It wasn’t exactly pretty, but Tavaris Jackson led Seattle to their first victory of the season over division foe Arizona on Sunday. Jackson welcomed Sidney Rice who made his Seattle debut after sitting out the first two games, and immediately became his new favorite target. Rice caught 8 balls for 109 yards and was targeted 10 times. No other receiver caught more than 2 balls. The free agent acquisition made a strong debut for a team struggling mightily passing the ball.
The win didn’t do much to silent critics of the QB Jackson as the fans could be heard chanting “Charlie” at times throughout the game, referring the backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. Despite the win, Jackson had some pretty lackluster stats as he went 18-31 for 171 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. He did score an impressive touchdown on an 11 yard run which ended up being the game winner. He bowled over a couple of Arizona defenders before stretching out for the endzone and giving his team a 3 point lead.
Seattle’s pass defense was key in the victory as they picked off Kolb twice, including a crucial 4th quarter interception by Chancellor with just over a minute to play. Arizona was driving in Seattle territory and was nearing field goal range before the costly mistake. The defense also did a good job keeping superstar Larry Fitzgerald mostly in check, limiting him to 5 catches in the game.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 1-2, winning their home opener, and are now 1-1 in the division. They face a tough challenge at home once again as they face the 1-2 Falcons who are coming off a loss to Tampa Bay. Another rough game from Tavaris Jackson will likely open up a lot more talk of a QB controversy, but for now, Seattle fans can enjoy their first win of the season.