I now know why they call it “gut-check”. By the end of the Seahawks game, I had to check my gut to make sure all my internal organs were still intact. So far so good. But what a weekend. Add on top of that the Breaking Bad finale last night, I feel like a having a cigarette. And I hate cigarettes.
Here’s a quick breakdown of 3 takeways from each of the home team games this weekend from a Northwest (not Kimye’s baby) guys’ perspective, as well as a few thoughts on other games around the country:
Seahawks 23 @ Texans 20 (OT): I’ll have more on this game as the week goes on, including some play analysis, observations, and things we can look forward to as Seahawks fans. My feelings on this game as a whole are this:
- Matt Schaub is getting a lot of blame for the Texans losing, rather than the Seahawks winning the game. At least that seems to be the national narrative/takeaway. I thought Matt Schaub was awesome. He was killing the Seahawks play after play…all the way into the 4th. He had one INT that wasn’t his fault, and the other was a hasty play that was defended as well as you can defend a play. The best case scenario for him there was a sack, but he was trying to make a play. Let’s not act like every QB in the league hasn’t done something like that before. People need to keep in mind that going against the #1 defense, Schuab is the reason the Texans had a lead in the first place. A lot of people calling for his head, but if the Texans actually want to win this season, they would be best to keep him in. Don’t worry about getting “disrespected” in the national media….most people know how good the Seahawks are, but it gets lost in the better selling story of a Schaub breakdown. If we keep winning, especially in December/January, the respect will come.
- Russell Wilson can be my baby daddy. Seriously this guy is amaze-balls, and that’s the first time I’ve ever used that word. There’s a will in him to win that’s highly unique in this sport. It’s the something that guys like Jordan, Kobe, LeBron etc…have in the NBA. When the odds are stacked against them and they just find ways to win. His stat line won’t wow anyone, and fantasy geeks all over the nation will call him overrated, but we all know how special this guy is in the Northwest. He played behind an offensive line that was “Frankensteined” (that is, a patchwork job made by bits and pieces from other offensive lineman sewn together to make one, somewhat functional entity), and somehow pulled out a win. Peyton can have his time in the sun for now. To me-this just validates something we as Seahawk fans should take comfort in as Russell Wilson as our quarterback: No matter how much we suck to start a game, we always have a chance with #3 behind the wheel. Russell Wilson has never lost by more than 7 points since he was probably in junior high, and I fully expect that record to continue well into his pro career.
- Naysayers will say we shouldn’t get to excited in week 4, but I beg to differ. Trey Wingo at ESPN said it best….our record says 4-0, but really we are 10-0, as we are not losing at home this year. New Orleans maybe the biggest threat at home, but I’m comfortable with that game considering how they got beastmoded last time they were here. So that basically means that we really only have to win 3 more games on the road to lock up our division, and most likely home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Atlanta had it with a 13-3 record last year, so if we just go 3-3 on the road this year, that’s our record. Not a bad spot to be in.
Our remaining away games:
@New York Giants
Yes, I see 3 wins in there easily. Next weekend at the Colts we are playing with house money. Win that game, and ain’t no stopping us now. We’re on the move.
In a huge footnote-can we all just take a moment to recognize that while we were penalized 9 times for 62 yards, the penalty situation seems pretty well contained? The defense had two very questionable pass interference calls, and a certain 3rd string tight end named Kellen Davis, who could be very well be collecting unemployment by the time you read this, caused 3 penalties by himself. No shooting ourselves in the foot this game.
In other news…
This was one of those games where you fully expected the Huskies to win, and makes you forget how bad we were 2-3 years ago. Last time we played Arizona at home was the Mason Foster “immaculate reception” interception that gave the Huskies a miraculous win. I was at that game, and Arizona completely dominated the entire game, so how we ended up winning I’m still not quite sure. Then again, I can’t remember a lot of things from 2 years ago, so that’s probably a me thing.
But we’ve come a long way. This was a weird game in that for one, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it rain as hard at a football game as I did Saturday. That is, until I saw the Oregon against Cal game. It looked like they were literally playing in a hurricane. Here’s some things about the UW game that spring to mind:
- Bishop Sankey is really, really good. This is quite obvious, but I think it should be restated time and time again because he’s not flashy in any way. The perfect comparison for him is Emmitt Smith, because they were not flashy at all, they just had ways to find creases in the defense and squiggle (is that a word) for any extra yards where they can. I see Dancing with the Stars in his future.
- Justin Wilcox is probably the best Huskies coach right now. I say that not because I’m not a fan of Sark….but what Wilcox has done with the defense is more impressive than what Sark has done with the offense, and he’s only been here for a year and a half. Granted, offense is a bit more complicated than defense, but this is the kind of drastic change that you hope for when you hire a new coach. Remember those Husky days when you just hoped that the other team would settle for a field goal, or at the very least, score a slow touchdown to give our offense time to rest? It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but ask any Husky fan and they will tell you it was really that bad. Well those days are no more, and we have a legit defense.
- The Huskies are off to a 4-0 start, and are getting into a very tough stretch where we play Stanford and Oregon. These will be tough wins no doubt, but I think the Huskies have a legitimate chance to win one of these games. We seem to stack up well to Stanford’s power game now….and while Oregon has murdered us for the past 2 presidential terms, the 2013 Huskies are much better than anything we’ve put out during that time span. Get your popcorn ready.
Stanford 55 @WSU 17: This was the kind of demoralizing defeat that causes a team to lose any steam and/or momentum they had/have for the rest of the season. I know this because Stanford did the exact same thing to UW about 3 years ago, when they had Richard Sherman. I was at that game, and it was the first and only game that I’ve ever left at halftime. I remember this was the first time I saw Sherman, and the thing that I remember most about that game was how fast and quickly their defense shut us down. It was 3 and out every single possession. Sherman always took a seat right in front of where we were sitting (around the 50 yard line), and every time he sat down, it looked like he wasn’t even breaking a sweat. The whole defense looked like they were just at practice or something.
Anyway I digress…this game was something similar. Kevin Hogan is a pretty damn good successor to Luck at Stanford, they have another big, fast, white guy tight end by the name of Cajuste, and they have literally the 2nd coming of Barry Sanders, with his son, Barry Sanders Jr., who looks like he could eventually be almost as good as his dad. In case you don’t know, Barry Sanders is one of the best running backs of all time in the NFL. If you want some good entertainment material, go find some Barry Sanders highlights on the interwebs. This could be the year for the Cardinal.
Cal 16 @ Oregon 55: Picture a game between these two teams. That’s exactly how this game went.
San Francisco 35 @ St.Louis 11: This was Thursday night, but thought I would comment on it anyway. Rams looked awful. 49ers were heard chanting “Seahawks suck” after the game on the post game show. It’s nice to know they’re thinking about us. We’re thinking of you too….kinda.
New England 30 @ Atlanta 23: The last game I watched this weekend was probably the worst. Perhaps I had Breaking Bad on my mind, but this just wasn’t a great football game like I expected. Atlanta still hasn’t shown up this season, and the Patriots just find ways to win. I think New England will be right there at the end of the year with Denver to battle for the Superbowl. Not sure what’s wrong with Atlanta, but we’ll take it. If you have doubts about whom to root for in these situations, let me make it simple….you always root against the NFC team if you’re a Seahawk fan. I don’t care about these NFC or NFC West supremacy discussions, what does that give you? Give me home field advantage 10 times out of 10.
All for now-please check back in for more on the Seahawks/Texans game using my shiny new toy: NFL Rewind, and some storylines/previews for the upcoming football weekend. Did I mention I love football season?
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