Seahawks Sherman vs. Pats Brady
The post game focus in the media has been the confrontation between Richard Sherman and Tom Brady. Clearly there was a lot more to the Seahawks‘ victory over the Patriots, but I love the way Sherman handled himself.
Backs it up with his play
Richard Sherman is not the first Seahawks player who ever talked smack, not by a long shot. The most infamous of the Seattle smack talkers has got to be former University of Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens.
In 2006, during Super Bowl Media Week, Jerramy Stevens said, “The Story of Jerome Bettis returning to his hometown is heartwarming, but it’s going to be a sad day when he doesn’t walk away with that trophy.”
At the time I saw nothing wrong with that statement. The trouble was, Stevens dropped 3 passes in that Super Bowl and didn’t back up his words with his play on the field.
The trouble was, Stevens dropped 3 passes in that Super Bowl and didn’t back up his words with his play on the field.
In contrast, Sherman does back up his words with his play on the field. He deflected a would-be first down pass on third down pass to Brandon Lloyd, deflected a would-be touchdown intended for Wes Welker, and intercepted a pass intended for former Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch.
I firmly believe in the saying, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” That doesn’t mean I have a problem with players who talk a lot of trash, as long as they back it up on the field. What annoys me is when you have a player who runs his mouth, then avoids physical altercation in the game.
Early in the game Richard Sherman and Deion Branch were jawing at each-other when Branch gave Sherman a little push. Sherman snapped around, grabbed Branch and said something.
My guess would be that he warned Deion that touching him would not be a good idea. More. . .
Seattle made the plays that mattered
Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 23
When: 1:05 PM PST, Sunday, November 14, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
After the Seahawks imploded in the second quarter, and stumbled their way through the 3rd quarter, they found themselves down by 13 points with less than 10 minutes to play.
From that moment on, both sides of the ball made every play they had to.
Sure, Tom Brady and the Patriots racked up 475-yards in total offense. But, when it mattered the most, theSeattle Seahawks defense held the Patriots two yards short.
Russell Wilson #3
I have to throw out his line for everyone. Partially because it seems like people like to talk about his stats, and partly because I love numbers.
16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions. Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards. It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4. If you felt like you have read that before, I stole it from my MMQB piece last night.
In case you didn’t read that piece, let me point out that the last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact (QBR) in a game was week three of the 2008 season.
Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
We were able to see Russell Wilson air the ball out quite a bit on Sunday. I have to be honest, I am extremely impressed with the way he throws a deep ball. The last time I saw someone throw a ball like that, for the Seahawks, was before Matt Hasselbeck.
From here on out, defenses will have to game plan against big passing plays. That should limit the amount of defenders opposing teams are willing to stack in the box.
Which should really help the running game, not that it isn’t pretty good already.
Sidney Rice #18
Sidney Rice made several nice plays throughout the game. He also messed a few up, we will skip over those for the purpose of this piece. After it was all said and done, two plays put Rice on my list. More. . .
What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon. Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit. Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.
One is “too short”, one came up short
Just as the Grinch’s heart grew “three sizes that day!”, Russell Wilson must have grown three inches in his play.
16/27 for 293-yards, 3 touchdown and no interceptions. Plus, 5 rushes for 17-yards. It all adds up to a 133.7 Rating and a QBR of 91.4.
You may already know, but in case you don’t, QBR is a rating system that is scored from 0-100, based on how the quarterback’s play increased his teams chances of winning.
The last time a Seattle Seahawks quarterback had that much of an impact in a game was week three of the 2008 season.
On His Back!
He put the offense on his back in a game where star running back Marshawn Lynch ran for just 41 yards. Down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, Russell lead the Seahawks to 2 touchdown drives.
Wilson’s other touchdown was a great pass, followed by a great catch by Doug Baldwin, who had 2 receptions for 74 yards on that scoring drive.
Welcome back Doug! Baldwin, had 2 receptions for 74 yards and a HUGE TD!
The New England Patriots got the ball back with 1:14 to go in the 4th quarter. They had already squandered all of their time outs. Tom Brady threw a pass out of bounds, got sacked by Jason Jones, and skipped a pass to Aaron Hernandez which brought up a 4th down withe 17-yards to go from their own 13 yard line.
After a quick pass to Wes Welker, Bobby Wagnerdrilled Welker at the 29 yard-line, 2 yards short of the first down.
Bring on the Victory Formation!
Of course, the Patriots had several chances to put the Seahawks away long before that final drive.
At the end of the first half, Russell Wilson fumbled the ball near mid-field and the Patriots recovered it. With 1 second left in the half, Tom Brady threw the ball out of the back of the end zone. More. . .
