A welcome sight for Seahawk fans came when Charlie Whitehurst led the team to a comeback victory over the New York Giants Sunday. Only, it wasn’t exactly they way they had planned. Tavaris Jackson was knocked out in the 3rd quarter which forced the fan favorite into the game. Fans won’t likely back off their stance on the young QB and Pete Carroll in the coaching staff may not either after a solid performance.
Whitehurst finished the game 11/19 for 149 yards and a score. That score came late in the fourth on a 27 yard strike to Doug Baldwin to give Seattle the go ahead score. Baldwin proved to be Whitehurst’s favorite target and finished the game 8 catches for 136 yards. Not bad for undrafted rookie. An all around solid offensive game for Seattle as Marshawn Lynch did well on the ground as well running for 98 yards on just 12 carries, adding a TD of his own.
Defensively, Seattle had trouble stopping the passing game as Eli threw for 420 yards with 3 scores. Victor Cruz who is emerging as a very good receiver ended up with 161 yards on 8 catches. However, they were able to cause turnovers with 3 INTs, including a 94 yard pick-six to seal the game in the final minute by Brandon Browner.
This was a huge game for Seattle on the road, beating a quality opponent and avoiding a 1-4 start. Don’t be at all surprised to Charlie Whitehurst under center even if Jackson is ready to go after the bye. It will be an interesting debate among the coaching staff in the upcoming two weeks.