Part of what made Metcalf’s performance on Sunday stand out is that it served as a reminder of how special of a receiver duo the Seahawks have in Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Last week the Arizona Cardinals focused a lot of attention on Metcalf, and he finished with just two catches for 23 yards, but that led to big opportunities for Lockett, who had one of the best games by a receiver in franchise history, catching 15 passes for 200 yards and three scores. This weekend, Lockett had a relatively quiet day, catching four passes for 33 yards—though he and Wilson just missed connecting on a long touchdown in the second half—while Metcalf had a huge game.
“Tyler actually told me on the field, ‘Man, we have the best duo in the league,'” Metcalf said. “We feed off of each other very well… We don’t care who gets the credit or who gets the shine one week, because he has my back no matter what and I have his no matter what. And like I said, shout out to D-Mo (David Moore) and Freddie (SwaiN). They come up clutch every time they come into the game. It just speaks highly of our receiver room and the standard that we hold each other to.”
Through seven games, those two now have 14 touchdown receptions between them (seven apiece), the most by a pass-catching duo in the NFL, and they have combined for 1,255 receiving yards, and most importantly, as Metcalf explained, neither is the type to demand more targets on a day where the other one is having a big game.
“We’re so fortunate, and those guys are awesome about it,” Carroll said. “What did Tyler get today? I don’t even know what his numbers were, but imagine, he got 20 targets last week. Then we come back this week, and it goes the other way, and everybody’s fine about it, and everybody just takes what comes their way. We’re very fortunate, and they’re both so unique. I wish so much that Russ would have hooked up on the one with Tyler, the bomb in the corner of the end zone, that was so close. As hard as that catch looked like, that could have happened. It was just a hair out of bounds, and we didn’t convert it. That would have been really something to tack that on to this game for all those guys.”