Five things to watch
Before the season started, I would have been more than happy with a 2-2 record. Of course, I would have assumed the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals and the Rams. Instead, Seattle lost those both of those games, but they did defeat the Cowboys and the Packers, at home.
No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks have a record of .500, and last place in the NFC West.
Who would have thought the division, who had a 7-9 Seahawks team win it two years before, would become the best division in football.
So much has been made of the performance of Russell Wilsonthis week. Yes, he is the starting quarterback, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with the position.
Personally, I think the 12th man has been a little hard on the young man. I am not going to waste everyone’s time by stating the reasons why I believe that in this piece, but if you haven’t seen my opinion, or would like a refresher, click the link to the “Player Spotlight” piece I wrote on Wilson this week.
With all that said, or not said, I do want to see some improvement from him during the next four games.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.
Far too often, Russell Wilson is missing wide open receivers. As most of you probably know, I was a proponent of letting him sit on the bench, behind Matt Flynn, for a year so that he could learn the pro game.
If he doesn’t start making more correct reads, I think that is exactly where he will end up.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on. On a personal level, I like the guy, but I would never play poker with him.
Honestly, I think Pete is putting himself in position to switch quarterbacks at any time.
It will be interesting to see if Wilson will be able to move the offense well enough to remain the teams starter, or if Pete will decide that it is time to try to “Win with Flynn”.
Starting right guards could be OUT Sunday
Here’s Brett’s weekly NFL injury rundown…
For the Seattle Seahawks, starting right guard, John Moffitt, is out with a knee injury. That is actually a downgrade from his doubtful designation last week. John has been unable to practice for the last two weeks.
There is nothing to indicate that there has been a set back in Moffitt’s recovery.
Seahawks All Access
Russell Wilson has gone from cheers to jeers in the last couple of weeks.
If you watched those two videos, then you have heard just about everything I could write about his past.
Instead, I am going to focus on what he has done in the NFL, and what we can take from it moving forward. I want to throw some numbers out at you, eight quarterback, the first four starts in the NFL for each of them, please take a moment to study them before you scroll down.
“When you check back on this draft 10 years later he’ll of had a very good career.” – Jon Gruden at QB Camp on #Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
For fun, look at these numbers and decide which quarterback you would start, then decide who you would bench.
- 80/131 61% 999-yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions
- 65/141 46% 831-yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
- 74/125 59% 892-yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions
- 87/124 70% 1,088-yards, 5 touchdown and 2 interceptions
- 60/100 60% 594-yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
- 57/96 59% 604-yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions
- 81/146 55% 992-yards, 3 touchdown and 11 interceptions
- 59/114 52% 637-yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Another one slipped away
Seattle Seahawks 13, St. Louis Rams 19
When: 10:00 AM PST, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
The Ghost of 10:00 AM strikes again.
The Rams showed up to the stadium ready play on Sunday, the Seahawks never really showed up.
I have to tip my cap to the entire Rams organization on their victory. The Seahawks didn’t play well, they were not well coached, but that should not take away from the fact that the Rams came to play on Sunday, and they did what they needed to do to get the big win.
Now, I am left sitting here trying to pick through the crap fest of a game on Sunday to find 5 stand out players. Spoiler alert, none of them will be from the offensive passing game.
Marshawn Lynch #24
For the second time in the last three games, Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100-yards.
Marshawn now leads all running backs in the NFL with 423-yards through the first 4 games.
Marshawn Lynch had a big game against St. Louis, continuing his impressive streak of play in 2012 (Photo: Seattlepi.com)
On Monday, Lynch added 118-yards rushing and 37-yards receiving to his season totals. He scored the only offensive touchdown of the game, by either team. Add it all up, Marshawn accounted for 49% of the Seahawks offensive yards and 46% of the teams points. How could I not include him? More…
The better team won
I should re-phrase that, the team that played better on Sunday won. Hats off to the St. Louis Rams for the big divisional win. The Rams coaching staff put together a great game plan that put the team in position to win.
The players executed the plan and that is why they won. On the other side of the field, the Seattle Seahawks entered the Edward Jones Dome like they expected the Rams to roll over and concede.
There is no doubt the Seahawks are a running offense.
Despite the fact that teams are loading the box, the Seahawks offensive line group is opening lanes for Marshawn Lynch to run through on a consistent basis. For the second time in three games, Marshawn ran over 100-yard (118). Lynch’s 155 all-purpose yards were just 5-yards shy off Russell Wilson‘s passing yards for the game.
Once again, Russell had trouble finding wide open receivers. At this point I am starting to question wether he is missing them because he is a rookie, or if he is missing them because he is too short.
Case in point: