Week 3 Recap
We can now all breathe a sigh of relief. The Seahawks are now in the win column after knocking off the Arizona Cardinals 13-10. The Cardinals came out swinging, literally, but the Seahawks defense held the Cardinals in check and saw their offense come alive.
The swinging reference comes from a play in the first half where Seahawks safety Earl Thomas made an acrobatic interception. As he was returning the ball, safety Kam Chancellor threw a devastating block on Arizona TE Todd Heap that left him dazed and confused, as trainers came onto the field to take a look at him and the Cardinals players ran onto the field angry.
The hit was perfectly legal, and impressive, although it was for naught as the play was cancelled out by a questionable penalty.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice made his regular season debut for the Seahawks in style, making 8 catches for 109 yards, tying him for the team lead in catches and second place in receiving yardage. Yes, that IS how bad the offense has been this season.
Wide receiver Mike Williams had no grabs, but if Rice continues to stay healthy and successful, coverage may shift his way, leaving Big Mike open for more opportunities.
The offensive line did a much better job and are showing lots of improvement. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had plenty of time to step up in the pocket and pick his receivers. Running back Marshawn Lynch was able to gain 79 yards on the ground, a positive sign from the offensive line who has not been able to protect their QB or
open holes for their running backs to get through.
Jackson showed his versatility when he dropped back to pass, found all his receivers being covered, and scrambled for a touchdown, juking defenders and putting his head down and plowing his way just over the goal line.
The defensive line played well besides a few penalties, with Chris Clemons putting constant pressure on Arizona QB Kevin Kolb. The defensive secondary played clutch again as well. With the exception of Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald getting two big catches, one for an improbable touchdown, the defense played exceptional. Does anybody else think Fitzgerald has magnets in his hands?
Cornerback Marcus Trufant read Kolb’s eyes while in coverage and made an impressive interception just before half time. Linebacker Leroy Hill made several clutch tackles including one at the end of the game almost as impressive as Chancellor’s on Heap.
And Chancellor came up big again, making the game saving interception as Arizona was driving at the end of the game.
The win wasn’t the prettiest, but we’ll take it. Esepcially against a divisional foe. Things are slowly progressing and these young Seahawks may just shock a few people expecting the worst.
The 1-2 Seahawks play at home again next Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons coming to town.