1:05 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: CBS | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
3:22 | Seahawks 21, Bengals 20 The Seahawks defensive line is really impacting this one now. Quinton Jefferson batted down two Andy Dalton pass attempts, forcing Cincinnati to punt the ball back to Seattle, which leads by one with just over three minutes left.
7:00 | Seahawks 21, Bengals 20 The Bengals play for the field goal and they get it. Jadeveon Clowney came up with a big sack for his first as a Seahawk.
14:53 | Seahawks 21, Bengals 17 Hello, Tyler Lockett. Russell Wilson had seemingly forgotten his favorite target, but fear not, their perfect passer rating continues. On the first time Wilson targeted him all game, Lockett hauls in a 44-yard touchdown pass to give the Seahawks the lead. It appears Wilson may have a new favorite target, too: DK Metcalf. He laid out for an impressive catch to set up the TD to Lockett.
Third-quarter thoughts from Adam Jude:
1. Where is Tyler Lockett?
Repeat: Where is Tyler Lockett?
The Seahawks new No. 1 wide receiver has zero — repeat: zero — targets through three quarters. DK Metcalf (three catches, 64 yards on five targets) is in fact the lone Seattle receiver with any targets from Russell Wilson so far.
Of course, the offensive line needs to do its part: Wilson has been sacked four times, two of those coming on back-to-back snaps midway through the third quarter.
2. Defensive stand. The Seahawks needed this: Late in the third, defending again in their own territory, the Seahawks stuffed Giovani Bernard on fourth down to force a turnover on downs.
Still, through three quarters, the Seahawks have allowed Andy Dalton to complete 24-of-35 passes for 340 yards and two TDs (both to John Ross).
3. The sun is shining. No, that’s not Pete Carroll’s life motto. That’s reality here as the fourth quarter begins.
After a downpour through much of the third quarter — which saw Chris Carson and Andy Dalton both lose fumbles — the sun made a cameo appearance at CenturyLink to start the final quarter. Is that a good omen for the Hawks?
2:01 | Bengals 17, Seahawks 14 The Bengals go for it on fourth and 1 from the Seattle 36 and hand it to Giovani Bernard, but Al Woods comes up with the big stop and gives possession to Seattle. The Bengals have a 356-120 advantage in yards but lead by only three points.
4:51 | Bengals 17, Seahawks 14 Joe Mixon, the AFC’s leading rusher last season and the Bengals’ No. 1 back, is questionable to return with an ankle injury.
7:37 | Bengals 17, Seahawks 14 Once again on the verge of scoring, the Bengals come away with nothing. A checkdown to Giovani Bernard gets Cincinnati to the Seahawks’ 33-yard line. But this time, they play it conservative and run the ball three times to set up a 45-yard field goal that sails wide right.
11:44 | Bengals 17, Seahawks 14 The turnover god giveth, and the turnover god taketh away. And the Seahawks offense also taketh away. On the first play of the second half, Chris Carson fumbles and Cincinnati recovers. The Bengals appeared to be marching toward the end zone, but it has started to rain, and Andy Dalton allowed a newly slick football slip out of his hands and into those of Al Woods. But Seattle isn’t able to do anything with the ball and goes three-and-out.
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Well, suffice to say that last Bengals touchdown does not happen if Earl Thomas is playing free safety. Tedric Thompson was in position to make the play but simply didn’t. Thomas is a Hall of Famer, so it’s a high bar for the Seahawks new secondary players to live up to. But that’s a play most free safeties in the NFL make. Seattle may have to get Marquise Blair ready to go quickly if such plays continue.
- DK Metcalf has been as good as advertised so far with three receptions for 64 yards and also drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up a touchdown. But he is the only receiver with a target so far. The team’s number one receiver, Tyler Lockett, has been held without a target, let alone a catch, and Jaron Brown has also not had a pass thrown his way.
- Clowney has played more than 20 snaps and has made a definite impact, likely playing more than Pete Carroll may have expected. But Seattle needs more of an overall pass rush, still, as Andy Dalton has had time to make throws in passing for 245 yards in the first half.
0:07 | Bengals 17, Seahawks 14 Tedric Thompson, oh boy. Andy Dalton takes a shot to John Ross and Thompson, playing free safety, was positioned to make a play. Instead, Thompson whiffed and Ross miraculously came down with the ball and an easy go-ahead touchdown.
0:52 | Seahawks 14, Bengals 10 The Seahawks answer — and fast. They drive 77 yards on six plays in just 1:01, led by a 42-yard reception by rookie DK Metcalf, setting up a 10-yard catch-and-run TD by Chris Carson, his second score of the game.
5:12 | Bengals 10, Seahawks 7 Seattle’s first lead is short-lived, and it’s the hometown star that comes back to haunt the Seahawks. UW star John Ross catches a flea flicker for 33-yard touchdown, following a 36-yard strike to C.J. Uzomah, then flashes a ‘Dub.’
6:36 | Seahawks 7, Bengals 3 Chris Carson gets the Seahawks first touchdown of the season, finshing off a seven-play, 48-yard drive with a one-yard rush up the middle. DK Metcalf also checked in with a 16-yard reception and drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone.
