The Seattle Seahawks hosted Arizona in Week 6. It was a matchup between two teams tied for second place in NFC West. The winner would either have sole possession of second place or be tied for first place.
The Seattle Seahawks welcomed in the red birds from Arizona. Both teams came into the game with totally different vibes. Many didn’t expect this type of season from the Seahawks. Meanwhile, Arizona was expected to contend for the NFC West crown. But so far, they have been a dysfunctional mess.
This week saw the Seattle Seahawks get back into the win column. And thanks to Atlanta being 2-1 against the NFC West, the Seahawks are now tied for first place. Time to get to the overreactions from this game.
It was fun while it lasted
Well, it was a lot of fun while it lasted. The NFL has caught up and figured out Geno Smith. This week he led the Seattle Seahawks to their third-lowest scoring output of 2022. At the same time, having the worst game of his season.
Smith was sacked five times on the day as the Arizona defense swarmed him without mercy. He completed 20/31 passes (64.5%, second worst of the season) for 197 scoreless yards, averaging 6.4 yards per throw.
On the positive side, he ran six times for 48 yards. Smith will look to get back on track against the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Geno Smith targeting past the sticks:
🎯 814 passing yards (2nd)
🎯 66.1% completion percentage (1st)
🎯 135.4 passer rating (1st) pic.twitter.com/HNFtmGksFS
— PFF (@PFF) October 14, 2022
Seattle Seahawks have a bonafide pass rush
Six sacks. The Seattle Seahawks defense had six sacks, part of their ten tackles for left against Arizona and Kyler Murray. Even Darrell Taylor had a sack.
The big story was on the interior. Even without injured Al Woods, the Seahawks’ defensive tackles kicked butt. Poona Ford, Quinton Jefferson, and Shelby Harris combined for 14 tackles, with 5 for loss, including 3 sacks.
Poona Ford with a back to back sack and deflection. Really influencing the game pic.twitter.com/cUb4Zgz8vV
— Sunday Analysis (@SundayAnalysis) October 16, 2022
Rookie shines in his first NFL start
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Kenneth Walker III in Round 2 this year with the idea that he would be the team’s feature back of the future. Making his first NFL start on Sunday, he rushed 21 times for 97-yards (46 yards per carry) and one touchdown.
The best run of the day was his 31-yard scamper. All game long, he showed the vision, explosion, and cutting ability that made him coveted by the Seattle Seahawks.
KW3 also showed some pass-catching ability, with two receptions for 13-yards.
The award for Rookie Defensive Player of the year goes to …
At this point, Tariq Woolen is the front-runner for the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year award. If you don’t believe it, then ask yourself what rookie comes to mind that’s having a better season.
If that’s not enough, the rookie’s numbers to a former Legion of Boom star.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 16, 2022
That is a really incredible comparison. Hopefully, this means the Seattle Seahawks have their lockdown corner of the future. Just wait until Woolen gets some more NFL experience. This kid is going to be even better than Richard Sherman.
As previously mentioned, the Seattle Seahawks take on the LA Chargers next week. It’s is an opportunity for the Seahawks to go on their first win streak of 2022. More on this matchup in the opponent preview later this week. Let’s fly 12s!