Sunday, November 21, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Hawks run into buzz saw as they lose to Saints

The Seahawks all year have won by converting chances. Pete Carroll's team has made this season something out of nothing, being 5-4 entering this game.

Let's just say the Seahawks backed away from this strategy for this game.

The Hawks lost 34-19 at the hands of the Saints in the Superdome. The score didn't reflect how the Seahawks played, it just reflects how amazing the Saints are. New Orleans was just plain bigger than Seattle on the offensive line, and their receivers had a heyday against Seattle's defensive backs because of their sheer size.

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The game started off O.K., with both teams going three and out on their first possessions. After the New Orleans punt, Seattle got the ball and drove inside the Saints' 10 yard line, only to end up kicking a field goal. Matt Hasselbeck was efficient as ever, hitting Mike Williams on a huge 68 yard completion and looking confident. After that however, it was the Drew Brees show.

The next five Saints drives looked like this: TD, TD, TD, TD, TD. Let me get this straight, it wasn't the Seahawks being horrible on defense. Granted, they weren't as sharp as they could be in tackling and safety coverage, but those faults weren't the direct reason for the loss.

The Saints are a absolute machine.

The Seahawks tried as hard as they could, they never gave up, but the Saints were just plain better than the Hawks. Yes, the Seahawks hurt themselves with dumb penalties, but the Saints also hurt us with Marques Colston who stands at 6-5, 225 pounds.

The Seahawks tried to keep up with the Saints, but just couldn't. The Hawks at this point are not good enough to keep up with the Black and Gold. I mean, there is a reason why the Saints won the Super Bowl a year ago.

The Seahawks did have chances in this game, but screwed those chances up. When the game was still in hand and the Seahawks were driving, Marshawn Lynch fumbled twice. Seattle had the ball within the Saints' five yard line twice, but failed to convert the opportunities into touchdowns. If the Seahawks had a few more things go their way, this game would have been different.

There were lots of positives in this game however. Matt Hasselbeck once again had a spectacular game, passing for 366 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Mike Williams continued his impressive performances, catching 6 balls for 109 yards. Ben Obomanu had another surprising game, having 5 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.

One thing that stood out to me was how well the Seahawks offensive line protected Hasselbeck in a hostile environment. The addition of Russell Okung definitely helped, but the fact that Hasselbeck never got sacked once amazes me.

All and all, Seahawks fans shouldn't freak out about this game. I will say this constantly, but it is important enough to repeat it. This is a rebuilding year. People predicted the Seahawks wouldn't even be in playoff contention, let alone have five wins at this point. We as Seahawks fans need to be patient and let this season play out.

Just wait 12th man. Our time will come.

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