The Seattle Seahawks head into the 2020 season with high hopes. If Week 1 is any indication, those hopes are likely to be a reality. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks went on the road and pummeled the Atlanta Falcons, sending a message t the rest of the NFL. Wilson was very impressive in the opener but gave his praise to Seattle’s ‘Mr. Dependable.’
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have Super Bowl aspirations
The Seattle Seahawks came one foot away from winning the NFC West a year ago and earning the No. 1 seed in the conference. They came up short in the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers and wound up with the fifth seed. They knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles but fell to the second-seeded Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks felt another piece or two would take them a step further in 2020. “I think we need a couple more (pieces),” quarterback Russell Wilson told USA Today during a Pro Bowl interview. “I think we need a couple more. Jadeveon (Clowney) is a big-time guy that we would love to get back on our football team. He was so good in the locker room. He brought so many just havoc plays to the field. Hopefully, we can get a few other players there on the defense. Then also on offense, we have a great offense, but I think we can always add more pieces.”
Seattle wasn’t able to land Clowney, but did trade for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. The Seahawks also added running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, two veterans that should make an impact. The Seahawks got off to a great start in 2020, winning on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.
Wilson was dominant in the season opener
Russell Wilson threw 35 passes, completing 31 of them, as the Seattle Seahawks spread the ball around and cruised to a 38-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Wilson was outstanding, throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Chris Carson caught two of those touchdown passes, while newcomer Greg Olsen and DK Metcalf each had a TD reception.
“We wanted to spread the ball around,” Wilson said, according to ESPN. “We wanted to get the ball to a lot of different guys and we wanted to be aggressive in our approach.”
Wilson showed how aggressive the Seahawks were going to be. After the Falcons stopped the Seahawks on third-and-5 from the Falcons’ 38, the Seahawks elected to go for it. That’s when Wilson hit Metcalf for a 38-yard touchdown score. “They made a good stop on third down and were all celebrating,” Wilson said. “I looked at the sideline and said, `OK, let’s go after ’em.’ I wanted to be aggressive.”
Wilson praises ‘Mr. Dependable’
While Russell Wilson was being Mr. Everything, he praised Mr. Dependable after the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Although he didn’t get in the end zone, wide receiver Tyler Lockett finished with eight catches for 92 yards. Lockett’s performance didn’t go unnoticed by Wilson.
“Tyler is one of the most consistent players in the NFL,” Wilson said, according to Seahawks.com. “He’s one of the most explosive players in the NFL even though he’s a smaller guy—he gets open all day. His ability, his feel for the game, his intelligence, his awareness, his ability to get open in a blink of an eye. He’s Mr. Dependable in so many ways. I love how he approaches the game.
“There’s nobody who approaches the game better than he does,” Wilson continued. “He needs to get more recognition honestly for what he’s doing. I mean, he’s been unstoppable for the past I don’t know how many years. He’s been unstoppable. I think he’s one of the best receivers in the game, hands down.”