Some Things to Love and Hate
To say last night’s game between Seattle and St. Louis was an eye sore would be an understatement.
Pitting the 6-1 Seahawks against the 3-4 Rams who were without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, many believed the road warriors from the Emerald City would easily handle a struggling St. Louis team as the host city was more tuned in to Game 5 of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.
But the Rams were more than ready to prove their doubters wrong, and the Seahawks looked more than willing to allow St. Louis to make a game of it.
Struggling to get anything going in the first quarter of the game, Seattle’s depleted offensive line couldn’t handle the rush of Robert Quinn and Chris Long, allowing the Rams to shut down the line of scrimmage and dominate up front.
This trend continued throughout most of the game, and had it not been for the mediocrity of Kellen Clemens, the Seahawks could have easily come out of St. Louis with a loss.
But as it turned out, Seattle’s stellar defense once again stepped up, halting a brilliant final drive by the Rams on the one-yard line to allow them to walk away with a narrow, 14-9 victory.
Here are some things to love and hate from Monday’s game.
If you happened to tune into the game it was apparent that the commentators and their usual admiration with one player on either team would focus on Seattle’s dominant safety Earl Thomas. Making big plays throughout the game, Thomas once again flew around the field, broke up passes, and led the team in tackles (10).
His biggest play of the game came in the final stages of the contest when the Rams were threatening to take the lead with just 31 seconds left to play.
Running somewhat of a delay, the Rams handed the ball off to Daryl Richardson who looked like he had a lane before Thomas shot through a gap and knocked him down with a powerful hit that likely saved the game.
Though the Rams would attempt two more plays after that one, the stand by Thomas on that play looked to motivate Seattle’s defense further and give them the final push they needed to seal the game.
You can’t say enough about this terrific Seattle defense; they are absolutely monstrous. Not allowing Clemens to get into a rhythm, they also forced him to throw two crucial interceptions and no touchdowns. Playing 38 minutes and nine seconds on the field last night, the defense did look tired at times but always managed to come up with big plays to keep St. Louis from taking the game over.
Arguably the only Seahawk to really have a ‘good’ game was Golden Tate, who had five catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. While Russell Wilson did everything he needed to, it was Tate’s effort on a mid-range throw that eventually accounted for 80 of Wilson’s 139 passing yards.
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 29, 2013
On that play Wilson lofted the ball up to the left side of the field, targeting Tate. The ball floating a little, Tate attacked the ball instead of waiting for it to come to him, likely preventing an interception while shedding off a tackler and exposing a huge chunk of field that he managed to cruise down for a touchdown.
Golden Tate’s Theatrics
We love Golden Tate for his boyish and immature attitude at times, but last night he took it a bit too far. Taunting a player while almost running out of bounds was completely ridiculous and his postgame apology was more than merited.
Simple point: we need our tackles back, desperately.
While the Seahawks were sloppy to watch on offense at times, the game in general was pretty tough to watch as a whole.
With the Rams being, well, the Rams, I thought Seattle would establish a dominance in the game and cruise to a victory. But as usual I was wrong.
Seattle failed to establish any presence in the contest, St. Louis looked lost on offense, and the game was mired in penalties that detracted from a true Monday Night Football atmosphere. However, in the end a win is a win and the Seahawks will be more than happy to take a 7-1 record back home.