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Cowboys vs. Seahawks Recap

Losing for only the second time in their last 20 home games, the Seattle Seahawks failed miserably in their attempt to overcome defeat against the Dallas Cowboys. Unable to stop the Cowboys’ running game, the Hawks allowed 162 yards rushing; accounting for 115 of those yards, RB Demarco Murray had another solid game and continues to lead the league in rushing. Without the solidification of a rushing defense, the door was opened for the Cowboys’ passing game, and with no clear answer to the opposition’s aerial threat, the Hawks had no way of stopping them. On the offensive side of the ball it wasn’t any better for the Hawks as they managed to produce only nine first downs and 206 yards on offense.

The inability to move the ball started when the Hawks coaching staff relentlessly attempted to get Harvin in space on first and second downs. Touching the ball six times yesterday and netting -1 yard, Harvin’s performance was abysmal, calling into question the predictability of runs around the edge and bubble screens involving Harvin. Regardless of Harvin’s lack of offensive output, the Hawks were collectively pathetic on offense. Russell Wilson had very little time to make anything happen and as a result completed only 50% of his passes for 126 yards no touchdowns and an interception.

Blocking a punt, recovering a muffed punt, and returning a kick for 46 yards, the lone bright spot for the Hawks was their performance on special teams. Down 0-3 the Cowboys were forced to punt after failing to convert on 3rd and three. In on special teams to block the gunner on the play, Doug Baldwin shifted over at the last second to attempt a punt block. His attempt was successful and Mike Morgan returned the blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown. At that point in the game, it looked as if Doug Baldwin had given the Hawks the momentum they needed to carry out a marginal victory against the Cowboys, instead the Cowboys went on to score 17 unanswered points, leading 17-10 at halftime.

After such a valiant effort, it was no wonder Doug went off in the locker room after the game criticizing his own team for their lack of production. A reporter asked Doug if the significant difference in time of possession played a factor in the outcome of the game, Doug responded by saying, “We had plenty of time to make plays. We’ve got too much talent not to be moving the f—— ball.” Relatively blunt, Baldwin spoke the truth, and it was nice to see some recognition of their self-inflicted loss.

However, despite a majority of the game being “self-inflicted” there did seem to be a lack of penal equality when it came to pass defending. Following Sherman’s pass interference penalty (in which he merely placed a hand on WR Dez Bryant’s back) the officials failed to flag a crucial deep left pass from Wilson to Willson in which Cowboy’s defender Kyle Wilber failed to turn around whilst putting his hand on Luke Willson’s facemask. The negligence involved with the officiating wasn’t the primary reason for the loss though, and the only way the Hawks can bounce back is if they can get healthy in the secondary and return to their basic offensive strengths.

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MNF Recap: Seahawks at Redskins

After Wilson started the game by rushing for 45 yards on a touchdown drive that lasted only 2 min. and 16 sec. it looked as if the Hawks were going to win with ease. Unfortunately that was not the case, and although John Ryan is a fantastic punter you never want to see him punt the ball 6 times in a game and you never want to see 13 penalties for a total of 90 yards. Although those lackluster traditions (punting and penalties) were common in the dark ages (post-Holmgren/pre-Carroll era), they are something I don’t want the eyes of bandwagon-ers to see, because witnessing those traditions will make them feel like they’ve been fans for more than a minute. Despite witnessing the tragedy of three Percy Harvin touchdowns negated by penalties, they will never be able to sympathize with the horror of having your leading rusher of 2009 score only two touchdowns in a season.

Speaking of horrifying rushing performances, the ‘Skins RB Alfred Morris was held to 29 yards rushing and no touchdowns on Monday night, a stark contrast from Wilson’s 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Russell’s rushing performance was complimented with 201 yards and two touchdowns passing. B Wags had equally impressive statistics on defense recording 8 tackles, 3 for a loss, one for a sack, and two pass deflections. But despite Wagner’s performance, there remain some key concerns on defense, specifically how well the secondary manages and contains speedy receivers like DeSean Jackson. DeSean had 157 yards receiving including a 60 yard touchdown in which the Hawks zone coverage failed. The Hawks now rank 22nd in passing yards allowed which is an unacceptable statistic if they’re to maintain their status as best defense in the league. Right now, solidifying the secondary is completely dependent upon Jeremy Lane’s recovery time.

Let’s hope the Seahawks clean up their act, otherwise they just might want to trade for Pierre Garcon. Garcon’s dirty antics weren’t enough to pull a dread from Sherman’s head, but hopefully his actions were enough to light Sherman’s fire. Sherman is long overdue and picking off Romo isn’t hard to do so let’s hope the ball finds its way into Richard’s hands on Sunday as the Hawks face Jerry Jones’ Cowboys at Century Link.

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MNF Seahawks at Redskins

Despite their most recent 45-14 loss to the NY Giants, the Washington Redskins can throw the football, which provides a challenge for a team that has struggled in the pass defense category so far.

Ranking 4th in passing yards, QB Kirk Cousins and the ‘skins should provide a test for a Seahawks secondary that has already faced Rodgers, Manning and Rivers on the year.

Equipped with a defense that has allowed the 5th fewest rushing yards, the Seahawks should be able to stop opposing RB Alfred Morris on the ground.

The challenge lies in covering Cousins’ targets and applying pressure.

Always reliable offensively, the key to the game lies in the hands of the Hawks secondary.

 

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