Takeaways: Geno Smith, Seahawks outlast Lions in 48-45 shootout

The Seahawks and Lions combined nearly 100 points in a shootout from the Motor City.

DETROIT — It might have been an early start than the Seattle Seahawks are used to, but their offense was awake and alert in a scoring win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Seahawks scored 48 points, which turned out to be just enough as Dan Campbell and the Lions managed to rack up 45 points of their own.

Here are four takeaways as the Seahawks improved to 2-2 with a nice win at the Motor City.

Rashaad Penny, DK Metcalf exit

It’s been a relatively quiet start to the 2022 season for two of the Seahawks’ key offensive players, but running back Rashaad Penny and wide receiver DK Metcalf both put on a show at Ford Field on Sunday.

Penny amassed 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns with just 17 carries. His two touchdowns came on long runs, carrying carries of 36 and 41 yards, resulting in two drives to the end zone. It was the third-highest rushing total of Penny’s NFL career, not far behind the 170 he rushed for at the end of the 2021 season against the same Detroit team.

Metcalf won his first 100-plus-yard receiving game of 2022 with 7 catches for 149 yards. Metcalf capitalized on his matchup with young Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah, who received some poignant trash talk from DK earlier in the week. Metcalf was carted off the field in the fourth quarter, leading many Seahawks fans to worry about their star wide receiver. However, the FOX broadcast reported that Metcalf left the field to use the restroom, and he clarified in his post-game press conference that he had a “stomach ache.”

close love

Geno Smith again looked for his tight ends early and often in Sunday’s win. Will Dissly notched his third touchdown catch of the season, one of four catches for 39 yards. Smith targeted his tight ends four times on the team’s opening run alone.

Colby Parkinson also caught two passes for 28 yards.

Of Smith’s six touchdown passes in his first four games, four were close. Expect to see plenty of goals for Dissly and Parkinson week in and week out.

Woolen demonstrates a bright future

Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions in the NFL due to recent rule changes and the shocking athleticism of today’s wide receivers and tight ends, but Tariq Woolen continues to prove why he was a bargain for the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2022 draft.

Woolen wasn’t perfect at reporting but made a play that few others of any age in the NFL could have on Sunday, jumping in front of and intercepting a pass from Jared Goff, his second straight week with a takeaway. Not only did he pick up Goff, but Woolen then managed to return him 40 yards for his first NFL touchdown.

Former Seahawks star and current NFL analyst Richard Sherman was high on Woolen all season and once again sent rookie love after the big game.

Woolen’s athletic ability is rare for any position in the NFL, and as he continues to hone his reporting skills and develop his knowledge of the league, the future looks bright for the defenseman.

Motown shooting

48 points was the Seahawks’ highest total since their last encounter with the Lions in Week 17 of 2021, when they scored 51 points in a stunning win at Lumen Field.

The final score also made history on Sunday, as the 48-45 final was a “scorigami,” meaning it was the first game in NFL history to end with that precise final score between two teams.

Smith’s accuracy was a big part of the Seahawks’ ability to score points on Sunday and he joined rare company with another strong performance in Week 4.

Only Tom Brady, Derek Carr and now Smith have had a 70+ percent completion rate in each of their team’s first four games since 1950. per Seahawks PR.

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Emma Bowman

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