PHILADELPHIA — They dedicated 12 penalties, dropped a certain landing cross and missed an open receiver on one other.
However ultimately, the Seattle Seahawks did what they’ve finished so many instances all through one other season that’s headed in the direction of the playoffs: they received regardless of taking part in nowhere near their greatest soccer.
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It is not often fairly with the Seahawks (9-2) and it actually wasn’t Sunday of their 17-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Area.
They’ve their protection to thank for this one. It bought 5 takeaways and greater than sufficient strain on Carson Wentz, regardless that Jadeveon Clowney was inactive with a sore hip and Jarran Reed missed the second half with an ankle harm.
In line with ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index, the Seahawks entered Week 12 with a 95% probability to make the playoffs with a win over the Eagles. It will have been 76% with a loss.
The Seahawks are 6-Zero on the highway this season and head residence to face the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night time Soccer.
Promising development. The Seahawks’ protection has allowed 28 factors over the previous two video games. That covers 9 quarters, for those who depend time beyond regulation of their win over the 49ers two weeks in the past (San Francisco scored a defensive landing in that sport), and features a garbage-time landing by the Eagles. That streak coincides with security Quandre Diggs’ insertion into the beginning lineup. The Seahawks’ offense needed to carry their protection over the primary half of the season, nevertheless it was the other Sunday. The following possessions after the Seahawks’ 5 takeaways produced solely three factors, with two of these drives leading to turnovers by Seattle. The Seahawks completed with two sacks and 9 official QB hits.
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Purchase/promote on a breakout efficiency. I will purchase that Rashaad Penny will get extra alternatives after his monster sport. The 2018 first-round choose ripped off a 58-yard landing run and completed with a career-high 129 yards on 14 carries. It has appeared like lip service each time Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have talked about getting Penny extra concerned. They’ve stated that greater than as soon as this season, but Penny remained buried behind Chris Carson. That may not be the case anymore after what Penny did Sunday whereas Carson (57 yards on 12 touches) fumbled once more.
QB breakdown. This was not a sport that may do a lot for Russell Wilson’s MVP candidacy. He completed 13-of-25 for 200 yards, a landing and an interception. The choose wasn’t actually his fault, approaching a throw to David Moore that was tipped. Wilson had Jacob Hollister huge open ultimately zone however airmailed the throw, one thing you not often see. The wind that gusted by way of Lincoln Monetary Area for a lot of the afternoon may need been an element. Wilson delivered an ideal throw into that wind on his landing cross to Malik Turner, which got here on a trick play that had Carson pitching the ball again to the quarterback.
Troubling development. The Seahawks fumbled twice Sunday and misplaced one on a botched handoff between Wilson and Carson. That makes 12 misplaced fumbles this season, already their most in a season beneath Carroll, with 5 video games nonetheless to go. Laborious to assign blame on a botched handoff, however the different fumble was on Carson, persevering with what’s been a difficulty for him. He has seven fumbles this season. Carroll has caught with him thus far, however there needs to be a breaking level for a coach who stresses the significance of possessing the ball as a lot as he does.