I don’t think many of us, if any, expected the game we saw on Sunday. Other than the Seattle Seahawks forcing a fumble, and the subsequent recovery, the Cardinals owned the Seahawks during the first half.
The rough start in the game led to a rough start for the season as the Seahawks fell to the Cardinals 16-20.
For the second straight regular season game, I am heartbroken by the hands of the Cardinals.
Lets dive right in to the Seahawks MMQB.
It’s easy to look at the play calling and blame Darrell Bevell, however, I have to shift it to Pete Carroll. Carroll chose to start a rookie 3rd round draft pick, on the road game, in a hostel environment, against a team that gets after opposing quarterbacks.
Pete gave Darrell no choice but to formulate a game plan that would help shelter Russell Wilson from his inexperience.
I would say Bevell’s biggest mistake was keeping Russell Wilson in the pocket near the goal line. I feel like the Cardinals defense had been set up perfectly, during the course of the game, for a roll out to open up a receiver.
Russell Wilson had a very successful game in my opinion. If you look at his numbers, 18/34, 53% completion rate, 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, they are very similar to that of Tarvaris Jackson‘s two games against the Cardinals last season.
Wilson is a “student of the game,” meaning he will learn a lot from the mistakes he made on Sunday.
I am telling you now, the next time Russell faces the Cardinals he will have a better game.
Sidney Rice showed just how special he can be when he is healthy. Rice made a few outstanding receptions, including a nice grab on Seattle’s only touchdown.
Down the stretch, the usually sure handed, Doug Baldwin dropped 2 passes, including one that would have given the Seahawks the lead with less than a minute to go in the game.
Doug left the game after the drop, later tweeting “I’ll get some new teeth and will be back smiling soon”. Braylon Edwards also dropped a would-be touchdown on the Seahawks final drive.
The Seahawks offensive line struggled against the Cardinals pass rush.
Watching the game I noticed there were a lot of empty seats at the University of Phoenix Stadium, nevertheless the stadium sounded fairly loud from what I could tell watching it on TV.
As a 12th man, I know that volume can impact the effectiveness of an offensive line.
I would expect the crowd noise and situation to effect a player like JR Sweezy the most, unfortunately it was the veteran, Russell Okung, who struggled tremendously.
To top it off, Okung left the game in the 4th quarter with a knee injury.
This season the Seahawks, and the 12th man, are expecting big things from the Seattle defense. I have even gone as far as saying they have the potential to be “special”.
Though they had a decent game in Arizona, the Seahawks defense did not play up to an elite level.
As of now, I would rank them either as the 3rd or 4th best defense, in the NFC West division. The lack of ability to create a sustainable pass rush against a team with 2 backup tackles is a major concern.
Early in the game Steven Hauschka attempted a 50-yard field goal that was blocked. After that the Seahawks special teams was solid. Steven’s final three attempts were all good. The unit got some penalties during the course of the game, and those need to be cleaned up.
Regardless of the penalties, it was the special teams unit that kept the Seahawks in the game.
Leon Washington had a big kick return, 83 yards, that led to the Seahawks only touchdown. Later he had a big punt return, 52 yards, that led to a field goal.
You could see Leon was upset that he was unable to get into the end zone on that play. If he had, the Seahawks would have been in position for Steven Hauschka to kick a game winning field goal at the end.
You could hear disappointment in Pete Carroll’s voice during the post game press conference.
He know’s one slipped away.
The players are no different. What everyone in the building must do now, put this behind them and focus on the Cowboys. Dallas watched the same game we did, DeMarcus Ware has got to be liking his chops.
As fans, we must be patient. Part of starting a rookie quarterback, as well as other young players, are the learning curves.
Let’s support our Seahawks and hope for a better outcome next week.