12th Man: Week 7 vs. Cardinals Recap
Normally, I like to give it a day or two, and watch the game over, with somewhat fresh eyes before I write my review. I think it helps to remove myself from the intensity of the moment, and focus on what really affected the outcome of each game. Plus, I enjoy watching football, so more fun for me.
Yeah, that ain’t happening this time.
I’m writing this review now so I can purge this game from my mind and let the healing begin. First, let me give the Seahawks defense the credit those players rightfully deserve. On a night when the offense truly let them down, in hostile territory, in 90-degree weather, against a division rival with a love for the end zone, they stood strong and did not give in. Cardinals’ running back David Johnson managed to gather 113 yards on the ground, but it took 33 carries. The defensive line harassed Carson Palmer all night, sacking him four times and landing ten hits. I’d say they did their job, but that’s a major understatement. The Seahawks defense and special teams did everything they could possibly do, and then some (even blocking multiple kicks!), to try and win this game for the team. Kelcie McCray, filling in again for an injured Kam Chancellor, played a staggering 108 snaps between defense and special teams, still managing to make a late-game tackle on a play that would’ve been a sure touchdown. This team really does not have an ounce of quit in them, and that was made crystal clear on Sunday night.
Now. The offense. The offense… the offense is bad. More specifically, the offensive line play is bad. More specifically than that, the tackle play is dreadful. The interior OL wasn’t great, but they weren’t the big-time killers. The tackle play. On an average day, the tackles aren’t that good. Last night? Going against the best edge-rushing duo they’ve played this season? It was painful to watch. Chandler Jones and Markus Golden were consistently disruptive. Russell Wilson seems healthier, but he is either not comfortable (the knee brace could be a factor) or not healthy enough to work his mobility into the game plan at a high level. Wilson only took one sack, but the pressure seemed constant. The run game is a huge problem now. I feel like part of that problem is the ineffective tackle play; when your starting TE isn’t much of a run blocker and neither of your tackles are more than plain in the run game, it limits what you can do. And the penalties. The tackle play has been killing drives, and it’s been neutering the offense. Left tackle Bradley Sowell went down during this game with an MCL injury, leaving undrafted Rookie George Fant covering the blindside. Fant wasn’t a complete disaster, but I (and many other Seahawks fans) am retaining the hope that the front office will work some magic and acquire an offensive tackle who will give this line some desperately needed stability on the edge.
Kickers for both teams missed crucial late field goals. Shit happens. Either way, it’s a tie and I’m glad it’s over. I hope to forget that game ever happened as soon as possible. 4-1-1. On to the Saints.