Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in regulation to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seahawks, 19-17, on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
The Seahawks were denied the opportunity to clinch the NFC West and a first round bye, losing to the 49ers in San Francisco for the fifth consecutive year.
Dawson was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, two of which came in the first quarter to give San Francisco an early 6-0 lead.
In the second, Marshawn Lynch rushed for a touchdown to make it a 7-6 game. Lynch finished the game with 72 yards on 20 carries.
The 49ers countered with another field goal before Russell Wilson hit Luke Willson for a 39-yard score. Though Willson only had three catches, he finished with 70 reception yards, which led the Seahawks.
With six seconds left in the first half, Colin Kaepernick threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis to give San Francisco a 16-14 lead at the break. Kaepernick was held in check by the Seahawks defense, going 15-for-29 for 175 yards, the touchdown and an interception.
Netiher team scored in the third quarter, but Steven Hauschka, who leads the league in field goal completion percentage, kicked a 31-yard field goal with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 17-16 lead.
The 49ers countered with an 11-play, 76-yard drive that set up Dawson’s fourth field goal of the game. It was the game-winner.
Russell Wilson finished with 199 passing yards but threw an interception with 17 seconds left in the game that ended Seattle’s hopes of a last-second comeback attempt.
The Seahawks fell to 11-2 with the loss but still hold a two-game lead in the NFC West. They will hit the road again next week to take on the New York Giants (5-8) on Dec. 15.
I owe you an apology. I was late getting this weeks installment of Hawk Tawk to press. Family comes first, so I am not sorry for that, however, I feel bad for leaving my Army of readers out in the cold. All 12 of you. Now let’s Tawk Hawk.
What a ride through the first 11 weeks, what a ride. Our beloved Seattle Seahawks are growing up so fast. Seems like just yesterday that Jimmie Zorn was rambling around outside the pocket looking for Steve Largent. Now they are 10-1. I vividly remember Dave Krieg and his tiny hands shovel “tossing” the ball to anyone he could find. Now they are 10-1. In their teens, Matty Hasselbeck and his Hawks stood up to the bullies and started fighting back, which inspired all the little guys in the NFL. Matty took the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which didn’t go so well, but now they are 10-1!. Do you remember when the Seahawks decided that they had been running with the wrong crowd and went back to their original crew in the NFC? I wonder what those knuckleheads back in the AFC West are up to these days? They aren’t 10-1, I can tell you that. Now, here we stand, a 12th Nation united. Cheering our team to victory week after week. The Seahawks are all grown up, and what a job raising them the 12thman has done.
For two weeks in a row the offense seems to have been opened up. Russell Wilson is taking shots down field, Marshawn is running with a fire in his eyes, the “Legion of Boom” is playing hard and aggressive when their coordinator lets them, and the boys are getting healthier. I think Marshawn really, really, really likes having Mike Rob back. The only lingering blows to the team right now is Brandon Browner’s groin injury, and Jermaine Kearse’s concussion. Browner’s injury appears to be rather serious. Although losing Browner for this stretch is painful, the Seahawks shouldn’t suffer much, because WT3 is ready to shoulder the load, and in WT3 I trust. Go Walter! The offensive line is back, which brings up an interesting point. My brother pointed out last week that Michael Bowie went from starting to non active in a matter of one week. That really makes me interested in finding out why, so if any of you 12s can drop some knowledge, it would be appreciated. Giacomini is back in a starting position, and I had previously stated that I didn’t believe he should / would start again. But, the O-line play over that stretch convinced me otherwise. Giacomini is a bruiser and an enforcer on the right side, so as long as he can avoid the penalties he was so prone to earlier, I will allow this to be. Like my opinion matters. Go Frankomeenie!
The defense has looked much better for the better part of valor the past two weeks. Alas, I am sick of Tawking about and trying to figure out why Quinn insists on soft zone and two deep coverage schemes. That is all.
Seattle shook off another slow start against the Vikings, overcoming some terribly biased penalty calls, to hand Minnesota a solid loss. Once Seattle figures out how to get the engine warm before kick of they might just be unstoppable. I do however wish to see the LOB continue their aggressive coverage. I seriously get a kick out the frustration that the receivers show when they get their arses handed to them. Go Legion!
The rest of the season is Seattle’s destiny, and they are holding the remote. They host the Saints at home for the second of two Monday Night Football games this season. Seattle can improve on their MNF record, of which is the best in the history of MNF by the way! The next week they travel to Northern California to take on the 49ers in San Francisco. Those two games will decide Seattle’s fate going into the playoffs. I feel pretty confident in saying that I smell the “C-Link” advantage throughout and first round bye. Seattle is playing with a confidence and resiliency that no other team has. The Hawks haven’t even begun to play their best ball yet. We have Tawked and Tawked about that all year, but it is true. The nation has not seen the Seahawks at full throttle yet. Hey ‘Murica, they make seat belts for a reason, so hold our beers and watch this! Sorry, I went and got all Texas on you, my bad. I wonder if Marshawn has another 67 yard Beast Mode in him?
The 12thman has been given short glimpses of a meteorite a few times this year. His name is Christine Michael. I am patiently waiting on his pass blocking and blitz pick-up to improve, because if he develops that part of his game he is going to light up some linebackers and safeties. He is a mini-Marshawn, and I can’t wait to see him get more consistent action.
I am super excited about the Seahawks group of young receivers. As much as I like Rice, I feel that the group currently being fielded has more upside, and are certainly more exciting to watch. Tater and Dougie Fresh are proving their worth on a weekly basis, and Kearse is showing that he very well may have the chops to be a productive receiver in the NFL. Hopefully they get Kearse back from concussion soon. And what about Percy Harvin? Have you ever seen a player have such an immediate impact on a game, with only a couple touches? His presence commands coverage schemes, and frees up his battle buddies to do work. When he does get his hands on the ball he is dynamic. I get all tingly just thinking about what is to come. Remember, that was just his warm up game.
That is all until next week, 12ers, but I wanted to leave you with a few nuggets to chew on, so here goes.
A group of 12ers using Reddit got their custom brick at the new San Fran stadium approved, so the 12thman has infiltrated the 49ers house. There will be a constant reminder right there on their own door step. I find this insanely satisfying. Harbaby should have plenty to cry about when when he finally gets word. He better be careful though, if any of his tears hit the brick, a 12thman tree might just sprout.
Another group of 12ers called Volume12, maybe you have heard of them, is hosting a benefit for an awesome cause. The Battle in the Bowl for Baby Ellie is something you should know about already, but if not here it is.
Top Pot Doughnuts are making sure Golden Tate stays on the right side of the law.
Baldwin carried the Philippine flag onto the field before Sunday’s game to pay homage to his heritage and raise attention for relief efforts after typhoon Haiyan.
Walter Jones is a semifinalist for the Hall of Fame! Go Pork Chop!
12thman now, 12thman forever, Go Hawks!
Happy Blue Friday 12ers! Hawk Tawk is in glorious spirits this week.
