Hawks blow out Vikes
The Seahawks became the NFL‘s top team after the Broncos beat the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. As exciting as that is there are a group of 12th men and women who are taking that a bit too far. I have no idea where they got the idea but some people are going around saying that the Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with the win.
As if that weren’t bad enough, some even thought that after the 49ers lost the Seahawks won the division.
I get the excitement, and I understand that the team is close to both of those, however close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.
Let me explain:
The Seahawks have won 10-games and lost 1. They have 5 games remaining after the bye week. Therefore the Seahawks could finish anywhere between 15-1 and 10-6.
Meanwhile the 49ers have won 6-games and lost 4. They have 6 games remaining. Therefore the 49ers could finish anywhere between 12-4 and 6-10.
There are a number of scenarios that would allow the 49ers to win any of the tie-breakers but to keep it simple 12-4 and 11-5 are better than 10-6 which would give the 49ers the division outright.
I’ll grant you that it is a long shot for the 49ers to overtake the Seahawks, but again, close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades and I’m not about to count my chickens before they hatch!
When fans go around claiming to be something they are not it makes the whole fan base look ignorant and like we don’t understand the game. Normally Seattle is known for having an intelligent fan base, we need to try not to tarnish that with our enthusiasm.
Some fans were also trashing Richard Sherman for his performance in the game Sunday, I even heard a rumor that some were saying the team should trade him, though I did not see it first hand. I can only assume that adult beverages were involved.
To be fair, Sherman did have an Un-Sherman-like game on Sunday.
I was talking to a friend after the game who questioned whether Richard’s hip bothered him more than we knew. I think that was a fair assessment of what took place. Of course it’s just speculation, but anytime a player has an off day the week he is hampered by an injury you have to wonder how much of a factor it really played.
If fans want to talk about trading/cutting players they don’t need to look very far. Ricardo Lockette and Kellen Davis both committed third quarter penalties that stalled drives.
Neither infraction would have helped the team even if they hadn’t been called.
Both players made stupid mistakes, not a great idea if you are an end of the roster type player like those two.
On the plus side
Enough with the rant, lets talk about the positives, and there were way too many to list them all here.
Seeing Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini and Percy Harvin on the field Sunday was a wonderful sight. Of course no one enjoyed their returns more than Russell Wilson who had extra time to find open receivers, and a receiver like no other he has thrown to before.
The only sack the Seahawks gave up was when J.R. Sweezy was bull-rushed 6 yards into the pocket which allowed Brian Robinson to come around the edge and get the sack.
It is true that Brian was being blocked by Breno Giacomini, however Breno was doing his job by pushing the player past where the pocket should have been.
Unfortunately for Wilson, he was forced back because Sweezy was practically sitting in his lap.
We finally got a little taste of that “little something special” that is Percy Harvin.
First he made an outstanding catch on third down to extend a drive. That drive resulted in Marshawn Lynch‘s second touchdown run. Then, after Jermaine Kearse left the game with a concussion, Percy (eventually) replaced him as the kick returner with less than a minute left in the first half.
Harvin returned that kick 58-yards which put the Seahawks in position to attack the field on offense, even with such little time remaining.
The result of that drive was a Russell Wilson pass in the back corner of the end-zone that was less than 6-inches above Xavier Rhodes’ outstretched hands yet found a leaping Doug Baldwin who came down with it for a 19-yard touchdown with 10 seconds remaining.
Those were Percy Harvin’s only two touches of the game and they both lead to touchdown drives, I’d say he is making an impact. He played less than 20 snaps, and got his feet wet with some nice run-blocking.
He loves to get involved doesn’t he?
Russell The Magnificent
What can I say about Russell Wilson that hasn’t already been said? On Sunday he had a 72% completion percentage and a nearly perfect 151.4 rating (158.3 is perfect).
Cotton Candy, sweet and low, let me see that BELLY ROLL. Finally a dance that I can replicate, thank you Brandon Mebane! Add in Clinton McDonald‘s fumble recovery and first career interception and you get an outstanding day for fat guys.
Speaking of the big guys, I like Michael Bennett as much as anyone but he jumps offside way too often for my liking. I get that he wants to get a good jump off the snap to aid in his pass-rush, but I’m getting tired of hearing his number called for the wrong reason.
The Vikings possession before McDonald’s interception, Walter Thurmond III had his first career interception and took it to the house. I loved the Ric Flair strut.
All-in-all I’d say it was a very good way to enter the bye week. Not only did they get some very important players in the lineup to knock of rust, they dominated during the game and can now focus on moving forward.
When the team gets back from the week off Coach Carroll has given them the team have to amp it up and get hot down the stretch. Not that they don’t have the best record and longest winning streak in the NFL right now.