When fantasy managers last saw the Seattle Seahawks, things were coming unglued. Seattle had just 12 yards of second-half offense in an ugly 30-13 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week. The Seahawks lost both of their starting offensive tackles in that game. Holes needed to be patched, leaks needed to be plugged.
Fast forward to a date with Detroit. Mission accomplished.
The Seahawks offense rejoined the circle of trust Sunday, through an entertaining 37-31 overtime win over the Lions. Geno Smith was crisp throughout (32 of 41 passing, 328 yards, 2 touchdowns, no turnovers), and Kenneth Walker and Tyler Lockett both scored 2 touchdowns. DK Metcalf narrowly missed a score of his own — he was tackled inches short of the goal line — but he caught all of his targets, good for a 6-75-0 line.
Seattle’s patchwork line struggled to create running lanes for Walker (17 carries, 43 yards), but the pass blocking wasn’t a problem. Smith only took one sack, a ghastly 17-yard loss late in the fourth quarter, and that negative play was really on Smith, not the blockers. Two common reminders from Sunday’s result — good coaching will often find a way to mask offensive-line holes in the practice week, especially when it comes to pass blocking; and a veteran quarterback is the most important player when it comes to avoiding sacks. Said a different way, sacks are more of a quarterback stat than a protection stat.
The Seattle target tree was an eyelash wider than fantasy managers would like. Metcalf, Lockett, and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba (5-34-0) absorbed 22 of the team’s 37 targets. Noah Fant posted a 4-56-0 line, catching all of his targets, but the Seahawks have never made him a consistent priority in the passing game. Five other players were targeted, nine in all.
In the backfield, it was about what you’d expect. Walker had 18 touches and controlled the goal-line work. Zach Charbonnet was sprinkled in for 6 touches, and DeeJay Dallas had a single run.
With the Seahawks defense struggling for a second straight week, perhaps this is a team with carnival potential, weekly pinball games. We’ll see if the Panthers and Giants can keep up the next two weeks. The Bengals host Seattle in an entertaining Week 5 matchup.
The Detroit side of things was fun, too, though it was also mixed with untimely injuries. Amon-Ra St. Brown (6-102-0, 7 targets) missed a few snaps due to cramping, and David Montgomery (74 total yards, touchdown) left with a thigh bruise and is headed for further testing. St. Brown and Montgomery also lost fumbles, not that the Lions would likely put either player in a turnover timeout. Jahmyr Gibbs was disappointing on the ground (7-17) and passable, if not necessarily explosive, through the air (7-39-0).
The productive Lions receivers were Josh Reynolds (5-66), who snuck in for two touchdowns. and Kalif Raymond, who grabbed a 36-yard score on a gadget play. And rookie tight end Sam LaPorta was dump trucking defenders in the second half, en route to a 5-63-0 line. He’s going to be a star soon, very soon.
Jared Goff lost his no-interception streak on one misguided pass, but otherwise he was crisp, throwing for 323 yards and 3 scored on a 28 for 35 day. The Lions offense is a fun watch, especially at home. Detroit hosts Atlanta next week, then travels to Green Bay for another Thursday night primetime game.
Is there a right answer in the KC receivers room?
Kansas City’s 17-9 victory at Jacksonville wasn’t a work of art, but sometimes you need a color-by-numbers job. Patrick Mahomes huffed and puffed his way to a 305-yard passing day, and also tacked on 30 rushing yards. Travis Kelce was well-marked on his 9 targets (4-26), though he did have a short touchdown catch. Isiah Pacheco is making a case for more playing time; his 12 carries netted 70 yards.
The other Mahomes touchdown pass went to Skyy Moore, a pretty back-shoulder throw at the right pylon. Moore posted a 3-70-1 line for his modest 4 targets, and looks like the most interesting receiver here. But we can’t ignore how wide the Chiefs usage is right now; a whopping 12 players were targeted, and Kelce was the only player who saw more than 5 opportunities. If you want to talk yourself info Moore, I get it, but sometimes there are no right answers. He’s available in 51% of Yahoo leagues.
We should mention Justin Watson drew some deep looks and had a respectable 3-62-0 line. The Kadarius Toney work was more underneath, netting 5-35-0 on 5 targets.
Case of what could have been for Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence had a shockingly quiet day (216 yards, 5.3 YPA), though the Jaguars execution was just a little bit off around the red area. On at least three occasions, Jacksonville completed a pass to a receiver who was outside the boundary by a foot or less. Zay Jones went catchless on 6 targets, but easily could have scored three times. Calvin Ridley (2-32-0) also left a score on the field.
Christian Kirk turned into the target monster of the day, running up 11-110-0 on 14 looks. A well-timed rebound after last week. Travis Etienne was ordinary as a runner (12-40-0) and once again was overlooked as a pass-catcher (2 yards, 3 targets). At least Houston presents a favorable draw in Week 3.
This story will be updated with additional fantasy analysis from Week 2