Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

PHILADELPHIA – The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) remain a perfect 6-0 on the road this season after beating the Eagles (5-6), 17-9, at Lincoln Financial Field. It was a game the Seahawks should have won by at least 20 as they dominated throughout.

A career day from Rashaad Penny (58-yard rushing touchdown) and another standout performance from the Seahawks defense (five takeaways and three sacks) were Sunday’s top headlines. Here’s what you need to know from Seattle’s win against the Eagles.

1. Defense carries Seahawks for second-straight game

Even with Jadeveon Clowney (hip/knee) out, Seattle’s pass rush had a major impact for the second-consecutive game. Ziggy Ansah had easily his best game as a member of the Seahawks with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Rasheem Green also had a fantastic game with a sack and forced fumble.

Shaquem Griffin had a few pressures and although he didn’t get credited with a forced fumble (they called it aborted in the official stats) but he made it into the backfield that led to Carson Wentz dropping the football. Quinton Jefferson recovered the loose ball on that play.

Bradley McDougald had a diving interception, his second pick of the season. Quandre Diggs recovered a fumble forced by Shaquill Griffin. Tre Flowers intercepted Wentz late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Seahawks scored just three points off of the five takeaways.

This is back-to-back standout games for Seattle’s defense. Diggs appears to be a major difference-maker, and there’s an aggression from the entire group that wasn’t seen in the first nine games. To be able to affect the passer to that level, despite being without Clowney, is a sign of a huge step forward.

 

Wentz finished the game with just 256 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and three fumbles. Most of that production, including the score, came in garbage time.

2. Missed opportunities and penalties nearly cost Seahawks

Seattle won, but the margin of victory should have been far greater. The Seahawks scored just three points off turnovers. After two of Seattle’s takeaways, the offense proceeded to false start on the very next snap.

Penalties plagued the defense as well. After a Michael Dickson punt was downed at the Eagle’s 1-yard line, the defense immediately jumped offside. A holding penalty against Shaquill Griffin also negated a sack/fumble by Ziggy Ansah.

The offense missed two chances at easy touchdowns. DK Metcalf dropped what would have been a 38-yard score. Wilson then missed a wide-open Jacob Hollister that would have been a 6-yard touchdown. On that particular play, Wilson could have ran the ball in himself. He seemed to hesitate and go back-and-forth several times on whether to run or throw.

After Diggs’ fumble recovery, Seattle fumbled the ball right back to Philadelphia on a miscommunication between Chris Carson and Russell Wilson. The offense was ugly for most of the afternoon.

3. Rashaad Penny’s career day

Philadelphia remained within one-score (10-3) into the fourth quarter until Penny broke free for a 58-yard touchdown. It was the longest run of Penny’s career. He finished the game with a career-high 129 yards on 14 carries.

Given that Carson fumbled for the second-straight game and the seventh time this season, we could see Penny earn a greater timeshare in Seattle’s backfield.

Odds and ends:

- Russell Wilson’s lone touchdown of the game came on some trickery – a flea flicker to Malik Turner for a 33-yard score. It was a beauty of a throw down the middle of the field and a fantastic over-the-shoulder catch from Turner. Turner has been very productive when given opportunities. He’s now caught 10-of-13 targets for 186 yards and one touchdown on the season.

- Wilson threw for just 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He won’t care given the win, but it knocked his MVP case a bit.

- Jarran Reed (ankle) and Nick Bellore (quad) each left the game and did not return.

- Akeem King, not Ugo Amadi, played nickel for the Seahawks. That might have been a matchup thing with the Eagles using so many two tight end sets.