It took 11 weeks but the Seahawks finally put together back to back dominant wins against teams that they were supposed to beat. The Seahawks took care of business against the Vikings this week n dominant fashion as they were able to mostly play backups throughout the 4th quarter as they cruised to a 41 to 20 win. Seattle was dominant and in control from the beginning, and the Seahawks seemed to have an answer not only for everything that the Vikings tried to do but they seemed to have fixed all of their issues that had been killing them in the past month. It didn’t hurt that the Seahawks finally were able to play with their five starting lineman for the first time in 9 weeks, not to mention Percy Harvin taking his first snaps wearing number 11 for the Seahawks.
Russell Wilson’s day could be summed up on one pass late in the 2nd quarter as he hit Doug Baldwin in double coverage in the near corner of the endzone right before the half. This pass was pure precision as he dropped it over the coverage and Baldwin jumped up snagged the ball and landed hard on the turf but holding on for the Touchdown. Wilson was 13 of 18 for 230 yards with 2 Touchdowns and zero interceptions, Wilson also posted his highest Quarterback Rating of his career for a single game 151.4. Wilson had all the time in the world in the pocket and when he didn’t he was able to scramble around to create a play but those plays were few and far between. Wilson was able to avoid a sack, scramble around and then hit Marshawn Lynch on a shovel pass early in the 4th quarter for a Touchdown. Wilson was able to have a great game and he may not have had his best overall numbers but this was possibly his best game of the season.
Running Backs: A
Marshawn Lynch didn’t light the world on fire as far as rushing yards are concerned; he only had 54 yards on 17 rushes with 2 Touchdowns on the ground and 1 receiving Touchdown. Lynch had a few Beastmode runs in this game and he made his presence felt each time he touched the ball. It wasn’t but a month ago when Lynch could be seen flipping off the Seahawks sidelines (he was probably playing around) but none the less he was disappointed as the Seahawks seemed to be keeping the ball away from him inside the 5 yard line. That was not the case again this week as Seattle is making a point to get Marshawn the ball any and nearly every time they have the ball inside the 5 yard line.
Wide Receivers: A
The Seahawks Receivers had another solid game as Percy Harvin returned from injury and although he only had 1 catch for 17 yards, it was a one handed grab on third down that Wilson dropped right over the head of the defender as Harvin made the catch. Zach Miller was the leading Seahawks receiver this week as he pulled in 4 catches for 69 yards. Doug Baldwin (mentioned earlier) had the catch of the game as he pulled the late 1st half Touchdown catch in as it dropped right behind two defenders in the corner of the endzone. Baldwin only had 2 catches totaling 63 yards, his 1st catch was a streak on the far sideline as the safety was pulled up by the fear that Percy Harvin brought to the field.
Offensive Line: A
The Offensive line finally got to play as a whole group in week 11 and it was clearly obvious that the starters were back. Wilson was only sacked once when he tried to scramble but other than a few rollouts Wilson was hardly touched. Lynch didn’t nearly have the holes to run through this week but he didn’t play the 4th quarter, which is when he normally has churned up the yards. The Seahawks were able to re-insert Russell Okung, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini into the starting lineup after struggling for nearly two months missing at least one of the three in each game since week 2. The struggles on the offensive line have been glaringly obvious as the Seahawks have struggled but those concerns seemed to disappear as Wilson was able to sit in the pocket and pick apart the Vikings defense for over 3 quarters until he was pulled with a comfortable lead.
Defensive Line: A-
The Seahawks Defensive Line had a solid game as they faced off against Adrian Peterson who is considered the best Running back in the NFL. The Defensive line was able to stuff the holes and they limited Peterson to 65 yards on 21 rushes. Toby Gerhart also rushed for 67 yards on 7 carries but that was primarily in the 4th quarter as the Seahawks were able to bring in backups all over the Defense. Tony Mcdaniel had a solid game on the interior line as he had 7 tackles. Cliff Avril had 2 tackles and 1 sack, Avril was all over the field as he also dropped an interception as he dropped into coverage one occasion. Clinton McDonald continues to show that he can be counted on to contribute when called upon; he had 3 tackles and an interception as he pulled in a late game interception on a tipped pass.
