2022 NFL Season: Winners and Losers Seahawks 37, Chargers 23 – Field Gulls

2022 NFL Season: Winners and Losers Seahawks 37, Chargers 23 - Field Gulls

The Seattle Seahawks are not only above .500 for the first time since opening day, they are tops in the NFC West thanks to their 37-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargerscoupled with the San Francisco 49ers‘ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Not too many could have seen this coming when pre season predictions were made!

And the Denver Broncos lost, so it’s like the Seahawks keep winning double with the draft pick improvements. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy this more than obvious tanking.

Let’s get to Winners and Losers!


Winners

Kenneth Walker III

You are NOT going to turn this post into a 100-deep comment subthread about draft positional value of taking running backs in the second round. We can rest on days like today. You’ll be excited that Walker already looks like an elite running back. Walker had 168 yards on 23 carries and a couple of touchdowns, including the 4th quarter punt for 74 yards. He’s fast, he’s powerful (just ask Kenneth Murray, who was his personal backpack on a 12-yard play), his vision and movement work so well together, and those are the hallmarks of a running back poised to be one of the best in . the NFL.

Walker was magnificent again.

Marchioness Goodwin

Four catches for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the king of the winning formation back. Goodwin stepped up big time on a day when DK Metcalf was lost to injury and Tyler Lockett wasn’t playing at 100%. That’s great for both him personally and Geno Smith to find chemistry with a wide receiver outside the top two on the depth chart.

Will Disley

All four of his catches (for 45 yards) gained first downs. He is the ideal security blanket for any quarterback.

Gene Smith

This is another week where I think Smith got away with a few bad throws that could have been picked off, but overall he was all positive. The two touchdowns to Goodwin were amazing and Seattle was much improved on 3rd down. There are few times I can recall this season where Smith looked completely exhausted, and that he still led sustained drives with DK Metcalf out and Lockett playing on a bad hamstring is yet another mark in his favor. Besides a comeback win – I’d rather not be behind – what more do you want from Geno that he hasn’t already shown?

Ryan Neal

For my money he was the defensive MVP. Neal intercepted Justin Herbert and had four passes defended, all while playing tight coverage and making several open-field and clearing tackles. If the drop from Jamal Adams to Josh Jones was devastating, the improvement from Jones to Neal is a major step back up the mountain.

Darrell Taylor

All of Taylor’s sacks were forced fumbles. Unlike the previous two sacks, this one was a sack, fumble, and fumble recovery for Taylor. He’s had to take his lumps for early season struggles, but it’s great to see him getting sacks in back-to-back games and starting to look a little bit like he did last year.

Defensive Line, with a shout out to Shelby Harris

The run defense held up again but the Chargers hardly have a rushing attack, so let’s focus on their impact in the passing game. Justin Herbert had four passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage – two by Shelby Harris, one by Poona Ford, and one by Myles Adams that turned into a -8 yard completion for Herbert. Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods each had a sack, and both Harris and Adams had a QB hit. Harris was my standout on the d-line and he looks like one of the best parts of the Russell Wilson trade.

Jordyn Brooks

Back-to-back weeks where Brooks played well. He had an early forced fumble on Austin Ekeler, a QB hit on Herbert, and his tackles were more of the “minimal gain” variety as opposed to mop duty well down the field.

Jason Myers

Seven kicks attempted (three field goals, four PATs), seven converted. Myers has been money this year and that’s a relief after his difficult 2021 made him someone I considered a potential cap casualty before the start of this season.

Andy Dickerson

I don’t remember giving Dickerson the Winners shoutout, but this offensive line is one of the biggest positives of this season. Two rookie tackles, a revolving door at right guard with Gabe Jackson, Phil Haynes, and Jake Curhan all getting snaps, and yet they have a potent rushing attack and pass blocking unit that has allowed just three sacks on first and second down all season. . The Seahawks’ offensive line coach was one of the unsung heroes of the 2022 season.

Shane Waldron

That this is a top-10 offense with Geno at QB will automatically make Waldron a head coaching candidate.

