Seattle won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Yet it was hard to muster too much enthusiasm for a win against an opponent very much going through a tanking process.
The Seahawks added gloss to the scoreline late on, making what was actually quite a tepid encounter look like a hammering.
The reality is it was quite nip and tuck until the end.
Russell Wilson continues to return to form, that’s a big positive. He wasn’t flawless by any stretch but the disaster-zone performances against Green Bay and Arizona are clearly in the rearview mirror. Rashaad Penny had a really impressive game in a ‘look what could’ve been’ type display. Good for him. I hope he can finish strong and earn a fresh opportunity for 2022.
Seattle kept Houston alive longer than was necessary. It was a six-point game deep into the second-half.
The whole thing felt very up and down until Houston imploded.
On offense — creative runs, motion and Wilson on the move. There were throwbacks to week one in what we thought would be the norm. Yet there was also some frustratingly conservative play-calls, missed opportunities and a lack of killer instinct.
On defense — Darrell Taylor continued to flash as did Al Woods. The unit had success on third down again. They also continue to show total inability to defend screens properly, they give up too many easy conversions and just play, too often, with a bit of a passive nature.
A collection of highlights from the game will be fun to watch because there were enough attractive plays to enjoy over multiple watches. I must confess though — there were long stretches in the game where I had to fight against nodding off.
33-13 doesn’t feel like a fair reflection of what we saw. While I’m happy to accept it, given the way other games have gone this season, it just felt a bit ‘meh’.
I’m sure some of the media and fanbase will begin to talk about a late playoff run. I can’t see this version of the Seahawks going to LA next week and winning. In fact I think it could get quite ugly. And that’s when, officially, the season will be over bar the shouting.
I’m ready to see something else. Some new ideas, a new approach.
In the live stream I will again discuss the lingering elephant in the room. Ian Rapoport validated Jordan Schultz’s Wilson report from earlier in the week. I have a theory on this to discuss, watch the video at the top of the article for more.
I also have to say — given what was eminently possible next off-season, I don’t know why Seattle didn’t take a shot on Kellen Mond or Davis Mills in the draft. I think Mills showed he has talent in this game and generally did about as well as can be expected given the appalling supporting cast he has to work with.
It’s not like the Seahawks are making the most of their Dee Eskridge investment anyway.
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