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Super Bowl — Seahawks steamroll Texans

DALLAS, TX — After losing to the Cleveland Browns in Super Bowl LII, the Seattle Seahawks would not be denied a second time three seasons later.

Russel Wilson passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns and ran in one, Chris Carson scored twice on the ground, and the Seahawks waltzed to victory over the Houston Texans 52-17 in Super Bowl LVI at AT&T Stadium — claiming the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in the last ten Super Bowl competitions.

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Week 9 — Seattle snaps Buccs three-game winning streak

TAMPA BAY, FL — Seattle won their second straight game to strengthen their grip on the NFC West lead by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 at Raymond James Stadium in Week 9.

The 6-2 Seahawks will enter the second half of the season with a two game lead over the Arizona Cardinals who are 4-4. Arizona and Seattle will face each other in Week 12.

“A strong defensive effort helped us win this one,” said Seattle head coach William Bruno. 

The Seahawks defense was fueled by defensive tackle Jarran Reed’s two sacks, and linebacker Bobby Wagner’seight tackles. It was the third time this season that the defense had held the opponent to 10 points or less.

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Week 8 — Seahawks get back in win column as defense excels

Seattle (5-2) busted out of their losing funk to roll past Chicago 34-24. Fueled by two interceptions, the Seahawks defense looked rejuvenated after two straight losses.

The victory was highlighted by two Russell Wilson keepers — an 8-yard scramble in the second quarter, and a 44-yard dash late in the fourth quarter that extended the Seahawks’ lead to 34-17. 

  • CB Mike Hughes and SS Marquise Blair intercepted Bears’ QB Dale Logan
  • Russell Wilson failed to throw for a TD, but waltzed in twice for scores
  • SEA running backs Travis Homer, and Jaylen Samuels each scored on rushing touchdowns

INJURY NOTE: HB Wayne Gallman, Jr. was cleared to play in Week 8. He’ll backup Jaylen Samuels who has done a decent job as the #1 running back. However, everything will change in two weeks when Chris Carson is expected to join the team from injury.

Week 8 — CB Awuzie set to return

Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie will return from a shoulder tear injury to play against the Chicago Bears in Week 8. Awuzie, who missed 4 weeks with the injury,  was signed in the offseason as a free agent, agreeing to a 4-year contract worth over $66M.

Week 7 — Seattle losing streak extends to 2 games

The Seahawks (4-2) sought to even the score against New Orleans (5-1-1), but they’ll have to wait as the Saints came out on top again, 37-30.

The Saints eliminated Seattle in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs last season, cutting short what was a pretty good season for the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks who finished 11-5.

Jacoby Briskett outperformed Russell again, passing for 332 yards, and 3 touchdowns, without an interception. Briskett’s favorite target was Pro Bowl receiver Michael Thomas (9 catches, 122 yards) who was on the other end of all three Briskett strikes.

As a team, Seattle was flat. They were out-gained 571 to 277 in total yards. On the ground, Saints running back Alvin Kamara was unimpeded, rushing for 204 yards, 2 TD. Seattle rushing game was led by Travis Homer (40 yards, 12 carries). Wilson and HB Jaylen Samuels both ran in for a score.

TWO STRAIGHT LOSSES

The Seahawks’ loss was their second straight after getting defeated by the Los Angeles Rams 38-31 in Week 6. Next week, Seattle plays its fifth straight home game when they face the Chicago Bears (4-2).

Week 3 — Seahawks remain unbeaten with late field goal

Seattle (3-0) had to work much harder to see their way to a victory in Week 3. The Seahawks needed a 17-point fourth quarter that included a late field goal by Jason Myers in order to edge the Arizona Cardinals 31-28 at CenturyLink Stadium. The Cardinals fell to 1-2 on the season.

It was over when — With 1:11 to play and the game tied 28-28, Seattle took possession on their own 31 yard line. Seven plays later, Jason Myers nailed a 57-yard field to give the Seahawks a 31-28 lead. The Cardinals were left with 27 seconds and failed to penetrate Seattle’s secondary and never advanced into field goal range.

