Things are starting to click for the Seattle Seahawks at the right time.
After a humiliating loss to the New York Giants in Week 13, Seattle handed the now 0-13 New York Jets their worst loss in 2020.
While some might argue the Seahawks 40-3 victory over the hapless Jets should be expected, it was an essential “get right” game for Seattle, who has its biggest lopsided victory since Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
“This was a real complete win for us across the board, all phases worked well,” Carroll said. “Real solid performance across the board, in all areas. Third downs was good, red zone was good, you saw another day of the defense coming out here. This is getting going now.”
Russell Wilson returned to his early season form with 21 completions on 27 attempts for 206 yards, four scores and a 122.6 passer rating through three quarters. Jamal Adams broke the NFL’s single-season record for a defensive back after being credited with a sack, totaling 8.5 on the season in a revenge game against his former team.
And most importantly, the Seahawks offense and defense commanded from start to finish.
Wilson said it was a performance reminiscent of his rookie season when the Seahawks had a streak of blowouts against the Arizona Cardinals (58-0), Buffalo Bills (50-17), and San Francisco 49ers (42-13). That Seahawks squad laid the foundation for Seattle to make a run to the Super Bowl the following season.
“It felt kind of like, I go back to 2012, that moment where we kind of had some, where the offense and defense really married up together,” Wilson said. “We just felt like we were all together, and there was so many other plays we could have had on both sides we felt like too.”
While tossing four touchdown passes that went to DK Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and Will Dissly, Wilson broke his own franchise record with 36 touchdowns on the year. It is the fifth season the Seahawks quarterback has thrown 30 or more touchdown passes and his fourth season in a row.
He also became the only quarterback with a winning record in each of his first nine seasons.
“I think it means everything,” Wilson said. “The whole purpose of why we play, the whole purpose of why I wake up and the whole purpose of why I play this game is to win, is to get up and help our team win. I think that’s super important. I think that’s the No. 1 important record, that and Super Bowls. We want to win the Super Bowl too.”
Without Carlos Dunlap on the field, the defense continued to ascend on Sunday as well. “Snacks” Harrison forced a fumble on Frank Gore which led to Jason Myers field goal, Shaquem Griffin recorded his first sack since January after bringing down Sam Darnold in the third quarter. Ugo Amadi added two pass deflections. Jarran Reed added a sack to his tally for 4.5 sacks on the season.
Seattle’s d-line has allowed point totals of 21, 17, 17, and 3 in its last four games. Linebacker K.J. Wright attributes the defense’s improved success to weekly accountability meetings led by defensive coordinator Ken Norton.'
“These last few weeks have been excellent,” Wright said. “The communication is on-point, the limiting explosive plays is on point and we’re just really playing together. I love the way that we have our Saturday night meetings where we talk about our assignment, what’s expected of your position when the play is called, so it’s looking good and we just really got to continue.”
“I think it’s a big deal,” Carroll added. “We did it without Carlos today. He needed another week to get his foot ready and he’s been a big part of it, so I liked that other guys could respond in his place. I think it’s really significant, but it’s only as significant as the next week when we play again.”
The Seahawks have finally put together a dominant game on both sides of the ball. The question that lingers is can they sustain it?
"Consistent teams, they tend to separate themselves in December, and so we got to keep it going," Wright said. "This team is full of great leadership, this team is hungry, and we're clicking at the right time."
With the win, Seattle improved to 9-4 on the season, keeping pace with the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West. The Seahawks will head to FedExField to face the 6-7 Washington Football Team in what could be a preview of a 4-5 seeded matchup in the NFL Playoffs.