10-1 but there’s still work to do
Another decisive victory on Sunday afternoon pushed the Seattle Seahawks‘ record to a staggering 10-1 headed into their week of rest.
Next up after the bye is a Monday Night Football showdown with the New Orleans Saints. It will be a battle that likely determines who gets home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC.
Despite the Emerald City floating on air in the sunset of another impressive win, the Seahawks still have things they must improve upon if they are going to end this season of broken franchise records with the most important record broken of all — the first Seahawks Lombardi Trophy.
Penalties, Penalties, Penalties
This is probably the area where the Seahawks can improve the most. Through 11 games, the Hawks have a staggering 87 yellow hankies on the year. That’s the worst in the NFL, and it’s flat out too many flags.
I can live with the occasional pass interference call, especially given the style of play the defense deploys; but too many of these penalties are stupid, bone-head moves.
Golden Tate waving bye-bye as he scores a TD and nearly goes out of bounds for his trouble is a great example. The officials have made it very clear to the league that this sort of nonsense is going to draw the flag.
I’m not endorsing myself as a fan of the new, safer NFL, but late hits, high hits, low hits — these guys have to know by now that this stuff is going to cost you when you do it. NFL officials have been very consistent in enforcing the new safety rules.
Pete Carroll is going to have to find a way to get these guys to listen on this topic because you can’t outplay being the highest penalized team in the league forever. Eventually, one of those yellow rags is going to cost them a game if they don’t figure it out.
Beast-Mode vs. Air-Wilson
Russell Wilson is not any different than any other QB in the league when it comes to play selection. If everything else was set aside, I’m sure he would be glad to sit back there and sling it on every down.
Last week, the Seahawks regressed away from their run game just a bit again. Marshawn Lynch only had 54 yards rushing on 17 carries. Yes, I know he had two touchdowns on the ground and added a third with a catch, but the Seattle offense is best when it stays balanced.
Seattle needs to feed the Beast at least 20-25 times per game. Time and time again when the Beast get’s fed, he delivers.
If you call an “explosive play” any rush 10 yards or more — or any pass 25 yards or more — then the Seattle Seahawks are the NFL leaders in explosive plays with 85.
The Hawks have done a good job the past three weeks in particular on this statistics; albeit against the likes of weak defenses such as Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Minnesota. Seattle must find a way to keep the big plays rolling against the teams ahead — teams that have much better players on defense such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
Perhaps the newly healthy and highly explosive Percy Harvin will maintain that number against the stiffer D’s of the league.
Hold on tight 12′ers. It’s going to be one heck of a stretch run. Don’t miss a minute of it.