The Seahawks won. It doesn’t feel like it though. They paid a high price. There was a sense that this was a must-win game after last Sunday, but no one could have expected this. At least 7 Seahawks were injured. The most notable, safety Richard Sherman out for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles. Strong safetyKam Chancellor left the game with a stinger, left tackleDuane Brown (ankle), defensive tackleJarran Reed (hamstring), safetyShaquill Griffin (shoulder), and running backC.J. Prosise (ankle).
The Washington Redskins pulled off a miracle in Seattle last night defeating the Seattle Seahawks 17-14. With an offensive line that has been completely decimated by injuries, it was left to the defense to “hold the line”. And hold the line they did!
After setting a franchise record last week, everyone thought that Russell Wilson would come out swinging and the Seahawks would blow the Redskins out of the water. But between all the offensive penalties the Seahawks racked up and an impressive showing from the Redskins defense, the Seahawks once again lost to the Redskins at home.
The Redskins defense was in Wilson’s face for most of the night, bringing pressure and forcing him out of the pocket time and time again. They knew going into the game that they would have to keep Wilson contained. They managed to do this holding him to only 297 passing yards but they did allow him 77 rushing yards.
The Washington Redskins came to Seattle with a slight limp. They were facing the fierce Seahawks defense with a very injured offensive line. The stat line showed this, however, the scoreline did not. Seattle rarely loses in November. Today that wasn’t the case.
The game didn’t start well for Seattle and never got better. In fact, the only points the Seahawks had in the first half came from the defense. They are now at 21 games without scoring on 1st possession. Slow starts have become commonplace for the Seahawks, but they often pick it up come the second half of the season. This game was not an example of that.
Looking over the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks injury reports, the first thing you notice is the number of players listed. Starting Wednesday, there were 36 players between the two. For both teams, that’s a tough way to start the week.
For Seattle, the defense seems to be the most beat up, causing panic in the fan base. The 3 premiere members of the Legion of Boom, corner back Richard Sherman, and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, were all listed. Sherman practiced this week and will play, with Chancellor questionable for Sunday but expected to play. Thomas was ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner is listed with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday. Defensive end Michael Bennett seems to still be fighting his foot injury but will play, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has an oblique injury, and is considered questionable for the game. Wagner and Richardson will both be game time decisions.
This game was exciting, astonishing, breathtaking, dangerous, dramatic, intriguing, moving, stimulating, thrilling, electrifying, eye-popping, and mind-blowing. Or just fun. Maybe not every moment was fun, but on a whole, this game was fun.
I say that now because the Seahawks came out on top of the Texans 41 to 38. I can also say that because my heart rate has gone back to normal and I found another stash of rubber bands for the next game.
Both quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson were the talk of the game. From the opening drive where Watson threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Fuller V, achieving something that has not been done against Seahawks defense this year. To the last scoring drive of the game where Wilson came up with another signature save.
We had two weeks to recover and get prepared for this next rollercoaster ride with our beloved Seahawks. In those two weeks, I was able to come to the certain conclusion that we are never going to enjoy a predictable win. The first half was proof of my hypothesis about the season so far. The most glaring example was our five-minute flounder in the red zone which ended in zero points.
Going into halftime, the Seahawks left at least 14 points on the field because of key drops. Tight end Jimmy Graham was the culprit of two dropped passes including one in the end zone. Running back Thomas Rawls dropped another with the open field in front of him. Penalties by the offensive line stalled the drive, with guard Germaine Ifedi, committing three. The only turnover of the half by Rawls resulted in a touchdown by quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Evan Engram. Cameras showed a sideline exchange between wide receiver Doug Baldwin, offensive line coach Tom Cable, and quarterback Russell Wilson although later the situation looked like all had cooled off.
This was a familiar moment. The one at the end of the game where your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak, the dogs are bewildered, and your kids are apologizing to their friends because their mother is a raving maniac. Your beloved Seahawks are playing dominant and yet ineffective at the same time.
One side making great plays while the other side is incapable of moving the ball or stopping the opponent. Your team going right down to the last 8 seconds before securing a win and having a knack for making football watching the best cardio workout of the week. Oh wait, maybe that wasn’t you, maybe that was me.
Do the Los Angeles Rams stand a chance against the Seattle Seahawks at home? Last year, the answer would have been an absolute no. But something has changed in the Rams culture. For one thing, it starts at the top. In four years with the Rams, three of them in St. Louis, former head coach Jeff Fisher could only muster up 31 wins and a whopping 45 losses.
Out went Fisher, and in came the youngest head coach in NFL history, Sean McVay. The manner in which McVay has handled and developed quarterback Jared Goff in a short amount of time is impressive. We are just four weeks into the season and Goff has completed passes to 11 different receivers. McVay has spurned the young QB into making smart decisions and leading his offense.
The Seahawks have made news this week. Being one of the more outspoken teams on social issues, players like defensive end Michael Bennet and wide receiver Doug Baldwin could be seen on CNN talking about equality and justice. The team made strides on this issue by announcing that they are starting a new foundation called SeahawksPlayers Equality & Justice for All Action Fund “to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.” Being as outspoken and comfortable as they are in the spotlight, they can highlight their emapthy and outrage as they face the multitude of question on this subject. Off the field the Seahawks have remained true to what they have always been.
Now, on the field has been a different story.
As the Seahawks get ready to play on Sunday Night Football, some of the painful questions that have come up over the last 3 weeks are still demanding to be answered. There have been questions about the fabled defense. Are they getting old? Have they lost their identity? There were comments made by safety Kam Chancellor calling out the defense after last week’s loss to the Titans, referring to their undisciplined play. The offense has also been put under the microscope: Why is quarterback Russell Wilson inaccurate? Is it in his head? Is the O-line ever going to get better? Where is tight end Jimmy Graham? Running back Eddie Lacy? Have they lost their identity as a run first team? Where are the big plays?
After another slow start with a score of 9-7 at the end of the first half, the only Titans’ scores coming from three field goals from place kicker Ryan Succop; the Titans finally got the train rollin’ in the third quarter. In that respect, this game was eerily similar to the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with very little action in the beginning and then a whole lot of excitement at the end.
The best Tennessee plays in the beginning ended up being taken away. Wide receiver Eric Decker made a great sideline catch with some “toe drag swag” as Good Morning Football Show would say, keeping his toes in bounds and getting a first down during the first quarter. Decker would later be called for a holding penalty so a touchdown run by quarterback Marcus Mariota was called back.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson had an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown that was overturned due to an illegal block by running back David Fluellen in the second quarter. The call was a bit on the “iffy” side in my opinion. It looked like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin actually ran into Fluellen, but I’m not an NFL referee. Sure would have been lovely to have those two touchdowns light a fire for the Titans.