Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seahawks 13 Cardinals 10

The Seattle Seahawks went into week three looking for their first win of the season.

They found it.

Seattle defeated division rival Arizona Cardinals 13-10 in front of the roaring 12th man. It was an ugly win, no doubt. Against any sort of elite team, that performance won't cut it. But against the Cardinals, it was just enough.
To Continue...Tarvaris Jackson continues to impress me. Despite being sacked four times in the first half, he stayed composed. You could instantly see the chemistry between him and former Viking team mate, Sidney Rice. Tarvaris found him early and often in the passing game. Rice finished with over 100 yards receiving in his Seahawks debut.
But the offense continued to struggle nonetheless. Particularly, the running game. The new look offensive line had failed to impress this year. Marshawn Lynch simply meets a brick wall of defenders every time he gets the ball. There is no rhythm whatsoever, and the play calling has grown fairly stale.
Immediately after a big connection between Jackson and Rice, two predictable runs put the offense in an unmanageable third and long. They need to follow up those big plays with attempts at ANOTHER big play.
But the defense once again shined in Century Link Field. The defensive line continued to stifle opposing running backs. Kevin Kolb was baited into two INTs by the Seahawks secondary. Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant each had one a piece. If there is one point of optimism in an otherwise dismal season thus far, it would be Gus Bradley's defense.
Seattle faces a tough test today when the Atlanta Falcons come marching in to Century Link, where they defeated the Seahawks handily last season. But Atlanta has struggled so far, and there could be an opportunity to steal a win at home. However, Seattle will surely be underdogs in today's contest.
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