Well, that wasn't quite what we expected.
Russell Wilson's first half left much to be desired, though he did bounce back and have a nice second half -- and incredible field position thanks to the kick return prowess of Leon Washington.
But where was the red zone offense? Where were the conversion opportunities? And where was the pass defense?
These are questions that need to be seriously addressed going into a tough matchup versus Dallas next Sunday, even if the game is at CenturyLink Field.
-Sidney Rice looked healthy and back to his normal self, catching four passes and a touchdown. He did struggle to separate from coverage most of the day, but getting it in the end zone is all that counts.
-Russell Wilson looked nervous at first, but shook off the jitters and kept the offense going at a relatively steady pace the rest of the game.
-Marshawn Lynch looked healthy and effective. The offense wouldn't have been the same without him -- make no mistake about it. He is our offensive identity now.
-The secondary didn't look as hot as advertised. They had a rough first half, letting John Skelton and Andre Roberts do whatever the hell they wanted. Not exactly a terrorizing duo there, so where was the trouble?
-QB pressure was simply not a factor until the second half, when Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons managed to force John Skelton into a dumb decision and throw a pick, while simultaneously murdering his legs. He had to be carted off the field -- which is something you never want to see -- but that's where another trouble spot began.
-Kevin Kolb came in and led the Cardinals offense to an immediate scoring drive that the Seahawks would not recover from. I realize the gameplan didn't include Kolb, but still -- he looked skittish and not at all confident in the pocket during preseason. Was this the same player we saw then?
Feel free to post more reactions and comments below. I have a feeling we have a lot of things to talk about after today.
Anybody know the answer to this: What would have happened if we would have already used all 3 timeouts prior to Baldwins injury? Would the clock had to have continued to run? It was obvious he was not faking an injury considering he got his two front teeth knocked out. Still don't understand how that happened either?!?
Does it mystify anyone else that with a rookie QB (who I like very much)----and with one of the hardest running--fiercest backs in the NFL---we didn't just run the ball in from from 1st and goal on? I haven't seen comments faulting the play calling on that final series. What the hell?
@Maltempi Clock management, plain and simple. We had less than a minute on the clock with no timeouts. If you try to run and don't hit the end zone, the clock keeps running and you run the risk of killing the clock. If you try for a pass and it falls incomplete, the clock stops until the ball is snapped again or you get a delay of game. That is why when a team is out of time outs and they need a TD to win a game with little time it becomes a "pass only" game. An incomplete pass stops the clock. I would have liked us to punch it in with Marshawn but there just wasn't enough time to keep trying.
CBisket has a point about the number of snaps that RW had. Basically, he had 1/3 of the snaps than did RG3, Andrew Luck or Weeden. Of course, RG3 had a monster day, but I'd say Wilson had a much better performance than Weeden, and a better passer rating than Luck. He was absolutely superior to that other rookie in Miami (forgot his bleeping name).
The O-Line was not stellar, by any means, and the WRs did give up on several plays where they could have done more than stand around with thumbs up buttocks. If the Hawks can improve every game, and not dig themselves into a hole the first half of the season, they can still make the playoffs. It would be very hard to unseat the Farty Niners for the division, but 10-6 would get them into the wildcard weekend.
I still like Wilson, but like an idiot I has way to much faith and played him in my fantasy but now he's benched. Oline was deff not together and left Wilson having to scramble more than he should have. I thought he did better avoiding the sacks then Flynn would have but do agree that he tried to do to much running the ball. Lynch was good but Washington is the reason we were even as close as we were. 4 tries at the endzone from the 4 yard line and nothing, even with 4 timeouts. That was pretty upsetting for me and I really felt like how did we not get in there?!
Wow! After watching the Bengals game I suddenly don't feel so bad about our performance! It clearly could have been much worse! The Ravens marched when they wanted too and stopped the Offense when they wanted too. They simply dominated.
I was also inspired a bit by Payton Manning. He saw the same blitz coming over and over again and was able to make them pay for that. He punished them for coming at him again and again. The Hawks need to do that too! Also Wilson needs to get more synchronicity with his receivers. After watching Flacco and Manning making quick plays under pressure just shows the difference between being a rookie and being a veteran...
