The Seahawks opened their 2019 campaign with a 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. While the final score is the number that matters most, plenty of other stats and numbers also help tell the story of the game. Here are 10 numbers of note from Sunday’s win:
Consecutive home openers won by the Seahawks, the longest such streak in the league.
Sacks for Quinton Jefferson, a career high. Jefferson’s six tackles were also a career high.
“He had a terrific game today,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “It was definitely the best game he’s had for us. We needed every bit of it."
Russell Wilson's passer rating on Sunday, the best he has posted in Week 1 in his career by a pretty significant margin, and his first opening week passer rating over 100 since 2014.
Receiving yards, on four catches, for DK Metcalf, the most by a Seahawks rookie receiver in his debut, besting Steve Largent’s 86-yard performance in his 1976 debut.
Opposing quarterbacks who have thrown for 400 or more yards against the Seahawks since Carroll took over in 2010: Philip Rivers in 2010, Eli Manning in 2011, Ben Roethlisberger in 2015, Deshaun Watson in 2017, Nick Mullens in 2018 and Andy Dalton on Sunday. The Seahawks are 6-0 in such games, and Carroll said they knew all along they’d have to give up some yards Sunday while dealing with an unknown offense under first-year head coach Zac Taylor.
“We had to give up a lot of yards,” Carroll said. “We rope-a-doped a little bit today, and that’s how it goes sometimes… We didn’t know what they were going to do, and we weren’t sure. A brand new offense with a lot of stuff in their background that they could have done, so we just wanted to make sure we controlled it. That’s why those two big plays stand out so much. That was supposed to be eliminated by the way we played it, and unfortunately they got a couple of them.”
(This stat was first noted by Sports Radio 950 KJR’s Curtis Crabtree after the game)
Tackles made by linebacker K.J. Wright, giving him 721 in his career to move him into sixth place on Seattle’s all-time tackles list ahead of Jacob Green (718).
Completions, in 20 attempts, for Russell Wilson, giving him 2,109 in his career, moving him into second place on Seattle’s all-time list ahead of Dave Krieg. Matt Hasselbeck is first on that list with 2,559 completions as a Seahawk.
Defensive snaps played by Jadeveon Clowney in his Seahawks debut, a slightly heavier workload than planned, one made necessary by the fact that Seattle’s defense was on the field for 77 plays.
“He went a little more than we thought,” Carroll said. “But he was fine, he felt good about it. We really knew we would have to play it by ear. I think he had 20-something snaps in the first half, which was not really the plan, but we were just out there so much, because we didn’t get much on offense at all. He’s 26 years old, he’s ready to go and all that. We’ll see. He’ll be pretty sore this week.”
Touchdowns scored by Chris Carson, who had both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game for the first time in his career.
Defensive snaps played by both K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks—Bobby Wagner played all 77—which illustrates how often the Seahawks were in base defense despite how often Cincinnati used three receivers, a sign of how much Seattle likes having that linebacker trio on the field.
Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' regular season opener of 2019 against the Cincinnati Bengals.