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The 9-2 Seattle Seahawks decided to make yet another game way too close as they dispatched the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 17-9. The Hawks misfired early as they went 3 and out and allowed the Eagles a 9 play drive to get a field goal.
In the 1st quarter, the Hawks would find paydirt with some razzle dazzle on a 33 yard pass form Russell Wilson to Malik Turner for his 1st career TD and the Seahawks 7-3 lead. The Hawks wouldn’t put another TD on the board until the 4th quarter when Rashaad Penny would scamper 58 yards to the endzone for the 17-3 lead.
The game was a rater sloppy mess. The Eagles would contribute 5 turnovers–that the Seahawks should have score far more with the opportunities—and the Hawks would contribute 2 more that showed an incredible ineptitude by both offenses. The Hawks also accounted for 12 penalties for 90 yards that constantly stalled their efforts.
Even though Jadaveon Clowney was out due to injury the Seahawks did get some pass rush with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions off of QB pressures. Ziggy Ansah finally came up big with 4 tackles and 1 ½ sacks and Rasheem Green turned in a stellar performance with 2 tackles for losses. While we cant quantify the performance of newcomer Quandre Diggs, his presence was evidenced by a mediocre QB performance by Carson Wentz of the Eagles. Carson completed 33/45 however, it was for a meager 256 yards 2 INTs and just 1 TD. The Hawks run game allowed 106 yards, however, their bend but don’t break nature only allowed 9 points on the board.
The Seahawks offense was a bit touch and go. Russell Wilson had a paltry 200 yards in the air but he was sacked 6 times by a fearsome pass rush and an offensive line that was a bit banged up. The wind and the cold impacted several receivers who dropped easy passes and there was an instance where Russell missed an easy TD with an errant throw.
The run game by Chris Carson faltered. Carson had just 8 carries and seemingly was pulled after yet another fumble in a situation where he didn’t seem to know that he was supposed to carry the ball. Rashaad Penny took over and elevated the Hawks to victory with 14 carries and 129 yards and a TD.