Last Sunday the Hawks beat the Falcons in a dominating 33-10 victory. Throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns, Russell Wilson led the team to victory. His efforts were only made possible by much improved offensive line blocking and a powerful rushing attack in which Marshawn Lynch rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Defensively the Hawks were equally as dominant in their abilities to stop the run and the pass, limiting falcons quarter back Matt Ryan to only 172 yards passing and a touchdown, and holding running back Steven Jackson to 11 yards on 9 carries.
In comparison to the games played against the Rams and the Buccaneers, last week’s game was a blowout, not because of the difference in score, but because of the difference in performance. In weeks prior to the Falcons game, the Hawks struggled to generate a balanced offense while protecting the QB, and they also failed miserably at stopping the run. This last week, Lynch set a new season high for rushing yards in a game, Wilson played excellently and was able to stand in the pocket comfortably, and the defense proved that they can defend the pass and stuff the run at the same time.
The Seahawks defensive efforts were collective in their performance, every facet played well and no single player stood out. The Falcons on the other hand had a one man tackling machine by the name of Paul Worrilow. Worrilow recorded 19 total tackles in his start for injured Falcon LB Sean Weatherspoon. After his breakout performance, Worrilow will likely be guaranteed a spot as a Falcons starter.
Despite the Hawks overall success, I’m apprehensive to give them too much credit in their ability to stop the run. Although they did hold the Falcons to a total of 64 rushing yards, they accomplished the feat against a rushing offense that ranks last in yards gained. This Sunday’s games against the Vikings will prove an adequate test for their run stopping abilities, as they face Adrian Peterson.