Seahawks win it in second half
Seattle Seahawks 28, New York Jets 7
When: 1:05 PST, Sunday, November 11, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
What started out as an awful first half of football by both teams, lead to a second half of football that was the most complete half of the 2012 season for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks showed that they are mean, they are nasty, and they have the attitude that they don’t want to just beat their opponent, they want to dominate them.
Russell Wilson #3
Of course, it was not all butterflies and rainbows for the young quarterback. He was sacked on back to back plays in the first quarter, he should have thrown the ball away on both plays.
The second sack led to a fumble that the Jets returned for a game tying touchdown, 7-7.
As a rookie, I don’t expect him to be perfect, I don’t even expect him to be near the quarterback he is. There are many things Russell Wilson did on Sunday that impressed me, but I would like to specifically write about a couple:
Once again, Marshawn Lynch makes the list
During pre-pre-game warm ups when he was throwing a pass to Doug Baldwin, who was running a slant route: Wilson delivered a nice ball, but apparently saw something in the route that wasn’t up to Wilson’s standards and he wanted to be perfect.
Russell jogged over to Baldwin and started talking to him about the route, I couldn’t hear the conversation but body language and hand signals made it pretty clear, Wilson was making sure that he was making sure that both players were on the same page.
After the the other quarterbacks and receivers came out of the locker room: Wilson watched the receivers running their routes religiously while Matt Flynn and Josh Portis were taking reps.
The impressive thing is that during simple warm up stuff, the same thing they do every day, he takes every mental rep he can. You simply cannot outwork the young man.
Before the game I tweeted that it was clear to me that Wilson is the best quarterback the Seahawks have on their roster.
Despite two fumbles during the game, and a couple sacks he didn’t need to take, I completely stand behind my tweet. The Seahawks are his football team now, there is no doubt about that.
Marshawn Lynch #24
I know it seems like Marshawn is always on this list, but he earns it every time. For the fourth week in a row, 6th time this season, Marshawn Lynch eclipsed the century mark.
Lynch is one of only two running backs who have rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, he is also averaging over 100 yards per game.
At his current rate, he will have the best year a Seahawks running back has had since 2005, the Super Bowl season.
Lynch needs 199-yards to tie his single season career high.
Richard Sherman #25
This was easily the easiest choice I had this week. On Wednesday, Richard Sherman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the week, an honor he definitely deserved.
Richard Sherman took points of the board when he intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass at the goal line. Sherman is now tied for third place in the NFL in interception this season.
Later in the game, he sacked Sanchez and forced a fumble. To be honest, Sanchez just dropped the ball, but Sherman still gets credit for a forced fumble and he now has the second most forced fumbles by a cornerback in the NFL.
Bruce Irvin #51
BBBBRRRRRUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE! Was heard being chanted by the 12th man a couple times on Sunday, as Irvin had his third multiple sack game of the season.
Interesting to note, every game that Bruce Irvin has had 0.5 sacks or more, the Seahawks have gone on to win.
Bruce Irvin now has the most sacks of anyone out of the 2012 NFL Draft Class, and he is currently tied for 10th in the NFL with 7.0 sacks this season.
Golden Tate, the new Mr. Reliable
Golden Tate #81
Golden Tate has been an extremely frustrating player over the last couple seasons. Everyone could see flashes of the skills that he possessed but he was unable to make that translate on the field.
In his third season, that has changed. I know, 2 receptions for 51-yards is not a great stat, but that is only a small piece of the puzzle.
Every time Tate gets his hands on the football, defenses have to worry about him breaking a big one. He possesses the type of ability that gives opposing defensive coordinators nightmares.
During the week leading up to the game, there is no doubt that Mike Pettine (Jets Defensive Coordinator), and Rex Ryan (Jets defensive-minded Head Coach) showed the Jets defense the play that Tate had against Minnesota, where he made a couple people miss, then leaped over a defender for a touchdown.
While showing the film, there is no doubt they reminded the players how big of a threat he was when he had the ball and coached them to converge on him.
That worked like a charm, for the Seahawks, when Darrell Bevell called Golden’s number on an end-around pass to Sidney Rice.
The Jets’ defense was so focused on Golden Tate that when he stopped to throw the ball, Sidney Rice was open in the end zone for an easy touchdown.
Tate had a receiving touchdown of his own earlier in the game.
On The Seahawks Horizon
Next week this piece will not be written, because of the bye week, but I will be writing other Seahawks pieces throughout the week to replace it.
I know that it is tough to survive a week without Seahawks football, but it gives the players a chance to rest their bodies as well as their minds so that they are prepared to make a big playoff push.
I have been hesitant to say it, but this is a playoff caliber team, even with a rookie quarterback.
Of course it doesn’t hurt when your rookie quarterback prepares like a veteran and learns from every mistake he makes.
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