What an absolutely rare and satisfying experience to go into a Seahawks game and KNOW what’s going to happen. It’s even better when you know the outcome is going to be a victory.
Was there ever a moment of doubt? Ehh, I guess a little freckle of a doubt crept in about the time where Hauschka missed that field goal in the third quarter that would’ve put us up 16-3. At that point, the Rams took the ball and drove right down the field, appearing to close in on a touchdown with the ball at the 1 yard line. Then a stuff (seriously? Wildcat with Steven Jackson?), a would-be sack turned Intentional Grounding, and finally an incomplete pass left Josh Brown kicking a 29 yard field goal to bring it to within 13-6.
Of course, any fear in my heart was automatically eliminated 1 minute and 43 seconds later when the Seahawks struck back with a 29-yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin to turn the game into a semi-rout.
I thought Tarvar looked solid. I thought Bradford looked like balls. I thought it was only a matter of time before Beastmode broke one off for a TD (in this case, with less than 3 minutes to go in the game). I thought Baldwin played a statement game (that statement being: “I am your starting slot receiver from now on.”). I thought Golden Tate made some real strides (and some real mistakes in some of his routes). And I thought the defense as a whole was just plain fun to watch!
K.J. Wright was an animal in the first half of that game. 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, a pass defended … the man was all over the place. Hawthorne stood out on his tackle for loss and his general ability to be all over the field. Mebane had a sweet stuff in the middle. Sherman and Browner continue to impress the hell out of me (yeah, they’re first-year starters in the NFL, so they’re going to make some mistakes here and there; but overall, what FINDS for this team! Can you remember the last time secondary was a legitimate STRENGTH for this team, and not a total liability? — thank you Tim Ruskell). Clemons had his usual strong outing (his sack gives him 9 on the season with three games to go).
I’m telling you, this defense is a sight to behold. The way Pete Carroll and John Schneider have constructed this unit, it’s going to be HUGE for us for the next 5-10 years. Hell, in the next 1-2 years it might be so good, simply having a game manager at QB will be enough for us to go far in the playoffs!
Three more games to go. A lot to be excited about as we close things out. I still can’t believe we lost that game to the Redskins …