This one hurt
The Seattle Seahawks were in prime time again Thursday, heading to San Francisco to take on the division rival 49ers. It was a battle of top defenses and a battle for first place in the division, two races the Seahawks lost over the course of the night.
It was a painful loss as the Seahawks had several opportunities to extend their lead or to take the lead back from the 49ers. They couldn’t pull it off, though, and flew back home to Seattle with it’s most painful loss of the season.
The Seahawks broke down in areas they have been strong in all season long. It was very unlike this team who seems to have played at the level of their competition until this game.
There was very little to love and plenty to hate in this one, so let’s get to it!
Russell Wilson was the unsung hero of the night. While morons are chiding him today for his height or low numbers, Wilson gave the Seahawks several chances to win this game.
9 for 23 is not super impressive, I agree, but when you consider there were 5+ drops by receivers and numerous passes he had to throw away because of poor route running, poor play making by receivers, and little to no protection at times, Wilson played smart football.
Golden Tate had one of many Seahawks dropped passes. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
He gave his receivers several chances at glory and highlight reels after he placed his passes where only his receivers could make the grab in most cases.
The best part about this guy? In the press conference after the game, he took blame like he normally does despite the fact that it should be every receiver who dropped a pass in the game who should be apologizing.
Everyone knew this was going to be a physical game. Hard hitting defense and big, bruising running backs running right at you. Marshawn Lynch came prepared and did his job more than effectively.
The ground game was going to be the biggest factor in this one and Lynch earned every single yard he got – all 103 yards.
While he was kept out of the endzone, Lynch did his job in this one. He ran physically, wore down the defense and hit the holes he was given with full strength and power we have come to know from Beast Mode.
How about that run in the beginning of the game where he lowered his head into the chest of ex-Husky Dashon Golson and drove him 4 yards to get the first down?
Now THAT’S Beast Mode.
This one goes out to all those who dropped passes in the game. Because of you, the game was lost and Russell Wilson is taking the blame and criticism FOR you.
Robert Turbin, while I love the guy, dropped arguably the best pass in the game. Wilson hit him in stride with a wide open lane to the end zone. Had he caught that ball, the game would’ve swung in the Seahawks favor.
Evan Moore dropped a perfect pass, as Wilson hit HIM in stride, right in his hands. Yes, he was closely covered, but the defender did not knock the ball out. Wilson hit Moore in his hands and Moore dropped the ball.
Plain and simple.
Golden Tate dropped a first down pass on 3rd down and short. Marshawn Lynch dropped a pass with running room in front of him. And while Braylon Edwards may not be credited with a drop, he deserves to be on this list, too.
Gore owned the middle of the field, making the staunch Seahawk defense look weak (Photo by Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
Middle field defense
Like I said in my 5 who must impress, the linebackers needed to cover the middle of the field more than ever in this game. After being picked apart by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady up the middle, the Seahawks should have known opponents were going to start going to that area.
Why cover the middle of the field? So Frank Gore can’t rip off 30+ yard runs to pad his stats.
So that Alex Smith can’t dump pass to his running backs and own the middle of the field.
Opponents are going to key in on driving down the middle. Until the linebackers step up and cover the middle, Seattle is going to have to bend over backwards to avoid giving up points.
Bend don’t break
This bend but don’t break defense is getting old. Yes, they are holding opponents to field goals instead of touchdowns. But how bout zero points instead?
If the team makes the stand when opponents are in their own territory or at mid-field, the Seahawks wouldn’t have to be so good in the red zone defense.
Because they play this bend don’t break defense, teams are able to put up 3 points on a lot of drives. If they had stopped the 49ers last night at mid-field, they would not have made it past 7 points in the game.
Yes, our defense is superior and one of the best in the league. But if they allow teams to get some ticky tack yardage to put themselves into field goal range, it will doom this team, much like it did last night.
I just hate the guy.
I hated him at Stanford and I hate him even more now that he is in San Francisco. He’s a giant baby and a whiner. Man, I hate Jim Harbaugh.
Who’s with me?
I agree 100% with Q.
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