Seahawks look bad, but get 21-20 win over Bengals

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It wasn’t a pretty win, but the 1st win of the 2019 season is a win and it counts. Your Seattle Seahawks defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that they had no business losing but almost did. This game was proof that there are no easy games in the NFL. The Seahawks who we thought had the superior talent were taken to task by a new look Bengals.

New head coach Zach Taylor replaced NFL mainstay Marvin Lewis and with an inferior roster he gave our Gridiron heroes and the NFL notice that he and the Bengals should not be taken lightly. With an offensive game plan that seemed to truly exploit the Hawks base “bend but don’t break” 4-3 defense they managed the time of possession: 36 minutes to just 24.

The Bengals unleashed QB Andy Dalton to the tune of 35-51 for 418 yards passing. Knowing full well the Hawks have a stout run defense and prefer to play a base 4-3 front, they decided to shred the Hawks DBs with the help of former UW Husky John Ross. Ross would pull in 7-158 and 2 TDs. The Hawks pass defense did not resemble the days of yore as safeties Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDougald were often out of position and contributed to the defensive woes.

The Seahawks did not look like they were in sync as they could only manage ½ the yards that the Bengals could. Chris Carson only managed 46 yards—21 of which were on a TD run. Rashaad Penny could only come up with a miserable 6-18 and the RPO (run, pass, option) failed to accumulate too much offense.

The wide receiver corps had mixed results as DK Metcalf was the focus of this 1st game as he saw 6 targets with 4 catches for 89 yards. Tyler Lockett only had 1 catch for a 44 yard TD. Tyler seemed only to be used as a deep strike threat and it confounded a lot of long time Seahawks fans who only saw him targeted twice in the game. That strike to Locket was the difference maker for the win.

“We played from behind the whole day and those guys never stopped. They never stopped thinking we were going to win the football game and that’s so valuable to us,” Carroll said.

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