Russell Wilson awoke Monday morning with both eyebrows in tact. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
Although Kaepernick didn’t actually shave off one of his eyebrows, he did lose to the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners endured a beating from the Hawks, losing 29-3. The Hawks’ large margin of victory, on a national stage, astounded the football world. Finally, the Seattle Seahawks are receiving credit, where credit is due. Doubted and critiqued, the Hawks have proven they don’t deserve doubt or criticism. Calling out the cynics was Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. Sherman remarked in his post game interview, “There are a lot of pundits and ignorant idiots who thought, ‘Oh, the Seahawks are gonna lose this game.’ Well, please, please don’t doubt us again. Every time you doubt us, you look stupid.” Even Skip Bayless, Sherman’s biggest skeptic, said (in a positive context), “Richard Sherman had a hellacious game” and went on to apologize for ever doubting the Seahawks.
In their last two matchups, the Seattle Seahawks have outscored the San Francisco 49ers 71-16. Both meetings ended in a Seahawks victory, but last Sunday’s win proved to the nation that the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFL. The Hawks had a remarkable game, allowing only 3 points, and causing 5 turnovers, and a safety on defense. Offensively, RB Marshawn Lynch and the Hawks ripped apart the 49ers defense, rushing for 172 yards. The end result, was a terrific game for the Hawks on both sides of the ball.
With their defense keeping them in the game, after a terrible, yet unfortunate start (resulting in a blocked punt, and an interception), Russell Wilson and the Hawks proved their resiliency. Having still not yet completed a pass on their first three offensive drives, Wilson was hoping to ignite a dormant passing attack. Following his first completion in their fourth offensive drive, Wilson completed 8 out of 12 of his passes, and threw for 142 yards and a TD. His turnaround performance led the Seahawks to a 5-0 lead at halftime. After haltime, the Hawks were at a torrid pace, collecting a fumble, forcing 2 interception’s, kicking a field goal, and scoring 3 TDs. Marshawn Lynch accounted for all three of those TDs, catching a pass from Wilson and running the ball in twice. Lynch also racked up 98 yards on the ground on 28 carries.
The Hawks defense held 49ers RB Frank Gore to a mere 16 yards rushing last sunday, while forcing Kaepernick to throw three interceptions and have the worst game of his young career, posting a 14.0 total QBR. They were so spectacular in stopping the Niners through the air, that they didn’t even allow a pass play over 12 yards the entire game, and they held star WR Anquan Boldin, to one 7 yard reception. Their outstanding defensive play can be attributed to their lack of weaknesses. They are so balanced, it’s hard for the opposing team to distinguish a point of attack. Sunday night, it showed, as the well-rounded, and balanced play of the Seahawks, stunned the 49ers. The defensive line flourished with the new addition of DE Cliff Avril, his presence was a huge difference maker. MLB Bobby Wagner also had a solid performance. Wagner led the team in tackles with 7, and controlled Gore from start to finish. Not giving an inch of space to the 49ers recievers, the secondary was as reliable as always.
Hopefully, their statement win against the 49ers will convert the doubters into believers, but for those that dare doubt the Hawks again, Richard Sherman warned you. Their offensive line manhandled one of the best defenses in the league, and their own defense held one of the most prolific offenses (besides their own) to a field goal. With their overall skill and Sherman’s mouth, they can no longer be ignored. No longer located in South Alaska, the Seattle Seahawks are finally getting the attention they deserve.
This Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars are coming to play at Clink against the Hawks. Stay tuned for my week 3 forecast!