Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch (Photo credit: ESPN)
The Seattle Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium last Sunday was an exciting comeback. Don’t get me wrong, Seattle’s Week 4 win at Houston was not pretty. But a win is a win, and a comeback from down 20-3 at halftime versus a tough Texans defense is a particularly noteworthy win.
Credit Houston for slowing down Russell Wilson through the air (123 passing yards and one interception). If Wilson wasn’t so dynamic in his running ability, the Seahawks would not have put that long touchdown drive together and Houston probably would’ve won.
Let’s not forget, however, that Wilson couldn’t get much going because three of Seattle’s normal offensive line starters were inactive due to injury. And let’s face it, a backup lineman is not going to have much success at stopping J.J. Watt.
Once again we saw an incredible defensive display by the Seahawks. Though Matt Schaub actually had a solid first half (probably because Seattle’s defense was so shocked that he was making plays from the first whistle) Seattle shut him down in the second half, making him look foolish when Richard Sherman grabbed a pick-six off that bonehead throw late in the fourth quarter. I said last week that the Seahawks defense would have to carry the load against Houston, and if what they did last Sunday wasn’t doing just that then I don’t know what is.
What this win really illustrated was how complete a team the Seahawks are. When one facet of the team isn’t performing as well as usual (i.e. the passing attack), other areas shoulder the burden. Steven Hauschka made clutch kicks, Marshawn Lynch picked up tough yards on the ground, and the defense created turnovers and held the line in the second half. Imagine if Russell Wilson had put up numbers like he did against Jacksonville. Yes, I’m aware Jacksonville’s and Houston’s defense are lightyears apart, but just bear with me. If Wilson puts those numbers up through the air, Seattle destroys Houston. DESTROYS.
Heck, imagine if the three normal offensive linemen were playing. Guess what? Seattle would destroy Houston.
I’m not making excuses as to why the game was so close, far from it. The game was intense and so much fun to watch. It was the kind of game that makes people fall in love with football. I’m merely pointing out that Seattle has a very complete team that can win in any situation.
Looking ahead, the Seattle name ought to have other teams quaking in their cleats when they face those Hawk helmets on future Sundays.
To any doubters that might still exist out there, I drop my jaw to you. The Seattle Seahawks are the real deal. The rest of the believers and I will see you all in February.