Seahawks Get Satisfying Win Over Those Fucking Cowboys

What were some of the points I brought up in my preview of this game?  Let’s take it piece by piece.

I think we can hold their running game in check

They ran the ball for 49 yards on 16 carries.  Granted, mostly because they were so far behind in the second half, but still.  I want to say Murray had almost all of his 44 yards in the first half.  We really stuck it to him when the game was still close in the second half!  3.1 yards per carry as a team … I will take that every week until the end of time.

I think their bloated, overconfident receivers are little match for our aggressive, overconfident cornerbacks

Miles Austin had a decent game with his TD catch (5 for 63), but as a leading receiver – with a quarterback who threw for 251 yards – that’s no great shakes.  You could say Romo did a good job of spreading the ball around, but 8 receptions for 71 yards went to running backs.  When you’ve got Romo checking down to running backs 8 times (when all he wants to do is make the big play downfield), I’d say the secondary was doing its job.  That’s not even taking into account the interception, the 7 passes defended as a team, and the consistently hard hits all around.  Whenever they did get the ball in someone’s hands, that person was hit hard.

I fully expect our defensive line to make Romo’s day a living fucking hell

Only one sack on the day, but a lot of hurries where Romo deftly avoided pressure to make a throw.  And 6 QB hits add up.

I also think we can run on them

182 yards on 41 attempts for a 4.4 yard average and a touchdown.  I’d say we ran on them.

I say it wouldn’t be crazy to see the Seahawks average 5.0 yards per carry this weekend, with Beastmode returning to his fantasy glory.  I’m predicting no less than 140 yards and a touchdown

Not quite the 5.0 yards per carry I predicted, but I was DAMN close on my Beastmode call.  He actually got 122 yards and a TD.  And his 4.7 yards per carry average is pretty damn close to my 5.0 prediction.  He didn’t get any receptions, but he more than did his job in this game.

While we won’t be able to keep Dallas’ offense down to nothing, I do think we can hold them in the teens

The Seahawks did me one better and held them in the single-digits.  Pure annihilation.

I also think we’re going to demolish them in turnovers.  I’m expecting at least a +2 at minimum

Dallas lost a fumble and they threw an interception.  The Seahawks had 0 turnovers.  That’s what we call a +2 turnover ratio.

Strange shit happens when you’ve got thousands upon thousands of the 12th Man in one place.  Does that mean more special teams magic?  Maybe a blocked field goal or a blocked punt?

Blocked punt, forced a fumble on a kickoff … that’s what we call Special Teams Magic.

Does that mean a curious officiating blunder going our way from these inept refs?

They … didn’t call the hit on Golden Tate on the defenseless player (when, by all rights, they should have, because that hit was against the rules, I don’t care how awesome it was), but they DID call a late-hit against Russell Wilson when the guy barely caressed him as he went out of bounds on the SAME PLAY.  That’s a 30-yard swing in field position.  Maybe it wouldn’t have been a game-changer, but you never know.

Does that mean Russell Wilson tearing himself away from Ware’s clutches, then sprinting down the sidelines for 40 yards, turning a would-be sack into a momentum-shifting first down?

OK, so that didn’t happen, but he did have a nifty 14-yard rush that mysteriously turned into a nearly 30-yard gain thanks to that bogus penalty that went in our favor.

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I choose to gloat here about all the ways I saw this game coming, because it doesn’t happen very often.  For the record, today was AWESOME.  I just LOVE beating the fucking Cowboys!  Seeing Tony Romo look like a total dick really makes my day and my weekend.  Seeing Miles Austin look like a bitch … well, that’s just every time I see him because he ALWAYS looks like a bitch.  Seeing Demarcus Ware not murder my quarterback.  It was all good today in SoDo.

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, though, but this team isn’t perfect.  I will commend Russell Wilson on stepping up in the second half after a shakey start, but this offense still stuck with its conservative game plan and sooner or later we’re going to need Wilson to throw for upwards of 300-400 yards and I’d like to know that he can do it.

I don’t think this Seahawks team, as it sits right now, can go toe-to-toe with a really good team and beat them.  I think this Seahawks team thrives on special teams magic and crazy turnovers to thrust them into the winner’s circle.  But, when going against a good team (like, say, the 49ers … or the Packers next Monday night), you’re not necessarily going to get those special teams points and you’re not going to get all the turnovers.  GOOD teams take care of the ball and force you to beat THEM.  They don’t beat themselves.  Dallas beat themselves today just as much as the Seahawks beat them.  An over-aggressive defense is good when you’re able to overwhelm the other team’s offense.  But, when your over-aggressiveness opens up weaknesses (like we saw on that 95-yard drive Dallas constructed for their only score), you’re bound to look foolish and ultimately lose football games.

I’m more concerned now about that Packers game than I was last week.  We’re not going to keep getting blocked punts and huge returns from Leon and fumble recoveries.  At some point, we’re going to have to play a clean football game against another team’s clean football game and somehow find a way to win.

If Russell Wilson can do THAT … then you’ll have me declaring for all to read that Russell Wilson will be the quarterback that brings a championship to Seattle.  Until then, I’m holding my breath and crossing my fingers.

P.S.  Golden Tate looked really good today.  Not quite a breakout performance, but I can see one on the horizon.

Also:  Anthony McCoy is going to fumble in a big situation if he doesn’t stop holding the ball like it’s a fucking dildo.

Finally:  Good job Bruce Irvin on your half sack.  May you have many, many more …

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