We’re running it back for the regular season! No winners or losers here! Just some shit about this game off the top of my head!
The Seahawks went into Denver yesterday, took a short-lived 7-0 lead, lost it through most of the rest of the game, then took a short-lived 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter, before losing 27-24. We had so many chances in the end to come back to either tie or win it, but the offense stumbled and that was that. The Seahawks are 0-1 after one game, and absolutely ARE who we thought they were.
What I’m Geeked Out About After One Game
This is the part where I talk about the small handful of things I really loved about the game we just watched. And, while it’s already starting to get old to a lot of people, how can you not be absolutely raving about Michael Dickson?!
6 punts for a 59-yard average, and I believe Hawkblogger said a 57.5 yard net? That is IN-sane. I mean, honestly, I know it sucks when the Seahawks’ offense sucks, but I love to watch that guy walk away (after watching him boom a football 70 yards through the air) or something.
I’m also pretty geeked out about Uncle Will’s 105 yards on 3 catches with a TD. Because how could you NOT be? That dude is a villain! BLAP BLAP BLAP BLAP BLAP!
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Good Way)
I think we’re all in agreement that Rashaad Penny is a first round bust and a wasted draft pick at this point, right? We’re all in agreement? Oh, we’re not? Well, at least we can all agree that, at this time, Chris Carson is the unquestioned best running back on this team, and absolutely should NOT be on an even timeshare with Penny, and not just because it will cripple my fantasy team if he isn’t the bellcow I expected him to be!
Carson is explosive, he’s good in between the tackles, he’s good in the open field, he runs through guys, he jumps OVER guys, he catches the ball pretty well. He does everything you want out of an All Pro running back, so just lean on him!
I’ll also say that Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall both caught my eye (in a good way) with their TDs, particularly that sweet long bomb to Lockett for 51 yards.
Also, it was around this time a week ago where we could’ve made the argument that the Seahawks had the very worst safety situation in all of football. Then, Earl Thomas returned, and balance was restored to The Force or some shit. One pick by E.T., TWO picks by Bradley McDougald, as these three turnovers really kept the Seahawks in the game when things looked like Denver might run away with it. I still believe the Seahawks should’ve traded Thomas for whatever they could get, but damn is it nice to see him out there again!
Let’s Talk About Competitions
This section feels more appropriate for the pre-season, but on this team I feel like competition is going to be ongoing.
For instance, yes Shaquem Griffin got the start in place of K.J. Wright, but don’t Wally Pipp the veteran just yet, because Griffin regularly saw his ass pulled from the game for various miscues. Missed tackles, poor angles, lack of contain … all HUGE no-no’s in Pete Carroll’s book. Austin Calitro saw playing time in his place and looked marginally better, but I’m going out on a limb and saying I can’t wait for K.J. to come back. I have enough concerns about this defense as it is, I don’t want to have to think about the play of the linebackers!
Also, Tre Flowers got the start opposite Shaquill Griffin, as what’s his name got put on IR this week. Flowers played almost all defensive snaps and honestly didn’t look great. But, then again, no one in the cornerback room should be applauding themselves, because Case Keenum was able to complete 25/39 for 329, an 8.4 yard average. I mean, if Keenum is going to do that to us, what’s going to happen when we get to the Rams, the Lions, the Packers, the Vikings, and so on and so forth? Those QBs are going to eat us alive! Can Akeem King really be THAT bad? I think we need to really ramp up this cornerback competition and see what we’ve got there, because I just don’t know if Flowers is going to have what it takes to hack it long term. Feels like too much too soon for him right now.
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Bad Way)
I hope this doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of everyone’s discontent about this team (I know the fans won’t be able to let it go), but Sebastian Janikowski had two chances at a field goal near the end of the first half and missed them both (one five yards closer than the other). On a day when the Broncos’ kicker made both of his 50+ yarders, when you figure it was a sunny day in the Mile High City, SeaBass really shouldn’t have an issue. That’s a missed 3 points in a 3-point loss, so, you know, do the math.
I still can’t say enough how unimpressed I was with Penny. I see none of the things in him that I do in Carson. No burst, no power, he runs out of bounds instead of through guys. Hell, even in the red zone, it didn’t feel like he had that killer instinct to get into the endzone that Shaun Alexander had (his most popular comp). I know he’s working his way back from an injury (which saw him balloon up in weight even though it was just a broken finger!), but it also looks like he doesn’t totally know what he’s doing yet. Maybe he should be strictly this team’s #2 or even #3 back for a while, until he gets his bearings.
Also, where was Prosise? If you’re only going to start 3 running backs, and he’s your third, then why wasn’t he out there on third downs or at the ends of halves? Isn’t that his specialty?
And, I’m sorry, but Naz Jones was a healthy scratch? This team had ONE sack against the Broncos, and very little pressure on top of it. That was our #1 concern heading into this season, and it absolutely looks like it’s a valid one. Frank Clark got his, which is fine, but for the most part Keenum had all day to throw. Seems like Naz Jones could’ve helped, since he seems to be one of the better interior pressure generators. I wonder if this is a punishment thing for something we’ll never hear about? I dunno; I just want to see Jones out there next week, and every week going forward, barring injury.
Most people are killing Germain Ifedi, and I’ll second that notion, but you’re just BEGGING for trouble when you leave him one-on-one with Von Miller. There should’ve been a tight end on that side of the line every single fucking play, to at least chip if not outright double-team that monster. That’s on the coaches more than anything.
I’ll close on Russell Wilson, who really wasn’t good. That end-of-game interception was pretty meaningless, but the other one wasn’t. Neither were all the sacks he took, as he spun backwards and ended up losing 56 total yards of field position. That’s UNACCEPTABLE! On a day where we saw very little of his magic, he can’t get away with that type of shit. He’s not as fast as he used to be, he’s not getting away from these young studs, who keep getting quicker and quicker with each passing year, while Russell Wilson just gets older and older.