The Seahawks took care of business against the Jets on Sunday and improved to 9-4 on the season following the 40-3 blowout victory. Seattle will have to get through the Washington Football Team next weekend in order to set up a pseudo–NFC West Championship Game vs. the Rams Week 16.
Let’s check out this week’s fan-submitted hot takes. Thanks, as always, to those who participated.
This is an overreaction. In no particular order, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jamal Adams, Jarran Reed, Shaquill Griffin and Carlos Dunlap are more valuable than Ugo Amadi. Others probably are as well.
But your take is an important one nonetheless as Amadi has taken a sizeable step forward in 2020. His standout play is why we haven’t spent more time talking about the loss of Marquise Blair. Amadi had two passes defended against the Jets and now has six on the season. That’s more than Tre Flowers, Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar.
In addition to being quality in coverage, Amadi has shown he’s plenty physical as well. If he’s able to develop some blitzing ability down the road, we could be discussing him among the league’s best nickel corners.
“I really like the way Ugo is playing,” Pete Carroll said of Amadi on Monday. “He really understands a complex position. There’s so much that goes into playing that nickel spot, run and pass, coverage, pressure, everything. He’s really embraced the job and knows it well. … And it shows up. He makes plays all the time.”
The offense, despite some recent struggles, is still loaded with Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Chris Carson. The defense has also shown steady improvements over the last month. There isn’t a team in the NFC that I’d definitively say would beat the Seahawks.
In fact, if Seattle can somehow carve out a path to the Super Bowl that doesn’t include going through the Rams, I’d like the Seahawks chances. The Packers are also scary but I have more confidence in Seattle winning a shootout against Aaron Rodgers than trying to stop Sean McVay’s offense while trying to score against Aaron Donald and. Co.
I think the Bills game made Seahawks fans jaded on Quinton Dunbar. Once he’s playing on two healthy knees again, he’s a superior outside corner to D.J. Reed. What makes Reed special is that he provides quality depth pretty much everywhere in the secondary. For that reason, he’s probably the second-stringer at every spot.
But Reed hasn’t been flawless in coverage. Breshad Perriman had a few drops on Sunday after beating Reed.
This entire response says more about my opinion of Dunbar than it does my opinion of Reed. With Dunbar’s legal troubles behind him, he should finally be allowed to play with a clear mind. As a looming unrestricted free agent, he has plenty of motivation to show out the rest of the way. He should be able to play well and contribute as long as his health permits. That, of course, is a big “if” with Dunbar.
Overreaction? No (and yes)
I completely agree that Sunday’s win doesn’t move the needle much. I don’t think we learned a whole lot about the Seahawks other than the fact that they are indeed capable of blowing out an inferior opponent.
I completely disagree that Seattle needs a miracle to make a Super Bowl. Fans have a way of overlooking the flaws of other teams while overanalyzing the warts of their own team. The Seahawks are 9-4 and in control of their own destiny in the NFC West. They’re also only one game back of the Packers and Saints in the NFC standings. Perspective is vital.
I somewhat give the Seahawks a pass against the Eagles. That game appeared closer than it was. Seattle failed to convert on two fourth downs, DK Metcalf dropped a touchdown and a hold against Cedric Ogbuehi negated a Carlos Hyde touchdown run.
But there’s no excuse for the team’s performance against the Giants. Arizona clobbered New York 26-7 on Sunday, and that’s exactly what Seattle should have done a week ago. We’ve already seen the impact of that loss as well with the Saints losing on Sunday to the Eagles.
That was an infuriating missed opportunity from Seattle’s standpoint.
I think Shaquem Griffin is a quality rotational edge rusher. He’s the change-up Seattle can throw at opponents given his size and speed contrasts the rest of the Seahawks pass rushers. But I do think Griffin’s skill set is limited that the coaching staff deserves a little benefit of the doubt here. They see Griffin every day and have for years.
Were they wrong to cut him coming out of training camp? Maybe. But I don’t think Seattle has a double-digit sack guy sitting on its bench.
Kudos to you for taking “Overreaction Monday” to the extreme. I admire that gusto in your hot take. The team in each conference that earns a first-round bye will have a significant advantage in regard to making it to the Super Bowl.
Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign ended a while ago. He’s at least fourth, behind Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
This is your elite camera operator? DK Metcalf gets failing grades for his inability to work the zoom and focus features of the camera.