This has been an excellent week, has it not? Isn’t it amazing what a solid team performance can do for the soul? I thoroughly enjoyed last Sunday, every single second of it. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if the Cowgirls could have figure out a way to beat the Saints. Alas, that would have put Jerry Jones’ boys too close to the mediocre line.
How about Seattle’s young receiving corps, what do ya say, give it up for the youngsters. Tater, Dougie Fresh and Dirty Kearse put on a clinic for us. Russell Wilson really made some trusting throws and his boys didn’t let him down. If they keep playing with that level of confidence SeaTac might have to loan the Clink a few air traffic controllers to clear the airspace.
It was extremely refreshing to sit back off the edge of my seat and watch Marshawn knock em down. It was almost like the world was Blue and Green for a few hours. The first specific act of excellence I want to mention is that the announcers finally gave credit to some of the things Seattle does well. When DangeRuss threw his awesome little stiff-arm while scooting around the end, they couldn’t stop Tawking about it. One of the knuckleheads even mentioned how he had Tawked to a Seattle player and they told him, “We get motivation and energy from stiff arms.” Well, that explains it all. It was humorous, but I suppose you had to be there, in front of your TV, watching the game. Nobody was doing that right? Right.
Well you can take that energy, and multiply it by a billion gazillion if we are going to Tawk about what Marshawn Lynch did to Atlanta safety William Moore. I am convinced that Marshawn was just trying to give the dude a handful of skittles, to the face! That was just absolutely brutal. Heck, I bet Mr. Snuffleafugus even got hyped on that one.
The offensive line actually looked half way decent during the game. I know, I know, but they did, depending on how you look at it. I suspect that Atlanta’s defense may have helped in that perception, but oh well, Good Job Sea-Hogs, you deserve an “atta boy.”
Did you realize that Russell has only been sacked once in the past two weeks? Did you know that sack was his fault? It was nice to see Russell only having to do the “life scramble” a handful of times. I did notice however that Atlanta was head hunting. How many penalties did they call for hits to his grape? I am hoping there are plentiful fines handed out for the dirty hits Atlanta was throwing around. Time will tell.
Now let’s Tawk about the passing game. Where do we start? Well, how about Seattle capitalizing on the deep ball? Wilson took several shot down field and his receivers took advantage on almost all of them. Golden Tate had that one arm grab for the touchdown, Kearse won the body position battle in the end zone, Dougie Fresh looked good grabbing crossing routes and all was well in the cool Atlanta air. Overall Big Russ went 19 for 26 for 287 yards and two touchdown passes. That is pretty solid when you consider how many of those throws were over 20 yards. Tater and Kearse were super exciting, and Dougie looked great as well.
Marshawn was fired up, and I mean not the normal Beast Mode kind of fired up. There was a little something extra in his skittles last Sunday. All said and done he finished with 24 carries for 145 yards and one TD, but it was the nature of the “Beast” that really set the tone. Marshawn even had a nifty little shot put back to Wilson immediately following his 37 yard run that ended up as a 43 yard TD reception for Kearse.
The defense looked much, much better. They looked like they should have looked. Atlanta’s run game is weak, and Seattle shut it down. The defense should have been vulnerable after Browner went out with injury, but oh no, someone forgot that Walter Thurmond could start on most NFL teams. Walter even got mad at himself for blowing the coverage that forced him to chase old boy down and cause the fumble. I liked watching the defense work last Sunday. It was unfortunate that they left a few interceptions on the field, but I’ll take the overall victory.
I am very much looking forward to the Vikings game. It will be exciting to see Percy get some game action, sure. But, I am more excited to see what Percy’s presence does to the coverage normally afforded to Kearse, Tater, or Baldwin. Percy will also have an effect on how teams play the run, and I know we all are wondering what other teams will do when Russell, Lynch, and Percy are all on the field at the same time, only one man could have summed up that feeling. My Oh My, can you feel the goose bumps?
I will Tawk to you all soon, but I have to get ready for Sunday. 12thman now, 12thman forever, Go Hawks!
How much better have Mondays been this year when, almost without fail, you watched your beloved Seahawks win the day before? Sure, there might be a tinge of a hangover after too much post-victory celebrating. Sure, you may have stayed up too late watching the highlights of the game for the 10th time. But for the first time in your life, your favorite team is 9-1 and firmly in the drivers seat in the NFC. It was one of the great days in regular season history if you’re a Seahawks fan. Let’s re-live it through the majesty of Bushwood Country Club and Caddyshack.
“It’s easy to grin / When your ship comes in / And you’ve got the stock market beat. / But the man worthwhile, / Is the man who can smile, / When his shorts are too tight in the seat.”: And a lot of grinning was done yesterday, that’s for sure. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to watch a road game and really have almost no concern that things were going to go against the Hawks. Maybe that game in Toronto last year was the last time. The way the Hawks played yesterday didn’t put any more gray hair on my head. It didn’t necessitate an apology to the neighbors. It didn’t eat at my stomach lining. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time watching this team get back to where we know they can be.
“A flute without holes, is not a flute. A donut without a hole, is a Danish.”: And an offensive line without holes makes Beast Mode angry. Thankfully, not the case yesterday. We’ve seen this offensive line be stuck together with duct tape and twine before. But I would venture to say we haven’t seen this many guys at their non-traditional positions on the line as many times as we did yesterday. Maybe in Holmgren’s last year where they had 28 lineman on the IR (at least it felt that way). Hand it to Tom Cable. He got those guys ready to play and they opened up holes for the running game that we haven’t seen for a while. They protected Russell brilliantly, gave him time, and gave him lanes to put on a throwing clinic. It also has created some impressive depth for when the starters do come back. Now the backups have significant playing time under their belt and won’t be overwhelmed by the situation if they have to unexpectedly cover for more injuries.
“You’re rather attractive for a beautiful girl with a great body.”: Looking right at you receiving corps. That was some impressive work yesterday, particularly by Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse. Golden continues to prove that once you put the ball in his hands, he can make people miss and get some big yardage. That catch in the back of the end zone right before halftime was an all-timer. Jermaine has become Russell’s go-to guy and has not disappointed. He was making great catches in pretty good coverage yesterday. Darrell Bevell actually called a trick play and Jermaine made it work to perfection. That’s a guy that is taking full advantage of the opportunity given to him with the injury to Sidney Rice.
“Pick up that blood!”: You probably couldn’t hear it, but that’s exactly what Marshawn Lynch said to that poor soul he stiff-armed into next Thursday. How about the game from Marshawn yesterday? This guy goes for 145 yards and many of those yards were needed on 3rd down for the conversions. Darrell Bevell stopped being Coach Kilmer from Varsity Blues and actually gave the ball to Marshawn at the goal line. Ultimately though, I think he set the tone for the entire team yesterday and that was sorely needed after the very flat performances we’d seen the last 2 weeks.
“Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it.”: Then there’s Colin Kaepernick and the Forty Whiners. They obviously want out of that hell hole known as Candlestick Park as soon as possible because they apparently don’t want to have any home playoff games there. The Tattooed One wasn’t kissing his biceps yesterday. Carolina did that for him after each of their 6 sacks. The Whiners managed a gaudy 151 total yards yesterday en route to falling 2.5 games behind the Seahawks in the NFC West. At least when the Hawks only get that many yards, they still win the game.
“You’re not, you’re not good, Al. You stink.”: The only thing that would have put the cherry on top of the delicious sundae yesterday would have been a Cowboys win against the Saints to increase Seattle’s lead over the NFC, but that would mean depending on Tony Romo to forget he’s Tony Romo. 10 for 24 and 128 yards ain’t gonna get it done in the Superdome. Oh, and newsflash Cowboy fans, Rob Ryan wasn’t the reason your defense has been putrid the last couple years. They gave up over 600 yards again last night, making it the 3rd time this year. That puts you by yourselves in the Hall of Suck as no NFL team has ever achieved that dubious feat.
“Yes. Yes. Winter rules”: Winter does rule, because it means playoffs. Speaking of playoffs, Mr. Playoffs from KJR was nice enough to make a brief appearance this morning with some very encouraging news. With the Seahawk win and the 49er loss yesterday, the road to the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs just got a lot clearer and potentially easier. I won’t bore you with all the tiebreaker scenarios here, but it boils down to this. All the Seahawks need to do is win their last 4 home games and the #1 seed is theirs. They can lose both at San Francisco and at the Giants and they’d still clinch the #1 spot. Now, help me out here. How have the Hawks done at home lately? What’s that? They’re 12-0??! The 12th Man has yet to see Russell Wilson suffer defeat at home in his career??! Hmmm….that sounds promising.
“Bless this ship, and all who sail on her. I christen thee The Flying WASP.”: Bless this bandwagon and all who jump aboard it. I’ve heard some grumbling about the Johnny-come-lately contingent of our fan base. I say who cares? I don’t care if they became fans last week or they’ve been fans since 1976. Have you seen the crowd shots they do for our road games? In some places, Hawks fans have been 25% of the crowd. Who in their right mind ever thought we’d see that?! These kinds of things haven’t happened very often around here so I say enjoy it while it lasts. Everybody’s welcome.
The Seahawks game against the Buccaneers this past weekend might be the hardest game this season to grade. The Seahawks looked almost awful at times and then in the second half they looked like the dynamic hardnosed football team they are suppose to be. This team continues to make you scratch your head and wonder what team you are going to see play each week; whether the ball is being taken away from Marshawn Lynch inside the 5 yard line or the defense is being sliced and diced by another rookie Running Back. The Seattle Seahawks still sit atop the NFC after 9 weeks of the 2013 NFL season and that is something to be proud of. Although this team must start coming out of the gate stronger once their injured players start coming back or these miraculous victorious will be a thing of the past when power house teams like the 49ers or the Saints come to town (if you forget about the Saints at the Jets game this week).Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Russell Wilson again brought his team back and was able to put points on the board late in the game when the Seahawks needed them most. Wilson and the Seahawks came out of the gate marching down the field until an errant throw ended up in a diving Buccaneer’s hands, Wilson also had threw a pass that was picked off in the end zone that nearly could have ended the game late. Wilson threw for 217 yards on 19 of 26 attempts, 2 Touchdowns passing, and 2 interceptions, this was Wilson’s first multiple interception game of the season and his first interceptions in 4 games. Wilson also rushed the ball 6 times for 36 yards and 1 Touchdown. Wilson as usual came up big when it was most important which was late in the 1st half to get some momentum back and then of course late in the game as the Seahawks had to score 3 times in the 4th quarter and Overtime to get the Win.
Running Backs: A
Marshawn Lynch had his biggest game of the year as he motored the Seahawks down the field on multiple drives plowing through would be tacklers play after play. The play calling has to start coming into question inside the 5 yard line as the ball was again taken out of the hands of the NFL’s premier power back. Marshawn carried the ball 21 times for 125 yards with an impressive 6 yards per carry. Lynch had over 43 yards on the first drive of the game and then only had another 20 yards up until the final drives of the game where he produced another 62 yards. Granted the Seahawks were down big and had to throw the ball but Marshawn was consistently moving the ball at will against the Tampa Bay defense.
Wide Receivers: B-
The Seahawks Receivers had a solid game as they came up big in this game breaking tackles and gaining the extra yards needed after the catch. Doug Baldwin led all Receivers with 6 catches for 75 yards and 1 Touchdown, although he had two drops in arrow on 1 drive. Golden Tate’s presence was felt in multiple aspects but he did haul in 3 passes for 29 yards, one being a huge 19 yard pass play on the sideline. Zach Miller also came up big nearly every time he caught the ball as he was responsible for 3 catches for 49 yards and all led to Seahawks 1st downs.
Offensive Line: B+
The Offensive line finally seemed to start putting things together for the first time since the line was decimated by injury. After the first couple of drives Wilson was finally about to get a little breathing room and was not running for his life as he had been the last month. The line was able to clear massive holes and held on to the edges for Marshawn Lynch. The line did not give up a sack this week, Wilson was under a lot of duress in the 1st quarter, but the hatches buckled down and Tampa Bay was unable to drop Wilson. Michael Bowie went down in the 2nd quarter although he did come back in the 2nd half to help keep Wilson upright. Max Unger also left the game in the 4th quarter with a concussion.
Defensive Line: C+
The Seahawks Defensive Line was able to flush Mike Glennon out of the pocket throughout the game although he was able to scramble away at times and throw on the run which resulted in two 2nd quarter Touchdowns. The Defensive line did sack Glennon 3 times totaling 25 yards lost. Michael Bennett pulled Glennon down for a sack but it wasn’t the pass rush that was so obvious in this game, but the amount of yards that was allowed by the Seahawks Defensive line on the ground as Mike James totaled 158 yards on the ground. The Buccaneers ran the ball for a total of 205 yards against the daunting Seahawks Defense. Seattle’s normally steady run stuffer Red Bryant was unable to fill the holes in this game thus opening running lanes throughout the game.
Bobby Wagner was again one of the stars of the game for the Seahawks defense as he seemed to regularly be around the ball. Wagner had 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks on a blitz play where he was untouched and blindsided Mike Glennon for a monster sack. KJ Wright also had a 11 tackles in this game but he always seemed to be a step behind whether he was taking bad angles or he was out of position, most of his tackles came at least 7 yards down the field as he tried to get back into the play. Bruce Irvin was unable to come up with the huge plays that he came up with last week against the Rams. Irvin only had 4 tackles and was really a non factor in this game as he continues on his first season playing with more responsibility than just pass rushing.
