While it was not a perfect game the Seahawks 33-13 win over the Houston Texans was as good as the Hawks have played all season. Sometimes what you did is more important than who you did it against. Let the record show that the Seahawk’s have won two games in row for the first time this season. Why and how you ask ?
A fully healthy Russell Wilson showed why he is considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Running back Rashaad Penny had his best game as a pro and Tyler Locket had another Pro Bowl performance. Add a second consecutive second half shut out by the defense one can see why head coach Pete Carroll and the 12’s for that matter feeling the team is closer to a contender rather than a rebuild come season’s end.
With injuries concerns behind him Wilson was quick footed in the pocket, stepping up when the pocket began to collapse, dumping the ball off to intermediate route runners and he even tucked the ball under his arm for an eight-yard gain that helped move the chains. Wilson’s ability to move around the pocket enabled him to throw long, short, and pretty much anywhere he wanted. Wilson finished the day 17 of 28 for 260 yards and two touchdowns for a 115.2 passer rating. While all of the receivers benefited from Wilson’s pinpoint accuracy the biggest beneficiary was Tyler Lockett who had five receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a jaw dropping 55-yard reception just before half time .The 142 reception yards saw Lockett reach the 1,000 receiving yards marks for the third season in a row. The only other Seahawk player to accomplish that feat in NFL Hall of Fame Steve Largent.
Getting a second consecutive start for the first time in his career often injured and much maligned Penny showed why the Seahawks made him a first round pick in the 2018 draft. Penny finished the game with a career high 16 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
"He was running so hard and of course the big plays that exploded," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He was running tough and everything. We've been waiting for a little juice from the run game, and it was really there today in a big way.
The Seahawks defense pitched another second half shutout for the second game in a row. This without Pro Bowl Safety Jamal Adams who will have another shoulder surgery. Say what you want about Adams’s pass coverage skills his energy and enthusiasm is a game change for the Seahawks defense.
The question is the glass half full or half empty. Carroll coached teams also finish the last part of the season on strong push. With just four games left in the season how the Seahawks fare against the LA Rams and Arizona Cardinals will bring clarity.