A back and forth affair between the Seattle Seahawks and the Cincinnati Bengals resulted in an ugly 21-20 victory for Seattle.
It was a sloppy game on both sides, but Cincinnati made enough mistakes to allow Seattle to stay in the game and eventually pull off the victory, despite getting outgained in yardage, 429-234.
Seattle’s promise all offseason was to get their running backs involved in the passing game, a promise the Seahawks made true on in Week 1. Chris Carson hauled in six receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown, just the second of his career.
The Seahawks also made sure rookie receiver DK Metcalf got involved early and often. He finished with four receptions for 89 yards, including an excellent 42-yard catch on a go-route down the sideline.
The rest of the offense was rather stagnant, thanks in part to poor blocking up front. Russell Wilson was sacked four times, and he spent most of the game escaping pressure.
He did manage to find veteran Tyler Lockett early in the fourth quarter for a 44-yard touchdown reception. It was Lockett’s first target of the game.
The only group that struggled more than the offensive line may have been the secondary. While Shaquill Griffin made some nice plays, Tre Flowers was picked on by Andy Dalton, and he strained to contain his marks.
Tedric Thompson struggled as the deep safety, including mistiming his jump on a deep ball that resulted in a 55-yard touchdown reception by John Ross.
The Seahawks had more success up front. Quinton Jefferson had perhaps his best game, racking up six combined tackles with two sacks, two passes defended and three quarterback hits.
Jadeveon Clowney looked good in his first game with the Seahawks as well, making one sack late in the game and constantly putting pressure on Dalton.
The Seahawks may not have played their cleanest game of football, but they go into their Week 2 game against the Steelers with a 1-0 record.