  • Russell Wilson thew for 273 yards, 2 TD and collected another 66 rushing yards with a touchdown.
  • Kyler Murray went 24-33, 249 yards, 2 TD, and ran for 41 yards.
  • ARZ’s HB Marlon Mack exploded for 188 yards, 2 TD on 27 carries
  • MLB Bobby Wagner registered 11 tackles (1 TFL)

Week 2 — Seahawks 17, Raiders 9

Seattle improved to 2-0 with a 17-9 victory against Oakland. Russell Wilson’s 2-yard TD run in the second quarter erased the Raiders’ 3-0 lead and Seattle never trailed again. 

It was over when — Trailing by a 14-9 score with 1:45 to play, Oakland had a chance to get in one last possession if they could stop Seattle on 3rd down and 15. Wilson squashed that chance by scrambling for 17 yards to extend the Seahawks drive. Seattle would not give up possession the rest of the way — adding a final FG of 36 yards for a 17-9 lead with 2 seconds to play.

  • DeMarcus Christmas, 3 tackles, 2 TFL
  • Shaquil Griffin went without an INT, but recorded 8 TKLs
  • David Moore was the recipient of Wilson’s only TD pass

Seahawks lose Gallman for 8 weeks

Wayne Gallman Jr. suffered a broken collarbone in Seattle’s win over Dallas. Gallman was elevated to starting running back after Chris Carson was injured in the preseason. Now, Gallman and Carson’s recovery time is about the same. Next man up — offseason acquisition Jaylen Samuels will be the primary running back. His backups will be Travis Homer, and rookie Austin Brooks.

Week 1 — Seahawks 27, Cowboys 10, lose another HB

The Seattle Seahawks began their season strong, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 at AT&T Stadium. Russell Wilson was sharp, completing 22 of 30 passes for 280 yards. Wilson feet did the scoring though — running it in twice for 2 TDs. And when Wilson was throwing it, he found Tyler Lockett 9 times for 139 yards.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a rough beginning to the season. He faced the Seahawks revamped defense and struggled, throwing two picks (both landing in the hands of Shaquill Griffin). Prescott averaged only 7.7 yards per pass.

On defense, Seattle’s linebacker found their target for 2 sacks of Prescott. Second-year LOLB Andrew Broughton, and Bobby Wagner had a sack each. 

It was over when — Dallas scored their first points just before the half to make it 17-7. In the third quarter, Jamie Myers nailed a 21-yard field goal to widen the lead to 20-7. With momentum on their side, Seattle breeze to the final line.

AROUND THE NFC WEST

  • Cardinals 16, 49ers 10 — Arizona wins in OT; ARZ Emory Wyrick 2 sacks,
  • Saints 24, Rams 21 — New Orleans won in overtime, Gurley 177 yds, 2 TD

Preseason Week 4 — Dolphins 24, Seahawks 17

The Seahawks fell a game short of a perfect preseason, losing to Miami in the finale. The starters only played in the first quarter in the ramp up to the regular season. Fortunately, Seattle did not add on to their injured list as Chris Carson’s loss is enough.

In the position battle for the free safety who will share equal time with Bradley McDougald, it was 25-year old Ugochukwu Amadi who out-performed J.D. Reed.

The Seahawks will face the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener on the road.

Preseason Week 3 — Seahawks 34, Bills 28

Seattle remained undefeated in the Preseason after pounding the Buffalo Bills 36-28. The Seahawks finished with 613 total offensive yards while allowing just 227 total yards. 

Disaster struck the Seahawks. Chris Carson tore a bicep in the game and will miss up to 11 weeks. The only good news in this is that he’ll return in the regular season stretch run starting Week 9. With the Seahawks bye week occurring in Week 4, he’ll miss just half the season… Backup Wayne Gallman Jr. stepped in and ran 30 times for 95 yards and scored twice.

