Found October 07, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Tough loss in Indy Before the shoot-out in Dallas took place, the Seahawks-Colts matchup was one for the ages. Two up-and-coming QBs in their second year leading their teams in the right direction for playoff supremacy facing off against each other. The Seahawks struck first and were rolling early, that is until a botched call on the punt block only resulted in a safety. The momentum changed in that moment. We could feel it, the announcers called it, and the Colts took advantage of it. Every team would like to go 16-0, but the reality of that is, it’s damn near impossible to do so. So, we get back to the practice field, regroup, and get ready to take on the Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck-less Tennessee Titans. And here’s the top 10! 10: Sherman named tops in the league For his performance against the Houston Texans the week prior to this, Richard Sherman was named the NFCs defensive player of the week. His game this week may have been a bit more quiet, as he only really had one chance for an interception that went right between his hands, but Sherm is still the loudest player in the league and he backs it up with his gameplay on the field. 9: Beating a dead horse No pun intended on this one. This game had me flashing back to Super Bowl XL with some of the questionable calls, especially the phantom “push off” that the ref called offensive pass interference on Golden Tate. And to make matters worse, NFL darling Reggie Wayne completely chucked his defender during the two-point conversion with not even a flinch from a ref to go to their flag. Not to mention the safety. That ball clearly was in possession before he went out of bounds. I guess now we know how Green Bay felt last year after losing the game on such a questionable call. 8: Let me intro-Bruce you Once again Russell Wilson took to the ground on Sunday. (Photo: news-yahoo.com) As promised, this defensive line will get better and better with each piece being put back in place, and this week was no different. Bruce Irvin was finally welcomed to the team after serving his four-game ban for a controlled substance. The Hawks d-line shut down the powerful running styles of Trent Richardson all day long, and Bruce got his first sack on the year as well. Here’s to many more. 7: Pretty in Pink As the son of a survivor, I appreciate what the NFL does for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it was kind of fitting that the Hawks played the Colts on the first game of the month. Chuck Pagano, the coach of the Colts, overcame Leukemia and the video of him in the locker room last year was not only touching, but very emotionally uplifting too. It’s nice to hear success stories about people beating this awful, awful disease. 6: Danger-Russ Even in the loss, this may have been Russell Wilson’s most complete game as a NFL QB yet. Tossing two TDs on 210 yards, and with a career high 102 yards rushing, Wilson did everything he could to win this game for the Hawks. And he did all this while missing a gaggle of Hawks starters on offense. Just think how dangerous he will be once that line is healthy. 5: Time to shine The Titans did give the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs a run for their money on Sunday, but it will be nice to get back home and to a team that is down on their luck right now. Nothing cures the post loss blues like a beatdown at home. 4: Go-to-guys The Seahawks shut down the Colts Trent Richardson. (Photo: bleacherreport.com) With the list of high-profile talent the Seahawks have in their receiving corps, it’s nice to see two un-drafted free agents coming up huge week after week for us. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse keep coming up with huge game changing plays this year. And it’s even nicer for Wilson to be able to rely on these two when Sidney Rice and Golden Tate aren’t open. 3: Special teams Blocked punts, blocked kicks and safeties are rarities in the NFL, but yet we saw one of each on Sunday. Jermaine Kearse blocked a Colts punt to set up what looked like a TD for Jeron Johnson, only for it to be called a safety. And then later a Steven Hauschka field goal attempt was blocked by the Colts Lawrence Guy which was picked up and returned a whopping 61 yards for a TD by Delano Howell. Kudos to Jon Ryan for sticking with the play and doing his best tackling impression. Who says punters have no heart? 2: Beastly Marshawn Lynch continues to do damage to opposing teams defenses, this time racking up 102 yards on the ground while adding another five through the air. But what was perhaps the most disappointing play of the game was also credited to Lynch. Wilson was looking to him on a pass play but the two just simply weren’t on the same page. Wilson put the ball right where it needed to be, but Lynch wasn’t looking for it, and by the time he did turn to look at the QB, the ball was already hitting him in the hands. It would’ve been a reception for not only a first down, but probably a really big gain too as Lynch was completely open in the flat. 1: Great offensive showing Yes we lost this one, barely. But, I can’t get over how remarkable Russell Wilson is. This kid just simply doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. He had the offense on the move from the opening whistle until the last unfortunate offensive play of the game. This team will be a force to be reckoned with offensively for quite a while. Now the defense seems to be a different story of late. Up and over seems to be the way to beat us, or dumping to the TE in the flat, or running straight up the middle. All three weaknesses have been exposed over the last three weeks, and is something we will need to tighten up if we expect to continue to compete with the 49ers for the conference championship. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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