Can a loss be considered a win?
That is the question you ask yourself after watching the now 1-3 Seahawks fall just short in their 30-28 loss against the Falcons last weekend. From listening to post game comments from coaches and players, you get mixed reviews. Safety Earl Thomas said there are no moral victories. Pete Carroll says otherwise.
So which is it?
Well I, for one, think that this week’s loss is the Seahawks biggest victory this season. They realized their potential, fixed their mistakes and came out gunning in a comeback attempt that went literally just wide left.
After being down 27-7 early in the third quarter, Seattle stormed back with 3 second half touchdowns and leaving it to a 61 yard field goal attempt on 4th down and 8 with 13 seconds left.
The offensive line was spectacular this week.
Through the first 3 weeks of the season, the offensive line allowed 14 sacks on QB Tarvaris Jackson. This week? Zero.
They still were unable to help the run game get going, though, with RB Marshawn Lynch leading the team with a dismal 24 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown with most of that coming in the second half.
Undrafted rookie WR Doug Baldwin led the team with 5 receptions for 84 yards. Jackson’s favorite target, WR Sidney Rice, had 3 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams, who was overlooked last week, had 3 grabs for 36 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a head injury. WR Ben Obomanu grabbed Jackson’s third touchdown pass in a 3 catch, 25 yard effort.
The defense was definitely outmatched in the first half, although they found their rhythm in the second half. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan had 291 yards passing on the Seattle defense, but only managed 1 passing touchdown. That touchdown went to TE Tony Gonzales, who had 7 catches for 56 yards.
Ryan’s favorite target of the day is one Seattle could not seem to contain, rookie WR Julio Jones. Jones had 11 catches for 127 yards. WR Roddy White had 6 catches for 78 yards for the Falcons as well. This is where the loss of S Kam Chancellor comes into play. Between him and S Earl Thomas, they were able to contain all of the big play WR’s they’ve faced this season.
Cornerback Brandon Browner led the Seahawks this week with 8 tackles, 1 of those going for a loss. CB Marcus Trufant shot himself to the team lead in tackles with 7 this week and 2 assists, while ball-hawk Earl Thomas had 5 tackles and 4 assists and 2 of those tackles for losses.
Despite Atlanta smoking Seattle in the Time of Possession battle (Atl – 40:10, Sea – 19:50), the Seahawks were able to keep the Falcons off-guard by going no-huddle for most of the second half.
That seemed to work for Jackson who had a career day, going 25/38 for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns paired with 2 interceptions. Jackson looked much more comfortable this week and said after the game, he felt fresh like he had just arrived to play.
That is all good news for the Seahawks and their fans alike as it seems the team is finally coming together and playing as a single unit. The offensive line finally played like they should and despite a shaky start, the defense only allowed 3 points for the Falcons in the second half while their offense roared back to make it a game.
Now if the Seahawks could only capitalize in the first half instead of relying on second half production, they will become a threat to many teams.
Next week, Seattle marches into New York to take on Eli Manning and the Giants at 10am.