That game was nuts. Luckily, we have a roundup of reaction from across the country to try to make sense of the Seahawks' 41-38 win over the Texans.
Wanna hear something crazy? Of course you do.
Russell Wilson had more yards (482) Sunday than the Seahawks did as a team (479).
It was precisely that kind of wackiness that defined the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over the Texans — in what could well end up being the game of the NFL season. 79 points. 988 yards. 10 touchdowns. Six lead changes. One unforgettable game.
If you (somehow) missed it, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with a recap and highlights. Oh, and you probably haven’t seen the game-winning touchdown dubbed over Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ Thanks to the internet, you can do that here.
If you did watch it, and you’re still trying to figure out how to process all of that football madness, here’s what you need to know. Russell Wilson = good. Deshaun Watson = also good. Seattle’s running game = very, very bad.
National media members were left in awe of the Watson vs. Wilson show for much of the game, and it was just that — a show. As 710 ESPN’s Danny O’Neil pointed out, the Seahawks found out what it was like to face Russell Wilson, in facing the rookie phenom Watson. But ultimately, Wilson did what he does best: win.
And the Seahawks needed every last ounce of Wilson’s playmaking to edge out a victory over Houston, because the team’s ground game and defense were nowhere to be found. As cornerback Richard Sherman said bluntly after the game: “He bailed us out,” referring to No. 3.
Here’s what national media members are saying about Wilson’s day and the Seahawks’ win:
Rodger Sherman of The Ringer says the game of the year took place in Seattle on Sunday:
“…The mere stats don’t tell the story of this wonderful game. The final 10 minutes featured four touchdowns, four lead changes, and two turnovers. Begone, punts! Scram, turnovers on downs! Go to hell, field goals! No football filler here! The Texans took a 38-34 lead with just under five minutes to go on a 72-yard Hopkins catch-and-run—just the seventh time Seattle has allowed 38 points since Pete Carroll became coach in 2010, and four of those games took place in 2010. But Wilson led an 80-yard drive that ended with this Jimmy Graham TD.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated notes the significance of the game for Wilson and Graham:
“This was an emotional game for Wilson. Graham is his best friend on the team, and before the game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Seahawks have had discussions with Houston concerning left tackle Duane Brown; Rapoport hinted that Jimmy Graham might be on the trading block for Seattle. Seattle GM John Schneider said Sunday that Graham would not be traded. In any case, Wilson’s very aware of the world and the business around him, and he certainly knew of the report, and certainly reveled in the fact that Graham, who has underachieved in Seattle, was the receiving hero of the game, with two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, in the game right before Tuesday’s trading deadline.”
Speaking of Russell, Sean Tomlinson of Bleacher Report says he’s rounding into MVP form:
“By pulling his team out of a September slumber, Wilson has vaulted himself into the MVP conversation at midseason. The Seahawks’ 1-2 start is becoming a distant memory. In its place is a team that’s climbing as it usually does when the intensity rises and the temperature drops later in the season. The Seahawks haven’t reached their peak yet, either.
They have an offensive line that, while still subpar, has improved in recent weeks. Before the Seahawks’ Week 6 bye, Wilson was sacked three times on four separate occasions. In the two games since, he’s gone down a total of three times.”
Danny Kelley of The Ringer points out all of the reasons why this was the game of the year:
“If anyone was going to upstage Watson in this one, it was going to be Wilson. The sixth-year gunslinger threw for a Seahawks record 452 passing yards to go along with four touchdowns, one pick, and 30 rushing yards on four attempts. He got no help from his run game—Seattle running backs and receivers combined for 3 net yards on 17 attempts (good gravy)—so the Seahawks’ offense ran almost exclusively through their star quarterback’s arm.”
Brady Henderson of ESPN wrote about a troubling trend for Seattle’s offense:
“Seattle’s inability to run the ball remains a troubling trend, one that could prevent a deep playoff run if it isn’t righted. The Seahawks rushed for only 33 yards against Houston, and 30 came from Wilson, as the trio of Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic produced almost nothing.
But it was encouraging that Wilson and Seattle’s passing game managed to carry the load on a day when the running game was nonexistent and defense didn’t have its A-game or even its B-game, for that matter.”
Nick Wright at FOX noted that Wilson and Watson are the two most valuable assets in football:
Jeanna Thomas of SB Nation says the Texans lost because of coach Bill O’Brien:
“Watson was averaging 8.4 yards per carry against Miller’s 2.6. Early in the game, he showed off his awareness by telling Alfred Blue to block for him so he could get a first down. He managed to make big plays when his team needed them against the Seahawks, like this two-yard touchdown pass to Miller, even while under pressure. And O’Brien took the ball out of his hands on the drive that could have locked up the win.”
Jacob Fieldman at S-I points out the Seahawks, Saints and Eagles went undefeated in October:
“The Seahawks nearly had their perfect month spoiled by Deshaun Watson & Co. at home Sunday, but Russell Wilson led yet another game-winning drive to move Seattle to 5-2. The biggest win of the month came in L.A. over the division rival Rams—the teams are tied atop the NFC West, with a Week 15 head-to-head in Seattle still to come.”