Seahawks playoff bound
It was the biggest stage of the NFL regular season. Monday Night Football. 12th Man roaring. The two best teams in the NFL were set to give us one amazing show during prime time and for Seahawks fans, there was certainly no disappointment.
The Seattle Seahawks came out from the first play confident, charged and downright dominate in a 34-7 crushing of the New Orleans Saints.
Obviously there are lots of positive to take away from a decisive, big-time win like this but here are the ones I find to be the loudest and easiest to hear over all the crowd noise.
Home Field Advantage
A lot of people were saying this week that they didn’t think home field advantage was as big of deal as it used to be. I think that might be true in a lot of NFL venues but time after time the 12th Man proves that Century Link Field is a house of horrors for visiting football teams.
The crowd was absolutely indescribably loud in this game. They forced countless errors, miscommunications, time outs, and penalties upon the Saints. Drew Brees looked noticeably rattled for the rest of the game after his fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Nobody and I mean NOBODY is going to want to have to play a playoff game at the C’Link and it’s looking more and more like the road to the Super Bowl will go through Seattle.
The Seahawks have officially clinched a playoff berth. Even losses in every remaining game would not matter. They are in, one way or another. Additionally, if the Seahawks can go just 2-2 over the remaining 4 games they will clinch the #1 Seed and all their playoff games will be played at home.
In case you are wondering, the Seahawks are scheduled to travel to San Francisco next week and New York the following week. Those two games get followed by two final home games against Arizona and St. Louis.
MVP MVP MVP!
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) December 3, 2013
Russell Wilson MVP
“My separation is my preparation.” Russell Wilson said this after the game and it’s showing up more and more each week. How good has this guy become?
It’s getting staggering to think about.
Wilson played one of the most complete games of his young career against New Orleans. He threw for more than 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions or fumbles and just torched the Saints with his legs on countless occasions when they gave him the opportunity.
I reach back in my mind and I cannot remember a single error by Wilson in this game. If this performance does not propel Wilson into the MVP conversation, I don’t know what does. Not too shabby for a 3rd round pick in his 2nd year.
Injuries? No Problem
There was tons of talk leading into this game about Drew Brees and his wild bunch of wide outs and tight ends slicing and dicing the Seahawk’s secondary that is missing it’s #2 and #3 cornerbacks and it just did not happen.
Byron Maxwell stepped up and just slammed the door in Drew Brees’s face. He knocked away multiple passes for big gains, had blanket coverage without drawing the flag, and just looked just like a guy who had been playing for 3 years back there.
Maxwell’s play echoed the entire defense’s play.
The Seahawks defense contested every play Sean Payton and Drew Brees through at them.
There was always hand in a face, hit, sack, or something on every single play.
In the end the Seahawks only allowed 7 points to the high powered Saints offense and it wasn’t even that close.
Had the Seahawks been able to avoid a costly offsides penalty by Cliff Avril and a totally unnecessary hit away from the ball by Richard Sherman during the Saints lone scoring drive the Seahawks would have pitched a shutout against one of the best offenses in the NFL.
A healthy Percy Harvin makes this offense, especially at home, impossible to deal with.
The sky is now the limit for this Seahawks team.
They are getting better and better as the season winds down. I don’t think there is a team in the NFL that can beat this team, especially in Seattle.
They just need to stay focused, not let up, and they’ll bring that trophy home.