Seahawks Fall Short in Defensive Battle


Defensive battle may be a bit of an understatement as only 9 total points were scored in this game.  The defenses fared well in this game, but it helped that two inept offenses were featured in this game.  Charlie Whitehurst was making his first start of the season, and it certainly wasn’t one to write home about.  I guess that is where I come in.  He finished the day completing just 12 of 30 for less than a hundred yards, no scores and pick.  He also coughed up two fumbles, losing one.  It seems as though the chants for Charlie over Tavaris may have been a bit premature.  It won’t be long before we are looking draft or free agency for the next man up at QB.

To be fair, this was his first start of the season and the Browns are one of the more underrated defenses in the league (in fact they are in the top of total defense).  Still, fans certainly were looking for a little bit more from the fan favorite taking the snaps.  Marshawn Lynch, hampered by injury, didn’t play.  The running game is in no way elite, but losing the starter doesn’t help much.  Leon Washington ended up leading the team in yards with 39, while Forsett had the most carries at 9 for a whopping 23 yards.  No word on if Lynch will be able to suit up next game yet.  Tavaris Jackson may be back, but who knows whether it is in a reserve role or not.  A lot of questions are going to be answered later this week.

A week after Doug Baldwin broke out for over 150 yards, he caught a total of 0 balls on 3 targets.  Sidney Rice was the top receiver with 38 yards.  Yeah this wasn’t much of an offensive game.  Seattle played quite the ugly game with just 9 first downs, 137 yards of total offense, a mere 17 minutes of possession time.

The offense really needs to step up their game.  Seattle currently ranks 28th in the pass and 31st in the run.  Maybe Josh Portis will get some run at some point. Couldn’t hurt…

As it stands now, Seattle is still second in the NFC West with a 2-4 record.  Of course San Francisco is playing lights out at this point, so they will need to come back to earth fast if Seattle wants to make a serious run.  Still plenty of football to come this season, so I won’t discount the Hawks just yet.  A surprising Cincy team comes to town next week, sporting a 4-2 record currently.  They are coming off a bye and currently have a top defense as well.  Not good news for an offense desperate for scores.  Cedric Benson will be sitting out, serving his one game suspension.  That means we will see plenty of Bernard Scott who is averaging less than 3 yards a carry this year.  The key will be stopping rookie standout AJ Green who has to be near the top for rookie of the year voting.  If it weren’t for some guy named Cam in Carolina he would probably be running away with award.  Look for another defensive battle in this game, with hopefully more than 3 points on the board this time for Seattle.

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