Russell Wilson was in the zone, completing 31 of 35 passes for 365 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Kurt Cousins also looked great in backup (6-12, 137 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT).

Preseason Week 2 — Seahawks 20, Panthers 14

Seattle won their second preseason game and their defense looks impressive. The 4-3 Cover 3 looks to be what the defense needed. But the regular season awaits.

First half observations — The Seahawks took a 10-6 lead into halftime with the starters playing the first two quarters. The Seahawks defense allowed 71 passing yards, and 62 rushing yards, and held the Panthers to 2-5 on 3rd down conversion attempts. 

Russell Wilson went without a passing touchdown while throwing a pick, but was sharp, going 12-for-18, 110 yards. Cam Newton was 8-12, 77 yards. On Defense, LOLB Andrew Broughton led with 5 tackles, 1 sack. 

It was over when — The Panthers came up short on their final drive that could have won them the game. On 2nd and 7 at Seattle’s 26 yard line (Panthers out of time outs), Will Grier completed a 11 yard pass to Mike Gesicki and time expired, preserving the Seahawks 20-14 lead.

Preseason Objectives

WK1 – vs New England Patriots
WK2 – at Carolina Panthers
WK3 – at buffalo Bills
WK4 – vs Miami Dolphins

Objectives:

  • 1st round pick LE Mario Dailey needs 500 snaps to unlock his Potential. We don’t want to risk injury in preseason but we do want to give him a lot of playing time to spur growth.
  • Position battle for FS2 – Give Amadi and McDougald equal playing time in preseason games. Playing against 1st string opposition is important, so make sure to give each 2 starts.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of 4-3 Cover 3 defense. Only look at 1st quarter stats for the preseason when Seattle faces 1st string opposition. 

What to Watch For in 2022 Season

NEW LEADERSHIP

Pete Carroll retired after 12 season as head coach. In his place, William Bruno steps in the spotlight. Bruno will bring changes to strategy on the field:

The West Coast Spread is designed to keep the defense guessing with a focus on short passing horizontally across the field. With the defense spread thin, the quarterback is looking for openings to scramble while reading the routes.

The 4-3 Cover 3 defense focuses on forcing methodical offensive drives. Passing rushing up front, coverage in the middle, and safeties unafraid to play aggressively, this defense will force the offense to sustain their drives with small gains.


RUNNING GAME

The Seahawks front office failed to negotiate a new contract with backup running back Rashaad Penny. Penny was a worthy replacement for Chris Carson after he went on the injured reserve. Carson’s new backup is untested Wayne Gallman, the previous 3rd string back. 


DEFENSIVE LINE

Both starting defensive tackles, Jarran Reed and Andrew Billings, had expiring contracts. Billings was replaceable, and the Seahawks re-signed Reed to 2 years, $21.1M (the largest negotiated contract of the offseason). The D-line suffers a significant drop off after Reed with DT2 DeMarcus Christmas (67 OVR). 

While the pressure in the middle might be soft, the outside will bring the heat. Number 12 pick LE Mario Dailey starts his career at 76 overall and is expected to be a stud in the league. Power rusher Rasheem Green will apply pressure on the right side. Green is untested in his 3-year career.

By the numbers: The Seahawks finished in the middle of the rankings or lower in sacks and interceptions last season


LEFT GUARD UPGRADE

In Stage 3 of free agency, the Seahawks successfully negotiated a deal to sign LG Kelechi Osemele (OVR 77). Osemele is a 2nd rounder (pick 29) from the 2011 draft out of Iowa State with 2 Pro Bowl appearances. He moves into the starting position at LG, bumping Cory Glenn down to 2nd string. He brings a Lead Block Rating of 92 and should open up a path for Chris Carson to power through.


PRESEASON POSITION BATTLE FOR FREE SAFETY

D.J. Reed (73 OVR) joins free safeties Ugochukwu Amadi (74 OVR) and Bradley McDougald (74 OVR). At 31 years old, McDougald is expected to regress. Amadi and Reed can battle it out in the preseason with the runner up getting traded or cut.

 

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