The trend has continued as Bobby Wagner was the Seahawks leading tackler as he had 9 tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception, Wagner also dropped to possible interceptions. Wagner is constantly flying all over the field and in his first year and a half he is one of the most irreplaceable players on the Seahawks Defense. KJ Wright also pulled down 9 tackles in this game as he worked throughout the game to stuff whatever holes the Vikings Running Backs tried to run through. The Seahawks Linebackers have struggled this season in pass coverage against Tight Ends and again this week the Vikings leading Receiver was Ex-Seahawk John Carlson who had 5 catches for 69 yards.
The Seahawks secondary had another great game this week as they were able to limit the Vikings Quarterbacks to a combined 204 yards passing. Kam Chancellor led the Secondary in tackles as he was able to get 9 tackles in this game as he made his way up to the line throughout the game to stuff Peterson at the line. Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell filled in for Brandon Browner against the Vikings. The Quarterbacks tried throughout the game to pick on the Seahawks Corners with less experience but they regularly came up empty. Thurmond had 3 tackles, and 1 interception which he returned for a Touchdown. Richard Sherman was beaten on a double move for a Touchdown in the 1st half but other than that one mishap he was nearly flawless the rest of the game.
Special Teams: A
The Seahawks special teams continued to be an important part of the Seahawks game. Steven Hauschka again had a great game as he hit field goals from 50 and 26 yards. He has still only missed one field goal in 2013 and that was a blocked field goal. Jon Ryan punted the ball 5 times pinning one deep inside the 20 yard line. Jermaine Kearse was injured early in the game as he sustained a concussion. After nearly two full quarters of begging, Percy Harvin finally convinced Coach Carroll to let him return a kick and he made the Vikings pay for kicking it to him as he returned the ball 58 yards to spark the late Seahawks Touchdown drive.
This was a solid game for the Seahawks from start to finish, four important pieces of the starting lineups returned this week and it was obvious from the first kick off. The Seahawks dominated the Vikings and showed the league that the best is yet to come. The Seahawks still need to get to the Quarterback more often but the Viking prefer to put the ball in their star Running backs hands vice the inconsistent play of their Quarterbacks thus not allowing the Seahawks to get their hands on the Vikings Quarterbacks. The Seahawks now move into their buy week with the majority of their players back from injury and they are looking to build on this solid performance with the New Orleans Saints coming to town in week 13.
Grading the Seahawks at the Colts:
The Seahawks Hopes of a undefeated season came to an abrupt end in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon as the Seahawks lost to the Colts 34 – 28. The game was one of the most exciting games of the NFL weekend but in the end the Magical comeback that the Seahawks completed against Houston wasn’t to be. Even in the loss there are many bright spots for the Seahawks as well as many downsides. This game proved the importance of capitalizing on momentum as well as the importance of finishing drives off with a Touchdown vice Field Goals.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Offense was finally able to score on their opening drive of a game, it was a Field Goal but at least the Offense was able to score right off the bat. Wilson had a huge game as he moved the offense with more than just his arm as he rushed for 102 yards on 13 rushes. Wilson was able to avoid pressure as the Colts secondary and Linebackers continued to drop back throughout the game and open up running lanes for Wilson. Wilson’s numbers again didn’t pop off the chart be continuously moved the team down the field as he passed for 210 yards on 15 of 31 passing with 2 Touchdowns and 1Interception which came on the 4th down near the end of the game.
