CLEVELAND – It wasn’t pretty – in fact, it was quite ugly – but the Seattle Seahawks improved to 5-1 on Sunday and remain a perfect 3-0 on the road after beating the Cleveland Browns (2-4), 32-28.
Seattle just always seems to find a way as four of its wins are by four points or less. Here are the immediate takeaways that you need to know following the wild contest at FirstEnergy Stadium.
1. Russell Wilson still playing like an MVP
Wilson was stellar again, completing 23-of-33 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. He added 31 rushing yards and another score. Wilson’s best throw of the day came at the end of the first half, an 18-yard touchdown to Jaron Brown in the back right corner of the end zone. It was an absolute dime with heavy pressure coming up the middle on a blitz. Wilson made the throw while being blasted.
He found Brown for a second touchdown in the third quarter on a 6-yard pass. Wilson’s touchdown run was a 16-yarder on Seattle’s opening possession.
2. Pass rush MIA (again)
Less than a week after the 49ers sacked Baker Mayfield four times and hit him eight times, the Seahawks failed to register a single quarterback hit. The entire pass rush was invisible despite 37 total pass attempts from Mayfield. Seattle is still stuck at just 10 sacks through six games.
3. Timely turnovers
Seattle's defense was saved by four takeaways against the Browns.
Tre Flowers had his first-career interception, picking off Mayfield in the first half.
Tedric Thompson had his second interception in as many weeks. His clutch takeaway just before halftime kept Cleveland off the scoreboard and led to Jaron Brown’s touchdown catch in the final minute of the second quarter. Like the first, this interception also came off a tipped pass as Shaquill Griffin made a great play on the ball.
Ezekiel Ansah stripped Nick Chubb on a screen pass and recovered the fumble himself. It was his biggest play as a member of the Seahawks thus far.
Finally, K.J. Wright picked off a pass to ice the game that bounced off the hands of Browns running back Dontrell Hilliard.
If not for the takeaways, Cleveland likely would have steamrolled Seattle. The Browns racked up 406 total yards. Nick Chubb ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 101 yards. If not for a few drops, Beckham's day would have been much bigger.
Odds and end:
- Chris Carson notched his third-straight 100-yard game with 24 carries, 124 yards, and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 35 yards. He’s been an absolute monster as of late for Seattle.
- Will Dissly left the game in the second quarter with a left Achilles injury and did not return. A torn Achilles would end his season and keep him out likely into the beginning of 2020.
- David Moore blocked a punt in the second quarter that led to a Seahawks field goal.
- C.J. Prosise was in the game on two curious plays. He was given the ball on a 2-point conversion attempt in the second quarter and didn’t convert. He was also in the game on a crucial 3rd-and-1 at the end of the third quarter and lost a fumble.