On Monday Night, the Seahawks pulled off an unlikely upset against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. What can we take away from this game?
The 12s looked on eagerly. Some were anxious, some were excited, some were scared of a blowout loss. But all were at least a little bit shocked by what occurred in the first Monday Night Football game of the year. The prevention of a Russell Wilson revenge game has the Seahawks fan base riding high into Week Two.
Seahawks Takeaways From Monday Night Win
Defense gives up yardage but won’t be beaten
While the Broncos were able to rack up 433 total yards, they scored just 16 points. This was mainly due to two goal-line stands that each ended in a fumble recovered by the Seahawks. What I took away from these big plays was that the Pete Carroll mojo is back in the defense. The Seattle run defense looked mediocre at best, and there were multiple instances when Denver receivers were wide open. But for a young defense just looking to bring energy and development, Monday night was a great night.
Geno Smith makes it happen, room for improvement still
First half Geno Smith looked just as good as Russell Wilson ever has. He was able to move around in the pocket and avoid pressure, finding open tight ends and receivers en route to a 17-point first half. In the second half, more pressure was on Geno and he wasn’t able to make as many plays, but I was happy to see him make effective scrambles in times where he could have taken a sack. Before next week, he should look to improve his willingness to find a running back in the flat rather than throwing a deep ball to a covered receiver. Overall, great stuff from Geno.
Rookie tackles tested, run game falters
For the most part, I saw good play from Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross in this game. Obviously, Charles Cross was beat badly by Bradley Chubb twice in the second half, but in his first career game, I don’t see any issue with letting up eventual pressure to a great player. Outside of his holding penalty that negated a breakaway run by Rashaad Penny, Abraham Lucas played a good game as well. Overall, the Seahawks run game was dampened by the lack of push the offensive line had against Denver’s defensive line, but the two starting rookie tackles have nowhere to go but up.
Injury-riddled game may lead to Week Two problems
At least four defensive Seahawks were injured at one point during Monday Night’s game. While a few of these should be minor, there was at least one major injury to safety Jamal Adams. More to come on Seahawks injuries tomorrow. If any of these players are to miss the Week Two game against the 49ers, it will test the Seahawks already questionable depth on defense.
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