the quarterback. The Hawks secondary was able to create one take away by Quandre Diggs, on one of the many arrant throws by QB Carson Wentz. This was an impressive performance for a defense that averages 434.9 yards per game. Seattle kept the Eagles to just 250 yards of total offense. 

Seattle moves on to 8-3 three on the season. With the LA Rams, and Arizona Cardinals losing on Sunday Seattle still hold on to first place in the division.

The Seahawks will take on The New York Giants on Sunday at 1:05 at Lumen Field.

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