After a game in which the starter played very little, the Seahawks are surprisingly banged up as the limp toward their matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
At CB, the Seahawks are already without veteran Marcus Trufant who remains out with a fairly serous hamstring injury. Now, new starter Walter Thurmond to the concerns. Turmond was limited in practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, and then did not practice at all on Thursday. If both are out, and with Brandon Browner suspended, the Seahawks will be relying on Jeremy Lane to at CB on Sunday.
The news is only slightly better at WR. Sydney Rice has not practiced all week because of a foot injury. He was reportedly wearing a walking boot at Wednesday’s practice, though it was gone for Thursday’s workout. One of the players who would be expected to play in Rice’s absence is Charly Martin, who is also injured with a calf problem. It is now highly possible that the Seahawks go into Sunday’s game with just 3 healthy receivers.
DE Re Bryant and SS Kam Chancellor have both sat out of practice all week as well, while Marshawn Lynch was limited. All three are expected to play on Sunday.
You could almost hear the outraged Seahawks fans screaming at their television sets. It seemed like lady luck was just not with the Hawks today. The referees seemed to be making every possible call against the Seahawks and none for them. Balls dropped by the Bears seemed to be magnetically attracted back into their hands. A couple times the Seahawks came out of a pile with the ball on a fumble and a muffed kick but for some inexplicable reason the ball was awarded to the Bears. It was just “one of those days” the Seahawks and their fans have suffered through many times in the past, most notably in their Super Bowl loss, and most recently last week vs. Miami.
But something strange happened on the way to another infamous Seattle loss. They somehow got the plays they needed at just the right time. Like the big defensive stop in the first half that halted a Bears drive inside the Seahawks 30. And there were the numerous Russell Wilson runs for first downs. Then there was the offensive pass interference call on the Bears Brandon Marshall against Richard Sherman that helped end a second half Bears threat.
And then came what most fans thought would be the game winning score that capped a 97 yard drive; an incredible catch and run by… you guessed it, Golden Tate. This guy always has at least one amazing catch and run, and today was no different. Catching the ball at the 10 yard line, spinning and weaving through a matrix of Bears defenders, and finishing with a horizontal dive and stretch into the end zone. Hawks up by 3 with 26 seconds left to play. We WIN!!! Right??? Not so fast! After the kickoff, which the Seahawks covered well by tackling the Bears return man on the 15, Bears QB Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 56 yard strike to around the Seahawks 30. A short run to kill some clock and the Bears hit a 46 yard field goal to tie up the game and send it to overtime. You may notice some people walking around Seattle tomorrow with large clumps of their hair missing. They are Seahawks fans and this turn of events is why…
Now for the sake of full disclosure, this is when I turned off the TV set, got my son and our fishing poles and went fishing. The Seahawks just don’t ever seem to win after things like this happen and I didn’t want to see it after they seemingly had it in the bag! By the time we got our gear and ourselves in the car, got the radio on and were heading for the freeway, Russell Wilson was driving the Hawks who had just gotten a delay of game penalty. ”Yep, true to form”, I said. Seems like every time in these close games when the Hawks need to execute and focus, the penalties come in droves and they start going backwards. Not this time. Running for a couple first downs to keep drives alive and throwing with deadly precision, Wilson quickly had them in scoring position. At this point the air was starting to leave the Bears stadium for a second time in 10 minutes. Seahawks fans got the feeling something special might be about to happen. And it did, but at a cost yet to be determined.
From about the 15 or 20 Wilson threw a dart to Sydney Rice who made the reception, barely getting the ball in the end zone before a crushing hit appeared to knock him out cold. (Rice later said he never lost consciousness). The scary moment when Rice went limp on the ground overshadowed the potential score. As the refs scoured the replay for what Hawks fans must surely have thought was any excuse not to award the Hawks the score, Rice came around and sat up, and was able to walk off the field. After taking an inordinately long time, the replay official finally awarded the Hawks the TD. GAME OVER!
Nothing came easy for Seattle today. Not for the Seahawks or their fans at home watching. But these are the kind of games that build character and show that if you persevere you can overcome adversity. Yeah, I should have delayed my fishing trip a few minutes… Next time I should have a little more faith in the Seahawks, especially Mr. DangeRuss Wilson, whose leadership on this team just paid a huge dividend. Not only did he deliver the win, he delivered the spark of confidence this team will need to get into the playoffs.
Now that we’re in the bye part of our season, I wanted to take a moment to evaluate what we know we have… and have not.
We have not: a quarterback controversy. In fact, yesterday I heard sports radio commentators remarking that the Jets switching out quarterbacks during a drive was actually disruptive and created a stall in drives. This was followed by advice to commit to your quarterback just like Seattle did with Wilson… that it would have been the height of stupidity to bring Flynn in just to see what he had. Hind sight is a wonderful thing! It hasn’t been that many weeks since Seattle sports commentators were calling for Flynn to play just to see what he had.
We have: an unseasoned quarterback. As good as Wilson is performing, he’s still a rookie and there will be mistakes. There were certainly plays in the first half of the Jets game where he struggled, holding on to the ball too long, not sliding when he ran for yardage, missing open receivers down field.
We have: A quarterback with amazing ability to implement learned information in the middle of a game. In spite of his youth and inexperience in the NFL, Wilson isn’t one to continually make mistakes. He has an amazing ability to filter information and implement it immediately.
We have not: a solid receiver corp. Although we have some excellent receivers, injury has kept us from being solid at this position. While Rice and Tate have been consistent, Edwards and Baldwin have been only spotty contributors (injuries) even though both looked great in training camp. Meanwhile Kearse remains untested after drops in the Viking game.
We have: An amazing Tight End. Zack Miller is golden. Whether blocking, running routes or catching the ball, he’s a favorite target down the middle and with his size, a difficult player to bring down.
