They had to go all the way to London, but the Seattle Seahawks still gave Oakland a 27-3 butt kicking. Here are three takeaways from the game.
The Seattle Seahawks were victorious from over the pond, but what exactly did the Seahawks do best, do good, and do bad? These were the takeaways from this weeks blowout. Let us take a look.
Over the last few weeks, the Seattle Seahawks defense has played pretty tight, assignment-sound football. The biggest disappointment so far has been the inconsistency of the Seahawks pass rush. This week that was vastly different.
The defense totaled five sacks during the game with Frank Clark having 2.5 sacks on his own. Other contributors including Jarran Reed, Branden Jackson, Quinton Jefferson, and Shamar Stephen all put their names in the sack column of the boxscore
Another big aspect in the game was the Seattle’s ability to make tackles for loss. The defense recorded six TFLs including, stopping ex-seahawk Marshawn Lynch for short or no gain on several plays.
This week Seattle forced three fumbles and recovered two of them, and with Russell Wilson throwing a single interception, the turnover ratio was 2:1. The Seahawks broke even on turnovers the first two weeks. Since week three, when the offense got to their run-first identity, the Seatle Seahawks have won all but one game and have eight takeaways to one give away. They lead the NFL with a +7 turnover margin.
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The Seahawks have been really good at attacking balls in the air this season. Over the last two weeks, they have knocked out four opposing receivers with clean hard hits. Defensive End Frank Clark has been really good at strip sacking the quarterback as well.
Harming Themselves with Penalties
The offense still is having issues and hurting themselves with penalties. At one point during the game, the Seahawks were backed up to 1st & 28 leading to a punt at the end of the drive. Though it didn’t do anything to help the Oakland Raiders, it did end additional scoring opportunities for the Seattle Seahawks.
Last week against the Los Angeles Rams was a big example of how the Seahawks have been hurting themselves, the offensive line had two penalties in a row that spoiled a possible comeback win on their final possession.
If Seattle wants to keep winning they need to play assignment sound and keep the false start and holding penalties to a minimum.
Seattle made many good plays in the win over the Oakland Raiders. Though Oakland is not a top team in the National Football League, the Seahawks have continued to get better and better. I’m very hopeful for the rest of the season.