Seattle escaped week two with a narrow victory over the New England Patriots. The Seahawks defense stuffed Cam Newton at the goal-line on the game’s final play resulting in a 35-30 win. Both defenses struggled to stop the opposing offense. Russell Wilson and Cam Newton both put on amazing performances. Let’s recap this Primetime shootout and take a look at how the Seahawks were able to get the win.
Russell Wilson For MVP
I know it’s only week two but Wilson is clearly on a mission this season. He’s played flawless football and the offense looks unstoppable. New England has arguably the best secondary in the NFL but Wilson had no trouble picking them apart. He attacked them early and often. It didn’t matter who was in coverage, Wilson found a way to throw the perfect ball. Even reigning DPOY Stephon Gilmore got a taste of the action. Take a look at this beautiful touchdown pass to DK Metcalf in the second quarter:
Russell Wilson makes a perfect throw to DK Metcalf for the 54-yard TD! #Seahawks
— NFL (@NFL) September 21, 2020
Metcalf ran right by Stephon Gilmore on the play above and made it look easy. He’s developing into one of the league’s best deep threats. For the the game, he recorded 4 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett put together a solid performance as well, finishing with 7 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. It was a dominant performance all around for the offense but Russell Wilson spearheaded the attack. He passed for 288 yards and 5 touchdowns. Through the teams first two games Wilson has completed 52/63 of his passes for 610 yards and 9 TD’s with only one interception. Definitely the early favorite for MVP.
Is The Defense A Problem?
For the second straight week the Seattle defense was torched through the air. Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards against the defense in week one and week two was no different. Patriots QB Cam Newton ended the game with 397 passing yards. The Patriots offense as a whole gained over 450 yards. The lack of a pass rush was evident once again as Newton had plenty of time in the pocket. Jamal Adams was the only Seahawk defender to record a sack for the second straight week. He pressured Newton on a couple of blitzes too. Adams is special but you don’t want your safety to be the only player that can pressure the QB.
The Seahawks don’t have the kind of corners that can lock WR’s up so a good pass rush is necessary. Last week the Falcons had three wide receivers record over 100 yards. While that didn’t happen Sunday night, the defense did give up 179 yards to Julian Edelman. This is something Pete Carroll and the defensive staff must address. Through two games opposing QB’s have thrown for 847 yards against Seattle. If a Super Bowl is the goal this season then this is something that they’ll have to fix. It was a great win but you don’t want to see your defense get torched like that. Things don’t get any easier in week 3 with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys coming to town. Let’s see if they can keep Dak under 300 passing yards.