Today we saw the number one offense in the Seattle Seahawks take on the number two defense in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams. In a day and age where defense is so overlooked, we saw just how important it could be when you have two top tier teams facing off. Los Angeles was able to hold Seattle to only sixteen points. That is nearly fourteen points less of their average on the year. The Rams held the Seahawks’ offense to just three points in the whole second half. The offensive line, which has been better than expected on the season, showed flashbacks to last year’s group with mental mistakes and missed assignments. Seattle’s defense still looks to be struggling, especially in the secondary with Shaquill Griffin being out yet again this week.
So far this season, Russell Wilson has been hosting an MVP campaign. However, in today’s game, we saw what happens when one player tries to do too much. Wilson posted 248 yards on 22-37 through the air but also married it with three turnovers. On both interceptions, Wilson decided to flee the pocket when he had more than enough time. Wilson had no choice but to scramble with constant pressure all day by the Los Angeles pass rush. Wilsons internal clock then speeds up, making him think he has less time to get rid of the ball. For example, Wilson had Olsen running a post and Dissly running a wheel. The defense seemed to be playing off the ball, which gives Wilson the ability to hit Dissly on the holeshot near the sideline. As Russell snapped the ball, he started to roll out of the pocket, missing Dissly on the holeshot right out of the gate. When Russell noticed he had Dissly, it was too late, and the cornerback was able to jump the throw resulting in an interception.
Darious Williams = BALLHAWK. pic.twitter.com/2txv0KwuNd
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 15, 2020
The other surprising factor was the lack of targets given to DK Metcalf. The matchup that everyone wanted to see on the day was between Jalen Ramsey and Metcalf, and to be honest, we didn’t get to see any sort of competition. Metcalf only received four targets on the day resulting in two catches, and quite frankly, the other two passes thrown by Wilson were arrant and uncatchable.
On the bright side for Seattle, they had a record-breaking field goal. Jason Myers was 3/3 on the day on field goals, but the one that stood out the most was the 61-yard field goal he made in the second quarter. His connection was the longest field goal in franchise history. Myers also ranks number three in franchise history for consecutive field goals made.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 15, 2020
When looking at the Seattle defense, there are still a lot of lingering questions. Are we ever going to have a healthy secondary? Is Carlos Dunlap going to be all that’s needed to improve the pass rush? And the biggest question of all is what will happen to Seattle’s defensive coordinator, Ken Norton? Shaquill Griffin should be back next Thursday for another division matchup against the explosive Cardinals team. Quinton Dunbar seems to still be week to week, and again Seattle has a massive drop off from the first-string to second string on its depth chart.
Seattle has seen a boost in the pass rush sense the addition of Carlos Dunlap and the return of Jamal Adams. The Seahawks have recorded ten sacks in the last two games, double what Seattle had in their previous seven games.
Even though Seattle has improved in the pass rush, defensive coordinator Ken Norton is still under fire. Seattle’s defense ranks 30th in points per game and 32nd in passing yards. If something isn’t done on the ball’s defensive side, particularly in the secondary, Seattle will be looking for a new DC.
Seattle has a short week ahead, where they look to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night football. Arizona is coming off a last-second thriller against the Buffalo Bills. The game is scheduled for 5:20 at Century Link Field. Check out live game updates on our Twitter @CascadiaSN.