Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
In the first half of the season, Russell Wilson has looked like the quarterback all Seattle fans know. In the Seattle Seahawks’ first seven games, they have posted a 5-2 record. The team has recently come off a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens, led by their MVP candidate quarterback Lamar Jackson. Prior to their loss to the Ravens, the Seahawks were on a roll with a three-game winning streak. Wilson looked like the leader he was, throwing for four touchdowns and 268 yards against a tough Rams team, and is a candidate for MVP himself.
The defense almost looks like something we have seen before as well. While it may not be equivalent to the “Legion of Boom,” the additions of Jadeveon Clowney and other veterans has the Seahawks defense looking tough.
Back in the beginning of September, linebacker Bobby Wagner stated that, “I think we have a chance to be really good. You kind of don’t want to get caught up in all the hype, as far as seeing all the names and seeing all the stuff.”
This shows how motivated and humble the Seahawks defense is trying to be.
Another new face that seems to be exceeding expectations is wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Following the retirement of Doug Baldwin, “Donkey Kong” Metcalf moved from the number three receiver to number two, right behind Tyler Lockett. Metcalf is a large presence and has already put up great numbers for a Seahawks offense that relies on various options. He has caught a total of 20 passes for 389 yards and has found the endzone twice through seven weeks. The Seahawks will only benefit more and more each week from his continued development.
The Seahawks then traveled to Atlanta to play the Falcons Oct. 27, came back home to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next week, and will face a tough San Francisco 49ers team on the road after that. The Falcons have struggled all year, as they have only one win. The Bucs have gotten off to a mediocre start, but the biggest challenge for the Hawks in these three weeks should be the undefeated 49ers. Surprisingly, the 49ers have squeezed through games to remain unbeaten, and their defense looks stout.
Russell Wilson will continue to lead his offense and after a fast start to the season, the Seahawks look poised for yet another playoff run. According to Seahawks News, Wilson has been dynamic, completing 157 of 230 passes (68.5 percent) for 1,945 yards, 15 touchdown passes, one interception, and a passer rating of 114.1 through seven weeks. His only interception this year came in probably his worst start this season against the Ravens, and was returned for a touchdown.