DK Metcalf left Sunday’s game early with an injury, but the Seahawks were still able to beat a strong Chargers team at SoFi Stadium.
LOS ANGELES — For the second straight week, the Seahawks took on one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks.
And for the second straight week, Seattle managed to keep him and his team in check as the Seahawks held a 37-23 away win over Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.
Here are four takeaways from the win as the Seahawks improve to 4-3 on the season.
Marquise Goodwin escapes
Good would be an understatement for how the veteran wide receiver played on Sunday when Goodwin caught two touchdown passes in the first half, including that acrobatic reception on a Geno Smith throw.
Goodwin landed on 4 catches for 67 yards and those two touchdown catches. The 31-year-old nearly matched his season total of catches (6) in a game in LA and is likely to make up a bigger part of the passing schedule going forward.
Punting woes continue
For the third straight week, the Seahawks’ punt unit made an unfortunate mistake.
After fumbling in the last two games, Seattle gunner Joey Blount didn’t see the Chargers returner’s fair catch signal and hit him hard, drawing a 15-yard penalty.
Dee Eskridge also fumbled with a routine pitch and turned the ball over in the first half, leading to a Chargers touchdown.
Though the Seahawks defeated them on Sunday, simple mistakes like these often make all the difference in closer games.
DK Metcalf retires injured
The star wideout was carried off the field late in the first quarter with a knee injury and was ruled out shortly after.
It was unclear when Metcalf picked up the injury and there is unlikely to be an official diagnosis until sometime after Sunday’s game or even Monday.
Metcalf caught 1 of his 2 goals for 12 yards before leaving the game.
Perform defense steps up
The Seahawks were one of the NFL’s worst defenses against the run in 2022, but they absolutely put an end to Austin Ekeler and LA’s rushing attack on Sunday.
The Chargers managed just 26 yards on the ground as Jordyn Brooks and Ryan Neal bottled up the LA offense and forced them into a series of long passes.
Considering the continued growth of the Seahawks’ young secondary school, an improved run defense is a very welcome sign for coordinator Clint Hurtt.
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