The Seahawks secondary had a solid game only giving up 168 yards passing, and being forced to make a ton of tackles on Buccaneers running backs down the field. The Buccaneers did throw for 3 touchdowns although that stat might seem inflated as one on the touchdowns was a jump pass thrown by Mike James as the goal line and the other two touchdown passes were long broken passes as Mike Glennon found his receiver long after they broke off of their routes and he was scrambling for his life. Earl Thomas had a solid game as he led all Seahawks defenders with 12 tackles. Thomas had what should have been considered the play of the game as he made a toe tapping interception on the sideline that was negated by a ridiculous pass interference call against him. Thomas did have a huge missed tackle when he went for the big hit vice wrapping up and Mike James bounced off of him and continued his run. Richard Sherman continued his solid play as he was every bit of the shut down corner that he has claimed to be.
Special Teams: B+
The Seahawks special teams had a quiet game until late in the game when Golden Tate and Steven Hauschka both came up big when the Seahawks needed them most. Hauschka continued his solid play with no missed field goals on the season (if you don’t count the blocked field goal earlier in the season) as he hit two 2nd half field goals one of which was the game winner in overtime. Golden Tate had a huge 71 yard punt return as he jumped, juked, and bounced around the field setting up one of the Seahawks late touchdowns. Jermaine Kearse had a costly fumble in the 2nd quarter as he coughed the ball up on a would be big kick-off return that was recovered by the Buccaneers kicker.
This was a great comeback for the Seahawks as they came back from 21 points down in the 2nd quarter which was the biggest comeback in team history. Seattle needs to start coming out of the gate stronger and stop relying on big late game heroics. The Seahawks dominated this game from the 3 minute mark of the 2nd quarter on although chances are that if they weren’t playing the 0-7 Buccaneers the results could have been much worse. The play calling in the red zone has to start being questioned as there can only be so many play action passes inside the 5 yard line that go for scores, Marshawn Lynch needs to get his touches deep in the red zone.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime to help the Seahawks overcome the largest deficit in team history and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
The win extended the team’s winning streak at CenturyLink Field to 12 consecutive games, tied for the most consecutive home wins in franchise history.
Russell Wilson, who is a perfect 12-0 at CenturyLink Field, threw for 217 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and also rushed for a touchdown.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries, his second 100+ yard rushing game of the season.
It didn’t look good for the Seahawks early on, who found themselves down by three touchdowns in the second quarter to the Buccaneers (0-8), a team that has not won a game this season.
Coming into the game, the largest deficit the Seahawks had ever come back from was 20 points.
Tampa Bay’s Mike James had a huge game, rushing for 158 yards and throwing a touchdown pass. Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, who played college football with Wilson at North Carolina State threw for 168 yards and two touchdown passes, but it was not enough to upset the Seahawks.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Buccaneers erupted for 21 points in the second.
Glennon threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright early in the quarter to give Tampa Bay an early 7-0 lead. Later, Glennon threw a touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood to make it a 14-0 game.
Less than a minute later, the Buccaneers scored their third touchdown of the quarter. Tom Crabtree grabbed a 2-yard pass from James and the winless Buccaneers held a 21-0 lead over the Seahawks.
Seattle managed a touchdown before the half ended, a 16-yard connection Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, who had not caught a touchdown since Week 5 against the Colts.
In the third quarter, the Buccaneers extended their lead to 17 when Rian Lindell hit a 33-yard field goal to make it a 24-7 affair.
The Seahawks countered when Wilson rushed for a 10-yard touchdown, his first rushing touchdown of the season.
A Steven Hauschka field goal in the fourth quarter put the Seahawks within seven as the score became 24-17.
The Seahawks had a chance to tie the game with eight minutes left in the fourth, but Wilson threw a costly interception, his second of the game, at Tampa Bay’s goal line.
But the Seahawks, tenacious as ever, tied the game with less than two minutes left in the game when Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score to make it 24-24 with 1:51 left in the game.
A big defensive stop sent the game to overtime, the second time the Seahawks have needed an extra period this season. In Week 4, they needed overtime to beat the Texans in Houston, 23-20.
On Sunday, the defense stuffed the Buccaneers in overtime and the offense scored on their first possession of the extra period. Led by Lynch, they moved the ball 51 yards on nine plays to set up Hauschka’s game-winning field goal.
Next week, the Seahawks (8-1) will visit the Atlanta Falcons (2-6) who are coming off a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Happy Blue Friday 12ers! Let’s Tawk Hawk.
Last Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks left the nation of 12 scratching their collective heads. Every 12 nationwide knew that this week’s Hawk Tawk was going to be a little abrasive. Seattle’s offense looked completely inept. There was no creativity, no adjusting, no answers, no coaching. Thank the football Gods that the defense held up in the Red Zone, but golly gee Wally, that was terrible. Let’s Tawk about it. Ughh.
The offensive line was exactly what we knew they were going to be going up against a Divisional opponent. With some, or at least one, of the best rush ends in the league, Seattle’s offensive line looked like a play-dough fun factory. Shove the handful of dough in one side and 7 brightly colored quarterback sacks were squeezed out the other. Rookie Michael Bowie and Paul McQuistan are just simply not getting their jobs done. For the past few weeks I have made it known that I thought Bowie was an upgrade over Giacomini, or at least would be in the near future. I believe I also said, “Giacomini will never start another down for the Seahawks.”. I have changed my mind. I would, at this point, rather have Giacomini back. At least he is nasty and mean. At least he can push people around, [sic] tackle defensive pass rushers, and protect someone, sometimes. At least he would take action if he kept getting smoked in pass protection. We all know he would have had at least 5 or 6 holding calls in that game. I have said it all year, the offensive line is not good. I do not see that improving past mediocrity, and that will only happen when they get the starters back. Okung will be huge for the left side, but the right side is hopeless. Sweezy is like a small Giacomini, at least he holds just as well. I hope that by having their butts smoked on MNF, the coaching staff will finally take their play into account and design an offensive game plan around it. Which brings me to my next point.
Some of you saw that Seattle tried to run and were not very successful. I saw that Seattle tried to run in their basic zone block scheme a few times and weren’t successful, so they quit. I saw that they weren’t successful because they did not seem to attempt to help the two tackles in any way. I didn’t see any two tight end (pulled in tight) sets. I didn’t see more than a handful of quick out or slant reads. I didn’t see dual back sets to set up screens. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see them give any real consideration to trying to defeat the pass rush at all, ever. Maybe we can get Clay Mathews to do a handyman commercial in Seattle. I doubt a Fathead would fix Seattle’s offensive line, but heck I’ll try anything at this point. It almost looked like they just said, “Well I don’t know what else to do so let’s just hope we get lucky.” We are happy that they did get lucky, but man, I was disappointed. There is a major hole in the road to the Superbowl my friends. The offensive line is causing problems not only for Russell Wilson, but obviously for the offensive game plan as a whole. The offense looks like a Junior Varsity playbook compared to what they normally do. So, it is here I will stop with my whining. They won, and it was important that they did. My heart can’t take too much more, though.
