Following their 34-22 victory against the Cardinals in Arizona last Thursday, the Hawks move to 6-1 for the season. The game was highlighted by a consistent offensive attack, as the Hawks managed to rack up 135 yards on the ground and 235 yards through the air. On Defense the Hawks absolutely dominated, they recorded a total of seven sacks and two interceptions.
The Hawks performance was a result of a solid team effort in which they played significantly well in every facet of the game, especially offensively. QB Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns without throwing a single interception and RB Marshawn Lynch led the team with 91 rushing yard and a touchdown. It was great to have Arizona native Zach Miller back in the starting lineup for the Hawks. Miller caught a total of five passes and scored a touchdown in his first game back from injury. It was also nice to see WR Sidney Rice having decent success as he got open for 31 yard TD pass early in the game.
Despite the void at MLB, Hawks LB Malcom Smith was able to fill the shoes of Bobby Wagner. Leading the team in tackles last game, Smith had 9 tackles, a pass defended, a sack, and two tackles for a loss against the Cardinals. Smith’s emergence adds even more depth to the already fierce Hawks defense.
As usual the secondary played with intensity. Both Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner had picks, and although he tripped near the goal line, Browner was close to finding the end zone on his INT return. The other two Legion of Boom members played incredibly well too. SS Kam Chancellor had several big plays, his most remarkable being the play in which he knocked Cards RT Eric Winston onto his back and tackled the RB in the backfield for a loss. Although he didn’t have any picks, Sherman was a large part of containing the athleticism of the Cardinals wide receiving corps.
Next week the Hawks will attempt to duplicate their well rounded success as they play a struggling Rams team on the road. Even though the Rams are not an interesting opponent with the loss of Bradford, It should be fun to watch the Hawks on primetime TV.