Wilson carried offense until he dropped ball

Wilson against Detroit 2015Before Kam Chancellor and the referees combined to steal the headlines in Seattle’s win over Detroit on Monday, the biggest story was the play of Russell Wilson.

With Marshawn Lynch out and almost no help from his blockers, the quarterback did everything he could for three-plus quarters to keep the Seahawks ahead. And then he dispelled all of that magic with one huge fumble that was returned for a touchdown and put Detroit in position to go ahead in the final two minutes.

Wilson was sacked six times — two or three were his fault for holding the ball too long — and was almost constantly on the run. He is on pace to be sacked 72 times, which would tie Randall Cunningham (1986) for No. 2 in NFL history (David Carr was sacked 76 times in 2002).

Despite the pressure, Wilson completed 20 of 26 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. He ran his Monday night record to 5-0, with 10 TD passes and no picks.

For three quarters, he played his best game of the season. But then he lost a second fumble — just the second time he had ever done that.

“I can’t even think of all the crazy scrambles that he made tonight,” Pete Carroll said, “… and it just changed so drastically from what looked like was going to happen to what eventually happened.

“He made some phenomenal plays. The ball got away from him a couple of times, which is uncharacteristic. We had to overcome a couple of turnovers that we normally don’t have to.”

Wilson said, “My awareness has to be a little bit better. Obviously having those two plays gave them a chance to come back and win the game potentially.

“Those are on me. It’s something that we can fix. It’s kind of a happy medium. You try to make these plays, extend the play (but) you’ve just got to understand the situation and just go down (sometimes).”

As for the offensive line, which had breakdowns everywhere throughout the game, Carroll said, “We’re not as clean as we need to be. Six sacks is a lot of negative yards (52). We have to be better there in all of the ways. If it was one guy or something like that, it would be a different story. It’s not that. We have some issues that we’ve got to take care of.”

He said the line is “not as good as we need it to be.”

“It’s a big-time work in progress. Cabes (Tom Cable) will get it done. We’ve seen it happen before. We’re fortunate that we’ve won a couple of games now … as we’re putting it together.”

Chancellor laid the lumber on Calvin Johnson twice — once with a hammer hit to Johnson himself and then with the key ball punch at the end.

On the hit to Johnson, he said he felt Johnson would be coming his way and he “just took off and made it legal.” He said, “It felt great.”

“That hit just electrifies our team, it electrifies our stadium, brings energy. I just love doing it. Once I get one, I want more.”

Since Chancellor returned, the Seattle defense has been on the field for 20 drives against Chicago and Detroit and has forced 18 punts, with one field goal allowed and one big fumble forced.

Michael Bennett was as much of a clown as ever after the game, first interrupting Chancellor’s ESPN interview to lobby the Seahawks to “Pay him!”

Then he gave Dallas fans some bulletin board material for Seattle’s visit in Week 8, saying, “I don’t like Matt Stafford much. He’s from Dallas. They killed the president (John F. Kennedy). I hold it against him.”

Lynch sat out on the fifth anniversary of his trade from Buffalo to Seattle, snapping a streak of 61 games.

Carroll said he ran well before the game but “they did not think he could sustain that through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here that he’ll be ready to go next week.”

The Seahawks were without five other injured players as well and lost three more to injury: Marcus Burley (broken thumb), Fred Jackson (ankle) and Ricardo Lockette (illness). X-rays reportedly were negative on Jackson’s ankle, and he was to undergo an MRI.

Special teams stood out again for Seattle, with Steven Hauschka hitting two field goals from beyond 50 yards and Jon Ryan booting a 70-yarder and putting three inside the 20. Hauschka is 10 for 10 this year and became the first Seattle kicker since Josh Brown in 2007 to hit two 50-yarders in a game.

Tyler Lockett did not bust off any big returns, but he did pull off a great fair catch fake, falling down and pretending to catch a ball while the ball really bounced behind him and into the end zone. The Detroit cover man was paying attention to Lockett, which enabled the touchback.

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