I’m having a hard time giving a shit about the Seahawks losing to Tampa, if I’m being honest. Have you heard about this local university football team that’s been kicking ass and taking names this season? I’m on too much of a high (or, at the very least, an upside down rollercoaster), and it’s overwhelming my feelings about the Seahawks right now.
I want to say I saw this coming, but that’d be a lie; I picked the Seahawks to win in my local pick ’em pool and suffered accordingly. But, let’s just say the outcome doesn’t necessarily shock me.
Earl Thomas was out, DeShawn Shead was out, Michael Bennett was STILL out, and, fuck, who knows? Maybe more important than all of those guys was the fact that Justin Britt was out. From the looks of things, it didn’t feel like Joey Hunt did a terrible job – though, I did see him get turned around on some stunts and whatnot – but this was just a total breakdown from every offensive line position. Hell, Garry Gilliam was pulled in favor of Bradley Sowell, for Christ’s sake! But, he wasn’t the only one fucking up, leading to pressure on over 60% of our passes. Ifedi looked like he took a step back, Glowinski was getting burned on the reg, and Fant looked exactly like an undrafted rookie should look in protecting Wilson’s blindside. Considering all the progress the Seahawks had made to this point in the season, one has to wonder if Britt not being there really threw this line for a loop. He calls out all the protections and whatnot, and by simply losing the continuity the line had shared in recent weeks, maybe that was the catalyst to the Bucs’ front four absolutely destroying us.
Either way, it led to Wilson being held to 151 yards passing with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. He was able to salvage something in the run game for the first time all year, thanks to 80 yards on 8 carries (and he could’ve had A LOT more on some zone reads he ended up handing off when he should’ve pulled it). Nevertheless, you’re never going to do well when you’re giving up 6 sacks and however many pressures.
Make no mistake, though, Wilson was off. He was off-target on most of his deep throws; pressure in his face or no, he’s usually better able to drop those balls into the arms of his receivers. I don’t know if it was tentativeness from expecting the pressure to get to him every snap, but it also looked like the receivers were having a hard time getting open. I think maybe Darrell Bevell tried to stick to the down-field passing game too much, when we maybe should’ve gone back to the quick passes earlier.
And, if I never see the fucking fullback dive on 3rd & 1 or 4th & 1, it’ll be too fucking soon BEVELL!
But, I mean, what can you do? I can’t put it all on any one person, because this is the team we’ve constructed. It’s bound to be better once we get totally healthy (IF we get totally healthy), but the O-Line is probably going to struggle more often than not against really good front fours.
Did we underrate Tampa’s pass rush? Probably a little bit. It’s also probably a totally different football game if it’s played in Seattle, not for nothing.
Anyway, I’m not too worried about this one. Sure, it sucked, and watching a Seahawks game when the offense is totally incapable of moving the football is worse than being strapped into a chair with your eyes forced open, facing a 48-hour Big Bang Theory marathon, but nothing has changed from where we were last week. The Seahawks still hold the 2-seed (and, after the Cowboys beat the Redskins on Thanksgiving, you had to know it was going to be HIGHLY improbable for the Seahawks to pick up two games on Dallas in the last 5 weeks, so the 1-seed was never likely going to happen anyway), with a half-game lead over Detroit and Atlanta. Detroit has three of its last five on the road, and has to face the Giants, Cowboys, Packers and Saints the rest of the way. Atlanta, you figure, has it a little better (which is why I was rooting for Arizona to beat them this weekend), only having to face the Chiefs and Saints (both at home) and the Panthers on the road for their tough games.
As for the division, thanks to everyone else being terrible and all losing this weekend, we still have a 3-game lead over the Cards with five weeks to go. The way Palmer & Co. are playing, go ahead and salt the division away right now.
So, nothing is fucked here! We’re home for 3 of 5, we get the plummeting Panthers this weekend on Sunday Night Football, and all should be right with the world!