Seattle’s Defense Dominates

The Seahawks improved to .500 on the year after they beat the Bears on the road on Sunday, 38-14.  For the high score, the offense didn’t really show up.  Despite two scores, Marshawn Lynch had one of his more ineffective games of the season.  He finished with just 42 yards despite 20 carries.  Tarvaris Jackson had a typical line, not very exciting but effective.  For the third straight game, he had one touchdown to zero interceptions.  Not turning the ball over has been key in the strong stretch that the Seahawks are in now.

Turnovers on the defensive end were also crucial as they caused 5 of them.  2 of them were inerceptions that went back for a score.  In fact, that is what jump started the scoring.  The Bears led 14-7 at the half, but took the lead after Red Bryant took a Caleb Hanie pass 20 yards back to the house.  Hanie threw 3 int’s, and when Josh McCown came into replace him, he threw one as well.

This marked 5th win in 6 games for Seahawks, which has kept them in the playoff race.  They did there job to takeover Chicago, as they are both 7-7 but Seattle holds the tie breaker now.  The Giants had an embarrassing loss to Washington and Seattle has a better conference record to hold the tie breaker there as well.  Arizona is also 7-7, and the two teams will meet on the final week of the season.  They nearly got more help when Detroit trailed Oakland by double digits.  Stafford and Calvin came roaring back though to take a last minute lead and escape with win.  They improved to 9-5 on the season and currently hold the final wild card spot.  Hope is not lost though, because if Seattle wins their final two games with Detroit losing both of theirs, Seattle will overtake them for the last playoff spot.  This seems unrealistic, but not entirely when looking at their schedule.  Detroit faces San Diego on Saturday who is one of the hottest teams in the league.  They are coming off three straight wins, including their latest thrashing of Baltimore on Sunday night.  Philip Rivers is on fire as of late, and that game promises to be a shootout.  If they fall to the Chargers, they have the best team in football on tap.  The Packers are coming off their first loss of the season, but still remain elite.  As long as they decide not to “pack” it in, Detroit has a real challenge on their hands.  Green Bay crushed them on Thanksgiving, so they give Seattle some hope.

As for Seattle, San Francisco is up next.  They have quite the challenge themselves so I won’t look too far ahead.  The niners are coming off a Monday Night win over the battered Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.  The defense was bruising, causing Big Ben to take a lot of hits and make some mistakes.  The key to beating San Francisco will be in stopping them on defense and not making turnovers.  Alex Smith has been solid this year, but he doesn’t make a lot of big plays.  He won’t throw all over Seattle, so keeping them in poor field position will be a key.  Frank Gore is running great, but Harbaugh has made it apparent that he won’t run him into the ground.  He has been bruised up himself, so it won’t be surprising if his carries are limited, obviously a plus for Seattle.  Their defense is great at causing turnovers, a lot through their great pass rush.  Rookie Aldon Smith has been unstoppable as of late, getting to the QB an incredible pace.  Patrick Willis is hurt, so that could also help Seattle.  The biggest game of the year for the Seahawks is at 4 on Sunday in Seattle.

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