They Are Who We Thought They Were
Haha! Oh Dennis Green, how your Monday Night Football rant still brings a smile to my face.
The Seattle Seahawks hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink field last Sunday. Or it might have been the Fife High School Trojans that came to Seattle. Hard to decipher the two, but the end result would likely be the same. A route by Seattle.
Seattle is a favorite for the league’s best team, and Jacksonville is the unfortunate favorite for the bottom of the barrel. This was basically an extra practice — and fantasy stat stuffer — for the boys in blue. But still, in a 16-game season, every win is huge. So let’s break down who stood out on Sunday.
This season has been incredibly encouraging for many aspects of the Hawks’ roster. The defense looks somehow even better than last year, and the running game had an effective week two against the so-called-stout San Francisco defense. But one thing was still up in the air, and that was the play of Russell Wilson.
After two weeks he was a combined 33-of-52 for 462 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception and an 89.8 QB rating. The numbers are lopsided when you consider his solid week one stat line as opposed to his week two struggle.
But in both weeks, he seemed indecisive behind an inconsistent line and had several inaccurate passes. Stuff you would expect from a second-year player, but it is a little different in Russell’s case.
Because of his tremendous rookie success, his ability/attitude and the stakes that this team faces, Seattle fans have began to worship the ground Wilson walks on – and expect perfection on every down.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t fall into these expectations myself. This is why his week three showing calmed the nerves.
In just three quarters, Russell was 14-of-21 for 202 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception on a tipped ball. Fantasy me.
With a surprisingly effective run defense putting a stop to Marshawn Lynch, Wilson was given the reigns to take it to the air, and he responded with several great plays down field to put the game away early. But he wasn’t the only effective QB.
After the game was clearly in favor of Seattle in the third quarter, Pete Carroll called off the dogs and inserted Tarvaris Jackson and Christine Michael for Russell and Lynch. And they continued the offensive onslaught.
T-Jack went 7-of-8 for 129 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 5-yard TD run on the ground. Just good enough for a perfect 158.3 QB rating. And the 11th fantasy quarterback of the week (ahead of the likes of Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, etc.). No biggie.
Now yes, this game went as expected. And the team still can improve in several areas — gave up 265 yards to Chad Henne and co., struggled in the run game and allowed too much penetration on the offensive line.
But these two quarterbacks both executed the game plan to perfection and gave confidence to a young and dominant squad.
And the 49ers lost! Haha!