12th Man: Seahawks Week 11 Recap
439 yards of offense. Russell Wilson catches a touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin (you read that correctly). Two forced turnovers. The final score may have been 26-15, but through the first three quarters, it felt as if Seattle consumed the Eagles whole. The offensive line wasn’t disastrous, even when George Fant went out briefly with an injury and third-round pick Rees Odhiambo had to fill in for a bit. So, why aren’t I exhilarated with this win? So many injuries. Earl Thomas and Deshawn Shead with hamstrings. C.J. Prosise with a shoulder injury (he’ll miss the regular season). Troymaine Pope with a high ankle injury. Damontre Moore, Brock Coyle… good grief. Despite those tragedies, there was a lot of good to take from this game:
THE RUN GAME LIVES: C.J. Prosise would leave this game with a shoulder injury, but gave us hope in the form of 81 yards and a touchdown on six touches. He took a 72-yard run to the house, and it was glorious. You might think I’m crazy if I said Thomas Rawls looked even more impressive than Prosise, but I’m saying it. Rawls managed 57 yards on 14 carries, for 4.1 yards per carry. But it’s not the what. It’s the how. He ground out 47 of those yards after contact (thanks to PFF for that stat). That’s pretty impressive for a guy coming off of a leg injury, who hasn’t played since September. At his best, he brings enough smash to give this run game some serious life, and that goes a long way towards legitimizing this team’s offensive firepower, while lowering my blood pressure.
ROLLOUT RUSSELL WILSON LIVES, TOO: With the run game finally a factor and Russell Wilson getting closer to himself with every week, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could finally get a bit creative when it came to buying his quarterback time to throw the ball down the field. There were a number of rollouts and play action passes dialed up, and Wilson made sure to capitalize on them as best he could. More than that, though; he got back to extending plays on his own in order to connect on some big throws – one of them a ridiculous flick of sorts to Jimmy Graham that turned into a 35-yard touchdown.
BOBBY WAGNER FOR DPOY?: Something I’ve neglected to give proper attention – Bobby Wagner has been ridiculous this season. He continued that trend on Sunday with 15 tackles (2.5 for a loss), 1 sack, and a hit on the QB. He’s already got 108 tackles on the season and is on pace to finish with 173 tackles, 5 sacks, and two interceptions. I’ve mentioned before that he and KJ Wright are blitzing more than ever this season. Maybe they like to blitz?
Not so good: All of the injuries. Jermaine Kearse managed to catch just two of six targets. Hauschka had another extra point blocked.
7-2-1. On to the Bucs.