Following their 21-20 victory over the Bengals, the Seahawks improved to 15-0 while playing at home in September under coach Pete Carroll.
While most of Seattle's players would openly admit they could have played better, there’s still nothing better than opening the season with a victory.
After all, the Seahawks did begin last season 0-2 before recording their first win of the season. Each week, Seahawk Maven will be showcasing five players who recorded a game to remember and five players who will look to improve during next week's game.
Let's dive into our five big winners and losers from Week 1.
Entering his fourth season with the team, Jefferson played a major factor in determining the outcome of this game for the Seahawks. The 26-year old made a pair of critical sacks on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during the one-point victory.
Along with a pair of tackles for loss, Jefferson was also able to bat down several of Dalton’s throws from the scrimmage line. Jefferson’s biggest swat occurred late in the fourth quarter and forced the Bengals to punt the ball back to the Seahawks with just three minutes and change left to play.
At the beginning of the week, Clowney wasn’t expected to play many snaps during this game. However, just one week after being acquired from the Texans, he ended up playing more snaps than expected and held up well, finishing with two tackles and a pass defensed.
Recording his first sack of the season, Clowney was also able to chase down Dalton as he scrambled outside of the pocket and take him down for a loss of two yards.
Woods was also a major contributor for the Seahawks’ defense during this game. While only recording a single solo tackle, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Woods.
During a fourth down play late in the third quarter at the Seahawks’ 36-yard line, Woods stuffed Gio Bernard at the line, which allowed the Seahawks to march down the field and score the go-ahead touchdown. Woods was also able to recover a fumble by Dalton just after his teammate Chris Carson coughed up the ball to start the third quarter.
Amazingly, Metcalf was able to play a major part in the Seahawks’ offense just three weeks after having surgery on his knee. The rookie wide receiver was targeted six times, hauling in four catches for 89 yards, setting the record for most receiving yards by any rookie during his debut in franchise history.
Metcalf also impacted the game without the ball in his hands when he drew a pass inference call that was charged to B.W. Webb. The call led to a rushing touchdown from Carson on the very next play to put Seattle back in front 14-10.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer definitely meant what he said during training camp when he said that he was determined to throw the ball more to Carson this season. During this game, Carson recorded his first receiving touchdown since the 2017 season against the Titans and hauled in six receptions total.
While Carson wasn’t able to make much of an impact on the ground during this game, he was still able to produce his 10th career rushing touchdown. Offsetting his fumble, he also had a beastly 21-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped chew up valuable clock.
Dalton and the Bengals seemed to target second-year corner Tre Flowers throughout the contest. Too many times in this game, Flowers gave up a ton of cushion or was stuck chasing down the opposing wide receiver from behind.
Flowers’ biggest mistake was during the Bengals’ second series of the second quarter when he gave up a 36-yard reception to tight end C.J. Uzomah. Following that play, he was unable to make the tackle on John Ross who raced to the end zone on a 33-yard touchdown to put the Bengals up 10-7.
Thompson recorded three total tackles, so he was able to produce in some positive ways for the Seahawks. But the third-year safety made a very costly mistake before the end of the first half that allowed the Bengals to go into the half with a lead.
On what seemed to be a tailor-made interception from Dalton, Thompson positioned himself to make a play. But the 24-year old safety poorly timed his jump and the ball went over his outstretched hands for a 55-yard touchdown to Ross.
Amadi didn't necessarily play poorly, but he didn't see a ton of snaps defensively. For the majority of the Bengals’ plays, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and the Seahawks didn't use their nickel defense, which kept him on the sidelines.
Instead, Seattle stuck with a base 4-3 look with Mychal Kendricks as a third linebacker. Unfortunately, Kendricks wasn't able to rush Dalton as much as the Seahawks were planning on because the Bengals counteracted with three wide receiver sets to spread out the field.
Special teams didn’t play much of a factor during this game aside from a missed field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock in the third quarter. But Barton made a costly play trying to block a punt in the first quarter.
The first-year linebacker, who is primarily being utilized on special teams, failed to stop himself before making clear contact with punter Kevin Huber. Following the five-yard penalty, the Bengals were able to head down the field to score the game’s first three points.
As a unit, the Seahawks’ offensive line performed very poorly to open the season. Sacked four times, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wasn’t given much time in the pocket to find open receivers and the team struggled to move the chains in the first half as a result.
The lack of support from the front line also didn’t allow the Seahawks to find much success with their running game, as they produced just 72 rushing yards. While this is just the first game of the season, the offensive line clearly has a lot to improve on heading into next week.