We have: an amazing defense. Even though they have faced questions regarding how good they really are (optimus prime) they continue to be formidable opponents; opportunists with great speed, size and a desire to hold other team scoreless…
We have: a fantastic owner/front office.
We have: a much needed week off to heal injuries and prepare for the home stretch.
We have: a chance to be a 10-6 team! Or 11-5!
Hello 12th man! I’m pleased to report the Hawks are alive, well and totally awesome!
I know there’s been a lot of talk about the quarterback controversy from the local media. After watching this morning’s practice I think the only controversy is how to play Flynn, Tjack and Wilson in every game. They are all that good. I only saw one ball intercepted today, thrown by TJack. The throw was great, but he waited too long and Earl Thomas got under it. I also saw Tjack throw multiple long, tight spirals that made me want to weep, they were that beautiful. Flynn looks fluid, and quick. He also has a beautiful spiral and looks to be working well in the system. Wilson looked surprisingly comfortable and contrary to other reports I’ve read, is able to roll out of the pocket with no sign of panic and gets the ball down field! He threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Golden in the very corner of the end-zone. It was awesome!
I also saw quite a bit of Portis and was especially pleased to see him throwing some nice out routes to Rice on the far practice field. Rice himself looked strong, not only running long routes, but tossing the ball back to Portis. I think the Seahawks are right to be cautious with him, but I think his shoulders are well rehabbed.
Sherman again stood out with his speed off the line and his presence in drills and practice snaps.
Saw Braylon Edwards catch an extremely athletic, over-the-back catch in which he was fully arched backwards in the air and came down totally vertical with feet in bounds looking sharp! Dude is impressive.
Also impressed by Kregg Lumpkin who is sporting Forsett’s former #20. Good size and quick off the line. Marshawn looks strong and capable, running upright and smooth through the opposing defense. At one point he put his arm out like he was going to do a stiff arm but pulled it back at the last minute. He’s ready!
Tate, Lockette and Obomanu also looking good running routes for the QB’s in early drills. I’m very optimistic about our wide receiver corps even if we don’t have the stand out, no-brainer wide receiver everyone thinks we should have.
What we do have is a team. And instead of relying on “this one guy”, Pete and John have built a team of possibilities and depth. Knock one guy out; the next one is just as capable.
I can’t wait for this season!
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There are lots of ways to judge receivers: yards, TDs, catches, drops, etc. Yards is the most common way of judging them, but that doesn’t take into account injuries, or if a player can’t get on the field because of a coaches decision, not to mention other variables the receiver can’t control like who their QB is.
To get around this, the guys over at Pro Football Focus have devised another way of comparing pass catchers: yards per route run. It’s not perfect, as it still doesn’t account for things like QB and offensive line play, but it’s better than simply using yards.
It turns out, that over the past 3 years, Sydney Rice is the 10th best WR in the league in yards per route run, despite having Tarvaris Jackson as his QB for about half of those games. That’s better than guys like Vincent Jackson and Greg Jennings, who play with much better QBs.
On the other end of the spectrum is SF’s Ted Ginn, who was 6th worst in the NFL. Not that it matters, but any chance to bash on the niners must be taken, right?
When it comes to TEs, the new isn’t quite so good for the Seahawks. Neither Kellen Winslow nor Zach Miller made the list as one of the league’s top 15 TEs, which is a little surprising.
Meanwhile former Seahawk TEs Chris Baker and John Carlson are among the worst TEs in the league in that regard, finishing 6th and 9th from the bottom respectfully.
The Seahawks have 13 Wide Receivers currently on their 90 man roster. It is pretty much impossible to believe that they will keep more than 6 on the final 53 man roster. That means that more than half the current group will be handed their walking … [visit site to read more]
Russel Wilson is a good thing, could be a great thing I think… But not in the third round. What about getting a wide receiver for Matt Flynn? I’m still waiting for a freaking wide receiver… Seriously though, what is Flynn going to do when … [visit site to read more]
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Predictions are always fun. Especially when well known bloggers make them and they end up being wrong. That’s always fun, because then everyone gets to throw them back into my face later. Ahhh… good times…
1) At least one of the … [visit site to read more]
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As I said in my prediction, This game had the potential to be “trap game” for the Seahawks. They way the game started, it very well could have ended up that way. Luckily, the Seahawks settled down and took care of business against an inferior St. Louis Rams team.
This game has a large number of cool moments that deserve to be part of any highlight reel. There was the pass thrown from WR Sydney Rice to Mike Williams for 55 yards, the interception and subsequent “beast mode” stiff arm by DE Red Bryant, and the Justin Forsett TD where he jumped out of his shoe juking a defender. This was just a fun game to watch.
Here’s my game notes:
- The penalty epidemic continues. This week it was 13 penalties for 100 yards. This has to stop, and soon.
- Speaking of penalties, Brandon Browner added (at least) 2 more to his total. Giving him 18 by my count for almost 200 yards. He’s playing better in coverage, but if he can’t cover w/o drawing flags then its just not good enough.
- Tarvaris Jackson had one of the worst 1st quarters that you’ll see, but then settled in and had a good but unremarkable night. It seemed clear that he was in pain for most of the game, as well as being pressured more than I’d like to see. … [visit site to read more]
The Seahawks received two pieces of bad news on the injury front today.
- The groin injury that (apparently) has been slowing down Robert Gallery will require surgery. He’s expected to be out for 6 weeks. At least we know who he played so … [visit site to read more]
The headline just about says it all. WR Sydney Rice is still out with a shoulder injury. Look for rookie Doug Baldwin to get a few more chances this week, as he continues to look like one of the team’s most dynamic offensive players.
LG Robert … [visit site to read more]