Seattle got off to a slow start in Buffalo, trailing 17-0 with 11:22 remaining in the second quarter. And while they made things interesting in typical Seahawks fashion, at one point closing the gap to 27-20 near the end of the third quarter, the hole was simply too big to dig out of, especially against a talented Buffalo Bills team who moved to 7-2 with today's 44-34 win. Here are some rapid reactions from the game:
Josh Allen had a career day
Through the first four games of the season, Bills quarterback Josh Allen was in the thick of the MVP race along with Russell Wilson. On Sunday, he did his best to put his name back into the conversation. Allen threw for a career-high 154 yards in the first quarter. By halftime, he had 282 yards - the best first half passing yardage posted by an NFL quarterback this season. Allen spread looks to nine different receivers, connecting with wide receiver Andre Roberts, tight end Tyler Kroft and wideout Gabriel Davis in the end zone. He finished the day 31-for-38 with 415 yards and a 138.5 quarterback rating. He added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap off his impressive performance.
Seahawks pass rush records seven sacks
Thanks to a blitz-friendly approach, the Seahawks had their most productive pass rushing performance last week against San Francisco, recording three sacks and eight quarterback hits against their division rival. Seattle hoped to build on that promising outing with the return of All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, the debut of defensive end Carlos Dunlap II and the activation of defensive end Rasheem Green from injured reserve. While the Seahawks struggled to contain Buffalo in the red zone, they did post an impressive seven sacks on the day. Five different players combined for Seattle's best regular season sack total since Week 7 of 2013, when Seattle recorded seven against Arizona. Seattle also recorded seven sacks in last year's playoff victory over Philadelphia.
DK Metcalf continues to mature in sophomore season
It was a tough day for the offense after a sluggish start, but DK Metcalf provided a silver lining, picking up his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He's recorded 90+ receiving yards in every game but one this year, a feat he accomplished just twice in 18 games his rookie season. Metcalf caught seven of his nine targets Sunday, including a late-game touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. Wilson continues to have success throwing deep to Metcalf, and today was no different as the two connected on a 41-yard pass in the second quarter.
Missed opportunities hamper Seahawks offense
The Seahawks offense was stymied by missed opportunities and a hard-hitting Buffalo defense. Russell Wilson was hit 16 times, including five sacks. He threw two interceptions and added two fumbles, leading to a season-high four turnovers for Seattle. Wilson finished the day with 390 yards, two touchdowns through the air, and his first rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard keeper for the Seahawks' first score of the game. But the turnovers proved to be incredibly costly, particularly with three of four coming in the second half as Seattle attempted to mount a comeback. To make matters worse, the Bills converted all four takeaways into a total of 16 points, kicking three field goals and scoring a touchdown.
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