So it has only taken me into the second week of the NFL season for the dreaded ‘other plans’ to take over my Sunday night when I should be nestled into my sofa watching the TV or in the bath with the iPad (please don’t @ me ladies) watching the NFL coverage. Granted I can make up for this on Sunday with the International Series game at Wembley (hands up if your attending) but I still missed the majority of the action. This means that this week’s report is down to the highlight reels and snippets I have caught up with…
The Seahawks just couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively again for the second week in a row the Offensive Line just look mismanaged, weak and, at times, even a little confused. I think it speaks volumes that Jimmy Grahams TE role seems to have been reduced to that of a Blocker for large parts of the game again, seems to point back to the O Lines incapability. I’m not a guy that likes rushed decisions but a shake up with players and co-ordinators of the Offensive line looks to be much needed before we end up with a pocket that crumbles quicker than a block of strong English cheddar cheese.
As the game wore on it looked like the 49ers defence decided to get a little bit tired and possibly Russell Wilson decided to ignore the voice of Darren Bevell in his helmet and started to manage the Offensive line himself in a more hurried and up tempo fashion, which led to the first Touchdown of the season being scored, superbly caught by Paul Richardson and his dislocated finger. This much needed kick start led to a bit of a spark to see the game out for a win (oh and just forget about Blair Walsh’s missed conversion) but hey, it was a very poor 49ers and to be honest the NFC West is looking to be the weaker of the divisions this season. I know, I know, its only 2 games in but the showings thus far aren’t really giving me much excitement.
I think I have come across one of the most glaringly obvious differences between British fans of sports and our friends across the pond. I’m a big fan of what Dave Gorman refers to as ‘the bottom half of the internet’ – basically the comments sections. Now it seems very apparent that for whatever reason (50% Michael Bennett – 50% Offensive Line) Fans of this great sport will literally drop their chosen team of support quickly, literally because they don’t like something such as how Russell Wilson has been playing. Jesus, I have supported Blackburn Rovers for 24 years and I WISH I could drop them but something inside me just wont let me, however this doesn’t apply to our counterparts in the states. I am sure that these fans will change their tune after the next three very profitable games as far as wins are concerned, but we will see. I appreciate the political side of things to a degree as in the case of Michael Bennett but a player does not make the team.
Now let’s get positive for a minute as I am sick of negative writing, but the one bright spot offensively was rookie running back Chris Carson. He managed to rack up 93 yards on the ground and was especially effective late in the game when the 49ers defence was wearing down as mentioned previously. Now this is where the majority of the bottom half of the internet agrees, this boy could be good, although I will probably be writing in three weeks that he has broken something and the 12’s are in revolt as Jimmy Graham has now added RB to his repertoire.
So next up is the Titans however I will be very tired travelling back from Wembley on the train, which conveniently leaves Kings Cross at the exact time of kick off so I will be able to watch this and give it my full attention. Apologies for a complete lack of technical, strategic reviewing skills but to be fair I am not made that way but will try my best for you all.
Have a great week and I’m sure that lots of you will all be off to the international series games so will catch you on the flip side.