Winning football takes wins.
Winning their 3rd game in Week 5, the Seahawks are keeping a simple football formula, defend. The Seahawks limited Carolina’s offense to 223 total yards. Cam Newton had a paltry 141 yards on 41% passing. Carolina’s rushing game was led by Newton’s 42 yards on 7 carries.
Wiki, help me out with…
Newton’s first law of motion ………..Sir Isaac’s not Cam’s, although Sir Isaac’s laws do apply to Cam.
First law: If an object experiences no net force, then its velocity is constant: the object is either at rest (if its velocity is zero), or it moves in a straight line with constant speed (if its velocity is nonzero).”
Relating Newton’s first law of motion, Carolina’s velocity was similar to zero or “at rest” or “arrested,” while Seattle’s velocity was more like “nonzero” or moving in a straight line with constant speed. Proof: Russell Wilson’s 76% completion percentage compared to Cam Newton’s 41% completion rate, and Marshawn Lynch’s 85 rushing yards, was greater than Carolina’s entire rushing effort. Seattle’s velocity was greater than Carolina’s. Isn’t that Newton first law great?!
More classical mechanics…
Conserving momentum: The following diagram shows conservation of momentum. I believe, perhaps Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell has a “Newton’s balls” in his office, Sir Isaac’s, I think. I believe this because he seems to call games with the idea that Seattle’s defensive vector force will be greater than (Seattle’s) opponent’s defensive vector force and will allow them to win, as long as they are the last body to act at the end of regulation. Clever, no? I know, Seahawks fans all wish they could see Russell Wilson contribute 300 yards combined passing/rushing per game. No? Let’s skip the chapter on quantum field theory, if that’s okay with you. How did I get here?
How about Seattle’s mechanical advantage using block and tackle configurations?
Seattle had .84 tackles per minute of Carolina’s offensive possession.
Carolina had 1.05 tackles per minute of Seattle’s offensive possession.
It is clear, Seattle’s winning with more effective blocking and tackling, but don’t think I’m going to explain this system to you. It’s better explained by watching the game again.
The simplification of this formula is referred to as “winning time of possession.” Seattle was more effective because they had a time of possession advantage and their lower rate of tackles is based on slowing Carolina’s offense. Carolina’s velocity was closer to zero, so of course, they were moving more slowly.
Time of possession illustrated:
These numbers all bear out in the score. Winning was made possible by using defensive leverage. Despite a -2 takeaway differential, Seattle only allowed Carolina 190 yards. Seattle kept Cam Newton off his mark, completing only 41% of his passes.
Incidentally, the system of “block and tackle” leverage, as it pertains to mechanical advantage, isn’t a football reference. It just so happens to share terms common to football. It’s probably anomalous. For some Seahawks fan, winning is really all that matters.
Marshawn Lynch can be credited for helping Seattle defend this game. I’ve suggested Seattle could use more Zach Miller in their cautious passing offense. Like most TEs, he’s a big strong target. He deserved one more “target” last week as I had illustrated in last week’s mail sack. Wilson throws to the back of the end zone on this instead of to Miller who’s wide open on the 5 yard line.
Miller only caught 3 passes today, but he averaged 19 yards per catch. In a conservative passing game, I’d like to see him targeted for 4 catches. He’s had 3, 1, 2, 3, and 3 catches in each of his first 5 games. How do you not give your TE the ball at least 3 times per game? Seattle’s trending in the right direction.
In NFC West quarterbacking news, Alex Smith, nearly threw a perfect game today. He missed a perfect 158.3 passer rating by 2.1 points. What did he do wrong? How could he have improved upon his 156.2 rating today? I look forward to see how Seattle attacks San Francisco’s offense. Seattle’s opponents’ have an average passer rating of 72.4! That gives Seattle room to work out their own offense. Currently, only 5 other teams hold their opponents to a lower passer rating, Bears, Rams, Eagles, Texans and Falcons. So the Seahawks are in winning company.
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How about some meat and potatoes?
What does winning mean to Seattle?
In general, if the Seahawks are winning, while other NFC teams are losing, it’s a good thing.
Of 7 NFC-versus-AFC games this week, the NFC went 5 – 2.
Winning: an order of importance.
Winning every game is the best way to make the playoffs. Since the Seahawks have a couple losses, they could use some losing from other NFC teams.
In order of importance…
The 49ers won convincingly this week against the Bills. They look better than the other 4 – 1 NFC West Cardinals however, technically they aren’t rated as such. Seattle needs a Week 7 win in San Francisco. They can also benefit from any other San Francisco losses. Med-alert: A news report says Alex Smith has a strain in the middle finger of his throwing hand.
The Vikings and Bears both won. The NFC North might just be the next strongest division in the NFC, after the NFC West.
The Giants and Saints won. The Seahawks can’t control what happens in the NFC East and South, but Seattle fans can hope for more losses from those divisions.
The Dolphins win doesn’t play much part in the Seahawks quest for the playoffs, but reminds us to prepare for Miami. They’re a playoff contender too. Playing Miami will get Seattle ready for the last 3rd of the season. Every game after Miami is a chance for us to be battle tested. But that’s a longer range outlook. As it stands, Seattle just needs to keep notching wins.
Losing: an order to avoid.
Obviously the loss to the Rams hurts Seattle especially in this highly competitive division.
Kudos to the AFC’s Steelers and Colts for beating the Eagles and Packers. As I mentioned, Seattle can use all the help they can get. NFC teams losing to AFC opponents is good for Seattle.
Playing at home with their fans in full throat is also good for them.
Next game: New England Patriots at Seattle’s C-Link Field.
Good luck Seattle.
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