13:17 | Bengals 3, Seahawks 0 Deja vu? It sure feels like it, with Russell Wilson being chased all over the backfield. On one play, he takes a sack. On a another, he flips a desperation ball to Chris Carson, who almost gets back to the line of scrimmage. A bit of dysfunction on the offensive side of the ball right now for Seattle.
First-quarter thoughts from Adam Jude:
1. So … not an ideal start.
The good: Bobby Wagner doing Bobby Wagner things. Jadeveon Clowney wreaking havoc in the backfield.
Beyond that, the Seahawks’ pass defense was a little leaky in the first quarter.
The Bengals had 85 total yards to the Seahawks’ 16, with 81 of those yards coming in the air — and Andy Dalton wasn’t even that sharp.
Seattle is fortunate to trail only 3-0.
2. Sputtering offense
The Seahawks went three-and-out on their first two series, and the offense was, to put it bluntly, a mess.
Seattle didn’t pick up its first first down until the final play of the quarter, on a Chris Carson 3-yard run.
Russell Wilson was sacked once, and center Justin Britt left the game on the second offensive snap with an unspecific injury. Britt did return for the second series.
The good news here: DK Metcalf, in his NFL debut, started at wide receiver just 19 days after a minor knee procedure. Wilson’s first pass attempt was intended for Metcalf (falling incomplete), and Wilson’s second pass was complete to Metcalf for a 6-yard gain.
3. Hey, hey, it’s BBK.
Ben Burr-Kirven, the former Washington Huskies star linebacker, continued his ball-hawking ways by striping Bengals’ punt returner Alex Erickson late in the first quarter.
On the roster bubble in training camp, Burr-Kirven made the 53-man roster in large part because the Seahawks expected him to be a key contributor on special teams. He’s already rewarding the team’s faith in him there.
The Seahawks’ Nick Bellore recovered the fumble in Bengals’ territory, but the Seahawks’ offense didn’t do anything with it, and was forced to punt early in the second quarter.
0:40 | Bengals 3, Seahawks 0 Russell Wilson takes a sack and Seattle goes three and out, but on the punt return, Ben Burr-Kirven knocks the ball loose from Bengals returner Alex Erickson. The Seahawks recover and regain possession.
2:48 | Bengals 3, Seahawks 0 Cincinnati makes it to the Seattle 16-yard line, but that’s as far as Andy Dalton will lead them. A false start pushes them back five yards, then Randy Bullock comes on for a 39-yard field goal. The Bengals have an 85-7 edge in total yards.
10:13 |Seahawks 0, Bengals 0 Phew, a tough assignment for former UW tight end Drew Sample: Jadeveon Clowney, who draws a holding call. Clowney continues to make his presence known when on the field. The next play, fellow former Husky John Ross gets a bit better fortune and hauls in fis first pass for a 20-yard gain.
11:51 | Seahawks 0, Bengals 0 Jadeveon Clowney makes his first appearance on third down as Andy Dalton throws incomplete to John Ross III, already the second incompletion to the former Husky. Cincinnati challenges but the ruling is upheld. The next play, Clowney gets into the backfield and bats down Dalton’s pass attempt.
12:57 p.m. As we begin to get photos from CenturyLink Field, let’s take a moment of appreciation for our two photographers out there today, Dean Rutz and Mike Siegel, who were both shooting well past midnight at Husky Stadium for last night’s wild loss. Check out their work from last night here, and their gallery from today’s game above.
11:37 a.m. The questionable designation more often than not means a player will play in the NFL — about two-thirds of the time.
But on Sunday for Ziggy Ansah, it means he will watch from the sidelines as the Seahawks declared Ansah inactive for the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ansah went through an on-field workout about two-and-a-half hours prior to the game, working with a trainer on pass rush moves and other conditioning work.
But it apparently was not enough to convince the team he is ready to return.
Ansah was listed as questionable following Friday’s practice after he had initially not been on the team’s status report.
“There’s still a little bit of question for Ziggy,’’ coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “We just want to make sure he’s alright.’’
Seattle’s other inactives yielded no real surprises as receivers Gary Jennings, John Ursua and David Moore are out as well as OL Joey Hunt, DE L.J. Collier and cornerback Parry Nickerson.
Hunt, Collier and Moore had already been ruled out and Jennings and Ursua are inactive with Seattle going with just four receivers and an offensive attack likely to be heavily run-oriented against the Bengals.
Nickerson just arrived last week in a trade with the Jets and Carroll had hinted on Friday that he might not yet be ready to play.
Ansah signed a one-year contract worth up to $9 million that includes $3 million in playing-time incentives. Specifically, Ansah receives $93,750 for every game he is on the 53-man active roster and for every game he is on the 46-man gameday active roster. So, the decision Sunday cost Ansah a little bit of money.
But the Seahawks are obviously playing it cautious with Ansah knowing that some really tough tests await the next few weeks — specifically, a trip to Pittsburgh next Sunday and a visit from Drew Brees and the Saints in two weeks. — Bob Condotta