Home is Where the Heart Is
Well damn. Last week did not go as planned.
Here I was, anticipating a run-based, defensive effort from two of the league-leading rushing attacks. Yet both teams decided to showcase their budding stars at the QB position and air it out.
A bitter taste, indeed. But quickly forgotten.
Tennessee comes to town, and this is one team that we can not overlook.
What to watch for.
Lucky Number 17?
So Pete Carroll has me a little confused here. Or maybe it is Darrell Bevell. Whoever is the one deciding to limit Marshawn Lynch‘s carries needs to explain themselves.
Only one time this season has Lynch surpassed 20 carries, which was in the 29-3 beat down of San Fran. Every other game, he has gotten exactly 17 carries.
Why the limitations??
He has never been a strong receiver out of the backfield – he has only 9 receptions on the year – so essentially we are giving our best weapon the ball 18-19 times, as opposed to the 22-25 times he should be getting it.
I can imagine it being difficult to not put the ball in the electrifying Wilson’s hands. He is a toy that Bevell is creating all sorts of plays for. But you gotta realize what wins ball games, and that is efficiency and defense.
We are most efficient running the ball through Lynch. GIVE IT TO HIM.
Polish it Up!
I don’t think I have ever said this before, but I was a little disappointed with the coaching staff last week.
Aside from abandoning the run game, they used all three of their second-half time outs in the opening of the third quarter?
That’s simply not Seahawks football.
Not to mention the mental errors of our players – cough* JR Sweezy cough* – that brought back some huge plays.
These guys play smart, efficient football. That is their game. I don’t foresee this as a common occurrence. But let’s clean it up.
Remember the Titans?
So, the Titans are good. I mean, really good. And we aren’t talking about Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass, Petey Jones, and Julius Campbell led by coach Boone. We’re talking Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nate Washington and Bernard Pollard led by Mike Munchak.
Looking back on their schedule, with a healthy Jake Locker they could easily be 5-0. They lost an overtime game to the Texans, and lost 26-17 last week with backup Fitzpatrick stepping in at QB.
Their defense has stepped up – ranked 9th overall – and has given Munchak the right to be considered for coach of the year.
The one player I haven’t talked about yet is Chris Johnson. Having yet to reach a 100-yard game this season, CJ2k is more like CJ55-60.
His last two games, he has mustered a 21 yard effort as well as a 17 yard effort respectively. That’s 38 yards on his last 25 carries.
I don’t know if it is offensive line, or if he is already over the hill at 28 years young, but the guy is simply not the player he used to be.
Nevertheless, this team has solid, athletic defenders and sneaky-talented receivers that cannot be overlooked.
The Hunger for Unger
Pro Bowl center Max Unger has been out since week 3 due to a triceps strain.
He is expected to be back this week, as well as tight end Zach Miller. With these two back, that patches up two of the four holes we have been suffering through.
I say four, because Miller blocks more often than not, and at a high level.
His absence has been evident in short yardage plays and on the read option looks to the outside – note the 3rd and 2 play in the 4th against Indy.
These two coming back will be HUGE.
Russell has been throwing the ball a lot, and if that is going to continue, he has to stop getting hit. And must have time to let the play develop, rather than using his razzmatazz style of backyard scrambling.
It is entertaining, but I enjoy Russell alive rather than taking blows from NFL linebackers. Keep him in the pocket!
Last Call, Sidney
It is all but established that this will be Sidney Rice‘s last year in Seattle. He is due $8.5 million next season, and does not support the bills with the plays.
In a game where Wilson had 31 attempts, Rice had 1 reception for 8 yards – on 4 targets. The game before – the overtime victory in Houston – Rice had 1 reception for 11 yards – on 5 targets.
He had 5 catches for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jaguars, but he had put up a 13 yard and 35 yard effort in the two games prior.
Oh, and that one acquisition the Hawks had in the off season. Signing Percy Harvin to a $67 million contract.
Once he comes back, there is really no room on the roster for a big, overpaid let down.
Jermaine Kearse is overplaying him. I mean, come on!
I have all of the love in the world for Sidney. I just need to see some production!
Show it to us Sid!!!