Wilson did look like a rookie out there. His game reminded me of his first preseason appearance. He had lousy protection, He looked ready to tuck the ball and run too quickly. However, with the game on the line, he did put the team in a position to win, and maybe should have won.
What impressed me more than anything about Wilson in the preseason is how he improved from game to game. I can understand why some people want Flynn to start, but I still would like to see the team stick with Wilson. It won't be too long before he wins games like the AZ game.
The difference in the game was O-Line play. The Cards protected their QB's better than the Seahawks did. Sweezy did not have a very good first outing. It is not surprising, but I would not be surprised to see Moffit start against Dallas.
@LouisLouis I am not one calling for Flynn just yet. I think he might have handled the pressure better, but on the flip side, he may not have been pressured as much not being a rookie and all. It's hard to say, but either way, I would like to see more of Wilson before crying for a change. From what I understand, its hard to get Wilson to leave the VMAC because he is such an amazing student and only wants to improve on a constant basis. I think he probably got a chance to review some film and he will see the same things we did. How could you not? As long as we see improvement our situation will get better.
Regarding our O-line, I am a bit concerned. Okung, who should be our strongest player, seemed to struggle with false starts and protection. JR Sweezy did not have the best game either. I am thinking that Carpenter and Moffit will make comebacks sooner rather than later.
Correction: The Final score was 20-16, not 21-16. Lessens the blow a bit! I agree, where was our dominant defense? Very little pressure on the QB and too many completed passes downfield. I could understand if it was Fitzgerald doing a number on us but the Cardinals receivers saw a lot of different targets. Also, it shouldn't matter if Kolb was part of the game plan or not. A QB is a QB and he had time to throw and targets to hit. This has got to get fixed immediately. Defensive highlight: Richard Sherman's pick falling out of bounds. Awesome!
Offense: Wilson was not getting very good protection and the defense was getting to him quickly. When this happens the game plan must change. Shorter passes, quicker reads, more screen passes, something! When he did have time to throw there were a few times he started scrambling when he did not need to. This was a little troubling. True, he is a rookie and should not be a surprise to see rookie mistakes. But with Matt Flynn watching from the sidelines I don't think Wilson can afford too many of these. He will be replaced quickly if it keeps up. What could really help Wilson out here is having receivers who do not quite on plays. I saw several plays where Wilson was scrambling looking downfield and his receivers had stopped. They ran their original route, usually pretty covered, turned and saw him scrambling and pretty much just stopped running. TRY TO GET OPEN SO HE CAN THROW IT!! This is what separates good receivers from great ones.
Oh Baldwin, if you could have just caught that ball...................
@marshall21 I've been reviewing the broadcast footage to take a closer look at the offensive line's performance. Other obligations are currently eating into my time, but I should have something on at least the first half by tomorrow. For now, I'll just say that so far I'm not nearly as unhappy with the o-line's play as I thought I'd be.
I'm also curious to see what happened in the passing game, but I'll wait on that until the coaches' film becomes available for week one.
I really felt the offense line wan't much to be desired or that Wilson wasn't able to call the right audible protectiin. Either way the run blocking was weak, but luckly Lynch can still drad players a yard or two every time.
we can now see that not picking a starter early in the pre season will be costly as the team looked flat and out of sorts. Running around in the first half like chickens with their heads off. I personally am the sort of fan that would prefer a player coach a pocket passer like Flynn rather than a QB that feels the need to run instead of sliding up into the pocket. I do understand that Wilson is a rookie and needs time but the seahawks (coaches) should of given more thought to the start of this season, and chosen a starter earlier, and in my opinion it should of been Flynn as he is the more ready to win QB. Wilson is a very good football player and a good person but he is very raw and needs to sit behind a QB during the regular season to get into NFL regular season speed, he looked out of sorts and because he is such a good athlete he was able to over come some problems, but you could see that he is not quite ready to start. So seattle can continue to almost win games and go 500, or start Flynn and know that if it doesn't work Wilson is right there, ready, and will have plenty of time to see the fancy defenses that the NFL will through at him.