Running Backs: B
Marshawn Lynch finally reached the century mark as he rushed for 102 yards on 17 carries most of which came in the first half. Lynch broke numerous tackles as he assisted Wilson in moving the Seahawks up and down the field at will. Lynch also had a huge one handed catch the Wilson nearly threw away only to have Lynch palm it and pull it in for a 5 yard gain. Marshawn is not normally known for his hands also had a key 3rd down drop that seemed to kill the momentum as Seattle was trying to keep the ball away from the suddenly unstoppable Colts Offense in the 4th Quarter.Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Wide Receivers: B-
The Seahawks Receivers only had 15 catches in the game and again struggled to create separation against the pesky Colts secondary. Zach Miller was on the sidelines for this game but his replacement Luke Willson had a solid game as he had 2 catches for 28 yards. The Seahawks Receivers were lead by Doug Baldwin who had 5 catches for 80 yards followed by Golden Tate who caught 5 passes for 61 yards which was mostly yardage gained after the catch. Tate did have a big drop on the sideline as Wilson escaped pressure and hit Tate before he stepped out of bound but Tate bobbled the catch and it was ruled incomplete; Tate was able to find the end zone for the first time this season. Jermaine Kearse again went up over the top of a defender as he pulled in a 28 yard Touchdown strike from Wilson. Sidney Rice still seems to be bothered by his knee as he was clearly limping a few different times and he was unable to create any separation on his routes.
Offensive Line: C+
The Offensive line seemed to play better this week as they only gave up 2 sacks totaling only a loss of 5 yards. Although, Wilson was able to scramble away from pressure on numerous plays, which was evident as he rushed for 102 yards. This piece together Offensive line clearly is much stronger creating holes for the running backs than it is trying to create a pocket for Wilson. Lynch had huge holes to run through in this game, especially in the 1st half.
Defensive Line: B
The Seahawks Defensive Line put a lot of pressure on Andrew Luck in the 1st half as they were able to get 1 sack from Bruce Irvin, who returned from his suspension this week and then they also got a sack from Chris Clemons who also caused a fumble as he struck the ball out of Lucks hands and he hit him.The Defensive Line clearly wore down in the 2nd half as the Colts went to the hurry up Offense and it really worked against the Seahawks strengths. Brandon Mebane lead all of the Defensive Lineman with 5 tackles as he gave solid push up the middle throughout the game.
KJ Wright lead all Linebackers with 9 tackles in the game as he was all over the field trying to tackle the pesky Colts receivers. Bruce Irvin, who is now predominately playing Linebacker had 4 tackles with a sack and a huge tackle for a loss early in the game. I obviously don’t know any of the Defensive play calls but the Linebackers seemed to constantly be a step behind as the middle of the field was open all day for the receivers to snag the passes that Andrew Luck was throwing to them as he ran for his life. Bobby Wagner had an off day according to his standards as he only had 2 tackles and numerous missed tackles throughout the game.
The Seahawks secondary had a rough game this week as is was beat on numerous deep balls. Whether it was the confusion between Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman on the 73 yard Touchdown pass to TY Hilton or when Brandon Browner was just flat out beat to the corner of the endzone by Hilton. Without sounding like a biased fan this game became a game of pink and it became a game of pink not because of the pink shoes or the pink wristbands that the players wore in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, but because of the pink flags that were thrown all over the field. It seemed as though every incomplete pass was just a waiting game for the reaction of the team and the Legion of Boom as they were called for multiple pass interference calls that consistently went against them. The secondary did get pushed around in this game and the Colts seemed to confuse the Seahawks the most when they would go into their bunch formations which lead to multiple 1st down in crucial points of the game.
Special Teams: B
The Seahawks special teams had a solid game again as Steven Hauschka kicked 5 field goals and hit 4 of them. His lone miss was not your normal miss as it was blocked and then returned for a huge game swinging Touchdown. The Seahawks punt block team had a huge block in the 1st quarter that rolled into the endzone and eventually ruled a safety when Jeron Johnson jumped on the ball and it moved around in his grasp as he slid out of bounds. Between the blocked Field Goal which lead to 7 points and the blocked punt which lead to 2 points but a 5 point swing Special Teams played a huge role in the outcome of this game.
This was a tough loss for the Seahawks as the went from being up 12 nothing and seemingly on their way to a blowout win to being down 6 in the final minutes of this eventual loss. The Seahawks were able to move the ball with ease at times but if they still desire to take this team to the next level this will have to stop settling for Field Goals and start turning 12 pts off of Field Goals in 28 points off of Touchdowns. The Seahawks had a solid game with contributions from all over the field but they were beat by the big play all day long and at the end of the day they couldn’t overcome all of the quick points that they spotted the Colts.
