The Seahawks offense looks like the best in the NFL. The problem is that the defense may be one of the worst. However, Seattle got the clutch stop it needed in the final minute of the game to preserve as 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Shaquem Griffin and Ryan Neal, two players who were flexed up from the practice squad, made huge plays down the stretch. Neal’s first-career interception put the game on ice for the Seahawks, who are now 3-0 and alone in first place of the NFC West.
1. Russell Wilson keeps cookin’
Wilson was tremendous once again, posting a ridiculous 315 yards and five touchdown passes. The game-winning score was a 29-yarder to DK Metcalf that came with Seattle trailing 31-30. Wilson also threw three touchdowns to Tyler Lockett and found Jacob Hollister for another score.
He should have had a sixth touchdown, too, as Metcalf had a mental blunder that cost Seattle what would have been a 63-yard score. Metcalf eased up before the goal line to showboat a bit and had the ball knocked out of his hands and through the back of the end zone for a turnover.
That was really the only blemish for Seattle’s offense. Metcalf redeemed himself with the game-winning touchdown and finished with 110 yards and one touchdown. Lockett had nine receptions for 100 yards and the three scores. Those two and Wilson continue to put the Seahawks on their backs.
Wilson’s 14 touchdown passes are an NFL record through three games. He’s also the first quarterback in NFL history to have at least four touchdown passes over his team’s first three games.
2. Seahawks secondary continues to provide little resistance
Prescott torched Seattle’s secondary for pretty much the entire game. The Cowboys had two separate touchdown drives that took less than a minute. One was three plays, 75 yards and the other was three plays, 94 yards.
The Seahawks entered the game with the league’s worst pass defense, and it continued to be an eyesore. Prescott finished the game with 472 yards and three touchdowns.
Tre Flowers had a particularly tough game. He got beat regularly, notably giving up a 43-yard touchdown to Michael Gallup. Flowers also dropped an easy interception that bounced right off his chest.
The one saving grace for Seattle was a trio of takeaways. Jarran Reed had a sack/fumble that was recovered by Benson Mayowa on the first play of the third quarter. Shaquill Griffin intercepted Prescott at the end of the first half. Both turnovers led to Seahawks touchdowns. Neal’s interception, as mentioned above, sealed the win in the game’s final seconds.
3. Injuries mount at key spots for Seattle
Jamal Adams (groin), Chris Carson (knee), Jordyn Brooks (knee) and Damien Lewis (ankle) all left the game and did not return. All of them are potentially serious and could keep all four players out for at least a few weeks. Adams tweaked his groin after bending awkwardly on one blitz in the second half. Carson got his leg torqued by Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill. It was a dirty play as Hill gator-rolled Carson well after the game was over.
Given the other names already on Seattle’s injury report, the Seahawks may be very short-handed in Week 4 against the Dolphins.