Perfect At Home!
If you had told me that after facing the Cowboys, Packers, Patriots and Vikings that the Seahawks would be perfect at home I would take it in a heartbeat. It hasn’t come without stress, controversy albeit.
But it also hasn’t come without dominating performances, which is awesome.
I wouldn’t sleep on the ‘Hawks going perfect at home with dates against the Jets, Cardinals, 49ers and Rams to finish the season.
Offensive Game Ball
Russell Wilson had another great game manager game at home, going 16/24 (five drops) for 173 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball nine times for 27 yards, including a clutch first down run off of a read option!
After his worst game of the year last week, Marshawn Lynch bounced back in a big way, trading punches with the NFL‘s best running back. Lynch keeps pace with Adrian Peterson and finished with 124 yards and a touchdown.
He carried the ball 26 times after just 12 in the loss against Detroit. He gets one more ball today, the Offensive Game Ball! Beast Mode!
He may finally be here, folks. Golden Tate caught two touchdowns today including a ridiculous acrobatic dive over the line. All along I’ve hoped for a Percy Harvin-type role for Tate. He runs like a running back after the catch and showed just that on two straight bubble screens.
Sidney Rice improved his career total to 4/6 passing and scored a touchdown against his former team!
The Seahawks are now 5/5 in their past five red zone possessions.
That is an exciting prospect for a team who has struggled from 49ers syndrome all season long inside the opponents 20!
Defensive Game Ball
Without Jason Jones, it was a worrisome thought that the ‘Hawks defensive line wouldn’t be able to create pressure or get to the quarterback. It was relieving to see the ‘Hawks create something without him.
Four sacks on Christian Ponder, countless hits and only 44 net passing yards for one of the worse pass rushing teams last season.
Adrian Peterson ran wild on a strong Seahawks run defense, finishing with 182 yards and two touchdowns. Not to be all blamed on the defense. That’s just AP being AP.
We’re honestly lucky to have him healthy again; he’s great for the NFL and a really special player to watch.
The Defensive Game Ball goes to the midseason Defensive Rookie of the Year (in my mind) Bobby Wagner. Wagner was without tackle machine KJ Wright most of the game, and he stepped up on and off the field.
He finished with five tackles and a huge sack. The sack came off of a 10-year veteran move; hold in the second level to make the running back believe you’re in coverage, then make your move.
Special Teams Game Ball
Leon Washington really has no place on this team anymore. He has only ten carries this year and as a result is making stupid decisions when it comes to taking a knee or taking it out of the endzone on kickoffs.
He lost yardage twice on punt returns today by running laterally and backwards trying to create something. He even took a punt out of the endzone. For two million a year, the ‘Hawks can find someone else to average 1.1 carry a game and take a knee on kickoffs.
Steven Hauschka had his extra point blocked, the first for Seattle since ’05. Other than that he went 1/1 from 40 yards out.
The Special Teams Game Ball goes to both Jon Ryan and the Special Teams unit. Ryan did an excellent job of keeping his balls in the air long enough for the unit to get down field and contain the always dangerous Percy Harvin.
Containing him was a huge reason the ‘Hawks won today.
The Seahawks stay home this week as they play host to the Jets! Stay tuned to NWSB this week for your weekly Seahawks fix!
- Russell Wilson—16/24 173 yards 3 TD
- Marshawn Lynch - 26 carries 124 yards
- Sidney Rice - 4 receptions 54 yards 1 TD
- Zach Miller – 2 receptions 47 yards
- Doug Baldwin - 1 receptions 6 yards
- Golden Tate – 4 receptions 28 yards 2 TD
- Bobby Wagner - 10 tackles, 1 sack
- Brandon Browner - 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 SWEET TD saving tackle