The Seattle Seahawk defense looked better than the offense. I didn’t say great, because they were not great. The defense allowed a scrub quarterback to march his team down the field too many times. Yes, they only allowed 9 points and had a great goal line stand to win the game. However, it should have never allowed those drives to happen in the first place. I am not going to pretend that I understand the complexities of coverage schemes, but I am willing to say that the coverage was nowhere as aggressive as it should have been. An inexperienced quarterback versus the Legion of Boom translates to, “make him beat you with his arm.” Instead, Seattle gave up 200 yards on the ground and consistently left holes in the line open that had no right to be open. The Rams ran all over Seattle defense. I am dumbfounded as to why Seattle didn’t stack the run and go man press in coverage. But, aren’t we all. Oh, “But they got two interceptions you say?” Both interceptions were on very poorly thrown balls, and the only football players who had a chance to catch them were Seattle Seahawks. ”If Seattle doesn’t make those two interceptions they lose the game you say?” How many times did Seattle turn those interceptions into points? At any rate, they didn’t break, they just got a little twisted. Don’t get me wrong here, I really did see some great things. Bruce Irvin looked awesome flying all over the field racking up tackles and looking like Sherman on that interception. There was decent pressure, but Seattle only sacked Clemons three times. I would like to say that the LOB kept the passing game in check, but the Rams did that to themselves. Seattle didn’t do anything to force the Rams to throw, and they almost paid dearly for it. On a much lighter note, I would like to say welcome back Bobby Wagner, we missed you and Earl Thomas, you are freaking awesome.
Mike Rob didn’t have much of an impact on the offensive game, but I am glad he is back. Nobody really did except Tater Salad, and though he provided points, I hope his premature JV celebrations are truly over. That was embarrassing. Sidney Rice is gone for the year, and that is going to sting. Not that he was a huge impact on the direct success of the offense week in and week out, but he certainly is Seattle’s biggest receiver in stature. Seattle used Sidney to clear backfields and to draw coverage deep. They are going to be depending much more on Tater, Dougie Fresh, Kearse, and maybe even Lockette. Yes I know Boo Boo is coming back soon, but he doesn’t fit the role that Rice filled. To be completely honest with you, I am not too worried about the receivers. Tater and Dougie Fresh have enough talent to hold down the Nest, while Lockette is a speedy guy who can come in and draw some coverage. Kearse needs to take advantage of this opportunity. If he doesn’t, I don’t know that we see him going forward into next year. Anyone want to bet that Rice is probably done as a Seahawk? I hate to say it, I really do, but his Salary going into next year is way too much for an oft injured receiver with declining numbers. I am excited to see Dougie get some reps, as he is one of my underdog kind of favorites, but what I really want is for the receiving corp to step up, start getting open, and figure out how to be consistent. Once again though, the injury bug bites hard.
Marshawn Lynch was very upset about his under use in that game. I do not blame him one iota. The Seahawks really screwed the pooch in the running game, and only giving Marshawn 8 or so carries isn’t going to make anyone happy. The coaches are all Tawking about how they are mad too, but they are the knuckleheads who made the calls. They better let Lynch get 200+ on the ground this week, no excuses. The Seahawks coaches put on a show on Monday night and it was called, Absolutely the worst offensive coordination I have ever seen.”
Against Tampa this weekend Seattle has lots of explaining to do. Not with words and excuses mind you, but with play on the field. The defense needs to play like they can, and the coordinators need to let them. The Seahawks need to run the ball like they can, and the coordinators need to let them. The Seahawks need to sack Mike Glennon at least 6 times, but then thank him for helping the entire saga of Russell Wilson to play out the way it did. Seattle did a great job not turning the ball over, not sure how, but they did, and they need to continue that this week. The legion needs to cause havoc in the backfield and cover everything that flies. The run defense needs to come back, not sure where they were vacationing at, but please come home. 12thman needs to be big for the home team this week, they need us. Lastly, way back in the preseason I predicted that this week, ”Revis” Island, much like the Louisiana Territory, is purchased for a four-year $2,222,424 contract and is renamed Sherman’s Peak.” Make it happen Seahawks, Make it so.
Football. 12thman now, 12thman forever, GO HAWKS!!
Last night’s game probably ran the spectrum of emotions for all of us. Frustration, anger, rage, hopelessness, resignation, brief jubilation, and ultimately relief as the 4th down pass fell harmlessly to the turf and there wasn’t yet another flag to give the Rams one more shot. Many are upset this morning (with good reason) with how that game went down last night. Many are wringing their hands, absolutely convinced this means the season is over, since if we can only barely beat the Rams and their backup QB, how can they possibly beat a good team? Well, let me put a positive spin on what we saw last night while at the same time educating those who aren’t aware of the Legend of the Golden Horseshoe.
First, let’s all take a deep breath and repeat after me, we’re 7-1. We’re 7-1. We’re 7-1. That is the best record in the NFC. San Francisco remains a game back and it’s really a game and a half back with the tiebreaker. This team just finished a stretch where 4 of their last 5 games were on the road and they came out of that 4-1. How many teams in Seahawk history have ever done that, particularly in the last 15 years? I’ll save you the research. None. It hasn’t been done. How many years have we lamented the Seahawks inability to win on the road? Well, they just finished the first half of the year posting a 4-1 mark on the road. When we get to the end of the year, how we won will not matter. This isn’t the BCS. All that matters is that we win, as I believe wins are the first things that matter when seeding for the playoffs is done, but please correct me if I’m wrong.
As I was watching that game last night while enjoying a few tasty IPA’s, an eerie sense of deja vu fell over me. It came full circle as the game ended and the Seahawks were able to pull out an improbable victory. I was taken back to 2005 and the last time the Seahawks made a run to the Super Bowl.
Picture it, October 23, 2005. A rainy fall afternoon at Qwest Field. The Cowboys were in town and the old Cougar Drew Bledsoe was under center. Both offenses were utterly inept all day. The Seahawks defense picked off Drew twice and sacked him 5 times (that sounds vaguely familiar to last night). The last pick by Big Play Babs set up Josh Brown for a 50 yard field goal as the clock expired and gave the Hawks an unlikely victory and made the 12th Man think something special was happening with this team as the Seahawks were usually known for losing games in that fashion.
Flash forward to November 27, 2005. A beautiful, crisp fall afternoon at Qwest Field. The New York Football Giants made their way out west for a battle for supremacy in the NFC and put the winner in the driver’s seat for home field advantage in the playoffs. As I’m sure you’ll all remember, that was the game where the 12th Man helped cause 11 Giant false starts. But what you may not remember is how that game ultimately came to be in the win column for the Hawks.
