The Seattle Seahawks improved to 5-2 with a hard fought victory at home over the Houston Texans in Week 8, and the 41-38 win had to be seen to be believed.
Both quarterbacks had four touchdowns and two each in the fourth quarter. Prior to Sunday, the Seahawks defense hadn’t given up a fourth quarter touchdown all season. But Watson got his first with an impressive escape from the Seahawks pass rush and a second touchdown when DeAndre Hopkins weaved through the defense for a 72-yard burst.
Ultimately though, it didn’t matter because Wilson found Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds left to win the game.
The aerial battle between the two quarterbacks alone made the game extremely fun to watch.
Diagnosing the Warriors’ early-season ills hasn’t been difficult. Their top-ranked offense is more statistically efficient than last year’s title squad, but their defense — 26th in the league — has been a dispassionate slow dance. On Monday, the defensive work was prompt and, most important, fully engaged.
The performance wasn’t the sort of masterpiece that last year’s second-ranked defense turned in consistently, but the Warriors’ clean, crisp switch-a-thon returned to the perimeter. When the Clippers moved into dribble handoffs, they found a defender meeting them on the other side of the action.
The pyrotechnics on the other end were as familiar as they were prolific. The Warriors came into the game leading the league in minutes with a lead of six points or greater, yet had compiled a record of only 4-3.