What went wrong? Week 1 Seahawks vs. Cardinals

No Game Balls Today!

Seven, count ’em seven plays inside the red zone in the final minute for the Seahawks.  That is what went wrong. Correction; that is what went wrong in a nutshell.

My unfortunate job is to crack open that nutshell, and breakdown the hurt and disappointment inside. 

Why not get started!

Offensive Woes

The entire offense really struggled to get going during the first half, and rookie Russell Wilson finished the two quarters with six completions for 59 yards and an interception.

He pulled it together in the second half, completing twelve more passes and finished 18/34 for 153 yards.  He also threw his first career touchdown, a ten yard toss to Sidney Rice.

Russell Okung vs. Cardinals

There’s not enough shrinkwrap in Washington to take care of this guy on gameday. Yet another injury.

Wilson was sacked three times and hit countless more.

Which brings me to the negative side of the offense today, the offensive line.

Anytime your anchor and best part has three false starts and gets away with at least two more, it’s a bad day.  That’s just what happened today for Russell Okung.

Despite Sam Acho barely showing up on the stat sheet, he gave Okung headaches today.  Oh, and to rub salt in the offensive line wounds, he left with an apparent knee injury late in the game.

None of Max Unger, Paul McQuistan nor JR Sweezy stood out to me today as particularly bad, but the penetration that the Cardinal defense was getting on the interior of the line was too much.

Breno Giacomini was quite honestly one of the better offensive lineman today, as well as all of last year.  He just needs to get down on the personal fouls.

He got penalized again today for it.

15 yards are valuable, Breno!

Defensive Lack of Pressure

While we are on the penalty trend, I’m going to take a moment to point out that this offseason, cutting down on penalties from Richard Sherman and Brandon Brownerwas a huge project for the coaching staff.  It still is a huge project.

Be patient, and at the end of the day, it is worth a few penalties to have two of the best corners in the game across from each other on your team.

Well, Danny, that is called a sack.

Leon Washington

2 words. Leon. Special.

But as a man that covers the Seattle Seahawks, it’s easy to see how you forgot.  Up until late in the third quarter, the Seattle pass rush was nonexistent again.

When it got going though, it was Chris Clemons creating the havoc once again.

Jason Jones did Jason Jones things, including making the interior offensive line of Arizona hate him.

Bruce Irvin’s speed is going to be the perfect complement to the trio of pass rushers Seattle has collected.

Special Teams

Well, I can’t complain really.  2 words. Leon. Special.

The longest return Patrick Peterson had was 22 yards.

The punt team did an excellent job of getting down field; Jon Ryan got all his punts off cleanly.

The only (literal) miss of the day for the Seahawks Special Teams was when Steven Hauschka missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive.  But that kick was tipped at the line by Calais Campbell.

Thank you Special Teams for being a bright spot, I suppose.

The Seahawks return to Seattle for the home opener next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.


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  • Burns

    Really dude, Russel Wilson is a rookie you don’t think he did good enough for his first game

    • The entire offense really struggled to get going during the first half, and rookie Russell Wilson finished the two quarters with six completions for 59 yards and an interception.
      -That’s the only time I mentioned Russ, and his poor numbers were more a result of the constant pressure than performance. Only negative i have to say about Wilson was he needs to lower his passes, too many times the receivers left themselves exposed by going up for a high Wilson throw.

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