Kenneth Walker III rushed for 97 yards and two second-half touchdowns, Jason Myers kicked five field goals, and the Seattle Seahawks pulled away in the second half for a 37-27 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Geno Smith saw no reason to try and downplay the performance the Seattle Seahawks had just put forth. Seattle’s season began with an unexpected flop that left fans booing, players losing control of their emotions and the Seahawks feeling flat outplayed by their division foe. Seattle’s 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams was an immediate wakeup call that last year’s unexpected success and the feel-good story surrounding that team is long in the past. Seattle started this season believing it could be a contender in the NFC West. Instead, Seattle was thoroughly outplayed by a Rams roster that’s undergone major surgery that gutted most of the core from the team that two seasons ago won the Super Bowl.
Geno Smith came into last season a bit of a mystery, eight years removed from his last chance at being a full-time starter. Brock Purdy was a complete unknown as the final pick in the draft fortunate to just solidify a roster spot as a rookie.