Seahawks beat Packers 17-10
I hate to start out of piece by harping on the officiating crew but these guys need to let the players play a little bit. I thought the crew last week was bad until I saw this one.
Players can adjust when officials are calling a tight or a loose game. What they can adjust to is when the flags are inconsistent.
At times they would call the most minor infraction then follow up the next play by allowing an offensive lineman to tackle a pass rusher.
Then came the plays where they were just making calls up. The calls were messed up both ways but when you look at Seattle’s 14 penalties for 182 yards versus the Packers 8 penalties for 69 yards it is not far fetched to think the Seahawks got the short end of the stick.
It was pathetic at best.
On the bright side it is going to be difficult for the Packers and their fan base to blame this loss on the referees.
The offensive line had a very tough day as far as pass protection is concerned. There is no way offensive line coach Tom Cable is happy on the flight home. If I was an offensive lineman on the team I would have “accidentally” missed the team plane and walked back to Seattle.
Only a few days after the Seahawks traded John Moffitt to the Denver Broncos JR Sweezy decided to have his worst game since week 1 last year against the Cardinals. JR isn’t the only one who would rather forget their performance.
Lemuel Jeanpierre had his second rough game of the preseason.
The player the Seahawks got in exchange for Moffitt, Sealver Siliga had a heck of a game. He spent an a lot of time in the backfield from the defensive tackle spot.
That is one of the only things that this team really struggled with last season. I was impressed with his size, you hear the measurement but he is a mountain of a man.
Protect The Ball
Pete Carroll preaches about taking care of the football. Friday night Russell Wilson was unable to do that.
His first interception was really a good play by a defensive lineman to get his hands up and tip the ball at the line.
The second one was all his fault. Wilson had his mind made up. He had predetermined where he was going with the football and threw into double coverage. It wasn’t a situation where he missed a small window, it was a situation where he didn’t have any window to throw to.
No matter where he threw that ball his receiver couldn’t have caught it.
On a positive note the Seahawks gashed the Packers run defense for 166 yards. The 6.1 yards per rush was nearly 2 yards per carry more than the Seahawks had gained in either of their previous two preseason games this year.
Once again rookie Christine Michael put on a show. I was surprised to see John Schneider and Pete Carroll draft Christine in the second round of the draft.
Now the pick seems so obvious.
It doesn’t matter how deep a team is at a position when they have no glaring holes that they are forced to fill they can select the best player available. I would say Michael is doing everything he can to validate the choice.
Yet Another TD
Stephen Williams continues to show that he is a wide receiver who has the ability to take the top off a defense.
It has been a long time since the Seahawks had a player with his deep play ability.
I’m not happy that the Seahawks gave up 4 1st downs on penalties during the game. One was for sure a bad call while at least one more was a questionable call at best. Taking that into consideration calms me down a bit.
The Seahawks defense continued to be very stingy in the red zone allowing only one score in three Green Bay attempts. Run D was great too. Packers rookie Eddie Lacy carried eight times for minus-5 yards after gaining 40 yards on eight carries last week. DuJuan Harrris only rushed for 2 yards on three carries.
Too bad the Seahawks offense couldn’t turn either of their two trips into touchdowns.
On Offense starter Russell Wilson completed 11 of 17 passes for 126 yards but was intercepted twice. Christine Michael rushed for 97 yards on 11 carries, including a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, to lead Seattle (3-0).
It wasn’t a pretty win but a win is a win. The last time the Seahawks lost a preseason game Mike Williams was the teams leading receiver. As a matter of fact, Tuesday will mark the 2 year anniversary of that game.
Pete Carroll is now 11-5 during the preseason as the head coach of the Seahawks. One more game to go before they start to count.