Clint Hurtt

I understand the Chargers offense isn’t dynamic, but this is two weeks in a row of quality defensive play from front to back. LAC was limited to just 5/15 on 3rd down and only managed one long touchdown drive before garbage time. It looks like Hurtt has figured something out, but we’ll see if this continues over the next three weeks before the bye.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider

I’ve been very critical of these two for years, and I throw Schneider into whatever control Carroll has. There are many articles and tweets that I have done where I have been extremely skeptical of the way they have handled player personnel in particular and whether they can be trusted to build another contender. I still believe that criticisms of some of their past draft picks, trades, and free agent decisions were valid and no doubt contributed to the sour endings of the past few seasons. But they hit a hell of a home run with this 2022 Draft class and they reinvigorated my faith in them. I was wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong.

This team was in dire need of a draft class that yields several potential high-end players regardless of where they were taken. Charles Cross, Abe Lucas, Kenneth Walker III, Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen don’t just play, they play damn well. That’s the kind of franchise-changing class that raises the overall talent level of the roster. They are not just the future of the Seahawks, they are the present. Carroll and Schneider made the big gamble to trade Russell Wilson, and so far it’s paying off to the point where they’re regaining the reputations they established early in Seattle.

losers

Dee Eskridge

After a productive day against the Arizona Cardinals, Eskridge responded with a terrible drop/fumble (which is charged to Geno Smith) on a pitch to him, and he committed offensive pass interference that wiped out a 21-yard catch-and-run by Marquis Goodwin on a screen. He also finished the day with no catches and just a four-yard run on a jet sweep. I’ll give him credit for the massive block he had on Walker’s second TD, but given that Eskridge could be tasked with a bigger role depending on the severity of DK Metcalf’s injury, I’m not excited about those possibilities.

Noah Fant

Just one catch for seven yards on three targets, one of which was a perfect throw from Smith that Fant couldn’t hang onto. He also had a holding penalty that wiped out Kenneth Walker’s first down run. I’m sure he makes good plays blocking but as an actual offensive threat I’m underpowered.

Pete Carroll’s challenge flag

He’s 0-for-3 on these challenges and I’m pretty sure none of them were close. Hopefully those stay limited to the 1st half when time lapses are less valuable.

Land Clark and his crucial crew

This was not a well-executed game, so it makes sense that Clark was a longtime Pac-12 official. Geno’s interception should have been a defensive pass interference call, Uchenna Nwosu got away with a facemask penalty on Justin Herbert, Austin Blythe was called for some contrived false start on what should have been an offsides penalty, and Will Dissly looked. as he got a little caught on the second Walker touchdown. I’m also pretty sure Geno Smith was roughed up by Jerry Tillery and they didn’t call it either. They were bad on both sides, that’s what I’m saying.

Final Notes

  • I just hope DK Metcalf is ok. There were tons of injuries to both teams (Nick Bellore and Phil Haynes were concussed on the Seahawks’ side), but Metcalf is the biggest name and losing him would be a big hit to that wide receiver group.
  • BRUUUUUUUUUUUUCE was in a run stop and I think he got QB pressure. Good to see Irvin back on the field.
  • Tariq Woolen ultimately gave up a touchdown but he otherwise played well and still had a pass defended. He would have another PBU (except Coby Bryant would have an interception) if not for Uchenna Nwosu’s offside penalty.
  • DeeJay Dallas had some tough running that included the game-sealing 8-yard run on 3rd down in the closing two minutes. The Chargers had already waved the white flag but that ensured there wouldn’t be any nervy finish.
  • Michael Jackson had two passes he could choose from! He had his best game of the season in my opinion.
  • Tyler Lockett got 7 catches for just 45 yards, but he still made some timely catches that kept the chains moving.
  • Austin Blythe, Damien Lewis, and Jake Curhan all had ugly reps. Blythe was wrecked on the safety, Lewis was basically pushed into Geno’s lap on a sack, and Curhan was beaten badly for a sack. Other than that not too much to complain about when the OL shuts down Khalil Mack.
  • Quandre Diggs hitting Gerald Everett in the back to prevent a potential 3rd down conversion (or 4th down attempt if Everett was short of the line to score) was the first glimpse of vintage Diggs I’ve seen all year.
  • First place! FIRST PLACE! If they can beat the 6-1 (!!!) New York Giants next week the belief in this team will only rise. Their ceiling is much higher than I believe most imagined for this season.

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