What we learned from Sunday’s Week 7 games - Jeremy Bergman
1. The MVP favorite entering Week 7, Russell Wilson was no match for his counterpart on Sunday afternoon in Seattle. Lamar Jackson bounced back from an inconsistent first half to captain one of the most impressive second halves a quarterback has played this season. After going three-and-out on the Ravens’ first possession out of halftime, Baltimore took a lead it would not relinquish on two lengthy march, both of which bore the mobile Jackson’s mark.
Jackson’s aerial numbers (9-of-20, 143 yards) were nothing to tweet home about, but the Ravens QB managed the second half brilliantly and topped 100 yards on the ground (116 yards) for the third time this season. The 12th Man silenced by one man.
What a debut for cornerback Marcus Peters! While everyone will remember the pick-six, something he’s been known for throughout his career, he actually had a good game in coverage. He wasn’t targeted often as he was tight on his receiver and only gave up one catch all afternoon. The interception was a perfect Peters play, as his eyes never left the backfield while he baited the throw.
Brandon Williams was wreaking havoc along the interior of the defensive line in this game, both as a pass-rusher and run defender. He finished the game with multiple run stops and added a couple of hits on the quarterback when he was asked to rush the passer.
Lamar Jackson Made His Myth in Real Time Against the Seahawks - Danny Heifetz
With the game tied at 13 late in the third quarter at the Seahawks’ 16-yard line, quarterback Lamar Jackson placed a touchdown pass into tight end Mark Andrews’s hands, but the ball was batted out. Before they could snap the ball on second-and-10, they took a delay-of-game penalty as Jackson was screaming for center Matt Skura to snap the ball. The snap came too late and Jackson spiked it out of frustration.
The penalty pushed the Ravens out of the red zone. On second-and-15 Jackson threw to Andrews on an underneath pass that would’ve gained a good chunk of yardage, but Andrews dropped it. The Ravens now faced a third-and-15, and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh later said he was content to kick a field goal, so they called a designed Lamar Jackson run to the right. The second-year quarterback diced and danced through the Seahawks defense for 13 yards, setting up a fourth-and-2. Harbaugh still wanted to kick a field goal, but he asked Jackson what he wanted to do.
“Yeah, I want to go for it,” Jackson said. “Let’s get it.”
Harbaugh was down. “I was told that [longtime Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda] said, ‘If [Lamar] wants to go for it, I want to go for it!’” Harbaugh said in his postgame press conference. “I felt the same way.”
Harbaugh kept his offense on the field. The Ravens called another designed run for Jackson and he scored easily to give Baltimore a 20-13 lead that Baltimore did not relinquish. Jackson once again spiked the ball, but this time it was in triumph.
Earl Thomas Says Beating Seahawks Felt ‘Really, Really, Really’ Good - Garrett Downing
Thomas got exactly what he wanted, as the Ravens took down the Seahawks 30-16 at CenturyLink Field in the defense’s best performance of the season. Thomas said it was the most satisfying win he’s had in a long time.
“Just to come in here where I started, and get the win like that, and we dominated too, it felt really, really, really good,” Thomas said. “Today was big. My teammates have been telling me all week they have my back and it felt real good for those guys to show up how they did today. It felt so good to get that win.”