The Seahawks won on the road early Sunday against one of the AFC’s most explosive teams. This was not a game that looks pretty on the box score, although after Sunday all that matters is that the Seahawks left Houston with another “W” in the win column. Seattle played this game missing 60% of its starting offensive line and from the first snap it was very evident against a Houston Defensive-line that is anchored by the reigning Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Offense put the first points of the game on the board with a 1st Quarter field goal. After the first score the Seahawks offense was under constant duress from the Texans pass rush. Wilson only passed for 123 yards on 12 of 23 passing and 1 interception. This week it wasn’t his arm that won this game, it was his legs that he used when he got out of the pocket as he rushed for 77 yards on 10 attempts. Wilson seemed to play better once he was able to escape the pressure inside the pocket. He had a huge scramble for a 1st down on a 4th and 3 situation late in the game. Russell Wilson did not have huge numbers but he again came up clutch late in the game when it mattered the most.
Running Backs: B
Marshawn Lynch started the game off strong, as he had a huge beastmode run for 43 yards from the 2 yard line as he broke tackle after tackle as ran up the field. Lynch finished the game with 98 yards on 17 carries and 1 Touchdown in the 4th Quarter. Lynch also was the Seahawks leading receiver as he caught 3 passes for 45 yards. Robert Turbin had 3 carries for 4 yards and was put in the game to help the Offensive-line pick up the Houston pass rush, although at times he seemed to just be getting run over just like the Offensive-line.
Wide Receivers: B-
The Seahawks Receivers only had 12 catches in the game but none were as important as Doug Baldwin’s tip toe catch on the sidelines in the 4th Quarter on 3rd down. Wilson scrambled out of the pocket and hit Baldwin as he was coming back to help his Quarterback who was under duress. The play was originally called incomplete but it was challenged by Pete Carroll and then overturned for a 1st down. The Receivers seemed to struggle to create separation but with respect to them the Quarterback was under so much pressure that he was going to the ground or getting hit before they seemed to be able to make it out of their breaks.
Offensive Line: D
The Offensive line allowed 5 sacks which resulted in 32 yards lost. I graded the Offensive-line a “D” and it would have been an “F” had it been the starting Offensive-line but with only two actual starters I graded with a bit of leeway. The 1st showed the Offensive-line getting manhandled by JJ Watt and the Houston Defensive-line. Wilson was constantly under pressure and Lynch was being forced to break tackles to gain any yards. In the 4th Quarter the Offensive-line was not suddenly great, but they were able to at least Russell Wilson enough time to move around in the packet so that he could at least create a bit with his legs. So the Line play did progress later in the game, but this was clearly the Seahawks weakest link through-out the game.
Defensive Line: B
For the Seahawks defense this game could be the tale of two halves. In the 1st half of the game the Seahawks Defensive-line struggled to put pressure on Matt Schaub and Arian Foster seemed to be able to run through wide open holes thanks to the play action pass. But, in the 2nd half the Defensive line was consistently putting Schaub under pressure. Clinton McDonald led the Seahawks Defensive-line with 5 tackles and 1 sack, Chris Clemons, Tony Mcdaniel and Cliff Avril each threw in another sack.
Bobby Wagner again led the team with 8 tackles as he flew around the ball the whole game. Malcolm Smith was right behind Wagner in tackles with 7. The Linebackers were constantly around the ball but when it came to coverage they seemed to be out matched covering the Texans tight ends as Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham pulled down 11 catches for 141 yards while primarily being covered by the Linebacking Corps.
The Secondary came up big this week in the 2nd half as Richard Sherman intercepted the ball from Matt Schaub and returned it for a Touchdown with under 3:00 minutes remaining in the game to tie the score up at 20 – 20. Although throughout the game the Texan receivers all seemed to be able to create separation which allowed Schaub to pass for 355 yards with 2 Touchdowns. It is never a good sign when 2nd and 3rd leading tacklers from the game are your safeties as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor each had 7 tackles in the game. But again the Secondary did come through with 2 interception one of which was inside the redzone by Thomas.
