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NFL Week 12 Game Recap: Washington Football Team 17, Seattle Seahawks 15

Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

With a non-existent run game and conversions on just 4-of-12 third downs, the Seattle Seahawks fell short against the Washington Football Team on the road, 17-15.


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Russell Wilson found a wide-open Freddie Swain to give Seattle life in the final seconds, but he followed that up with an interception on the two-point conversion that would have sent the game into overtime. And then to cap things off, Nick Bellore was called for an illegal formation penalty that cost Seattle the ensuing onside kick. The ball just never bounced Seattle’s way.

Washington Football Team

Quarterback

Taylor Heinicke completed 27-of-35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and an interception but still managed zero big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays. His average depth of target was just 5.1 yards downfield, and he completed just 4-of-9 passes for 57 yards and the interception on throws 10-plus yards downfield. It was an unspectacular performance but, nonetheless, a winning one.

Running Back
Name Attempts Yards YAC TDs Forced Misssed Tackles YPC YCO/ATT
Antonio Gibson 29 111 91 0 7 3.83 3.14
J.D. McKissic 7 30 14 1 0 4.29 2
Jaret Patterson 1 0 2 0 0 0 2

Antonio Gibson (56) and JD McKissic (33) led the Washington backfield in total offensive snaps played while third-stringer Jaret Patterson logged just two snaps on the day.

On the ground, Gibson rushed for 111 yards on 29 carries while forcing seven missed tackles and gaining 91 of the yards after contact. McKissic added just 30 yards on his seven carries, but both players were impactful in the passing game. The duo combined for 12 receptions on 12 targets for 61 yards, one touchdown and two first-down receptions.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Terry McLaurin (51) and DeAndre Carter (42) led Washington in receiving yards and logged four receptions apiece. Carter was the only Football Team receiver who dropped a pass, as well.

Offensive Line

Center Wes Schweitzer played just 30 offensive snaps before exiting the game with an injury. Former San Diego State offensive lineman Keith Ismael replaced Schweitzer and closed out the game with 54 offensive snaps played. While the unit struggled as run blockers, all six players who played 30-plus offensive snaps earned PFF pass-blocking grades above 60.0 on first review of the broadcast film.

Defensive Line

James Smith-Williams should finish PFF’s review process with an 80.0-plus run-defense grade, and defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis should have an 80.0-plus pass-rushing grade. Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, however, led the group in total pressures with four apiece.

Linebacker

Cole Holcomb (47) and Jamin Davis (24) were the only two Washington off-ball linebackers who played against Seattle, and both earned 65.0-plus PFF grades on first review. The duo combined for two defensive stops, one missed tackle and just 37 yards allowed in coverage on six targets.

Secondary

Both Kendall Fuller and William Jackson III were outstanding against Seattle. Fuller, of course, had the game-clinching interception on the two-point conversion, and he also recorded three other forced incompletions while allowing just 13 yards in coverage on four targets. Jackson was targeted four times and allowed just two receptions for three yards with a forced incompletion.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback

Wilson is obviously hurt. While he has been playing since Week 10 after seemingly recovering from the finger injury, he’s now lost all three games since his return and has earned sub-70.9 PFF grades in each. He was charted with one big-time throw and two turnover-worthy plays on PFF’s first review of the broadcast film.

Running Back

DeeJay Dallas and Alex Collins recorded 28 and 19 offensive snaps, respectively, as Seattle’s only two running backs to play in the game — and neither had any success on the ground. The duo combined for 18 yards on 10 carries while forcing just two missed tackles between. Dallas did have five receptions in the game, but only one went for a first down.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Tyler Lockett had an impressive 55-yard reception early in the game but finished with just three receptions for 96 yards on the day. The bigger concern, however, was the fact that star wideout DK Metcalf wasn’t targeted until late in the game and finished with just one reception for 13 yards. The passing game simply wasn’t clicking all game long.

Offensive Line
Name Pass-Blocking Snaps Sacks Hits Hurries Total Pressures
Duane Brown (T) 35 0 0 0 0
Gabe Jackson (G) 35 0 0 3 3
Brandon Shell (T) 35 0 0 0 0
Ethan Pocic © 35 0 1 1 2
Kyle Fuller (C) 35 0 0 3 3

Duane Brown was the only Seattle offensive lineman who earned a 65.0-plus PFF grade on first review. He allowed zero total pressures on 35 pass-blocking snaps and recorded a 75.0-plus run-blocking grade. Kyle Fuller and Gabe Jackson shared the team lead in pressures allowed at three apiece.

Defensive Line

Defensive tackle Al Woods was the only Seahawks player with an 80.0-plus PFF grade on first review of the broadcast film. He finished with five total defensive stops in the run game and should clear reviews with an 84.0-plus run-defense grade. No other Seattle player cleared 70.0 on first review, and no defensive lineman finished with more than two total pressures.

Linebacker

Bobby Wagner played all 84 defensive snaps against Washington and was his usual dominant self. He recorded four defensive stops while missing only one tackle on his way to an 80.0-plus PFF grade on first review. Second-year linebacker Jordyn Brooks played 72 defensive snaps, recorded four defensive stops and missed two tackles.

Coverage was a bit of a different story for the duo, however. Each was targeted nine times, and they combined to allow 16 receptions for 131 yards and six first downs.

Secondary
Name Coverage Snaps Targets Receptions Allowed Yards Allowed TDs Allowed INT
Quandre Diggs (S) 38 2 2 11 0 0
Jamal Adams (S) 31 4 3 28 1 1
Sidney Jones (CB) 38 5 1 0 0 0
D.J. Reed Jr. (CB) 38 1 1 12 0 0
Ryan Neal (S) 6 1 1 8 0 0
Ugo Amadi (CB) 18 2 2 13 0 0

Due in large part to Heinicke’s tendency to throw underneath, no Seattle defensive back allowed more than 30 yards in coverage. Star safety Jamal Adams did internet a tipped passed, but he also allowed a first down and a touchdown into his coverage.

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