Regardless of their sloppy performance, the Hawks managed to defeat the Titans by a score of 20-13 last Sunday at home. The Hawks passing defense looked weak in the Titans second offensive drive, but then they managed to lock down on the Titans’ passing game. Throughout the course of the entire game, the Hawks managed to allow only 157 passing yards. They had significant success stopping the run and running the football, as they allowed only 66 total rushing yards, and rushed for 151 yards. RB Marshawn Lynch and CB Richard Sherman were the standout performers in last week’s game, Lynch had both of the teams TD’s and Sherman had a key interception that helped the Hawks seal their fate.
Although they were able to continue their offensive success that they had in previous weeks, they also continued to have botched plays and third down conversion failures despite winning the game. The Hawks have struggled and still struggle to convert on third down, only converting on 5 of their 13 attempts. The Hawks also had problems place holding following the injury to Seahawks K Steven Hauschka. Punter and back up place kicker Jon Ryan normally holds for Hauschka, but with Hauscka’s injury, Ryan was forced to attempt a field goal late in the second quarter. With Ryan kicking the field goal, Chris Maragos came in to hold. Not used to place holding, Maragos fumbled with the football and attempted to pass it. The field goal block team smothered him and caused him to fumble, they then returned the ball for a TD right before the first half ended.
Despite their unfortunate fumbled field goal, the Seahawks pulled out another victory and move to 5-1 on the year. Russell Wilson remains undefeated at home and the Hawks continue their 11 game home win streak. The Hawks have a short week as they travel to the desert to face the Cards on Thursday Night.