Some Things to Love and Hate
If you found yourself perplexed by the Seattle Seahawks‘ narrow 27-24 OT victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you weren’t alone.
Favored by double-digits in the most hostile environment for a road team to try and win — let alone the now 0-8 Buccaneers — the Seahawks didn’t show up in the first half while Tampa Bay established an early 21-0 lead behind rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and running back Mike James.
Mouths agape all across the NFL at seeing the score at 21-7 in favor of the Bucs at half, Seattle fortunately found their momentum towards the end of the third quarter and eventually found their way back into the game, with Russell Wilson hooking up with Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard touchdown with just 1:51 left to play in regulation.
To say that Sunday was another lackluster performance would probably be right on cue.
But as the old adage goes, a win is a win and the Seahawks will take it. They’re 8-1 and currently still look like the best team in the NFC.
Here are some things to love and hate from Sunday’s contest.
Wilson Bounces Back
After accumulating just 28 yards through the air in the first half of play, Russell Wilson finally found his groove, saw his receivers in open space, and capitalized on the Buccaneers loading the box. In the second half of the game the second year stud quarterback threw for 189 yards and a touchdown while helping lead the Seahawks back into the game.
Though he did throw an interception that looked to be crucial at the time, he would eventually bounce back from that as well and lead the Seahawks on a game-tying drive at the end of regulation.
All great quarterbacks have to overcome adversity from time-to-time and Russell Wilson did just that against the Buccaneers, once again flashing his poise and confidence in those around him.
Lynch Goes Beast Mode
Marshawn Lynch looked like the player we all know he is once again on Sunday, especially in the second half and in overtime.
Having been held to under 100 yards rushing in each of his previous three outings while rushing for just 23 yards against the St. Louis Rams, Lynch was dealt the ball 21 times and smashed his way towards 125 yards that greatly aided in Seattle coming back in the game.
Though he undoubtedly would have loved a touchdown for his performance, Lynch looked to be back in top shape on Sunday and once again established a rhythm that should carry into later contests.
Where was the fire?
Before every Seahawks game, no matter what opponent they are facing, I am always pumped up. Like many of you I love football and I love my Seahawks.
However, after the game started on Sunday, I found myself wondering exactly where the Seattle team I had come to know this year was.
Watching that brutal first half of play was as close to an out of body experience as I have had in recent memory.
I didn’t know what team I was watching and what they did with my Seahawks, but I didn’t like it. Seattle has been a second half team as of late, but they need to find the fire earlier if they want to really contend in the playoffs.
A Close Win
I know that I said ‘a win is a win’ earlier in this article but still, the Seahawks need to look more impressive if they are going to be a true title contender. Their past few efforts (save for against Arizona) have looked a little mediocre and some could even argue their wins are no more impressive than that of Kansas City’s, a team that is undefeated yet many have doubts about their legitimacy.
Now I’m all for the Seahawks being 8-1 and I do recognize that they are off to the best start in franchise history, but I really want this team to convince me on the field that they are the best ever.
With that said, I also recognize there are plenty of starters out, especially on offense. While the defense is getting healthy and still looking like a ferocious beast, the offense has been unimpressive at times, something that is largely a consequence of injuries.
Expect Seattle to be just find, however, when all the pieces are in place.