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Seahawks Stun Cards To Wrap Up The Regular Season

Seahawks Records Fall As Seattle Heads To Playoffs

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you.  I did not see this kind of performance coming from the Seattle Seahawks as they trounced the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale Sunday, 36-6.  The energizing win certainly gives the Seahawks all the momentum as they head to the NFL playoffs.

The improbability of this kind of statement win is still almost unbelievable.

The Seahawks had two backups starting on their offensive line, and a fifth string running back who has played for three different teams in 2015, starting this game.  Somehow, they made all of that, and more, work amazingly well.

Here are my takeaways from the Seahawks win in Arizona.

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Game Manager debate over. Let the HOF fame debate begin. Wilson was masterful. (Photo: Columbian.com)

The Wilson Records

Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, did what most thought he was incapable of.  Wilson has repeatedly and recently been thought of as a guy who was not capable of putting the whole team on his shoulders like a Peyton Manning or a Tom Brady.  The excuses for this depiction of Wilson have been numerous.

He’s too short.  He’s got a great running game to lean on.  He’s got a great defense behind him. 

Short or not, Wilson just amassed 4000+ yards in a single season this year.  That’s something no other Seattle QB has done, ever.  Also on the “never been done” by a Seattle QB list is Wilson’s 34 touchdowns passes.

Oh, and the last couple of touchdowns were caught by Will Tukuafu and Chase Coffman.  Who had these guys on their fantasy team this week?  Anyone?  Bueller?

Throw me ball. I catch it very much. Photo AP

Throw me ball. I catch it very much. Photo AP

As if that wasn’t enough, Russell Wilson just became the first player in NFL history with 4000+ pass yards, 30+ pass TDs, and 500+ rush yards in a single season.

Face it folks, Russell Wilson is the real deal.  He’s on his way to the playoffs for the fourth time in his career and quite possibly, the Super Bowl for the third time in his career.  10 years from now we’ll have to debate whether or not he’s better than Peyton Manning.

The Run Game

The biggest surprise to me of all on Sunday was Seattle’s ability to move the ball on the ground.  Christine Michael rebounded from an awful performance last week to rush for 102 yards on 17 carries.  In total, the Seahawks recorded 145 yards against the Cardinals on the ground and they did it with some key guys out up front.

Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy both had to miss the game, Okung with a calf and Sweezy with a concussion.  Mark Glowinsky and Alvin Bailey both performed well filling in at guard and tackle respectively.  Without them stepping up, it could have been a much tougher day for the Hawks on the ground.

Tyler Lockett

Just when I thought NFL teams had figured out that you don’t want to give Tyler Lockett chances to return punts, the Cardinals did it four times—and Lockett made them pay for it.  Lockett returned four punts for a total of 139 yards.  He was just shoestrings away from a couple of touchdowns.

Is there anything this kid can't do?

Is there anything this kid can’t do?

Lockett also put together a solid day catching balls from Wilson.  He finished with two catches for 36 yards.  If not for a rare Wilson overthrow, Lockett might have had a 3rd catch for a TD too.

Defense

Richard Sherman and the LOB had a few stumbles in this one but the reality is that overall, they shutdown a potent Cardinals offense, on their own field.  The Cardinals finished with just over 200 yards passing, and no touchdowns to go along with three picks.

The Cardinals didn’t fare any better on the ground either.  Combined the Cardinals rushers came up with just 27 yards on the ground. 

By allowing just six points to the Cardinals, the Seahawks also finished as the defense with the least number of points allowed on the season for the fourth consecutive season.  That’s something that has never been done by any team in the modern era.

Looking Ahead

It’s finally time for the playoffs.  The Seahawks are in somewhat unfamiliar territory since it’s likely they’ll play every playoff game they get on the road instead of enjoying home field advantage.

The Seahawks will head to Minnesota to face the Vikings in the NFC Wild Card game.

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