So this week’s game was watched on the 20:00 train back up north from London Kings Cross to Darlington after watching the Jacksonville Jaguars ripping the Baltimore Ravens a shiny new arsehole. Thoroughly entertaining stuff and to be honest was lovely to see an Offensive line and Quarter back being perfectly in sync. So the Seahawks game then, to be honest I think I can kinda lay off the O-Line this week for the most part, thank god.
Now, it’s far too early to say the Seahawks are in any degree of panic after losing to the Titans on Sunday at a closely ran out 33–27, to make it 1–2 on the year. They’ve been in this position before, and when that’s the case they’ve generally come out of it unscathed with division titles and trips to the playoffs to boot. This time I am not so sure, something seems different this time round, something seems off. If you have read my previous two weekly reviews, I (along with 95% of 12’s) have been super critical of the offensive line. This week the Seattle offense played undoubtedly its best game of the season. Russell Wilson threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns and this week Jimmy Graham played a blinder by cottoning on to seven balls for 72 yards, much improved over the absolute tosh he has been serving up over the last 2 weeks.
Now the defence, which has kept its dignity in some ugly games so far, managed to do so again…until the 3rd quarter with the Titans racking up 21 unanswered points with the Seahawks lacking the gusto to pick up some tempo and get some more points on the board.
“There’s things for us to work out,” coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “We’re going to get a lot better. I can feel our newness, the youth of our club. That’s why we’re all encouraged that we can do really good things. And we need to get going. I’ve been here before, too. I don’t feel unfamiliar with it. Not happy with it, but not unfamiliar with it.” espn.com
The final score line and the stats might tell you one story, but the Titans were the much better team on Sunday night. Plain and simple, it may even carry on being the case through the season. Mariota look strong sharp and ultimately well versed with his offensive playbook, I think they will have a pretty decent season on the showing from this game.
The tone of this game was set before kick off to be completely honest with both of the teams opting to stay in the locker room while the national anthems were belted out (also the singer took a knee after singing). It is easy to say that this shouldn’t have affected the nature of the game but if the players were only 10% aware of the furore being carried out on social media due to their choice, then I think it would have been the case. The protests are going to rumble on through the season whether we like it or not and its going to spread beyond the NFL on a much bigger scale. As mentioned before I have my views on this but won’t relay them here (I’m not American so it is only an opinion).
Next up the Colts at home. This is going to be interesting but I am hoping that as with previous seasons the form will click into place and we can get that 13-3 season I predicted (who am I kidding, at this rate I will take 10-6).
Have a great week and to all those of us heading to Wembley again, have fun!