Special Teams: A
The Seahawks special teams again had a solid game, although Jeremy Lane did cough the ball up on a kickoff return but he was able to get through the pile and recover the ball. Steven Hauschka still has not missed a field goal attempt on the season as he hit 3 field goals one of which was the game winner from 48 yards away. Jon Ryan punted he ball 6 times pinning the Jaguars back inside the 20 yard line four times and he also had a long 60 yard punt as well. Golden Tate had a big Punt return when he backed himself into the endzone before bringing it out as he weaved through the coverage to start the game winning drive on the 32 yard line.
This was not the prettiest game of the season for the Seahawks but they did show how much grit they have and belief in themselves as they came back on the road for the win. Again the Seahawks have to stop falling behind by starting off slowly; they still have yet to score a Touchdown on their opening drive. The Seahawks will take this victory and head home as they prepare for next Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts and hopefully they will not have to have nearly as many late heroics.
The Seahawks came off the huge win against the 49ers facing the 0-2 struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were given 19.5 points and this game had all the makings of a trap game with Seahawks having to travel to Houston the following week. The Seahawks didn’t seem to be looking ahead as they came out of the gate to take a 31-0 lead in the early part of the 3rd Quarter. The Seahawks finished the Jaguars off with a final score of 45-17. The Jaguars never gave up but the Seahawks were able to get valuable playing time for their backups which can definitely help later in the season.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Offense started the game off with a three and out before rattling off 24 points in the 1st half. Russell Wilson and the Offense had a 34 second drive down the field before half that resulted in a Touchdown. Wilson had 4 Touchdowns in the game on 14 of 21 passing for 202 yards and 1 interception. Wilson left the game with more than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd Quarter and was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson who threw 1 Touchdown on 7 of 8 passing for 129 yards. Jackson much like in the Pre-Season seemed to have a great grasp on the offense and looked strong throwing the ball down the field which was something he struggled with in his first stint in Seattle in 2011.
Running Backs: B+
Marshawn Lynch started the game off strong, he had 54 yards rushing in the 1st Quarter which was all the Seahawks needed to start employing their play action pass which they used consistently the rest of the game. Lynch finished the game with a bruising 69 yards rushing on 17 carries. Lynch was replaced by Robert Turbin and eventually Christine Michael got to run the ball for the first time and he again showed how explosive he can be with the ball in his hand rushing for 37 yards on 9 carries.
Wide Receivers: A
The Seahawks Receivers had a strong game, they didn’t seem to create a whole lot of separation but the Quarterbacks regularly put the ball in the right spots for them to go up and make plays. Golden Tate led all Seahawks receivers with 88 receiving yards on 5 catches while adding 2 rushes for 29 yards. Sidney Rice added 79 yards on 5 receptions while hauling in 2 Touchdowns. Wilson hit Zach Miller in the corner of the Endzone twice. Luke Willson started showing what the Seahawks have been seeing in practice as he hauled in 5 catches for 76 yards. Doug Baldwin had the catch of the game as he laid out for a one handed catch as he slid into the Endzone untouched. The Seahawks did a great job of spreading the ball around to their Receivers throughout the game.
Offensive Line: B+
The Offensive line only allowed two sacks which is saying a lot after the Seahawks placed Russell Okung on the IR until week 11. Wilson was under pressure at times but for the most part he was able to escape the pressure and not take too many sacks. The Offensive line created huge holes for Lynch to run through in the 1st Quarter and the success of the running game opened up the passing game. Overall the line did its part especially when it came to limiting the penalties which was nice to see after the struggles in the previous two games this season.
Defensive Line: A
The Defensive line created havoc for the Jaguars; this group seems to get stronger every week as Chris Clemons returned from his ACL tear. Michael Bennett continues to impress with consistent push off the line, he also had 1.5 sacks while making 3 tackles and putting 4 hits on the Quarterback. Last year this team lacked in Quarterback pressure thus making it an offseason emphasis and so far that effort is paying off. Another new comer to the Seahawks Defensive line is Tony Mcdaniel who had 6 tackles while filling in gaps and stuffing the run. The Seahawks only allowed 2.1 yards per rush forcing the Jaguars to throw the ball into the Legion of Booms area of operation.
