The first time the Seahawks had the ball in their Week 4 game at Detroit, Geno Smith capped the opening drive by firing a perfect back-shoulder strike to Will Dissly for a 17-yard score.
The next time Seattle had the ball, Smith capped the drive by scoring on an 8-yard run, and neither Smith nor the offense every really slowed down in what would end up being a wild 48-45 Seahawks victory.
It was, as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described it after game, “spectacular football” being put on display by Smith, and for his standout performance in Sunday's win over the Lions, Smith has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
This is Smith's second career Player of the Week award, having previously won it as a rookie in 2013. He is the second Seahawks player to win Player of the Week honors this season, joining Uchenna Nwosu, who was recognized for his performance in Seattle's Week 1 win over the Broncos.
On his way to posting back-to-back 300-yard games for the first time in his career, Smith completed 23 of 30 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and a 132.6 passer rating. Smith also rushed for 49 yards and a score on seven carries—it would have been a career-best 51 yards on five carries if not for two kneel-downs at the end of the game—using his legs to score a touchdown, to convert on third-and-7, extending a drive that ended in a touchdown, and to help get the Seahawks into field goal range on another drive.
Four games into the season, Smith leads the NFL with a 77.3 percent completion percentage, the highest mark through a quarterback's first four games in league history, minimum 125 attempts. Smith's 108.0 passer rating ranks third in the league.
"Geno played some spectacular football," Carroll said after the game. "Spectacular football. Not just the throwing and the catching, but the command of the game and running the whole show. He did an incredible job, and he ran the ball, too, for 50 yards or something. Fantastic day, I don't know how you could do a whole lot more, play a whole lot better than that."
Added DK Metcalf, who had a season-best 149 yards on seven catches, "(Shoot), he's been on fire all year. He keeps building, keeps getting better week by week, and our chemistry keeps growing, and we're finally building an identity for ourselves."
Yet for all Smith has done in his first four games as a starter since 2014, he and the rest of the Seahawks don't see what he's doing as some sort of anomaly, but rather just the result of what happens with a talented, hard-working quarterback finally receiving a long-overdue chance to be a starter again. And the way Smith sees it, he's just getting started.
"I can play better," he said. "I have not exceeded my expectations. I can play a lot better."
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from Week 4 vs. the Detroit Lions on October 2, 2022 at Ford Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.