The Seahawks ended their 2017 season with a 38-10 beat down of the Lions, and we have three takeaways from that game.
The “mariners news” is a summary of the 3 Seahawks takeaways from Week 17 beatdown of Lions. The Seahawks were able to win their final game of the season, and will now head into the playoffs as one of the top seeds in the NFC.
During the Seattle Seahawks’ Week 17 clash against the Detroit Lions, Pete Carroll’s team seemed to finally shake off the rust. The Seahawks rallied for probably their finest performance of the season when they defeated the Lions, despite having had an entirely terrible season. Even without Bobby Wagner, the offense was strong, and the defense, though still lacking, did enough to keep the Seahawks in the lead. With that in mind, here are some key lessons from Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the Lions.
With the win, the Seahawks improve to 6-10 on the season. Because Seattle does not possess a first-round draft selection in 2022, moral wins are all they have to play for, and there isn’t much of a silver lining if they lose. Their sixth victory of the season doesn’t directly help them, but it does have an influence on the New York Jets, who are praying for as many losses as possible from the Seahawks.
Given Seattle’s poor season, a game-changing win like the one in Week 17 had to feel good. The offense as a whole was running on all cylinders. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were significantly engaged in Russell Wilson’s game plan, while Rashaad Penny continued to show why he was a first-round draft selection in 2018. Still, the defense left plenty to be desired, and both sides of the ball have potential for growth. With that in mind, here are our Week 17 Seattle Seahawks takeaways.
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Takeaways from Week 17 for the Seattle Seahawks
Rashaad Penny, the third, has arrived.
Injuries have hampered the Seahawks’ 2018 first-round choice throughout his career, but he seems to be in better shape than ever. With that clean sheet of health, Penny has begun to resemble the promising young running back the Seahawks so much wanted a few years ago. Penny had 25 carries for 170 yards and two scores on Sunday, averaging 6.8 yards per rush. He was practically unstoppable as he plowed past Detroit’s defense, gaining significant yards nearly every time the ball was placed in his hands.
Penny has been playing his greatest football of his life over the last several weeks. Penny has run 69 times for 481 yards and five touchdowns since Week 14, averaging an amazing 6.97 yards per carry. While he’s a non-factor as a receiver, with just seven targets in that time, his work out of the backfield has been crucial for the Seahawks. Not only has he improved his overall game, but making opponents to prepare for one of Penny’s spectacular plays has freed up the rest of Seattle’s playbook.
2. The offseason’s emphasis should be on defense.
There isn’t much more that can be said about Seattle’s defense that hasn’t already been stated a hundred times. The group is unquestionably horrible. Seattle’s defense surrenders an average of 380 yards per game, which ranks them 30th in the NFL. The Seahawks’ running defense isn’t world-class, but it’s more than enough. However, the secondary, as well as Seattle’s pass defense as a whole, is abysmal. The Seahawks are second to bottom in the NFL, allowing opposition quarterbacks to average 270.4 passing yards per game. The only club worse than them in that category is the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off two humbling losses to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals, which have likely inflated their statistics.
Seattle spent a lot of money to buy Jamal Adams from the Jets, but it hasn’t paid off as Adams has (for the most part) struggled in coverage and excelled at going after the quarterback, which isn’t something you need from a safety. Adams has been out for a few weeks due to injury, and Seattle’s defense has unexpectedly improved in his absence.
1. Russell Wilson must have faith in his wide receivers.
Whatever the source of Russell Wilson’s and DK Metcalf’s feud, it seems the two have resolved their differences. Rumors spread about Russ’ response to DK Metcalf’s supposed sexual activity (not that it had anything to do with Russ), and Metcalf’s target share plummeted in the weeks that followed. Whether it was a coincidence or not, it raised concerns about a potential lack of trust between the two.
On Sunday, that didn’t seem to be the case, as Wilson and Metcalf appeared to be totally in sync. Metcalf snagged six of his nine receptions for six touchdowns as the Seahawks attack annihilated the Lions. Metcalf had 63 receiving yards and even scrambled for six yards in the contest. His presence in the game was a significant benefit for Seattle, demonstrating the influence he can have when properly employed. He’s scored four touchdowns in the last two games, and although it’s exciting to see him reclaim his old form, Seahawks supporters will be wishing he could have performed at this level when the team was still in contention for the playoffs.
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The “seattle seahawks record” is the final score of the Seahawks’ Week 17 beatdown of the Lions. The Seahawks won 38-10, as they clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.
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