After a few pre-game beverages, my buddy Dave and I settle into our seats in section 339. We’re watching warmups and we both notice something. Jay Feely was kicking field goals from 40-45 yards away and for some reason they were just barely making it over the crossbar. The wind didn’t seem to be a factor so we thought maybe he was just messing around, maybe concentrating on getting his trajectory right, etc. But I digress…
Shaun Alexander was completely shut down for 3 quarters. Matt Hasselbeck threw 2 interceptions. Jeremy Shockey was given a touchdown when he clearly didn’t have a 2nd foot down in the end zone before Jordan Babineaux popped him with a hit that his grandchildren will feel. With the game 21-13, the Seahawks let Eli Manning drive 60 yards for a touchdown and then an easy 2 point conversion. You could hear a pin drop in that stadium. The Hawks get the ball with 2 minutes left only to take all of 25 seconds off the clock and give the ball right back to the Giants. The defense continued its sieve-like ways and let the Giants set up for a game-winning 40 yard FG from Jay Feely. Up until that point, Jay had hit everything inside of 45 yards that year. In the first hint of something special to come, he pushes the ball just barely left and we head to overtime. Hmmm..I seem to remember another kicker that was automatic inside 55 yards that missed a kick last night. Legatron or something like that. Anyway…
In that overtime, the Seahawks continued their inept ways. The Giants set themselves up for a 54 yard FG to win it and Jay Feely chops under the ball and ends up a good 5 yards short of the crossbar. The 12th Man came alive momentarily, yet the offense still couldn’t get anything going. Then they pin the Giants back in the south end zone only to watch Tiki Barber bust one loose down to about the Seahawks 30 yard line, ultimately setting up a 45 yard game winner. So we all knew what was coming. The third time’s the charm, Feely doesn’t miss 3 game winners in a row, time for the old Seahawks to rear their sorry heads. Only….wait a minute….that looks like it’s going to come up a little sho…..YESSSSS!!! It’s short!! A Pro-Bowl caliber kicker has missed 3 game winning field goals. Now, this had to be the Seahawks time. Sure enough, Matthew hits DJ Hackett in stride down at about the 35. Shaun decided he’d had enough of this crap and gets down inside the 25. Josh Brown (before he was a prisoner to the business man) jogs out there with ice water in his veins and just sneaks a 37 yarder inside the left upright and Qwest Field rejoices. It was at that time we realized that Mike Holmgren did indeed have a Golden Horseshoe firmly implanted in his backside. The Seahawks don’t win games like that. Heck, Seattle teams in general don’t win games like that.
In the words of comedian Ron White, I told you that story to tell you this story. That game last night, along with the game in Houston, just makes me feel like Pete Carroll has found the Golden Horseshoe. There’s a legend that many Presidents of the United States have written letters to their successor about things that only Presidents know or will deal with. They leave it in the desk in the Oval Office so that only the new President will find it. It makes me wonder if Mike Holmgren did just that and left it in his desk at the VMAC. Of course we know Jim Mora didn’t find it since he was obsessed with finding dirtbags for his offensive line or was busy hiking up Tiger Mountain. But Pete Carroll was probably in there one afternoon this summer, opens the letter, and goes on a treasure hunt. He didn’t find it in the cafeteria. He didn’t find it in the SeaGal locker room. But when he dug through the fake wall behind Jerramy Stevens’ locker, there it was, right behind the Polaroids that Jerramy had of Holmgren that kept him on the team.
How else do you describe the change from losing games in Detroit, Miami, Arizona, St. Louis, and San Francisco last year all by less than 7 points to what we’ve seen so far this year? Heaven knows it’s not the offensive line play. The receivers haven’t gotten a whole lot better. Maybe it’s the pass rush. Maybe it’s the exceptional special teams play. It’s probably the fact they’ve forced 2+ turnovers in each game so far. But don’t discount the Golden Horseshoe. It is Halloween week after all. Stranger things have happened.
The Seahawks defense came up with a last-second goal line stand to boost Seattle to a 7-1 record and a 14-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football.
Heavy-favorites coming into the contest, the Seahawks played sloppy from start to finish and survived just long enough to leave St. Louis with the win. The offense totaled just 135 yards and the defense allowed 339 yards to a team that was only a week removed from losing its star quarterback.
Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens, who started because of Sam Bradford’s torn ACL, threw for 158 yards and two interceptions, but also orchestrated a six-minute, 96-yard drive at the end of the fourth quarter that came three yards short of upsetting the Seahawks.
The Seattle defense, which was outplayed for most of the evening, came up with a tough fourth-down stop on their own 3-yard line with four seconds left in the game to preserve the win for the Seahawks.
Greg Zuerlein kicked the first points of the game to give the Rams an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. The Seahawks offense, meanwhile, managed just 17 total yards in the quarter and punted the ball away on all three of their possessions.
In the second, Russell Wilson found Golden Tate for a 2-yard score to give the Seahawks a 7-3 lead.
The Seahawks took the lead into halftime despite being utterly outplayed for the entire half.
The Rams had 131 total yards in the first half, while Seattle had just 38, third fewest in the NFL in a first half this season. Wilson only had nine passing yards in the half.
The difference in the game was two interceptions by the Seattle defense, one of which set up the touchdown.
In the third quarter, Zuerlein kicked his second field goal, this one from 28 yards out that narrowed the Seattle lead to 7-6. On the Seahawks’ next possession, Wilson found Tate for an 80-yard touchdown that made it a 14-6 affair.
Tate finished the game with five catches for 93 yards, 80 of which came on the touchdown.
In the fourth, Zuerlein kicked another field goal and the score was 14-9. He finished the day 3-for-4, his longest field goal coming from 33 yards away.
Wilson was under pressure for the entire night and was forced to adapt once again to a poor offensive line that was outplayed for the whole game. He was sacked seven times, hit 10 times, and went 10 for 18 for 139 yards and the two touchdowns.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for just 23 yards on eight carries. The Rams’ Zac Stacy rushed 26 times for 134 yards against a defense that had only allowed 91 yards per game coming into the contest.
The Seahawks will return home in Week 9 to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7), one of two winless teams left in the NFL.
Five of the Seahawks last eight games of the season will be played at CenturyLink Field, where they have won 11 consecutive games.
Last Thursday’s victory provided something for all of the 12thman’s senses.
The Seattle Seahawk’s offense looked good. I saw productivity that has not been consistently apparent on every down this year. Third down conversions finally became something Seattle could do. Russell made much quicker decisions than I have grown accustomed to over the past few weeks. I also was forced to watch Seattle commit several very stupid penalties, and a few more that were, “less stupid, but still stupid.”
Everyone watching the game heard the 12thman. As kick was occurring I remember saying out loud that there were a lot of Seattle Seahawk fans at the game. That became more and more apparent as the game went on and 12 grew louder. That was very very cool to see. I know I wasn’t imagining things because even the tawking heads calling the game noticed it, and couldn’t stop tawking about it. I also heard Russell’s post game interview and was very impressed. What I heard when he spoke, was maturity and calmness. He impresses more and more every time I hear him.
I felt the pain of the mistakes over and over. Truthfully speaking, I do believe something is a mistake when you do it over and over. Mistakes are made once, the second time is, well you get the picture. I felt bad for getting so upset with Russell when he fumbled the first time. I felt embarrassed when he did it again, and well, I just got furious after that. The offense line for Seattle is much to blame for his woes as he is in my opinion. He is back there trying to make things happen, and the offensive line fails. I feel like the line fails on almost every play, though I know that isn’t true. It just terrifies me to think what would be happening in the offensive backfield if Russell wasn’t so mobile and elusive. Scary, I know.
