The Seahawks are the winners and losers of Week 2

By | September 18, 2023

Geno Smith and Tyler Lockett had great days in an overtime win over the Lions.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

The last time fantasy managers saw the Seattle Seahawks, things were coming unglued. Seattle had just 12 yards of second-half offense in an ugly 30-13 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week. The Seahawks lost both starting offensive tackles in that game. Holes had to be repaired, leaks had to be plugged.

Fast forward to a date with Detroit. Mission accomplished.

The Seahawks offense got back into the circle of confidence on Sunday, thanks to an entertaining 37-31 overtime victory over the Lions. Geno Smith was brilliant throughout (32-of-41 passing, 328 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers), and Kenneth Walker and Tyler Lockett both scored two touchdowns. DK Metcalf narrowly missed a score of his own – he was tackled inches from the goal line – but caught all of his targets, good for a 6-75-0 line.

Seattle’s patchwork line struggled to create running lanes for Walker (17 carries, 43 yards), but pass blocking wasn’t an issue. Smith took just one sack, a terrible 17-yard loss late in the fourth quarter, and that bad play was actually on Smith, not the blockers.

Two common reminders from Sunday’s result: A good coach often finds a way to mask holes in the offensive line during the practice week, especially when it comes to pass blocking; and a veteran quarterback is the most important player when it comes to avoiding sacks.

Said a different way, sacks are more of a quarterback stat than a protection stat.

Seattle’s target tree was an eyelash wider than fantasy managers would like. Metcalf, Lockett and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba (5-34-0) absorbed 22 of the team’s 37 targets. Noah Fant put up a line of 4-56-0, catching all of his targets, but the Seahawks never gave him a consistent priority in the passing game. Five other players were targeted, nine in total.

In the backfield, he was pretty much what you would expect. Walker had 18 touches and controlled goal-line work. Zach Charbonnet was sprayed for six touches and DeeJay Dallas had just one run.

With the Seahawks defense struggling for the second straight week, perhaps this is a team with carnival potential, weekly pinball games. We’ll see if the Panthers and Giants can keep up over the next couple of weeks. The Bengals host Seattle in an entertaining Week 5 matchup.

The Detroit side of things has been fun too, although it’s also been mixed with untimely injuries. Amon-Ra St. Brown (6-102-0, 7 targets) missed some snaps due to cramps, and David Montgomery (74 total yards, touchdown) left with a bruised thigh and are headed for further testing. St. Brown and Montgomery also lost fumbles, not that the Lions were likely to put either player in a turnover timeout. Jahmyr Gibbs was disappointing on the ground (7-17) and passable, if not necessarily explosive, in the air (7-39-0).

The Lions’ productive receivers were Josh Reynolds (5-66), who rushed for two touchdowns. and Kalif Raymond, who had a 36-yard score on a gadget play. And rookie tight end Sam LaPorta destroyed defenders in the second half, en route to a 5-63-0 line. He will become a star soon, very soon.

Jared Goff snapped his streak without an interception on a bad pass, but was otherwise brilliant, throwing for 323 yards and three scores on a 28-for-35 day.

The Lions offense is entertaining, especially at home. Detroit hosts Atlanta next week, then travels to Green Bay for another primetime game Thursday night.

Is there a right answer in the KC receivers room?

Kansas City’s 17-9 win in Jacksonville wasn’t a work of art, but sometimes color-by-numbers work is needed. Patrick Mahomes huffed and puffed for a 305-yard passing day, and also tacked on 30 yards rushing. Travis Kelce was well-scored on his nine targets (4-26), although he had one brief touchdown catch. Isiah Pacheco argues for more playing time; his 12 carries yielded 70 yards.

Mahomes’ other touchdown pass went to Skyy Moore, a nice shoulder throw to the right prop. Moore posted a 3-70-1 line for his four modest targets and looks like the more interesting receiver here. But we can’t ignore how extensive the Chiefs’ usage is right now; As many as 12 players were targeted, and Kelce was the only player to see more than five opportunities. If you want to convince yourself of Moore, I understand, but sometimes there are no right answers. It is available in 51% of Yahoo leagues.

We should mention that Justin Watson drew some deep looks and had a respectable 3-62-0 line. Kadarius Toney’s work was more subdued, scoring 5-35-0 on five targets.

Case of what might have been for the Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence had an incredibly quiet day (216 yards, 5.3 YPA), although the Jaguars’ running was a little outside the red area. On at least three occasions, Jacksonville completed a pass to a receiver who was out of bounds by a foot or less. Zay Jones went scoreless on six targets, but he easily could have scored three times. Calvin Ridley (2-32-0) also left a score on the field.

Christian Kirk turned into the target monster of the day, running 11-110-0 on 14 looks. A timely rebound after last week. Travis Etienne was an ordinary runner (12-40-0) and was once again overlooked as a pass receiver (two yards, three targets). At least Houston has a favorable draw in Week 3.

This story will be updated with additional fantasy analysis starting Week 2

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