I was Wrong: The Seahawks Haven’t Given Up this Season
After the Percy Harvin trade to the New York Jets, I said that this season and their Super Bowl hopes were done. I was wrong. Why?
- Their defense stepped up and helped create turnovers and win SIX straight games to end the season
In their six-game winning streak, the defense only gave up 39 points! That’s pretty dang good in my book, an average of 6.5 points per game scored by their opponents.
Their roster is getting healthy at the right time, with the timely return of Bobby Wagner jumpstarting their winning streak.
Also, their defense’s mojo has been discovered again with their ballhawk, hard-hitting defense led by the likes of Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.
- Their offense was timely and was cohesive, went back to the basics of the run game featuring Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch
Lynch has rushed for 1,306 yards on 280 carries for 13 rushing touchdowns, with a so-so 4.7 yard-per-carry average. But, his bruising style will get you the necessary yardage to keep drives alive. He’s rushed for over 100 yards six times this season, as well.
An interesting stat is how Lynch rushed most on first and second down, with 250 rushing attempts on those downs, combining for 10 of his 13 touchdowns.
- Injuries to their division foes at key positions (i.e. QB)
Arizona Cardinals were rolling… until their QB Carson Palmer went down with an ACL tear and was out for the rest of the season. Drew Stanton was an adequate replacement, but when he got injured before the season’s end, the Cardinals had to turn to their third QB Ryan Lindley. Sorry, Ryan, but you don’t scare anyone.
The St. Louis Rams lost their starting QB earlier than that, in Sam Bradford, and have not been looking good since with career backup QB Shaun Hill or undrafted rookie Austin Davis.
Guess the Seahawks got lucky on that one, but injuries happen every season. Still, this turnaround shocked everyone, at least the commentators, and good for the Seahawks; way to go.