Seahawks Week 16
The Seattle Seahawks (7-7) stay at home this week as they play their final home game of the 2011 regular season agains the NFC Wester Division Champion 49ers (11-3) at Century Link Field Saturday at 1:00 PST.
Reviewing the Bears Game
As I said in my Love’em Hate’em column earlier this week, Marshawn Lynch ran into the history books.
It was an EPIC performance.
Loved every second of it, especially that second half by the defense. OUTSTANDING.
- Marshawn Lynch became the 5th player in Seahawks history to reach the 1,000 yard mark and the first player to score a touchdown in 10 consecutive games.
- The Seahawks young secondary dominated the game, especially the second half allowing just 3.6 yards per attempt and holding Chad Hanie to a 33.3 NFL Rating.
- The Seahawks dominated the turn over battle. They forced 5 turn overs in total. One fumble recovery (Earl Thomas [2″]) and four interceptions (Browner [6″], Bryant [2″], Thomas [2″], Sherman [3″]).
- Red Bryant‘s (who became a father today) interception for a touchdown, who doesn’t like to see a big guy score?
- The Seahawks had 4 sacks (Brock 2 [3″], Clemons 2 [11″]) while giving up only one.
- Only being penalized 6 times for 36 yards.
- Winning the time of possession despite the lack of a running game.
- Tarvaris Jackson held the ball way too long in the end zone when he got sacked and fumbled the ball that was recovered by the Bears for a touchdown. While throwing from his own end zone he need to plant and throw and if nothing is open throw the ball away.
- The Defense allowed 132 yards rushing at 4.3 yards per attempt while the offense only ran for 60 yards at 1.8 yards per attempt.
- Injuries. You never like to see injuries and on Sunday each team lost a wide receiver for the remainder of the season. The Bears lost Johnny Knox (Back Surgery) and the Seahawks lost Mike Williams (Broken Ankle)
A look at the 49ers
The 49ers are a team that dominates the rushing game on both sides of the ball but is below average when it comes to the passing game.
On offense the 49ers are ranked 9th in the league gaining an average of 125 yards per game on the ground while ranking 29th (182.4 yards per game) through the air.
Offensive Team Leaders:
- Passing: Alex Smith (#11) 2752 yards and 16 touchdowns
- Rushing: Frank Gore (#21) 1119 yards and 7 touchdowns
- Receiving: Michael Crabtree (#15) 59 catches for 703 yards
- Receiving: Vernon Davis (#85) 6 touchdowns
Defensively the 49ers are the best team in the league allowing only 71.5 yards on the ground per game. This does not bode well for the Seahawks patchwork offensive line. They are a little susceptible through the air allowing 239.6 yards per game, good enough for 21st in the league.
Defensive Team Leaders:
- Tackles: LB NaVorro Bowman (#53) 121
- Sacks: LB Aldon Smith (#99) 13.0
- Interceptions: S Dashon Goldson (#38) and CB Carlos Rodgers (#22) 6
- Fumbles: LB Patrick Willis (#52) 4 forced, Bowman 3 recovered
Thing to take note of this week
The 49ers have a lot to play for despite clinching the division a few weeks ago. They have the same record as the New Orleans Saints and are fighting for a bye week in the first round and it is still possible (though highly unlikely) that the 49ers could clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs by the end of the Season.
This is a “must win” game for the Seahawks. If the Seahawks win out and the Lions lose out the Seahawks are in the playoffs, it’s as simple as that. There is one way more complicated way the Seahawks make the playoffs but no matter what the Seahawks must win, lose and their season is done.
Weekly roster moves
- WR Mike Williams was placed on Injured Reserve
- To fill Williams’ roster spot the Seahawks signed CB Phillip Adams.
Keys to a Seahawks victory
- Figure some way to win the battle at the line. The Seahawks must find a way to control the running game on both sides of the ball.
- Tarvaris Jackson needs to do more than just avoid losing the game for the Seahawks. It could come down to a fourth quarter drive where he has an opportunity to win a game.
- Force Alex Smith to make mistakes. He has done a great job of avoiding turn overs this year but he has not faced a defense as ball Hawkin’ as the Seattle Seahawks who are tied for second in the league in that category.
- Win on special teams. The Seahawks were in good shape in the week 1 matchup until Seattle’s coverage unit fell apart and allowed Ted Ginn Jr. to return a punt and kickoff back for touchdowns.
News and weekly injury report
WR Doug Baldwin (Ankle)
LB David Hawthorne (Knee)
G Robert Gallery (Pelvis)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (Pectoral)
Did Not Practice:
LB Blake Costanzo (Not Injury Related)
LB Patrick Willis (Hamstring)
WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Ankle)
WR Braylon Edwards (Knee)
RB Bruce Miller (Knee)
How to catch the game
The Final game of the 2011 NFL season at Century link will be this saturday, Christmas Eve.
Kickoff is 1:15 PM PT Saturday
Watch: 13 or 113 HD (Fox)
Listen: 710 AM (ESPN)
Watch: 2 (Fox)
Listen: 1010 AM