After a 38-30 win over the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium, the Seahawks officially entered offseason mode after a disappointing 7-10 campaign.
Although the franchise fell short of high expectations after an NFC West title and 12-win season in 2020, several players still played in all three phases for Seattle. Over the next two weeks, the Seahawk Maven editorial team will name their selections for the end-of-season awards, including Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and many more.
As we near the end of our postseason awards, which offensive highlight stood out as Seattle’s best of 2021? Our panel makes its choice:
DK Metcalf blows by Marshon Lattimore, makes 84-yard home visit against Saints
Corbin Smith: In the scheme of things, it stinks of that play that ended up being the only offensive highlight the Seahawks had all night in a devastating home loss to the Saints. But perhaps no play has generated better 12 volume all season at Lumen Field than when Metcalf beat Lattimore down the right sideline on a fade route, pointed the football on a Geno Smith pitch and broke out of an ankle tackle by the Pro Bowl cornerback. To the delight of the crowd, he then quickly armed safety Marcus Williams, allowing him to use his running speed to leave the rest of the defense in the dust on the third longest touchdown in club history. franchise. Metcalf’s one-of-a-kind 230-pound athletic toolbox was on full display in prime time and it was a sight to behold.
Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett take off in Week 14 win at Houston
Ty Gonzalez: Russell Wilson once proclaimed, “I’m Russell Wilson and I throw a sexy deep ball.” He wasn’t wrong; there are few things at any level of football more visually appealing than a moonshot of Seattle’s star quarterback. On a Week 14 trip to Houston, Wilson deservedly launched a rocket downfield to hit wide receiver Tyler Lockett midway for a 55-yard vintage touchdown connection between the two franchise legends. As Lockett burned past Texans cornerback Terrance Mitchell on a drive out, Wilson uncorked a ball that traveled 61.98 yards through the air – the third longest pass recorded by NFL Next Gen Stats throughout the season. It might not have been the Seahawks’ flashiest, most chaotic game of 2021, but when their offense fires at full throttle, it’s as good as it gets.
Russell Wilson escapes pressure and finds Freddie Swain for a touchdown against the 49ers
Nick Lee: Sometimes Wilson’s desire to play magician instead of quarterback can get him in trouble. But the reason the Seahawks can usually live with those occasional poor results is because of the spectacular plays he’s still able to put on extended plays like he did throwing that touchdown to Swain. Nick Bosa and his comrades were ready to devour number 3, but he had none of it, dodging and making a ridiculously accurate throw while running for the score.
Rishi Rastogi: This play really sums up Wilson’s career since entering the league, highlighting his ability to slip out of the pocket Houdini-style and make a nice throw to a spot where only his receiver can catch the ball. Nick Bosa and several defenders had the elusive quarterback dead on the right, only for him to come out of a sack and fire a perfect dime at Swain inside the left front pylon for six runs.
Rashaad Penny blasts past Cardinals defense for game-winning 69-yard score
Colby Patnode: It may be recency bias, but Penny’s touchdown not only sealed the road upset in Arizona, it capped an incredible run of games for the former first-round pick and the possible revival of the brand of offense that won the Seahawks their only Super Bowl. It was a great run, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder that Russell Wilson is best at a balanced, run-focused offense and Seattle can score a lot of points with a strong rushing offense that complements it.
Past 2021 Seahawks Awards Picks
Most Valuable Player
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Special Teams Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Returning Player of the Year
Offensive Lineman of the Year
Defensive Lineman of the Year
The biggest surprise