The Seahawks looked ugly this week in prime time as they edged the Redskins 27-17 in a game that should have been a blowout.
Sure, they improved to 21-8 overall on Monday night – good for the best all-time record in the NFL – but their lack of discipline led to the team racking up 13 penalties for a total of 90 yards.
And the penalties were the difference in this game.
On three separate occasions, Seattle had a Percy Harvin touchdown called back and more than once a bonehead penalty moved the team out of field position.
Percy Harvin fantasy owners tonight pic.twitter.com/LDc6t7CynP
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 7, 2014
At times the Hawks looked dominant, but they were unable to force a single turnover against a Kirk Cousins led offense that was handing INTs out to the Giants last week like candy to kids on Halloween, and their vaunted secondary hemorrhaged 157 receiving yards to DeSean Jackson on just five catches, including a gorgeous 60-yard touchdown bomb.
But in the end Washington simply couldn’t cover Russell Wilson.
He broke the all-time MNF QB rushing record that included a 29-yard scamper that was the longest run of his career.
Russell Wilson’s 122 rushing yards tonight are the most by a QB in the history of Monday Night Football. pic.twitter.com/Un3T0JxxQO
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 7, 2014
Former Seattle quarterback Trent Dilfer said of Wilson’s performance: “He’s magical. This kid has some magic in him.”
And this magic is why Seattle fans need not lose too much sleep over winning by “only” 10 points. A road win is a road win, and following Arizona’s loss at Denver, the Seahawks have moved into a two-way tie for first place in the NFC West.
One thing is for certain, though … if the Hawks send this much laundry flying next week when the red-hot Dallas Cowboys come to town, they may not be able to squeak by simply on the legs of #3.
Then again, Seattle led the NFL in penalties last year and won the Super Bowl. However, extra penalties from playing aggressive defense and touchdown-erasing penalties on offense are two completely different animals.
What’s next for Washington?
At 1-4 the Redskins are a full three games back of both the Eagles and the Cowboys in the NFC East, and the Giants are a surprising 3-2 after tearing off three straight victories.
Stranger things have happened but it’s safe to say that they’re the worst team in the division and that this is going to be a lost season.
Cousins had a bounce-back performance (283 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) one week after imploding against the Giants, but the coaches appear committed to handing the team back over to RGIII when he’s healthy.
Next up for the Skins is a road game at Arizona. Unless they pull out a huge upset, it could be time to start working on that 2015 draft board.