Stock Up, Stock Down for Seattle Seahawks After Week 3
It was a back-and-forth game throughout the night, but Seattle was able to grab the win as rookie Russell Wilson lofted a touchdown pass to Golden Tate in the corner of the end zone to upset the Packers.
The defense looked spectacular for the majority of the game. It racked up eight sacks in the first half and kept Aaron Rodgers at bay during the first period.
The offense was another story.
It largely looked stagnant, and after subtracting two long touchdown passes, the 'Hawks only had 46 yards through the air.
But a win is a win, and that is crucial for a young team as it looks to continue improving.
Regardless of the officiating on Monday, the Seahawks sit at 2-1. There are both positives and negatives that were apparent throughout the game.
Russell Wilson: Stock Up
He has trouble moving the ball down the field.
The Seahawks have the worst passing game in the league.
He ranks last in yards per attempt with only 5.6 yards per pass.
So how is Wilson’s stock still on the rise?
He wins games.
He found a way to win on Monday against a very good Green Bay defense and he is able to make plays when it counts. Even if the referees made an incorrect call, Wilson had his team in a situation to win the game. That’s all he can control.
Furthermore, Wilson has been protecting the ball. He has thrown only one interception so far this season and rarely tries to force the ball into coverage.
Obviously there is still room for improvement. At this point he is not the dynamic playmaker that is pushing the offense up and down the field, but he has put the offense in a position to win games.
He is young and smart. With more time to grow and improve, he will continue to blossom into a reliable NFL starter.
Sidney Rice and Wide Receivers: Stock Down
Outside of Golden Tate, the Seattle wide receivers combined for three catches.
That is absolutely horrendous.
Granted, they were without leading receiver Doug Baldwin because of a shoulder injury. Regardless, the Seahawks receivers were downright atrocious on Monday night.
They are not helping out their rookie quarterback and are making his job more difficult than it needs to be. Throughout the game, the Packers were sending single coverage at the Seahawks, daring them to beat it.
The wide receivers just simply refused.
They created no separation on the outside. Their routes were lazy on the inside and without a bona fide receiving threat, Wilson will continue to face more pressure.
Sidney Rice has been awful this year, Braylon Edwards has been a non-factor, and suddenly the Hawks have to rely on Doug Baldwin to mimic his performance from last season.
Wilson is desperate for a No. 1 option, and one of these guys is going to have to step up.
Everyone on the Defensive Line: Stock Up
Up may be an understatement, as their stock should be going through the roof after their performance on Monday.
Regardless of who was in the game, the Seahawks were constantly generating pressure and pushing around the Packers’ offensive line. Their performance was simply inspiring and largely caused MVP Aaron Rodgers to feel uncomfortable for the duration of the game.
Chris Clemons finished with four sacks, Brandon Mebane added two, and rookie Bruce Irvin chipped in two of his own. Every player on the 'Hawks line provided pressure and kept the Green Bay offense on edge throughout the night.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is how often they had to do it. The Packers possessed the ball for more than 11 minutes in the third quarter, but the defensive line kept bringing it.
They had to be tired and they had to be upset that the offense could not move the ball, but none of that mattered. They did their job. They held a very good Packers team to only one touchdown.
This unit is one of the best in football and with players like Irvin coming into his own, it will continue to get better—even if people did not even think that was possible after its eight first-half sacks.
Offensive Line: Stock Even
From a positive outlook, it only gave up one sack to a team that features a premier pass-rusher.
But it also had a host of penalties that stalled numerous drives throughout the night.
Russell Okung needs to figure out if he wants to be the staple of the offensive line because the glimpses he shows are becoming few and far between. The remainder of the group is inconsistent, but it don’t face as much scrutiny as the left tackle.
The O-linemen did a good job of run-blocking, as Marshawn Lynch scampered for 98 yards on Monday. But, they simply have not done enough to elicit belief that this group is ready for prime time.
It is inconsistent and it really limits the offense. Wilson looks uneasy at times, and when he is flushed out of the pocket the receivers are rarely open downfield, resulting in incomplete passes.
That may not fall on the offensive line, but it needs to do a better job of limiting the pressure put on Wilson so he can stay in the pocket and make passes down the field.
They have shown improvement, but the penalties need to stop. Once they do, this unit will have Lynch rushing for more than 100 yards on a regular basis.
With a more consistent and disciplined effort, the Seahawks line will help this young offense come into its own.