Seattle Seahawks Offense Awakens—Drops 39 On Steelers

Defense, Pass Rush Now The Issue

In a rematch of Super Bowl XL, many, including me, expected a defensive, low scoring battle.  That’s not really what we got.  Instead, the Seattle Seahawks offense woke up, threw the ball, ran the ball and made the game into a good ole fashioned shootout.

You heard me—The Seahawks offense was involved in a legitimate, barn burning shootout.

When is the last time we could say something like that?  It seems like forever.  Here are my takeaways from a spectacular  39-30 Seahawks win.

What I Liked

Give Ahtyba "Freight Train" Rubin some credit for that interception.

Give Ahtyba “Freight Train” Rubin some credit for that interception.

The first half for the offense was something pretty remarkable.  The Seahawks controlled time of possession and were able to do so throwing the ball and passing the ball.  Thomas Rawls was able to run the ball effectively amassing better than 50 yards in the first half.  He finished with 81 yards on the day.

The Seahawks receivers stepped up and made some nice catches.  Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett and even Jermaine Kearse all came up with some really good grabs in key situations.  On the Seahawks touchdown drive in the second quarter they converted on third and 10 or more on four separate throws.

There was a three play sequence in the third quarter where everything was working for the Seahawks.  Ahtyba Rubin made a highly improbable interception of Ben Roethlisberger.  Graham followed with an amazing, juggling catch near the goal line.  Rawls finished off the drive, punching it in for the touchdown.

The Seahawks D was able to come up with some other interceptions too, including the first one by Richard Sherman or any starting Seahawks corner all year.  The turnover set up the Seahawks for a touchdown which gave them a fourth quarter lead.

Russell Wilson had another much improved performance over his early 2015 games.  He wound up throwing for five touchdowns, tying a Seahawks club record.  He also broke his personal high throwing for 345 yards including an 80 yard clincher to Doug BaldwinFive TDs makes for a nice birthday present for Wilson.

What I Didn’t Like

The Seahawks secondary got scorched, over and over again.  Rarely did the Seahawks find a pass rush and the result was big pass plays by Ben Roethlisberger and not exclusively to tight ends either.

The Seahawks gave up nearly 200 yards of passing in just the first half and in the second half things only got worse for the Seattle secondary.   Before leaving with two minutes to play with an injury, Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards against the LOB.  The lack of a consistent pass rush allowed the veteran Roethlisberger to sit in the pocket for hours and pick the Legion of Boom to pieces.

Lane returned and had a brilliant interception but otherwise played poorly. (Photo:

Lane returned and had a brilliant interception but otherwise played poorly. (Photo:

The performance by the secondary outside of Sherman, who did have a good game, has to be concerning.  The Seahawks have no answer at right corner.  Jeremy Lane was awful.  Cary Williams has been awful.  DeShawn Shead had a few nice plays on deep throws but got beat more often than not.

I will gave Lane credit for a great play on the Pittsburgh fake field goal just before half time.  Lane read the fake, jumped the route and should have had a pick six but got tackled by the turf monster.  The Seahawks bailed him out of his stumble and got the TD anyway.

Despite one good, tough catch and a couple of touchdowns, I still am over Jermaine Kearse.  He dropped a couple of passes and fumbled.  Fortunately the Seahawks got the fumble back on a replay review.  If Chris Matthews was deemed to be “not getting it” then Kearse is “not getting it” as well.

Seeing the prize of the offseason, Graham, carted off the field with an air cast on his right knee was certainly a low point in this one.  Graham got his foot caught under him trying to come up with a ball in the end zone. 

It’s the kind of injury that when you see it happen live, you just know it’s bad.  The early word is that it’s not as bad as it could be.  Reportedly, Graham injured his patellar tendon, not his ACL.  It’s still season ending surgery for Graham but at least he won’t miss a year or more with an ACL.

Looking Ahead

A road trip to Minnesota is next up for the Seahawks.  The Vikings are having a very good season with an 8-3 record on the year so this won’t be an easy trip for the Hawks.

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