Just when you think the Seahawks are getting to be boring or predictable to write about (what’s that, another slow start spoiling an otherwise winnable game?), they go and zag when you expect them to zig.
Well, you may have expected this game to be a zig, but I saw this zag coming a mile away!
Everyone’s all surprised about Tennessee’s offense really sticking it to our defense, but this was always going to be a terrible matchup for the Seahawks. They have a GREAT offensive line, so that right there neutralizes one of our team’s best assets: the D-Line. The pass rush was neutralized (I read somewhere that the Seahawks were only credited with 2 pressures all day), and more importantly, our rush defense was non-existent. Remember in 2014, when we hosted the Cowboys and they ran the ball all over us (with DeMarco Murray at the helm, btw)? Yeah, that times a thousand. 195 total yards rushing, on a 5.6 yards per carry average, with a long of 75! DeMarco Murray was supposed to only play sparingly because he was dealing with an injury, and he looked like fucking Superman out there!
So yeah, there was that. Then, factor in Marcus Mariota: he’s not going to push the ball down the field. He’s going to take what the defense gives him, make smart decisions, and keep moving the chains. Then, when he gets into the red zone, he’s going to make enough plays to ensure his team scores. While they didn’t hit on every red zone appearance, they didn’t need to. From the second quarter on, they scored on 7 of 8 drives. When you move the ball that well, you don’t NEED to score touchdowns every time to be effective and win the game! But, more importantly, by not challenging the Seahawks deep through the air, that neutralizes another of our team’s best assets: the secondary.
With the D-Line and the secondary reduced to nothing, it should surprise no one that the Titans were able to score at will.
I think the Seahawks opened some eyes on offense though. No one should be crowing, or otherwise satisfied with what the offense was able to do; we’ve seen this movie too! The Seahawks start slow on the road, get down big, and scramble to make a furious comeback. In this case, the Seahawks actually managed to grab a 7-6 lead late in the second quarter, after punting on their first six drives. A Prevent Defense prevented the Seahawks from going into halftime with the lead, as the Titans were able to kick another field goal to go up 9-7. Then, the Seahawks took the opening drive of the second half down for a TD, and a 14-9 lead, and I think everyone sort of settled in, secure that the Seahawks would FINALLY take over the ballgame.
That’s when the Titans went on their run, making the score 30-14 going into the fourth quarter. As they do, the Seahawks turned the engines back on, pulling to within 30-20. They failed at their 2-point conversion (because if you think they’re bad in the red zone, you should SEE how wretched they are at going for 2), but still had plenty of time for a couple more scores.
Where they really lost the game was on the subsequent Titans drive. Tennessee held the ball for 4 minutes and drove down for a field goal to make it 33-20 with about 10 minutes to go. At that point, not only would the Seahawks need two touchdowns, but they’d somehow need to get a STOP, which seemed like the least likely of the two scenarios.
Of course, the Seahawks did neither, as they were forced to punt on their next drive. Sure, the D finally rose up for a 3 & Out, but at that point so much time had run off the clock that the Seahawks would need two TDs in just over 5 minutes. They would get one, but the on-side kick was as pathetic as everything else about the Seahawks that day, and that was that.
Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and 4 TDs, which is awesome for a fantasy football team, but it’s honestly not going to win the Seattle Seahawks very many ballgames. If he has to throw the ball 49 times, then guess what? That means our defense stinks. And, for as good as that day looks, there were still plenty of missed opportunities that he wasn’t able to take advantage of. This offense isn’t good enough to carry a crappy defense, so I hate everything about this stat line.
I really want to call out Darrell Bevell here, because yeah I know he’s the easy mark, and I know it’s like beating a dead horse, but he’s a fucking moron. The Seahawks ran the ball on the first play of the game for no gain, then passed twice before it turned into a 3 & Out. Next Drive: 3 passes, and another 3 & Out. Next Drive: we get a first down on first down through the air, then Carson runs twice for 11 yards to get the ball into Tennessee territory, then … 3 incomplete passes and a punt. Next Drive: he returns to the run game which nets 9 yards, but fails on 3rd & 1. Nice idea, but poor execution. Next Drive: 3 more incomplete passes for the 3 & Out.
I mean, look, it was a hot day. 90+ degrees in Tennessee. I know this team’s “identity” or whatever isn’t to speed up the offense, but you could’ve fooled me. What are all these incomplete passes if not speeding up the time between when the defense is out there on the field. And, with all their nonsense early in the game – highlighted by Richard Sherman’s meltdown, followed by his late hit out of bounds on the quarterback – I have no doubt in my mind it tired them out, rendering them useless in the second half.
Also, not for nothing, but I have absolutely no problem with how you want to protest for your causes. Stand for the anthem, sit for the anthem, pull the flag out and take a shit on it on midfield in front of tens of thousands of people; WHATEVER. But, when I read about how the team is spending 3+ hours on how they’re going to protest the anthem the next day … I dunno, that seems like time that could be spent on preparing for the other team!
Again, I’m all for you standing up for what you believe in, but if it’s going to continuously interfere with your performance on the field, then I gotta say: why should I care about the causes of a bunch of losers? You know where you’ll have the biggest impact to pass along your message? At the FUCKING Super Bowl, so how about you start playing like you give a shit about this fucking game, or go hang out on the fucking sidelines while we find some guys who want to win.
I follow sports because I like watching sports. While I agree with your right to protest – and while I agree that people of color are treated pretty shitty in this country – I only actually give a shit about football when I’m watching football. If I want an endless parade of politics, I’ll go on Twitter and blow my fucking brains out, thanks.