I smelled victory right from the start. Arizona just didn’t stack up to Seattle. Seattle played another sloppy game, related to turnovers and penalties, yet somehow found a way to win. Arizona has a long ways to go, much further than I would have guessed coming into this season. Or maybe Seattle has just improved that much. I am going to trust my nose on this one and say it is a mix of both. I also thought I smelled Clam Chowder after Ted sent me a picture of their lunch the other day. Boy do I miss that about Seattle.
I already Tawked about my account of the game, but will touch on a few more points here. The offensive line is the only thing keeping Seattle from being a truly elite quarterback, and in turn, the offense from being truly elite. It sickens me how bad they have been without Okung. I really don’t see Giacomini starting again, so no big loss there other than his absolute bruiser style. He just lets to much get by to overlook his penalties and missed assignments. I am looking forward to Monday night. I hope Seattle benefits from the extra down time and can put a healthy effort on the field. What i really want ot see though, is a disciplined squad, cut down the penalties. It would be nice to see Russ have some time in the pocket too, but heck he is good in the pocket or no pocket so we’ll see. .
Seattle is 6-1. You read that right. Atop the NFC, even thought there is company, they are there. All of us “12″ have witnessed Seahawk history and that feels pretty darn good. I look to the future with big bright eyes, because it is only going to get better. Wagner will be back. Okung will be back. Percy will arrive. The offensive line will gel. The Defense will stay aggressive now that they have the taste of blood. The 12thman will regain their title. It is going to happen. 12thman now, 12thman forever. Go Hawks!
By the way, Ted says, “Hola, 12thman. Go Hawks!”
Ok. 12thman, I just watched the game. Despite my enthusiasm, I want to bring the 12th man a realistic opinion.
The offense looked good, minus a few DangeRuss mistakes. When the offense looks that good, nobody can stop Seattle. The offense made several mistakes however, and the Hawks suffered the pain. The game goes in the win column, 6-1, for the first time in Hawk history. Go Hawks.
I think we have a replacement for the worst right tackle in the NFL, but if he is the man, he needs to step up and be the man. Arizona has a fearsome pass rush, but I can finally say that the Hawks is much better! I also think that Seattle played their first almost complete game. The Beast was significant, and the Seattle played with inference seldom seen. Giacomini won’t see another snap as a Hawk starter, at least that is how I see it.
Hawk Tawk is short this week. The Hawks have a long way way to go. The elite class Seattle is on top of the NFC West. Seattle is short three players who have the ability to make statements. Seattle played with major mistakes by Russell Wilson, and still dominated. I am afraid of what Seattle can be when everyone is healthy, Good Molly, Go Hawks!
Russell is so well spoken, he blows me away. A QB who makes some crappy mistakes that could have cost his team the game, and still has the composure to take his team to victory is amazing. Russell started his career against the Cards with a loss. He won on Thursday night Baby…did he not?
The offense is coming around finally, and that is good to see. But even more relieving is the defensive pass rush. I feel like it has been forever since we’ve seen an aggressive game plan like that.
The penalties, oh the penalties. That was the second of two truly abysmal things that happened over and over last night. I just am left to wonder what it is going to take to keep the Hawks from shooting themselves in the foot every week. Take away the penalties and Russell’s case of the dropsies and that would have been a blowout. Alas, it still goes in the win column. I have to work on this hangover thing, so that is all for now. I will check in this weekend and Tawk to Ted while I am at it. 12thman now, 12thman forever, Go Hawks!
Good game Hawks, ugly, once again, but victorious, Go Hawks!
Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a big 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday Night Football.
The Seahawks are now 6-1 for the first time in the history of the franchise.
Seattle opened up a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter as Russell Wilson led his offense 83 yards in just five plays. He concluded the drive by throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice.
On their next possession, which didn’t come until the second quarter, Seattle extended the lead to 14-0 when Wilson hit Zach Miller for a 15-yard touchdown. Miller was one of Wilson’s favorite targets of the night and finished the game with five catches for 40 yards.
The Cardinals answered with a 49-yard field goal from Jay Feely that made it a 14-3 affair. He would finish the night 3-for-3 in field goal attempts.
When Seattle got the ball back, Wilson fumbled the ball deep in his own territory, allowing Arizona’s offense back on the field 25 seconds after they had jogged off of it. Rashard Mendenhall ran it in from three yards out for his third touchdown of the year to narrow the margin to 14-10.
For the second consecutive week, a bad fumble led to the other team scoring a touchdown and making it a game right before the half. It was the first of three fumbles in the game from Wilson, two of which he lost.
The Seahawks did, however, manage to move the ball 47 yards on their last possession of the half, allowing Steven Hauschka to nail a 51-yard field goal and give Seattle a 17-10 lead entering the intermission.
In the third quarter, Feely sank a 52-yard field goal to make it a 17-13 game, but it was the closest Arizona would get for the rest of the night.
The Seahawks scored two touchdowns in the third. Wilson threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this one to Kellen Davis, and Marshawn Lynch ran in another to make it a 31-13 game at the end of the third quarter.
Lynch finished the game with 91 yards on the ground and the touchdown.
In the fourth, both teams kickers hit a field goal to increase the score to 34-16. Hauschka finished the evening 2-for-2 and has now hit 16 of his 17 field goal attempts this season.
Carson Palmer, who won the Heisman Trophy at USC under Pete Carroll in 2002, didn’t throw his first touchdown until the fourth quarter. He hit Jaron Brown in the back of the end zone to narrow the Seahawks lead to 34-22, which would ultimately be the last score of the game.
Seattle’s defense wreaked havoc on the Cardinals for the majority of the game. The secondary forced Palmer to go 30 of 45 for 258 yards and two interceptions, one courtesy of Earl Thomas, the other from Brandon Browner.
The defensive line sacked Palmer seven times and allowed just 30 rushing yards. Malcolm Smith led Seattle’s defense with eight tackles and a sack.
Golden Tate returned a punt for a touchdown in the game, but it was nullified because of a Seattle penalty. He led Seattle’s receivers with 77 yards on four catches.
The Seahawks have an 11-day gap until their next game. They will be in St. Louis on Monday Night Football in Week 8 to take on the Rams (3-3) on Oct. 28.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards to lead the Seahawks to a 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
The Seahawks have now won eleven consecutive games at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle struggled early but finished strong in a hard-fought victory.
Rob Bironas gave the Titans an early 3-0 lead after kicking a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The Seahawks didn’t get on the board until the second quarter when Lynch rushed for a one-yard score that capped a 74-yard drive.
Seattle had an opportunity to extend the lead with seconds left in the half, but a bobbled snap led to a 77-yard fumble returned for a touchdown that gave Tennessee a 10-7 lead at the half.
