The margin of victory may have only been four points, but this was a complete victory. The Seahawks threw for more yardage, ran for more yardage, converted more first downs, racked up more sacks, and forced more fumbles than the Panthers. Carolina's defense did perform better than expected by intercepting two passes, scoring more points than Newton and the offense, and holding the Seahawks to gain only 2.8 yards per carry, but Lynch still managed to fight for yardage and convert downs when it mattered most.
Feel free to swear at Giacomini to your heart's content in the comments below, but this was a solid win.
Wow. Watching NFL network and they are showing the fantasy top 20 players at each position going into week 6. The Seahawks only have 1 offensive player total. Marshawn is ranked no 7. No TE's, no receivers, no QB's, not even our kicker! I think the bigger shocker is that in those same top 20 lists, the Patriots have:
QB- Brady 3rd
TE's- Gronkowski 3rd / Hernandez 4th
Receivers- Welker 8th / Lloyd 18th
RB- Ridley 18th
Kicker- Gostkowski 3rd
Where does our defense rank on this list for week 6? Number 11...... and with us playing at home!
The number 1, 2, and 3 honors for this week go to, in order, The Cardinals, Rams, and Niners. Yes that is correct, NFL.com has the Cardinals at 1, Rams at 2, Niners at 3, and the Seahawks at 11. Shocking.
I am convinced that these guys making these predictions are all idiots and nobody should ever take their advice! If they think that the Patriots are going to come into OUR HOUSE and light up OUR DEFENSE, they got another thing coming! For them to think that their QB, BOTH their TE's, two of their receivers, their RB, and their kicker are all fantasy starters against our defense, they are retarded.
Oh, and did I mention Tom Brady has NEVER PLAYED in SEATTLE!!!!!!???? Yes it's true, the last time the Pats played us at home was in 2008 and Matt Kassel was the starter. Brady has never played a snap in Seattle. Uh, ahem.... good luck buddy!
After watching that game yesterday it is still frustrating that our defense dominates and our offense just is not scoring enough points to make it a strong game. I was happy to see an improvement in the passing game but Wilson still throws it away too much and we were getting beaten by stupid penalties again. I would have to say that there were a lot of penalties that went against us that were bogus and cost us a lot of serious yardage. Steve Smith was being allowed to get away with murder when there were several blatant personal fouls and offensive PI. In all fairness, Browner got away with a pretty major PI as well, but it was not enough that I would say evened it out. On one play where there were offsetting penalties they did not call a horse collar tackle on Wilson way out of bounds when the ref was standing right in front of them!
I think that a win is a win is a win, but the offense seemed to sputter all day long. This game should have been out of reach for the Panthers. I think that RW3 is progressing nicely, and a couple of more vertical passes would have not only opened up the running game, but also kept the short passing game chugging along.
As for Giacomini, he needs to realize that he is a "marked man". Much like Rodman in basketball, the officials are talking about your behavior and tendancies before the game. They start the game knowing that they have to keep a close eye on you. You WILL NOT get the benefit of any doubt. Anything CLOSE to a personal foul will be called on you, whereas the same action by another player might not draw the flag. I like his demeanor and snotty attitude, but he needs to know when and how to keep it in check. Seattle cannot continue to shoot themselves in the foot with these drive-killing penalties that they are currently afflicted with.
@Papa Wheelie I watched that play a couple of times where Giacomini got called for a personal foul and I really don't think he deserved it. He threw a legitimate block on that play. I agree that the refs study the players before the game at he is a marked man. I too like his drive but he does need to be more careful.
RE: Giacomini: If you are referring to the block on the sidelines that was called "Personal Foul", I agree 100%. He iniatiated contact inbounds, and Beast Mode was still romping with the ball right next to them. Giacomini's reputation bought that penalty.
RE: Wilson throwing the ball away: I am going to give him a pass on that one. Yeah, it does it on a regular basis, but "protect the ball" is drilled into their head. If he was trying to force the ball into tight situations, and getting more picks, that would be his demise. Sometimes, throwing it away, and living to fight another down is the best solution. As he gains confidence and knowledge, he will learn when he can push that issue, and when to not push it. For now, I am "ok" with his tossing it into the 5th row when he has pressure, and no obvious open receiver.
Yup, that was the play I was talking about. That was all due to his reputation. I counted about 35 rushing yards that Lynch did not get credit for due to offensive fouls.
I agree to live and fight another down is a decent concept, but the TV cameras usually don't show you the receivers, they only show you the QB tossing it into the stands. There was a definite improvement in the passing game yesterday, I would just really like to see us stop with all the penalties and start getting more touchdowns. If our offense can start scoring more points we will be unstoppable!
Yeah, but it's kind of scary that Carolina, a weak team, was a one yard pass away from winning this game. And we
still didn't see enough big plays from the passing game. The offense needs more killer instinct, and so far it's only coming from Lynch.
@MikeRoddy The offense is still a concern, yes, but they did show some improvement against Carolina, and that' s the main thing. Wilson looked like the second coming of Fran Tarkenton in the preseason, and I think that made a lot of people forget that he's still just a rookie.
Progress is the name of the game with Wilson under center. If he was getting worse as the season wore on (like Gabbert in Jacksonville last year) I'd be deeply concerned, but at least for now he's moving in the right direction.
I'm excited by a stat that is probably one if the biggest reasons we've won 3 games and were in striking distance of winning the other two. Boy I hope Clemons and Irvin put on a clinic this weekend... http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000079066/article/houston-texans-dominating-nfl-in-allimportant-sack-differential
@KyleHobbs Interesting. I'm running a bit late this week, but I'll be sure to add that differential to this week's stats article.