In a game of two halves, Seattle gave fans cause to hope for a play-off run by going 6-2 on the year… while also giving them cause to fear going 8-8 on the season.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and Head Coach Pete Carroll led the team to a 27-20 win over the Falcons on the road in Week 8. On the surface, this should be viewed with enthusiasm by the 12’s, but this win masked some grave concerns with this team. There is also the pain of losing center Justin Britt due to a suspected ACL tear. The offense is slowly losing its key players with tight end Will Dissly already out for the season. This offense needs reinforcements before the trade deadline.
It was a near-perfect first half for the Seattle Seahawks going in to half time with a 24-0 lead, Wilson throwing two touchdowns to DK Metcalf who redeemed himself from last week’s errors. Chris Carson continued to keep Rashaad Penny on the bench with good running. The defense showed glimpses of the Seattle defenses of old, shutting out the Atlanta Falcons for the first half… and then reminding everyone that they are not at that standard, by almost allowing the Falcons back-up quarterback Matt Schaub to lead a second-half comeback to force overtime.
There are a number reasons why the second half could not have gone more wrong for Seattle. There was questionable play calling from Brian Schottenheimer, not doing his best to simply help run the clock down with the defense clearly beginning to struggle. After pitching a first-half shut-out, Seattle gave up 20 points in a tense finish. The defense again showed they cannot be relied upon to win games, it is all about Wilson and company this season. If the defense can catch up to the offense’s production, we can be a legitimate Super Bowl threat… if not, it could be painful end to the season for Seattle fans.
Wilson bounced back from last week’s disappointing production and had another MVP game, throwing for 182 yards with two touchdowns and completing 14-of-20 attempts. Carson yet again produced, running the ball 20 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Rashaad Penny also pitched in for the offense, running the ball eight times for a gain of 55 yards. On the defense, there was an interception and multiple forced punts; however the second-half collapse was embarrassing when the opposition was led by a back-up quarterback.
With the trade deadline closing, there are plenty of rumours concerning Seattle. Penny is expected to be dealt, with numerous teams making calls, and we are heavily rumoured to be pursuing Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end OJ Howard. Mike Davis is rumoured to be a target if Penny is dealt, with the Cincinnati Bengals’ AJ Green still being out there for Seattle. It promises to be a busy trade deadline window for Seattle.
If you were to take one thing from this game, it’s that it’s never easy for Seattle.
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