What we learned from Washington’s victory over the Seahawks on Monday night
- This game was won in the trenches. Washington’s focus on their offensive line – even amid injuries – paid off Monday night for a football team determined to run the ball relentlessly, helping them rack up 152 rushing yards overall, with Antonio Gibson (29 runs, 111 yards) serving as a cow bell. JD McKissic had a great rematch against his former team, running seven times for 30 yards and one touchdown and capturing five passes for 26 yards, which included a reception on a screen for Washington’s first touchdown of the night. Washington weren’t afraid to challenge Seattle up front, repeatedly hitting the defense in the belief that it would produce positive plays. He did, and on one practice – an 11-play, 73-yard walk driven by healthy gains on the ground – punctuated the difference in ability up front. Washington sent it down Seattle’s throat on a key strike and ran the run late, taking marginal gains while bleeding the clock, ending with a dominant possession win and a two-point win.
- Even without Chase Young and Montez Sweat, the Washington defense still brings the juice. The football team registered just two sacks on Monday, but stuffed the run all night and created enough damage up front during pass rushes to make Russell Wilson often uncomfortable, undermining the Seattle pass attack. A complete lack of rushing attack – Wilson finished as the Seahawks’ top rusher with 16 yards on two carries – put the Seahawks in long downhill and distance situations, leading to a 4-of-12 conversion rate by compared to the worst in the NFL. the team on the third try, and it was statistically worse than that until the final. It wasn’t until Washington passed one last possession on defense that Seattle finally found consistent success in the air, and after losing the battle of possession time by a wide margin (41:10 to 18:20) , the Seahawks didn’t have enough time to take the lead. They could only hope for a touchdown and a tied two-point conversion, and Kendall Fuller ruined those dreams with an interception on the conversion attempt. Keep-away worked for Washington, as did his smothering efforts up front.
- Russell Wilson deserves better, but so do his pass catchers. The first in line for an apology or explanation is DK Metcalf, who was virtually non-existent during a football half-time and recorded his first reception in the last minute of the game (on four targets in total). Wilson can return the ball to his offensive line, which has failed to protect him well enough to give him time to find open targets, turning the offense into one of two outcomes: quick passes underneath or deep shots at Tyler Lockett one-on-one. a situation, but without advantageous positioning. An early in-depth Lockett completion inspired hope, but the Seahawks proved it was unbearable by the end of the game. After Wilson spent an offseason publicly asking for more help up front, then missed a month with a finger injury suffered from being hit on a pitch, he’s back where he was there. is one year old. Worse yet, the Seahawks are miles behind last season and could be heading for an offseason of significant changes.
- Representatives of the game help the growth of Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke is by no means an elite quarterback, but he sparked a conversation about his viability as a Washington quarterback beyond 2021 due to how he has improved with the time spent in the field. Heinicke completed 27 of 35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception (on a deflection), and largely avoided the colossal mistakes that would have hampered Washington’s chances. Instead of pushing the ball down in a risky way, Heinicke just took the open man below. With seven minutes remaining, 11 of Heinicke’s 20 goals were running backs. One of them – a screen pass to McKissic – attempted a touchdown, and Heinicke repeatedly found open targets under cover of the Seattle sticking area to keep Washington on or near time limit. A key fourth goal could have been his best, when Heinicke sat in the pocket, held two defenders (one being Bobby Wagner) on a target below with his eyes, then threw it at the two to DeAndre Carter for a crucial conversion. Washington is very much in the playoff race with wins like Monday night’s, a victory that wouldn’t have happened if Heinicke hadn’t relied on his team’s rushed attack and accepted only the short ones. passes are sometimes more valuable than highlight games.
- Hats off to Michael Dickson. Seattle is 3-8 and heading nowhere but to the land of frustration, but the Seahawks punter has had a great night. Thanks to Seattle’s inability to convert on the third down and maintain possession, Dickson was tasked with kicking eight times and racked up 400 yards, averaging 50 yards per punt and dropping three to l inside the 20. used to his advantage in a possession battle) and kept the game close at hand, which is precisely the job of a bettor.
Stat Next Gen of the game: Taylor Heinicke completed 23 of 25 under 10-yard passes, gaining 166 yards and scoring a touchdown.
NFL Research: With his return from a blocked point-after-point attempt for a two-point conversion, the 279-pound Rasheem Green became the heaviest player to score a defensive two-point conversion since rule changes made play possible. in 2015. Green covered 94 yards of total distance and hit 18.4 mph on the return, according to Next Gen Stats.