Convinced no one outside their locker room gave them a chance to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins put together the kind of complete performance that made them worthy of the prime-time spotlight.
Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, Chris Thompson had 188 all-purpose yards and a score and the Redskins sacked Derek Carr four times, forced three turnovers and held the Raiders to 128 yards in a dominating 27-10 victory on Sunday night.
There’s no reason to hold your breath for it to click into place. By design or not, Wilson’s legs are going to get the Seahawks out of trouble. It will be against much better teams than the 49ers. It will be while everyone wonders if this is the week the rearranged line will jell, and backs like Chris Carson figure out a way before the game is decided.
Carson was solid, finishing with 93 yards. That 41 of those yards were after Wilson’s touchdown pass, running out the clock after the 49ers were stopped one more time, was critical. But it distorts how, for a while, Wilson was also the Seahawks’ most dangerous rusher.
Wilson always shrugs these things off. He’ll do it again this year, the way he did last year when he had to do much of the same, except while hurt nearly all season. He’s going to take another beating this season, and he’ll put a lot of wear and tear on everything.
Maybe the rest of the Seahawks’ offense will catch up, and it’ll live up to the expectations.
Until it does, though, it’s Wilson being Wilson, or else.