In the third, Steven Hauschka tied the game with a 31-yard field goal. In the fourth, Hauschka gave the Seahawks a 13-10 lead with his second field goal of the game.
Seattle went up by ten when Lynch rushed for his second touchdown of the day with 7:37 left in the quarter, but Bironas narrowed the lead to 20-13 with a little over two minutes left in the half.
That score would go final.
Eleven-point favorites coming into the game, Seattle outplayed the Titans in almost every statistical category.
The Seahawks had nearly 200 more total yards (404-223), almost 100 more passing yards (253-157), and had eleven more first downs (24-13).
The Seahawks defense dominated the Titans, producing two interceptions and not allowing an offensive touchdown. Up front, Seattle allowed just 66 rushing yards.
Russell Wilson finished the day 23 of 31 for 257 yards and ran the ball 10 times for 61 yards. He did not have any touchdowns, but improved to 11-0 in his career at CenturyLink Field.
Happy Blue Friday! Last week was brutal, was it not? I really did think that they would figure out a way to make it happen and they didn’t. Right when I was convinced that Seattle would have enough common sense to play man coverage, they decided to go zone. I will not spend this week trying to explain away that decision because it was not mine. I will not spend this week harping on the fact that Seattle should almost never be in zone coverage. Okay, maybe I will, just a little.
The Seattle Seahawks have a luxury that possibly no team in the history of the NFL has ever had. Every starter in the defensive backfield is an all-pro player, when they are playing together, in the same back field, on the same team. Mr. Quinn, if you happen to read this, and I know you will because everybody is doing it, please take heed. You have quite possibly the the most fearsome pass-rush potential in the NFL. You have Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett (I know he’s hurt) and they are all pass-rush specialists in some fashion. You have the best defensive back field in the NFL. You have Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. You have Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. When a commoner such as myself combines those two units, what it means is that you play man coverage, and bring the freaking house on passing downs. For the Seahawks to be on the “under” side of the sack ratio is ridiculous. I do have faith that you will get this corrected, please do so soon. I like to pretend that it is a grand scheme to keep the rest of the NFL from knowing just how dangerous the Playoff Seahawks will be, but I know better. Seattle is not built for zone coverage, they are built for heavy press, man on man, shut down coverage. Tell me I am wrong.
“Giacomini is statistically the worst or second worst starting player at his position in the entire NFL according to the stat junkies”
It was exciting to see the offense moving the ball fairly well, as that is something we have not seen very often this season. The running game looked fantastic until they decided that they had to pass for no reason. Russell Wilson is fighting from behind a beleaguered offensive line, isn’t he? When you start a game with four starters sidelined, yet run the ball at will, why would you stop? Russell is an absolute Houdini when it comes to escaping a crowded pocket, but good grief. If Wilson was not behind center, Seattle would have given up nearly thirty sacks so far this year. No stretch there either, he has truly avoided that many sacks with his magic DangeRuss hustle. I am looking forward to seeing the team fire on 8 cylinders this week, as it has not happened yet. Seattle has either been a defense on fire, or a methodically purposeful offense, or an absolute dominate special teams. They have not put all three together yet, and it needs to happen soon.
The offensive line has been hurting Seattle all year. Giacomini is statistically the worst or second worst starting player at his position in the entire NFL according to the stat junkies. His replacement Michael Bowie, actually, has played pretty well all things considered. If you don’t believe me go check out Keith Myers’ brilliant piece on Michael Bowie . I normally would not link to another sight, but Keith was the Editor of 12thmanrising.com when I first met him. He is the one who gave me my chance to fulfill a 12thman dream. I just wanted you all to know who’s fault it really was. The back ups have done an admirable job of getting small holes open for Marshawn Lynch, but are equally as successful in letting the opposing team get to Wilson, and that absolutely has to stop. Penalties, BMHOTFW. That means “banging my head on the freaking wall,” for those not in the know. Seattle sometimes suffers from the stupid penalty syndrome, and it is bad. Against the Colts, Seattle suffered from crappy officiating, and it was much worse. I will not go so far as to say that the officiating cost Seattle the game, but it most certainly cost Seattle momentum and field possession. Regardless, I believe Seattle lost the game because of zone defense, lack of pass protection, and crappy special teams play. I’m right.
Marshawn Lynch was running with that look in his eye, was he not? Boy, was I excited to see him moving like that. I think the next couple weeks are going to be exciting. I would really be interest in seeing more throws to the running back as well. The offensive line predicament spells it all out in blue and green. The lack of pass protection means run the ball and quick passes until the defense softens up. Seattle seams to get in the groove periodically and I get super excited when they do — primarily because it lends credence to the voices in my head, but also because it is best way to get their offense in a groove. The offense moved the ball well for the most part and looked pretty impressive when they weren’t being penalized for imaginary penalties or not benefiting from the referees not seeing the real penalties that the Colts got away with. I regress, Seattle lost the game because they got beat, or the fact that the defensive scheme failed.
Max Unger is back, that is a good thing. Bobby Wagner is hurt, that is bad. The pass rush will suffer once again as the linebackers are shuffled around to fill the starting lineup. Overall I think K.J. will be fine filling in, he is a great player. I am a little concerned about seeing what Irvin does at strong side, but this is his chance to shine. Percy is back in practice after the game, and that my friends cannot be overlooked, nor should we over-emphasize his return. Seattle has a very capable receiving group, but they have some flaws so far. The receivers have not been gaining the early separation necessary to defeat a strong pass rush in the passing game. I have absolute faith in Rice, Tater, Dougie Fresh, and Kearse but they need to step up their games a bit. Russell Wilson needs to have a receiver ready to puts hands on the ball within a few seconds of his third step in the drop back. They haven’t constantly done so, so far, but we will see. Harvin will most certainly add another aspect to the game, and I do think he will be that quick open Russell so desperately needs. I think his biggest impact will be grabbing attention. Nobody in the league is going to ignore a player as dynamic as Percy, and that may just allow the other receivers to get space to grab a few throws here and there.
My buddy Ted has a new roommate and I would like to welcome his new Buddy “Snort” to Hawk Tawk. Long story short, some dude in a brown van dropped him off on the porch the other day, and now him and Ted are best of friends.
This week I am going to Jedi mind trick the Seahawks into a well balanced attack of running the football and dumping quick outs for the first quarter. If they follow my game plan they will look like a well oiled machine. Well, maybe not, but it would make me look good, eh? I expect the defense to be challenged in the flats because the Titans will expect Seattle to stick with their worthless zone coverage. That is why Schaub threw the pick six that Sherman got a few weeks back. They thought zone coverage, because there was a release rush on from the end. They were wrong. I expect an interception before the end of the first half. I also expect Lynch to get the century mark this week. Russell will throw for 250 and two TDs. One to Tater and one to Kearse.
Who knows right? I just want the Hawks to win because this is a game that they should win, 12thman now, 12thman forever, GO HAWKS!!
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.