The Linbackers had a solid day as Bobby Wagner led all Seahawks with 9 tackles 1 of which was a tackle for a loss. He also had one of the plays of the day as he tipped a pass and then made a diving interception to end a Jaguars drive. Once the Seahawks had the big lead they put a few backups in one of which was John Lotuleli who had 3 tackles although he seemed to be late to fill a gap one the Jaguars late Touchdown run.
The Secondary again had a big day, as they were able to field their whole unit when Brandon Browner returned from injury after missing the first two games of the year. Earl Thomas had 7 tackles while flying all over the field. Richard Sherman again shut his man down the whole game with a solid performance while once again barely missing a huge interception in the back of the Endzone. The Seahawks did have a huge blown coverage in the 3rd Quarter although it appeared to be a Linebacker that missed his assignment on the play.
Special Teams: B+
The Seahawks special teams again had a solid game, no huge plays on either side but they stepped on the field and did their job. Steven Hauschka still has not missed a field goal attempt on the season as he nailed a short 21 yard try and he also hit all 6 of his extra point tries. Jon Ryan punted he ball 4 times pinning the Jaguars back inside the 20 yard line once and he also had a long 54 yard punt as well.
The Seahawks came into the Jaguars game as huge favorites and along with getting the win they had a few things on their agenda that they needed to work on throughout the game. The Seahawks were able to accomplish most of their goals in this game as they finally had the offense working in rhythm as they moved up and down the field with regular ease. Another big accomplishment in this game was limiting the penalties as they have regularly shot down drives before they could even getting going in the early part of the season. The Seahawks still have not taken an opening possession down the field for a statement Touchdown and that is one thing that must happen in the near future. All and all this was a huge win for the Seahawks before they have to travel to Houston to play the Texans next Sunday night.
On Friday night the 2nd night of the NFL Draft some of the big name specialty players finally started coming off the board after a predominantly trench player 1st round. There was only 1 Quarterback taken in the 1st round and zero Running backs.
The Tennessee Titans made the first trade of the 2nd round by moving up into the San Francisco 49ers spot and Drafting the Physical Wide Receiver Justin Hunter from Tennessee. The Eagles then
Drafted Tight End Zach Ertz from Stanford who could really develop into a nightmare for defenses to cover in Chips Kelly’s up tempo high speed offense.
After day one there was not a single Running Back taken, although by the end of the 2nd round 5 Running Backs had come off the board. The first to be taken was Giovani Bernard from North Carolina selected by the Cincinnati Bengals followed by Le’veon Bell selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then came the selection of the all-time NCAA Touchdown record holder Montee Ball selected by the Denver Broncos. It wasn’t until the 61st pick that the number 1 rated Running Back came off the board when Eddie Lacy was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. With the last pick in the 2nd round of the Draft the Seattle Seahawks made their first pick when they picked the highly talented Christine Michael out of Texas A&M.
Another player that slid out of the 1st round was Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o who was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th pick in the Draft. The Chargers are hoping they selected the playmaker that they have been missing since Shawne Merriman left.
In the 2nd round the New York Jets finally selected what they hope will be their Quarterback of the future when they picked Geno Smith from West Virginia. Smith was predicted to be the first Quarterback selected but after EJ Manual was picked by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round the slide continued until he was picked with the 39th pick in the Draft.
Also selected on day 2 was the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu from LSU who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2011 but after being in trouble with the law and team policies in the spring and summer of 2012 he didn’t even step foot on the football field in 2012.
Now that most of the big names are off of the table after an exciting 2nd and 3rd round of the NFL Draft it is time for teams to fill their rosters up and attempt to find the next Russell Wilson of the 2013 Draft. Matt Barkley is the one big name still on the board so we will have to wait until this afternoon to see who gets the once prized Quarterback from University of Southern California after his huge slide down the Draft boards.
