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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”.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week B-
Ben recovered the first fumble while covering the kick off and was smart just to stay down and not risk fumbling the ball himself trying to get up. He made another big play covering kicks when he flew down the field and made a tackle short of the 20 yard line. Obomanu fought back to the quarterback to make a catch for a first down.
That first down catch for 10 yards was his only reception of the game.
2) Sidney Rice (B-)
Last week he led the team with a B+
Sidney had a nice block for Zach Miller after Miller caught the ball. On a third down play he made a nice diving catch but unfortunately he was just short of the marker.
He only had 14 yards receiving for the game.
3) Doug Baldwin (C+)
Last week B
Doug had a 50 yard reception in the game.
Unfortunately that was his only reception and he would leave the game later with an injury.
4) Golden Tate (C-)
Last week he was not graded
Tate made an excellent catch on the sidelines.
Golden fumbled the ball but was lucky it went out of bounds because there were no Seahawks around to recover it if it had stayed in. He was called for illegal motion because he didn’t get set before the snap.
Last week B-
I just can’t spin anything good here.
He was targeted on a hitch and waited for the ball to come to him instead of fighting back towards it. Because he did this the defender was able to get around him and break up the pass. In an altercation he was the last player to shove the opposition and got himself a personal foul. The call was pretty weak but he should have kept his cool.
Zach had a nice backside cut block and a few other nice blocks in the running game. He pushed the pile at the end of runs to help the running back gain every yard they could. Miller did a nice job sitting down in the soft spot in the zone.
He missed a cut block.
2) Anthony McCoy (D+)
Anthony pulled out this superman Esq block where he flew through the air. It wasn’t the most successful block I have ever seen but it was effective enough and showed effort. He had a couple more nice run blocks.
For the most part he struggled trying to block people. He missed cut blocks, couldn’t hold blocks or just went after the wrong guy to block completely.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week B+
Rice ran a really sharp hitch route. He was able to get good separation on a deep route and he made a nice fourth down reception. He also was a willing run blocker and had a nice block on one play.
He had a pretty solid game but only three receptions.
2) Doug Baldwin (B)
Last week B
Doug made a couple nice catches, one he had to dive for and another with the defender draped all over him. He gave a great effort on Jackson’s final pass trying to jump over the back of the defender and wrestle the ball away until they were separated.
Baldwin only caught three passes in the game.
3) Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu (B-)
Last week: Mike was out with an injury and Ben led the receivers with an A
Williams did a nice job running slant routes and catching the ball with his hands. Obomanu made a nice block in the running game and made a catch with a defender draped all over him.
Neither receiver was very involved in the game having a total of 5 targets between them.
Seahawks Player Grades
Last week D+
Ben had to receptions over 20 yards including one for 55 yards and led the team with 107 yards for the game (not to mention by going over 100 yards he won everyone in attendance a free Top Pot Doughnut). He ran his routes well and was able to get himself open. He showed effort fighting for extra yards after the catch.
He doesn’t consistently play as well as he did against the Bengals.
2) Sidney Rice (B+)
Last week C+
Sidney made a few outstanding catches including a couple diving catches. He recognized when the quarterback was in trouble and did a nice job working back to him to give the QB a place to dump the ball. He showed excellent effort while picking up a first down by fighting off a tackler on a wide receiver screen. Once again he showed his willingness to be a blocker down field. He had 102 yards receiving for the day.
He had three dropped passes including one where he had adjusted to a very poorly thrown ball in the end zone but was unable to haul in the pass.
3) Doug Baldwin (B)
Last week C-
Doug made a few really nice catches including a beautiful one handed catch on the run. He also had a 31 yard reception.
Baldwin had an uncharacteristic drop in the game.
4) Golden Tate and Kris Durham (C-)
Last week: Golden C+ and Durham was not graded.
These are really the 5th and 6th receivers on the team and are not counted on very often.
Tate missed a block on the designed quarterback run that left Jackson with no where to run. Durham had a false start.
1) Cameron Morrah (C+)
Last week he led the group with a C+
He did a good job finding the open spot in the zone and sitting down in it. Morrah made a great catch with a defender draped all over him.
Cameron had a dropped pass.
Last week he was out with a head injury.
Miller ran an excellent seam route and made a nice catch at the sidelines staying in bounds for the reception. He also had a nice block.
Zach missed a block on a screen pass and was unable to hold his block in the running game a couple times. He dropped a pass because he was not prepared to catch it at the top of his route.
3) Anthony McCoy (D)
Last week C
Anthony stonewalled a defensive end who was trying to bull rush him. He set his feet and sunk his hips using picture perfect technique to manhandle a guy who had about 50 pounds on him.
