Some things to love and hate
Ah, the Thursday night game. A game thrown into the middle of the week to appease NFL fans of their lack of professional football for three days, last night’s game featured a stout Seattle Seahawks team that traveled on the road for the third time in four weeks to take on the Arizona Cardinals.
Though, it really didn’t feel like a road game, did it?
If you so happened to have the NFL Network as part of your channel package, you likely noticed quite the buzz around the stadium when the Cardinals when they were on offense. And no, that buzz wasn’t generated by Arizona fans who were excited to see an inept Carson Palmer lead a mediocre offense down the field; it was the 12′s.
Yes, Seattle fans, plenty of the 12th man seemed to make the trek down to Glendale to watch the Hawks easily slide past the Cardinals to the tune of a 34-22 win that had its ups and downs.
Here are some thing to love and hate from Thursday night’s game.
For one of the first times this season I saw Russell Wilson play like Russell Wilson can. Aside from the three fumbles — two of which were recovered by Arizona — the second year QB was phenomenal against the Cardinals. He made the right decisions, looked to be as accurate as ever, and managed the game soundly, especially when Arizona was threatening to make a game out of last night’s contest.
He completed 18-of-29 passes for 235 yards and had three brilliant touchdowns that kept the Seahawks out of the Cardinals’ reach for most of the game.
Look for him to continue to improve as the season progresses and really hit his stride in next week’s Monday night game.
For the third time this season, the Seahawks won on the road.
While last night’s game is by no means equal to traveling across the country to take on the Houston Texans or Indianapolis Colts in an early game by pacific time standards, Thursday night’s win by the Hawks proved that they can win virtually anywhere.
The only game Seattle lost on the road this year was in Indianapolis against a team that they may see in the Super Bowl, and the Seahawks had plenty of chances to come away with a win in that one too.
Long gone are the times when Seattle would be written off on the road. These guys are road warriors.
Aside from the two picks Seattle brilliantly produced last night, they also managed to get to the quarterback seven times. Receiving contributions from eight players in the sack department, it was clear Thursday night that the Seahawks are getting healthier on the defensive line, and that should be scary for opposing offenses.
Malcom Smith, K.J. Wright, Tony McDaniel, Michael Bennett, Clinton McDonald, Red Bryant, Cliff Avril, and Chris Clemons all played their part in getting to the quarterback on Thursday night, and it was brilliant.
One of the best parts of last night’s game coming to a close with the Seahawks in front was that they now have quite a bit of time to rest up and get healthy, as their next game is in a week and a half on Monday Night Football when they take on the St. Louis Rams.
Perhaps we’ll see Percy Harvin make his long-awaited debut that night?
Last night Seattle’s offensive line once again looked less than impressive. Allowing Wilson to be hit nine times while being sacked in three other instances, Arizona’s pass rush was clearly disrupting Seattle’s backfield and forcing Wilson to scramble.
If the Seahawks couldn’t manage to contain an OK Arizona defensive line, it’s scary to imagine what some of the more tenacious lines will be able to do against Seattle.
Other than that, however, I was impressed with the Seahawks and their fans last night.
Yes, Russell could have protected the ball a little better on his three fumbles, but don’t expect that to happen again. EVER.
With just one game to go before the halfway mark the Seahawks are cruising and looking like they’ll ease into the playoffs this year. That New Orleans game in Seattle on December 2nd is beginning to look like one of the games of the year.
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