Studs and duds from a Seattle Seahawks Week 1 victory over the Falcons.
The Seattle Seahawks opened their season with an impressive win against Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons.
While Ryan and Julio Jones picked apart Seattle’s secondary, the Seahawks prevailed behind their superstar quarterback. Seattle’s defense must put up a better effort in Week 2, but the passing game was in mid-season form.
Every week this season, we’ll pick three studs and duds from Seattle’s games. We open the 2020 season with an absolute stud and an MVP candidate.
Stud: Russell Wilson, QB
After not winning an MVP award over the past three seasons, Wilson seems motivated to prove he’s the NFL’s best quarterback. Against an embattled Atlanta secondary, Wilson completed 31 of his 35 pass attempts for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He finished with a 143.1 passer rating.
Wilson did everything for Seattle on Sunday. When the team’s ground game struggled, Wilson took it upon himself to wake up the rushing attack. The MVP candidate led Seattle with 29 rushing yards on three carries.
The combination of Wilson’s accuracy and mobility make him the league’s most complete quarterback. He isn’t as fast as Lamar Jackson and can’t match Patrick Mahomes’ arm strength, but Wilson is more accurate on short, mid-level, and deep throws than either of the former MVPs. This year is a perfect opportunity for Wilson to prove he’s a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback.
Dud: Travis Homer, RB
Seattle’s entire running game struggled on Sunday. No Seahawk finished the game with more than 30 rushing yards. While Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde didn’t break any massive plays, Homer went backward on most of his carries. The second-year back finished with -1 yard on three carries.
As Carson’s health improves and Rashaad Penny works his way back from a significant injury, Homer’s carries and place on the team could be in jeopardy.
The Miami product also made two receptions for four yards and returned two kicks for 43 yards.