Seahawks headline Week 2’s winners and losers

When fantasy managers last 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 of their starting offensive tackles in that game. Holes needed to be patched, leaks needed to be plugged.

Fast forward to a date with Detroit. Mission accomplished.

The Seahawks offense rejoined the circle of trust Sunday, through an entertaining 37-31 overtime win over the Lions. Geno Smith was crisp throughout (32 of 41 passing, 328 yards, 2 touchdowns, no turnovers), and Kenneth Walker and Tyler Lockett both scored 2 touchdowns. DK Metcalf narrowly missed a score of his own — he was tackled inches short of the goal line — but he 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 the pass blocking wasn’t a problem. Smith only took one sack, a ghastly 17-yard loss late in the fourth quarter, and that negative play was really on Smith, not the blockers. Two common reminders from Sunday’s result — good coaching will often find a way to mask offensive-line holes in 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.

The Seattle 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 posted a 4-56-0 line, catching all of his targets, but the Seahawks have never made him a consistent priority in the passing game. Five other players were targeted, nine in all.

In the backfield, it was about what you’d expect. Walker had 18 touches and controlled the goal-line work. Zach Charbonnet was sprinkled in for 6 touches, and DeeJay Dallas had a single run.

With the Seahawks…

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