Yesterday, Russell Wilson put on a clinic by using his legs, arm and instincts to lead the Seahawks to a convincing 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for a total of 263 yards with two touchdowns. Number three also ran for 48 and a touchdown on a 26 yard naked bootleg.
Wilson made big plays against a couple of Eagles all-out blitzes. On one play, he took off on the naked bootleg vs. the blitz and on another he threw a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who beat safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins was unable to take advantage of a huge opportunity in the fourth quarter, when Wilson made a huge mistake by throwing a pass which his Jenkins in the chest. If he had caught it, it would have been a pick six and would have closed the deficit to three.
This wasn’t a quality performance by the Eagles offense, but the Seahawks defense had a lot to do with it. “We were out played. We missed blocks we could have made. There were plenty of opportunities”, said Eagles center Jason Kelce.
The Seattle defense bottled up McCoy for the entire day as he was held to only 51 yards on 17 carries. On the first play of the second half, McCoy was carrying the ball loosely and he was hit from behind by Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright. McCoy fumbled the football and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas recovered. Seattle scored a couple of plays later on a Wilson pass to Lynch.
The Seahawks defense front was in attack mode for the entire game. They outplayed the Eagles offensive line, which left the game in the hands of the Sanchez. The longest run they surrendered to the Eagles was ten yards to McCoy.
A couple of plays later, Wilson connected with Lynch for a touchdown and it put the Birds in the hole by a 17-7 score.
The Eagles got a turnover from the Seahawks, when they separated the ball from Marshawn Lynch, but Mark Sanchez handed it right back to them with a poor throw to Riley Cooper. Cooper could have done a better job of coming back to the football and fighting for it, but it was a poor throw by Sanchez.
Those two turnovers did the Eagles in as the Seahawks dominated the game except for a few plays.
In the first half, Seattle’s punter, Jon Ryan dropped a snap to give Zach Ertz a chance to recovered to set up the short 14 yard drive by the Birds which ended with a two-yard quick screen pass to Jeremy Maclin for a touchdown. It put the Birds ahead early in the game.
There’s no other way to say it. The Birds were outplayed. Sanchez looked hesitant and unsure at times. The Seahawks defensive front took it to the Birds offensive line which had dominated the Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles defense did decent job on Lynch, as they held him to 86 yards on 23 carries.
The Eagles defensive front did play some of its best football. Fletcher Cox showed up in a major way and continues to prove that he’s one of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL. He can’t be blocked one-on-one.
Mychal Kendricks is blossoming as a young linebacker. His speed is starting to show more and more as he’s becoming more adept at anticipating what play is going to be run.
Connor Barwin did a great job of patrolling the left side of the Birds defense. He got a couple of big hits on Wilson.