The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2012 season on a winning note. This game did not come as easily as the past 3 games have. The St Louis Rams made this game very difficult for the Seahawks. But in the end the home team Hawks came away victorious with smart hardnosed football and great Halftime adjustments.
After the last 3 games this game on the outside looks like a complete failure. Although, we have to keep in mind that we will not win every game by 30, 40, or even 50 points. Offensively the Seahawks struggled to contain the Rams pass rush. The Rams did not have to throw a lot of blitz packages at the Hawks; they were able to create pressure that Russell Wilson hasn’t had to deal with in over a month. Wilson was bottled up and Chris Long forced Wilson to step up instead of being able to roll out of the pressure. The Seahawks Offense allowed a season high 6 sacks.
Russell Wilson still was able to control the tempo of the game in the 2nd half by again not turning the ball over and throwing the ball 15-19 for 250 yards with 1 touchdown (tying the rookie mark for touchdowns with Peyton Manning at 26.) Wilson also added 58 yards on the ground and 1 rushing touchdown (Wilson had an opportunity to set the mark for rookie touchdowns but selflessly ran the ball into the end zone.) The Seahawks used a lot of bootlegs and rollouts in the 2nd half to give Wilson the added time that he needed.
Marshawn Lynch was in full out Beast Mode in the 1st half of this game. At one point he had 7 carries for 70 yards, and he finished the game with 100 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Rams game was another very strong game for the Seahawks Defense, the secondary played outstanding. Richard Sherman again was very dominating in his performance and had the game icing interception late in the 4th quarter. It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks do with Jeremy Lane who started another game and again looked good. He will lose his starting spot to Brandon Browner as he returns from suspension although the game experience Lane has gotten the last month will hopefully show with the other injuries in the secondary. Marcus Trufant had a great pass deflection in the end zone although he seemed to be terrorized as the nickel corner with all of the underneath passes that the Rams threw.
Bobby Wagner again had a strong 10 tackle day, and he has positioned himself to have a shot at Defensive Rookie of the year after having 140 tackles on the season to go along with 3 interceptions.
It has become increasingly obvious that the biggest issue on this defense is the lack of a consistent pass rush. Sam Bradford seemed to have all day in the pocket and the Hawks didn’t get a single sack. Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin are clearly the only consistent pass rushers on this front 4 now that Jason Jones is on the IR. If our secondary was not as strong as it is this issue would be even more obvious then it was against the Rams.
Special Teams B+
Jon Ryan had a punt that was not blocked but extremely rushed that ended up giving the Rams decent field position in the 1st half on one drive. Steven Hauschka continues to have a accurate leg within 50 yards, he was 2 for 2 and 2 extra points.
Leon Washington again continues to scare Seahawks fans when runs his kick-offs out of the end zone from 9 yards deep. Although, he offers so much excitement and big play ability that we have learned to live with it.
It is important to start talking about how great our kick coverage has been. Out of 5 punts, Danny Amendola was only able to return 2 of them for 8 yards. This has been a huge upgrade this year that has gone unnoticed but has helped out in the field position game all season long.
This was not the blowout that Seahawks fans have grown accustomed to in the last month. But this was a good eye opener with the Playoffs right around the corner. The Seahawks will have their work cut out for them this week and a hard fought win like this should show them that they can win on both spectrums. #InRusswetrust (Russell Wilson)
Last week we were all blown away by the Seahawks dominant 58 point performance against their division foe Arizona Cardinals. In week 15 the Seahawks were favorites in this international game against the Buffalo Bills played in Toronto, but nobody could have predicted the Seahawks putting up another 50 points. That is exactly what happened as the Seahawks became only the third team to ever put up 50 points in back to back weeks and the first in 62 years. Although, the competition may not be the best in the NFL, these are still professional football teams and this is a feat that we will soon not forget.
