Some Things to Love and Hate
Though the Falcons may be having quite the off year in 2013, you could still feel the excitement of the Seattle Seahawks as they prepared for a return trip to Atlanta in the hopes of getting back at the team that eliminated them from last year’s playoffs in heartbreaking fashion.
Yet there was also concern; concern that the dreaded early start on the road and an absence of a few significant starters along the offensive line would pave the way for a big upset and Seattle’s second loss of the year.
But the Seahawks would have none of that, especially with the sting of last year still lingering around the passionate squad. Relying on Stephen “Automatic” Hauschka to get the job done early on in the game, Seattle and Russell Wilson jumped out to a big lead before the half and managed to cement their victory with a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown by Marshawn Lynch that gave Atlanta fans a good gut-check as to how far their team has fallen since last year.
Here are some things to love and hate from this big win.
Seahawks are 9-1
Let Seattle’s record soak in for just another moment…………..yeah, that’s right, it feels great to say the Seahawks are 9-1. While they have had their struggles as of late, this game was everything Seattle and their fans needed: a blowout victory in Atlanta to change the tide of momentum, give the Hawks yet another win, and finally get revenge on those pesky Falcons.
Already beating the best start in franchise history, the Seahawks are now 9-1 despite all the injuries they have suffered so far this year, a true testament to the heart and depth of this talented squad.
Beast Mode Gets His Due
Marshawn Lynch has been frustrated with the play calls as of late and Darrell Bevell made sure to give his big back plenty of love on Sunday in Atlanta. Carrying the ball 24 times, Lynch bruised his way for 145 yards and a touchdown in the red zone that signaled Seattle’s rushing attack is still the best in the NFC.
Offensive Line Didn’t Explode
Missing three starters on the offensive line is generally a recipe for disaster, especially since the past two games saw the Seahawks struggle with two of their big men out. And while there were definitely some issues in Atlanta on Sunday, the offensive line didn’t look as bad as they have in recent games, solidifying the line at times and paving the way for a big win by the Seahawks.
Yes, Russell Wilson‘s legs and Marshawn Lynch’s brute force definitely helped with Seattle’s blowout, but the offensive line deserves credit for not giving up and sending the game into the dumps.
Wilson was Money
Would the Seahawks want to blowout a team without allowing Wilson to work at least some of his magic? The answer to that question on Sunday morning was an emphatic NO, as Wilson shredded the Atlanta secondary to the tune of 287 yards and two touchdowns while throwing no interceptions and completing 19-of-26.
Looking like the precise and dominant quarterback he is, Wilson was efficient and didn’t allow Atlanta’s defense to generate any momentum whatsoever.
In fact, the Seahawks and Wilson were so dominant on Sunday that there was virtually nothing to hate about this contest. Seattle is 9-1, they crushed a team who sent them out of the playoffs last year, and the offense finally came out of its shell for the first time in awhile.
Looking ahead the Hawks will host the Minnesota Vikings next week before a much-needed by week where they will recharge and prepare for a huge game against New Orleans.