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12th Man: Week 14 vs. Packers Recap

12th Man: Week 14 vs. Packers Recap

I like to re-watch Seahawks games at least once or twice before writing reviews on them. For the sake of my sanity, I’m not re-watching Seattle express aggressive dysentery all over themselves in Green Bay. As a result, this review will be very short. I had an ominous feeling when I turned to this game, only to see the Saints pitch a last-ditch effort against the Bucs (the last time a Seahawks game was interrupted, it turned into a 25-20 loss in New Orleans). Anyway. It starts with Jeremy Lane basically falling down and giving up a 66-yard touchdown to Davante Adams. Yay. This game would go on to be an all-around failure, with special teams joining in on the fun, as Jon Ryan would botch a punt or two. The Seahawks were uncharacteristically bad, to be brief. Normally I like to focus on three points of emphasis after a game, but there were only two things that sunk us on game day:

TURNOVERS: Russell Wilson threw a career-worst five interceptions. Some were outstanding defensive plays, some were bad plays by the receivers, and I know at least one was a bad throw. These turnovers gave the Packers short fields to work with. Aaron Rodgers is dangerous enough as it is; giving him short drives to the end zone helps no one. Not only did these turnovers put the defense in a bind, they killed drives that were picking up momentum. Seattle didn’t really struggle to advance the ball otherwise. Not one to miss out on the fun, running back Alex Collins lost a fumble too.

PASS RUSH: More like, the lack thereof. Aaron Rodgers regularly had all day to throw. He was sacked by Ahtyba Rubin once, and hit just three other times. This pass rush has been atrocious. Michael Bennett complained after the game that the Packers get away with holding a lot, and that’s true; especially at home. But the pass rush has still not been good.

There’s nothing to take from this game. It stank. Richard Sherman was largely avoided in the pass game, and Thomas Rawls finished the game healthy. Burn the film and keep it moving.

8-4-1. On to the Rams.

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