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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Take Care Of Business Yet Again In Philly

Notes, takeaways, and reactions from Seattle's 23-17 win over Philadelphia.

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The Seahawks played in Philadelphia for the third time in last year, and for the third time they came away with a win thanks in no small part to a big performance on defense. While the Seahawks didn't win 17-9 for the third straight time—that was the score at one point in the third quarter—they were again in control for most of the night even if the score remained relatively close. 

Here are five takeaways from Seattle's 23-17 win that improved their record to 8-3.

1. The defense picked up where it left off.

After struggling for much of the first half of the season, the Seahawks defense appeared to begin turning things around in the second half of a Week 10 loss in Los Angeles. That was followed by a strong performance in a win over the Arizona Cardinals, and on Monday night the Seahawks defense played one of its best games of 2020.

The Eagles started the game going three-and-out on five straight possessions, and had minus-3 yards after one quarter. Philadelphia finally started to move the ball late in the first half—though Seahawks coaches, players and fans alike will note a pretty clear missed intentional grounding call on that drive—but despite giving up a couple of scores that kept the game close until the fourth quarter, and despite a fluky score at the end of the game, the Seahawks defense had a very strong performance overall.

Even with that meaningless final Eagles scoring drive, the Seahawks held Philadelphia to just 250 total yards and a 3.8 yards-per-play average, they sacked Carson Wentz six times, and they got two big fourth-down stops, including a Quandre Diggs interception in the end zone.

2. DK Metcalf had a great game and is now a 1,000-yard receiver.

The last time the Seahawks came to Philadelphia, DK Metcalf had something of a coming-out party, catching seven passes for 160 yards and a score in a playoff win over the Eagles. He has spent his enter second season backing up that performance while emerging as one of the NFL's top receivers, and on Monday night he had yet another dominant performance.

Metcalf caught 10 passes for a career-best 177 yards, his fifth 100-yard game this season. Monday's big performance gives him 1,039 yards in 11 games this season, a total that not only makes him the ninth 1,000-yard receiver in franchise history, but that also moves him into the NFL lead.

With five games still left on the schedule, Steve Largent's franchise record of 1,287 yards, set in 1985, is very much in reach.

3. The pass rush continues to thrive.

For much of the season, the Seahawks' inability to get to the quarterback was a big cause for concern, but with Jamal Adams getting healthy and Carlos Dunlap II joining the team in a trade, the defense has turned things around in a big way when it comes to the pass rush.

Since recording no sacks or quarterback hits in a Week 7 loss to Arizona, the Seahawks have at least three sacks in five straight games, including six more on Monday night, giving them 22 in their last five games.

On Monday, Adams, K.J. Wright, Poona Ford, Benson Mayowa and Rasheem Green all recorded sacks, while Dunlap II and Jarran Reed split one. Despite missing four games with a groin injury, Adams already has matched his career high with 6.5 sacks, making him the first defensive back with 6-plus sacks in consecutive seasons since sacks became an official stat in 1982.

4. Welcome back, Chris Carson.

After missing four games with a foot injury, Chris Carson made his return to the field, and while the Seahawks appeared to be easing him back into things—he was limited to just eight carries—Carson proved to be a difference maker as usual. 

Carson rushed for 41 yards on eight carries and added 18 yards on two catches, but despite those limited touches, his impact was felt, particularly on a 16-yard touchdown run on which he dragged several Eagles defenders into the end zone. 

Carson will surely be more involved going forward, and Monday served as a good reminder that an already good Seahawks offense is even better when he's a part of it.

5. Jason Myers is having a great season.

The Seahawks were incredibly efficient in the red zone to start the season, which was obviously great news for the offense, but it also meant that kicker Jason Myers didn't get a lot of chances to shine, attempting only two field goals in Seattle's first five games.

Myers has had more chances of late, including three more field goals on Monday, and he's made every one of them, making him 15-for-15 on field goals this season, including a franchise-record 61-yarder in Week 10. He has now made 26 straight field goals dating back to last season, just four shy of Olindo Mare's franchise record. Myers has also been very good with directional kickoffs that have enough hang time for the coverage team to get down field, a big factor in the Eagles starting three drives inside the 25 after kick returns.

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