Fri, 23 Oct 2020

Ten numbers that helped tell the story of Seattle’s season-opening win over the Falcons.  John Boyle

The Seahawks opened a season with a road victory for the first time since 2013, beating the Falcons 38-25 Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Here are 10 notable numbers that help tell the story of Sunday's game:

88.6

Russell Wilson's completion percentage, not only the highest mark of his career and a franchise record, it was also tied for the third best in NFL history for a quarterback with at least 35 attempts. Wilson also posted the best passer rating (143.1), most yards (322) and most touchdowns (4) in Week 1 over his nine season openers.

30,056 & 4,022

Career passing and rushing yards for Wilson, who joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as the only other player to pass for 30,000 yards and 4,000. Interestingly enough, this week's opposing quarterback, New England's Cam Newton, has a good chance this year of becoming the first 30,000 & 5,000 player (he's currently at 29,196 & 4,881).

12

Tackles by safety Jamal Adams, the most by a player making his Seahawks debut since at least 1987 when Pro Football Reference began tracking combined tackles.

60

Career touchdown receptions for tight end Greg Olsen, who had his first as a Seahawk on Sunday, and who now has at least one touchdown catch in 14 straight seasons. Olsen was one of two newcomers to find the end zone Sunday along with running back Carlos Hyde.

8

Times an opponent has thrown for more than 400 yards against Seattle in the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era after Matt Ryan threw for 450 Sunday, and eight times the Seahawks have come away with a win in those games, a stat unearthed by Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle. And yes, it makes some sense that teams throwing for a ton of yards lose a lot since teams playing from behind have to throw, but according to Pro Football Reference data, teams are 185-166-6 all time when quarterbacks throw for 400 or more yards, so the Seahawks being 8-0 against those opponents is definitely unusual.

55

Defensive snaps, out of 79 total, played by Marquise Blair. Things can change from week to week depending on opponents, but that's an early indication that the Seahawks will play more nickel this year to get Blair on the field after playing an unusually high amount of snaps in their base defense last year.

0

Times the Falcons converted on fourth down. The Seahawks, meanwhile, went for it on fourth down once and didn't just convert, but scored a touchdown on a 38-yard Russell Wilson pass to DK Metcalf. And not only did the Seahawks get stops on fourth downs, they took advantage of those stops, scoring three touchdowns and one field goal.

2

Receiving touchdowns by Chris Carson, meaning the fourth-year back matched his career-best total for touchdown catches in one quarter of the season opener.

8

Receptions for Tyler Lockett on eight targets. That's Lockett's sixth game, postseason included, with eight or more receptions, all of which have come since the start of last season.

4

Interceptions by Quandre Diggs in seven career games with the Seahawks after he picked off Matt Ryan late in Sunday's win. Diggs also has a forced fumble and fumble recovery in that span.

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