He struggled when asked to run block. He was late getting to one block, got pushed 5-yards into the backfield on one and missed a cut block on another. He also added a dropped pass.
Wide Receiver and Tight Ends Player Grades
1) Mike Williams (B-)
Last week he missed due to injury
Mike did a nice job while run blocking and he made a nice move after a catch to pick up a first down.
Williams only caught the one pass.
2) Sidney Rice and Golden Tate (C+)
Last week: They both had B’s
Sidney had a nice block down field and a 38 yard reception that would have been a touchdown if the pass was accurate. Golden made a nice catch with a defensive back draped all over him.
Rice was unable to hold his block on a screen pass. The pass that Tate caught was the only one thrown to him in the game.
4) Doug Baldwin (C-)
Last week he led the group with an A+
He was tackled late in the fourth quarter while he was on his route
This isn’t his typical week
He dropped a very catch-able ball and was called for Pass Interference but if you watch the corners feet you can see that he lost his footing and his feet slipped out from under him.
5) Ben Obomanu (D+)
Last week B+
The Seahawks no longer need to count on him to produce.
He made a poor adjustment on an under-thrown ball. If he had he made the adjustment he would have had a big reception. Ben dropped a pass on third down that would have been a first down on the final drive.
1) Cameron Morrah (C+)
This was his first game this season
He made a nice block down field and did a nice job seling his blocks on play action and then sneaking out into his route.
Morrah missed a block during a screen pass and the play resulted in a loss.
2) Anthony McCoy (C)
Last week F+
Quarterback and Running Back Player Grades
Charlie Whitehurst (F-)
Last week B+ in almost half a game after replacing Tarvaris Jackson (injury)
Charlie did a good job handling the high snaps from backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre. He showed and ability to fit the ball into small windows and get it out in a hurry at times.
Whitehurst did have trouble handling one of the high snaps. He was throwing into a lot of coverage and should have had more interceptions but he was lucky that the Browns secondary cannot catch balls that hit them in their hands. On his final pass of the game he threw a ball (on fourth down) that had 0% chance of being completed. There were no open receivers at the time but he threw it to the worst possible one. The others had a low chance of success but at least there was some chance. He struggled finding the open receiver and on multiple occasions threw the ball to someone who was covered when he had a receiver open. At the goal line he threw the ball out of bounds in the direction of Michael Robinson but he had Cameron Morrah at the 1-yard line with a couple steps on the line backer. That should have been an easy touchdown but Charlie never made an attempt. He had a lot of trouble hanging onto the ball when he was sacked or at one point even when there was no pressure on him and he lost control of the ball while attempting to throw it. He threw an interception on the play after Leon’s SHOULD BE touchdown. They had great field position and the quarterback needs to show poise in that situation not frustration like Whitehurst did. Late in the game he had Sidney Rice wide open and all he needed to do was throw the ball on target but instead threw the ball so that Rice was forced out of bounds. They still got a big completion but that play should have been a touchdown. He started to panic in the pocket towards the end of the game.
1) Leon Washington (A-)
Laste week he led the backs with an A-
First, to get it out of the way, he had a punt return for a touchdown. The block in the back was a bogus call and I am not about to take that return away from Washington because he deserves it. What I will say though is he shouldn’t have been show boating before he got in the end zone and taken that big hit. It kinda reminded me of last year when he was show boating and got tackled just short of the end zone. He needs to stop that. When he got the ball in his hands he did everything in his power to make something happen. He averaged 5.6-yards per carry and was showing his wicked ability to cut and make people miss. At times he just decided to run over a would-be tackler. He showed patience setting up his blocks and vision finding cut back lanes. He also showed the speed needed to get to the edge and that he has an ability to pick up the blitz.
He only had 7 carries and took a kick off back to the 14-yard line. If you are going to take the ball out of the end zone on a kick off you better get back to the 20 at least.
2) Justin Forsett (B-)
Last week B-
He showed his ability to make hard cuts and make people miss. He did a nice job picking up the blitz and giving his quarterback more time to throw.
He only averaged 2.9-yards per carry and part of the reason was because he was hesitating to hit the hole. On special teams he had a missed block during a kick return.
3) Michael Robinson (D+)
Last week C+
On Leon’s punt return for the touchdown he had a nice block that sprung him at the beginning of the return. He had a couple nice run blocks.
He struggled most of the game. Michael had a missed tackle on punt coverage and one on kick coverage. He missed a block on a kick return but the worst mistake was at the goal line when he lead the running back into the hole and dove on the ground blocking no one. Had he blocked one of the two defenders bearing down on the running back it would have probably been a touchdown.