Some Things to Love and Hate
Bursting out of the gates to the tune of 60,000+ of the loudest fans in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks and their reloaded, restocked, and healthy offense dismantled the lowly Minnesota Vikings and looked every bit of the championship team they are purported to be.
Putting 10 points on the board in the first quarter, the Hawks put up another 14 in the second half to see themselves into the locker room with a 24-13 advantage at the break. With scoring plays coming from Steven Hauschka, Marshawn Lynch, and Doug Baldwin, the offense looked more than happy at the fact that their offensive line was once again healthy and Percy Harvin finally made his long-awaited debut.
And boy was it a debut.
Though he caught only one pass for 17 yards, the space he opened up for the offense as well as a brilliant kick return that he almost took to the house were crucial to Seattle’s victory on Sunday.
Aside from the points above and the eventual 41-20 thrashing, here are some things to love and hate from the game.
Though I did just touch on Harvin’s return, it’s worth mentioning that his first time on the field for the Seahawks was as much a psychological booster as it was an actual offensive helper as well. Helping to create space for other receivers while giving Seattle a speed option on the edge, Harvin did everything he needed to in his debut and gave fans a small flash of what can come the rest of the year.
Next Man Up
While Maxwell has certainly had his issues, it does appear as though Thurmond III is relishing his time in the limelight and really making a case for being as big of a catalyst on defense as any other player is.
Recording two tackles in the game, Thurmond’s real impact on the afternoon was felt when he jumped a route, recorded an interception and took it to the house to put the game far out of reach.
Let’s hope his stellar play continues in the coming weeks, especially against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in two weeks.
Adrian Peterson is a phenomenal back and earns every accolade he is given. Showcasing both an ability to maneuver through defenders and use his top speed to create separation, he is undoubtedly one of the best backs in the game.
That wasn’t really evident, however, on Sunday. Carrying the ball 21 times, Peterson managed just 65 yards on the ground — a 3.1 average — to go along with his ZERO touchdowns.
With Seattle’s defensive line having the speed and strength to limit any back in the league, it was great to see them in top form against one of their biggest individual challenges of the year. In fact, Toby Gerhart actually had more yards than his fellow back, rushing seven times for 67 yards.
Looking at things to hate from this contest there really isn’t much to complain about. Most of Minnesota’s yards were racked up when the game was easily in Seattle’s favor and the Seahawks looked as impressive as ever.
Now with a bye week to get fully healthy and ready for a huge game against the New Orleans Saints, look for Seattle to be completely rejuvenated and ready to take care of their business in the future.