With week one in the books, we can now look back and take a look at how the Seahawks faired down in the desert. The first word that comes to me was “disappointed” although there were good signs along with the bad signs that obviously come with a loss.
First one of the good aspects I recognize was the play of Russell Wilson. As a rookie and by far the only real dangerous weapon on the offense, he played with a lot of poise in his debut. Wilson had to run for his life the whole game due to just straight up bad pass blocking. He ended the game going 18 for 34 for a 52.9 completion percentage, with one touchdown and one interception. Although these are not flashy numbers the most impressive part was the way he marched the offense down to the five-yard line in the final minute. Also he seemed not to be afraid to zing the ball all over the field when the play calling called for it. Yes we were not able to complete the scoring touchdown but that in my opinion was more on the wide receivers rather than Wilson.
Next, it seems halftime may be the greatest advantage for the Seahawks. The adjustments especially made on the defensive side were very evident. In the first half Cardinals quarterback John Sketlon had all year to throw the ball. In the second half the defense flew through the offense line and made it very uncomfortable for Skelton to throw the ball, he did not complete a first down pass and threw an interception. Why was this not how the d-line played all game?
Last, the two cornerbacks Browner and Sherman continue to impress me every week I see them. Apart from the penalties, which killed us and I will discuss further down in the article. These guys had a pretty good afternoon including one interception by Richard Sherman, which may have been one of the best toe line catches I have seen in a long time.
Now time for the bad, and yes there was some bad. First and foremost penalties, these have to stop. The Hawks had 13 penalties for 90 yards but its not the yards that really even bother me. It is what happened due to the penalties Kam Chancellor had a interception taken away because of Chris Clemons jumping offsides this led to a field goal. Sherman had two pass interference calls that happened on a 3rd down stops, one turned into a field goal another turned into the winning score.
As I said the offensive line did a horrible job during the game on pass blocking. They gave up three sacks but Wilson was running for his life all game. This group must come together as a cohesive unit if they want success down the line.
So with the good and the bad, week one is in the books. Lets look for adjustments in week two when the Dallas Cowboys come to town.