Seahawks’ Unbelievable Rally to Edge Patriots

 Posted by on October 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm  Sports  No Responses »
Oct 152012


Seahawks rally to beat the Patriots 24-23

Seahawks rally to beat the Patriots 24-23

Yesterday, I witnessed one of the best Seahawks comeback victories (I know, there hasn’t been very many of them) in recent memory at CenturyLink Field.  The Seahawks, down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, came storming back to beat the Patriots 24-23.

Two of the most impressive aspects of the game were the Seahawks defense coming through with clutch stops under pressure and the long passes by QB Russell Wilson. The Hawks’ defense has come through time and time again this year, keeping the Seahawks competitive in every game this season.

Russell Wilson looked good with some long completions early in the game. And he made a clutch pass at the end to win the game. Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 293 yards, his best performance of the year. But it was clear that Russell Wilson is no Tom Brady. The Patriots QB was extremely impressive to see in live action. Super poised in the pocket, he simply picked his targets and delivered a laser pass for a completion. He made it look effortless. It was only when the Seahawks finally pressured him late in the game did his smoothness and accuracy fall apart in the final minutes of the game.

Just like they did when in the final seconds of the recent Seahawks-Packers game, the stadium went berserk when Sidney Rice caught a deep ball from Wilson for a touchdown with about a minute left in the game. The fans, myself included, were in utter disbelief. Yes, we imagined the home team could win after the previous touchdown but few of us thought they would actually pull it off.

Seahawks fans are not used to big come back victories. Maybe we should get used to them?


Seahawks Defense Sends Packers Packing on MNF

 Posted by on September 25, 2012 at 3:19 am  Sports  No Responses »
Sep 252012

Seahawks Packers MNF game 9/24/12

What an amazing game and finish for my first Monday Night Football game last night. I’ve been to many loud Seahawks home games but this one may have been the most sustained volume throughout an entire game.

I was somewhat surprised by how many Packers fans were at the game. In fact, I was surrounded by dozens of yellow cheesehead hats.

In the first half, the Seattle defense was incredible making eight sacks of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers simply did not have a chance to play his usual passing game. With the Seahawks leading 7-0 at halftime, I thought we were headed for a comfortable victory. The beginning of the second half quickly reminded me that we were playing the Green Bay Packers.

After the first few successful drives by the Packers and the weak offense of the Seahawks in the third quarter, I was very worried that the Seahawks were destined to lose the game. Aaron Rodgers was incredible in making clutch third down passes. And when the Packers took the lead 12-7 with 8 minutes to go, many Seattle fans started leaving. Little did they know what would transpire with seconds to go.

On 4th down with only eight seconds to go, Russell Wilson throws a Hail Mary pass to the end zone. As the ball sails through the air, the crowd is almost completely silent. Then a crowd of Seahawks and Packers swallow the ball and, seconds later, an official raises his hands to signal a touchdown. That’s when the stadium goes berserk! The eruption reminded me of the great Marshawn Lynch run during the Saints game that caused an earthquake in Seattle.

Only when I get home and listen to coverage do I realize the touchdown with zero seconds left was a controversial call. With all the bad calls against the Seahawks during the game, I’ll take the call at the end.

It was probably the most exciting Seahawks game I’ve been to. Let’s see if they can keep us fans excited this entire season. Go Seahawks!


Aug 152012


Seahawks game

Seahawks game

I missed the first Seahawks preseason game last Saturday but did watch a recorded version yesterday. I was a little anxious to see the Seahawks’ QB hopefuls, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, in a “real” game scenario. Granted, preseason games don’t mean much, but I was pleased with what I saw from both of them.

Flynn looked like he could drive an offense with short crisp passes and decisive play-making. He completed 11 of 13 passes for a 85% completion rate and Wilson was 12 for 16 with a touchdown run. Wilson looked like the closest thing the Seahawks have had in a double threat (pass-run) in many years. Do we now have a mini-Cam Newton?

Matt Hasselbeck, in his return to Seattle, looked pretty bad for the Titans. He made some awful passes like he did for the Seahawks during his last years.

True to last year’s form, the Seahawks first string defense looked very good even without the opening interception and defensive touchdown. I’m confident that the Seahawks will be a top 10 defense this year. If so, they may have a shot at winning the NFC West.

I’m looking forward to watching this Saturday’s game against the Broncos and Peyton Manning. Matt Flynn will get the start again and I expect Wilson will play the second half again. If they play like they did last week, I suspect Tarvaris Jackson’s days in Seattle will be short. Maybe the Seahawks will finally have a QB who can command the offense?



Goodbye Peyton, Hello Matt!

 Posted by on March 15, 2012 at 6:49 am  Sports  No Responses »
Mar 152012
Seattle Seahawks game

Seattle Seahawks game

The Seattle Times is reporting that Matt Flynn will be visiting Seattle today. When free agency started Tuesday, I got a little worried when there was no news about the Seahawks talking to Flynn. I really hope we get Flynn now that Peyton Manning is obviously not Seattle bound. Manning didn’t even want to visit us. Maybe Peyton took a look at the weather in Seattle this week and decided that QBs and rain don’t mix well?

Matt Flynn may well be the best QB hope for the Seahawks this year. Since the Seahawks pick 12th in the NFL draft, I don’t see a QB prospect available at that point in the draft who has more promise than Flynn. The best of all worlds would be for Seattle to sign Flynn AND draft a QB in Round 2 or 3 just in case Flynn doesn’t shine like in his first two NFL games. If he plays anything like he did in the Packers – Lions game last year, the 12th Man will go crazy this season.

I am relieved to learn that Chad Henne signed with the Jaguars last night so he will not be visiting Seattle after all. I just didn’t see the point; Henne is a mediocre QB at best who hasn’t blossomed after three years. A sudden turnaround in year four would be very unlikely.

May the Manning sweepstakes end and the Flynn sweepstakes begin!



Will the Seahawks Sign Peyton Manning?

 Posted by on March 11, 2012 at 8:23 am  Sports  No Responses »
Mar 112012
Seattle Seahawks at home

Seattle Seahawks at home

Now that Peyton Manning is officially an unrestricted free agent, one of the most exciting free agent periods in recent memory will commence. Possible teams interested in signing him include the Cardinals, Dolphins, Jets, Redskins, and Seahawks. If (this is a big IF) Manning’s arm strength has returned and he can throw like his usual self, he could turn a losing team around on a dime. To gauge his potential impact, just look at how the Colts totally imploded from a 13-3 record to a dismal 2-14 team without him last season.

Provided that he is healthy and can still throw, should the Seahawks try to sign Peyton Manning? The image of Manning in a Seahawks uniform seems odd but imagine him throwing to Sidney Rice, Zach Miller or Doug Baldwin downfield! Most Seahawks fans recognize that Tarvaris Jackson will never be a Pro Bowl QB. He simply doesn’t have the skills or leadership ability to engineer a winning drive when the game is on the line. Jackson needs to be replaced for the Seahawks to become a division contender again.

What are the chances that Seattle could land the coveted #18? The Seahawks have the necessary salary cap space this year to get it done. They also have a resurrected running game thanks to Marshawn Lynch. Thirdly, they have an owner, Paul Allen, who has money to spend. Personally, I prefer that the Seahawks go after a younger QB, either Matt Flynn or drafting a QB in the second round.

Regardless of what happens, the next couple of weeks will be interesting.