Instant Analysis: Wilson offense lights up Falcons in comfortable, 38-25, win


We talked all offseason about how the Seahawks offense had juggernaut potential, and Russell Wilson & Co. didn’t disappoint, torching the Falcons, 38-25, on the road in Week 1.

Wilson’s monster game headlines our immediate takeaways.

1. Oh, Russ cooked alright

We saw a distinct shift in philosophy, at least for one game. Wilson had the ball in his hands from start to finish. He put up a monstrous line to the tune of 31/35 passing for 322 yards, four touchdowns and a 143.1 quarterback rating.

Wilson’s first two scores went to Chris Carson with DK Metcalf and Greg Olsen catching the last two. The Metcalf score was notable given that the Seahawks went for it on 4th-and-5 from the Falcons 38-yard line. Rather than punt or kick the field goal, Seattle opted to go for it, and the aggression paid off. Metcalf torched Falcons corner Isaiah Oliver and hauled in a 38-yard touchdown. Would Seattle have gone for it in that situation last year? Probably not.

Metcalf finished with four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. He made up for a costly drop with a clutch third-down conversion followed by a long score.

Tyler Lockett caught all eight of his targets for 92 yards. Olsen caught all four of his targets for 24 yards and a score in his Seahawks debut. Carson posted six receptions for 45 yards and the two scores.

2. Welcome to Seattle, Jamal Adams

Adams was absolutely everywhere in his Seahawks debut. He posted a game-high 12 tackles, two for loss, one sack and two quarterback hits. It seemed like Adams finished every single play at the football. It was a very encouraging start for Seattle’s prized investment. He was the best defensive player on the field for either team, and his versatility was on full display.


3. The rotation is real in the Seahawks backfield

As expected, Seattle used more of a committee approach in the backfield compared to last season. Carlos Hyde led the Seahawks with seven carries (23 yards), followed by Chris Carson (21 yards) and Travis Homer (-1). It’s crucial that the Seahawks keep Carson healthy all season long, and it’s evident they’re making a point to do so.

Odds and ends:

-- Marquise Blair forced a fumble on a fake punt by the Falcons. Atlanta converted but Blair forced a fumble that resulted in a turnover.

-- Benson Mayowa made a few huge plays on fourth down. He batted down a pass on one and sacked Matt Ryan on another.

-- The Seahawks corners struggled for the most part, but Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin each had monster PBUs to help thwart Atlanta’s potential comeback.

-- Atlanta’s offense put up huge numbers. Ryan had 434 passing yards and two scores, both to Calvin Ridley. Julio Jones and Ridley each had 100-yard games. The Falcons downfall was that they went 0-4 on fourth downs.

-- Quandre Diggs intercepted a Hail Mary from Ryan at the end of the game.