Monday Night Observations

Normally, I watch the 40-minute condensed version of the standalone night games when I wake up in the morning and immediately write them up on the blog. But this game was so bad, I watched it, then got caught up in other things and forgot to do the post until midway through the SXM show (4:00 pm my time.)

• Russell Wilson got 3.6 YPA, passed for 72 yards, threw a horrendous pick at the end of the first half and took two sacks. Tyler Lockett (6-5-42) led the team in receiving, and no other player got more than one catch.  Wilson had 61 rushing yards at least, most of which came on a 40-yard play late.

• Chris Carson (22-90-1) was the workhorse, while Rashaad Penny (8-for-44) and Mike Davis (3-for-22) saw reserve duty. Penny always looks fast and smooth when he runs, but Carson is such a bruiser, I can see why the Seahawks like him.

• Kirk Cousins never got into a rhythm, and a lot of his meager stats (206 yards, 6.3 YPA, 1 TD) were put up on the final, garbage time drive.  Stefon Diggs (6-4-76) made a great 48-yard catch while being inferred with, but otherwise did little. Adam Thielen was invisible before the garbage-time drive. Dalvin Cook (13-for-55, 7-5-28) looked okay, but had little room to run.

• The Seahawks (8-5) more or less locked up a playoff spot with the win, especially with two easy games (@SF, AZ) still left on the schedule. The Vikings (6-6-1) are still the sixth seed if the playoffs started today and are the favorite to get in with MIA, @DET and CHI (who may be sitting players in Week 17) left to play.