It took overtime, but the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) got the job done, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6), 40-34, from CenturyLink Field. Jason Myers missed a field goal that would have won the game for Seattle in regulation, but Russell Wilson saved the day once again.
Here are the quick postgame takeaways. Stay tuned for more in depth coverage.
1. Wilson to Lockett magic continues
The Seahawks passing game has turned into Lockett or bust since Will Dissly tore his Achilles. What’s wild is that it has been working. Lockett had another monster game on Sunday. He caught 13 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores were sensational over the-shoulder throws from Wilson. They also connected on a 30-yard deep ball down the right sideline to convert 2nd-and-22 in the third quarter.
Wilson’s boosted his MVP candidacy in this one with 378 yards, five touchdown passes and a 133.7 quarterback rating.
DK Metcalf had his best game of the season with six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He had several clutch receptions in crunch time at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime.
Jacob Hollister caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Pass rush (finally) comes through for Seattle
Jameis Winston picked Seattle apart for three quarters as the Seahawks failed to establish any semblance of a pass rush. However two second-half sacks proved to be a major difference in the game. Bobby Wagner sacked Winston to stall one drive. Mychal Kendricks sacked Winston in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble. Rasheem Green scooped up the loose ball and ran it 34 yards to the Bucs 15-yard line.
Other than that, the Seahawks defense was largely awful. Winston racked up 335 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans had 12 receptions for 180 yards. Ronald Jones had 67 rushing yards and a touchdown.
3. Nightmare season continues for Jason Myers
Myers missed a 47-yard field goal and a PAT in the first half. He then missed a 40-yard field goal that would have won the game as time expired. He’s now just 3-of-8 on field goals of at least 40 yards this season. He’s also missed two extra points. Seattle has got to consider making a change at kicker this week. Myers signed a four-year, $15.4 million guaranteed this offseason.
Odds and ends:
- Luke Willson left the game in the first half with a rib injury, but he returned in the second half. He caught two passes for 20 yards.
- Duane Brown went to the locker room early before halftime as it looked like he got rolled up on. He never ended up missing a snap and no injury was reported.
- Tre Flowers was called for defensive pass interference twice in the first half. Bobby Wagner was called for unnecessary roughness for a late hit against Winston. All three penalties led to points for Tampa Bay.
- Chris Carson ripped off a season-long 59-yard run in the third quarter, breaking four tackles along the way. Carson fumbled at the end of the play but it bounced harmlessly out of bounds. Carson did lose a fumble in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 24, giving Tampa Bay the ball at Seattle’s 45-yard line. He finished the game with 16 carries for 105 yards.
- Pete Carroll once again challenged a play looking for offensive pass interference. He lost the challenge again and Seattle lost a valuable timeout that it needed on the final drive of regulation. Carroll can’t help himself on those instances.