Ah, that's more like it. The Seahawks' offense reverted to its early season form today, and it was glorious. The run game averaged 5.02 yards per carry, and Wilson put together his best statistical game of the season -- yes, even better than the numbers he put up in the blowout win over the Jaguars in week three. Oh, and the Hawks' patchwork o-line were solid in pass protection, allowing their lowest sack rate (3.70%) and second-lowest hit/sack rate (14.81%) of the season to date, so there's that, too.
Meanwhile, the defense did plenty to stymy the Falcons' offense
but their performance against the run still leaves a lot to be desired. Despite facing the worst rushing attack in the league, the front seven allowed Atlanta to rack up over 200 yards on the ground for a 4.19 yards per carry average. [I am an idiot. Somehow I managed to input the Falcons' total net yardage into my spreadsheet as their rushing total for the game. Thanks goes to chawfan77 for catching the mistake. -Ed.] and held them to 64 total rushing yards, but those rushing yards represent a 4.00 yards per carry average. To be fair, that's a big improvement over the 5.41 ypc and 5.39 ypc they allowed against the Rams and Buccaneers, but it also doesn't constitute enough progress to keep the run defense from continuing to be a concern going forward.
The rest of the stats can wait, though. For today at least, the only numbers that matter are 9-1. Sea! Hawks!
We can forgive your goof up on the numbers because we were all jumping around doing goofy stuff for a long while after the game was over. What impressed me about this game was the totality of the team effort. There were no weak links. The offense ran and passed at a high level. The defense defended the run and pass at a high level. Special Teams (especially Goldy) played at a high level. This is what we all expected from the Seahawks this year.
I watched the O-Line closely, at least as closely as you can on TV, and they played very well. I can hardly wait for the playoffs. Percy Harvin, both Offensive Tackles and the Center should all be in tip-top shape. With home field advantage; watch out NFL. This might be Seattle's year.
Atlanta rushed for 64 total yards. I'd feel pretty good about that. And, Steven Jackson has had some good rushing days against us in STL.
Seattle is scary good this year. Football is crazy so there's nothing we can say for the future but I'll tell you this much. I've been enjoying the ride. So great to see the good guys doing what they do.
@chawfan77 Crap, you're right -- somehow I screwed up and input the Falcons' total net yardage into my spreadsheet as their rushing total for the game. Thanks for catching that, I'll fix it right away.
Jackson has had some decent performances against the Seahawks, but for whatever reason in 18 career games against them he's never broken the 100 yard rushing mark against them. He's come close a few times -- 93 yds in '06, 90 yds in '07, etc. -- but never gotten to the triple digits. Just one of those random statistical oddities, I suppose.