This game showed the world again that the Seahawks offense is coming into its own and finally starting to catch up to the strong Defense that the Seahawks have. Pete Carroll keeps saying that Russell Wilson is able to run the whole offensive playbook and that was very evident in this huge win. Wilson had 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 passing touchdown. He rushed for 92 yards and threw for 205 yards while playing only 3 full quarters and 1 drive in the 4th quarter. Wilson has clearly become the leader that this offense so badly needed. Wilson was running circles around the Bills defenders in the backfield. Wilsons emergence as a dual threat has opened the door for Lynch to consistently run for over 100 yards a game. Lynch had a 54 yard run enroute to 113 yard game with 1 touchdown.
The Seahawks receivers continue to impress with a team first attitude. Sydney Rice had 76 yards continuing to be the sure handed possession receiver we thought we got last year. Golden Tate had 64 yards with a large chunk of it coming on a Wilson to Lynch to Wilson to Tate gadget play. Zach Miller is continuing to show why the Seahawks chose him over John Carlson in the offseason. Miller is able to use his size to be the sure handed reliable Tight End the Seahawks need.
The Offensive line struggled at times picking up the blitz packages that the Bills brought. Although, Wilsons ability to move around in the pocket, and his ability to throw the ball outside of the pocket disguised the lines hiccups on the blitz’s.
After the first 2 drives of the game the Buffalo Bills were able to successfully run the ball on the Seahawks. The Seahawks continue to give up big games to opposing running backs. The Seahawks are without Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond which forced the Rookie Jeremy Lane to line up opposite Richard Sherman. Lane filled in admirably although against stronger competition he may be too inexperienced.
Carroll stressed at halftime the importance of the Defense coming up with turnovers. Carroll got his wish right away in the 3rd Quarter. The Seahawks had 3 turnovers, one that was returned by Earl Thomas for a Touchdown. Thomas dove to intercept the pass putting his hands under the ball and then picked it up and returned it 57 yards for a pick 6.
Special Teams A-
This was a pretty standard week for the consistent Seahawks special teams. Steven Hauschka made 3 field goals. Jon Ryan only punted 2 times pinning the Bills inside the 20 yard line once. Leon Washington had a huge punt return for a touchdown called back by two very soft penalties committed by the Seahawks punt return team.
As hard as it is to repeat a performance quite like the Cardinals the Seahawks came awful close. This was a huge win that suddenly has the entire league beginning to see how good this team is, Sportscasters are wondering whether the Seahawks Offense has become better than their much talked about Defense. Only time will tell
There’s a lot to get to, so I’m just going to list out the main points:
1) Both players WILL play this week. They are appealing the results of the test, and thus suspensions will not begin until the appeals ruling is given. The league said today that the hearings for both players will happen next week, so both players will be out there on the field when the Seahawks take on the Bears.
2) The Adderall reports cannot be confirmed, and wont be. The NFL is not allowed to say what substance showed up on the test. Doing so, would be a major violation of the collective bargaining agreement. The report appears to have started as speculation and was picked up other media outlets.
The only way we ever learn what substance a player tested positive for, is if the player or his agent divulges that info. Unfortunately, this often leads to misinformation. A player can test positive for some nasty anabolic steroid, and then tell the media and the fans that it’s something innocuous like Adderall because the league cannot, and will not, refute that report.
That is why Adderall has become the old “tainted GNC supplement” that all players claim to be what they tested positive for.
3) Both players aren’t taking that road though. Both have said that they have never taken anything and they believe that there has been some break in the testing protocol that has lead to both of them failing tests at the same time. Both have been very clear in their assertion that they are innocent.
4) That said, it will be very difficult for the players to win this appeal. The league has a positive test, it’s up to the players to show that there is a problem with that test. That is no easy task.
John Clayton says there’s a 95% chance the appeal with fail. Unfortunately, this is the case even if they are telling the truth and are innocent.
They said they would like to take a polygraph to show that they are telling the truth. That can’t hurt, but even a favorable result might not effect the results of the appeal. All it would show was that they didn’t knowingly taking anything, but it doesn’t show that they didn’t take something accidentally, or that someone didn’t “slip them something.” Even if they didn’t knowingly take anything, the test still says that they had the substance in their system, and that’s all that matters.
Basically, its an uphill climb for the players to win this appeal, no matter how innocent they are.