Traveling to New Orleans for the first time since 2010, the Seattle Seahawks lost its second game of the season, 25-20, inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. To recap notable player performances, team milestones and (of course) how the game played out, we compiled 10 numbers from the Week 8 contest.
Seahawks rookie tight end Nick Vannett recorded the first reception of his NFL career yesterday with a 7-yard catch in the third quarter.
Seattle’s pass rush recorded only two sacks vs the Saints, the second-lowest sack total for the defense in a game this season. (They didn’t record a sack Week 3 against the 49ers.) Still, the two players to record those sacks Sunday were Frank Clark and Cliff Avril, who have been playing terrific.
Earl Thomas’ 34-yard fumble recovery touchdown was the third touchdown of his NFL career. The other two scores are a 10-yard return of a blocked punt in 2010 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and a 57-yard interception he returned against the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
In his first game against the Saints since being traded to the Seahawks, tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards on five targets. It was the first time since Week 2 Graham didn’t record five or more receptions.
Avril now has 7.5 sacks on the season, which currently ranks third in the league behind Lorenzo Alexander and Von Miller. He recorded a sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection against the Saints and is easily on pace to top his career-high for sacks in a regular season (11).
Seattle was flagged 11 times Sunday, which resulted in 76 penalty yards. The 11 flags marked a season-high, topping their previous high of 10, which they recorded in Week 2 and Week 7.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was unreal vs the Saints, finishing the game with 15 combined tackles (11 in the first half), which surpassed his previous career-high of 14. This was the fourth consecutive game he racked up 10-plus tackles.
The Saints converted 60 percent of their opportunities on third down (9-of-15), the highest percentage by a Seahawks opponent all season.
Seeing his first slate of increased reps, Clark played a season-high 62 (out of 76) defensive snaps for the Seahawks.
After connecting on an extra point in the first quarter, Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka moved into first-place on Seattle’s most consecutive games scoring list (85). Hauschka racked up two extra points and two field-goals (44, 21) in New Orleans.
The Seattle Seahawks took on the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.