Still Scratching My Head…
I wasn’t too happy last Monday morning, but this week is an entirely different feeling. I have a ton of question marks about our Seattle Seahawks while I scratch my head.
What happened yesterday? What was that? Are we really a team that has beat down the Giants and Ravens in the same year?
Yet we lose badly to the 49ers, Cowgirls, and Bungles?
Are we really 6 or 7 or 8 or whatever amount of games it is back of the 49ers in the NFC West? Yes, that same 49ers team that could have a first round playoff bye?
Are we really a team that is winning with great running behind improved offensive line play, and a never die attitude by BeastMode Marshawn Lynch, yet we’re committing over 10+ penalties a game? (Stuff that would make Mike Holmgren commit murder)
Did Hauschka just kick 5 FG’s yesterday in windy conditions at the Clink to tie a franchise record?
Did our D seriously hold Ray Rice to 27 rushing yards? Did a Tarvaris Jackson run offense run 6 minutes off the clock in the 4th quarter yesterday against the vaunted Ravens D?
Is Touchdown Jesus, I mean Charlie Whitehurst still holding a clipboard? I’m just making sure. Wow. Impressive.
Give your head a shake!
We’re still 3-6 folks, but I am seeing signs of this teams heartbeat, and I love the defense (except the pass rush), the secondary, the attitude, and the grit. (For the record I don’t miss Kelly Jennings or Marcus Trufant)
The Seahawks snapped their 3-game losing streak with a rather shocking win against a Baltimore Ravens’ team that was in first place in the AFC North and was coming off a HUGE win at Pittsburgh.
At 3-6 the playoffs are, pretty much, a pipe dream, but Sunday’s win was the Seahawks 2nd win of the season against a solid team.
Here are my 5 reasons the Seahawks beat the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
1. My Captain Obvious Point! Marshawn Lynch had a great game
Marshawn Lynch had his 2nd 100+ yard rushing game in a row in the Baltimore win with 109 rushing yards and he also had 58 yards on 5 catches averaging a solid 11.6 yards per catch.
He scored the only TD for the Seahawks in the game on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Perhaps his biggest play of the day came in the 4th quarter when he caught a pass and avoided Ravens’ defenders of Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson making a HUGE first down that iced the game.
(That was an ankle breaker if ever there was one, and to do that to Ray Lewis was impressive)
Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson said about the play, “He made like he was out there in the backyard playing against some of his cousins or something. It was a great move.”
2. Kicker Steven Hauschka had a career day
Seattle K Steven Hauschka matched a Seahawks record connecting on 5 field goals. He helped out the offense, big time, as the Seahawks really struggled in the red zone.
None of his field goals came from beyond 40 yards.
3. Seattle played bend a little but don’t break defense
The Seahawks stepped it up on D, especially against the run.
In the game the Seahawks gave up 248 passing yards and only gave up 75 rushing yards.
Seattle held Ravens’ RB Ray Rice to only 27 rushing yards in the game.
The secondary and the linebakers were inspired.
Nice tip by K.J. Wright on the David Hawthorne interception too!
I tweeted at the time, “no way Aaron Curry makes that play!”
4. A little bit of luck
Seattle won the game with their solid play, but they were a bit lucky. Baltimore’s David Reed fumbled 2 times on kickoff returns and Ravens’ K Billy Cundiff missed 2 field goals in the first half.
5. Seattle controlled the ball
With Lynch having such a good game running the ball and with Flacco setting a career high in pass attempts the Seahawks won the time of possession battle 35:01 to 24:59.
Injuries Note: Check back with NWSB later today for the Post Pete Carroll presser notes. We’ve got a ton of guys that will be on the injured list this week. Moffit, Chancellor, Baldwin, Rice, and more could appear on the injury report.
Next Up: Next week the Seattle Seahawks travel to the nation’s heartland to take on the St. Louis Rams, who beat the Browns 13-12 on Sunday. It’s gonna be a fun ride, and for the record I still don’t think we’ll be high enough up in April to get Matt Barkley, but I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing either, go figure, I’m still scratching my head!