By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Vikings 7 – Seahawks 21
Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty win… but it was my favorite kind of win. It was a win that could have easily gotten away from Seattle. But it didn’t, and now the Seahawks are one win away from clinching a playoff berth. In a year where they weren’t expected to win more than four or five games, they are the team no one wants to face.
Lisa Johnson and I argue about this all the time on the OTFB podcast. Defense or offense, which is more important? But it’s not just a shtick we do for the show. She truly believes offense wins games, I say, quite adamantly, the defense is most important.
What last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings showed was that what truly wins games is a balance. What makes the Seahawks so dangerous right now is that balance, and it’s alive and well in Seattle.
Where the balance for Seattle came from was the run game and the defense. Seeing that Wilson was struggling, and the Vikings defense was doing everything in their power to stop the passing game, the Seattle offense focused solely on the run. It worked. The number of points wasn’t huge, 3-0 at the half, but it was enough.
The defense soon realized this game was on their shoulders. They had to stop the Vikings from scoring anything until the offense could find a rhythm. Stop them they did. Not only did the defense get a strip sack that cornerback Justin Coleman ran back for a touchdown, but they also held the Vikings to zero points until the last 5 minutes of the game.
TOUCHDOWN Justin Coleman!! #Seahawks
Jacob Martin speed rushes around the edge and uses his motor to finish Kirk Cousins for the strip-sack. Justin Coleman returns it for six.pic.twitter.com/QRsbNP4uiG
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
This isn’t the first time team balance has been on display for Seattle. In both games against the Los Angeles Rams, it was the defense that struggled, allowing Rams running back Todd Gurley to get 120 yards in the second game. It was the offense that had to push forward to keep the team in those games.
The resurgence of the run game and the power of the defense has put this team right back where they were just two seasons ago. Right back in the thick of the playoffs and ready to make some noise.
A side thought:
One thing about Seahawks fans is they like to argue with each other a lot. Wilson is struggling, Wilson is a god. Head coach Pete Carroll is getting old and set in his ways, Carroll is the greatest coach on earth. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin is past his prime, we desperately need Baldwin. You know how it goes. No one can agree on anything. However, there are a few things that can’t be argued.
– Linebacker Bobby Wagner should be, without question, a top candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. He is a future Hall of Famer and should be as loved and revered as the LOB was by Seahawks fans
– WR Tyler Lockett is worth every penny they paid him.
– The Seahawks need to give defensive end Frank Clark a new contract asap and pay him what he deserves.
– This run game was worth waiting for. It was worth living through two years of chronic injuries. There will never be another Marshawn Lynch, but these guys are a lot of fun to watch.
– #74 Eligible!! Other than the win, seeing former college basketball player, turned football tight end, turned NFL offensive tackle George Fant catch a pass, was worth the price of admission. It may be hard for non-Seahawks fans to understand, but… #74 eligible!!
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 11, 2018
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