Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Seahawks vs. Dallas Wrap Up

Ok, tell me there is no east coast media bias. After the Hawks won a nail-biter on Saturday, all the attention was on the Pats/Jets blow out, the Chiefs/Colts snoozer and what will become of Romo, Parcells, TO and the Cowboys. How about some love for the northwest team that won?

The consensus seems to be the Seahawks were lucky to win (and luck certainly had a part), but no attention is being given to the positives for the Seahawks and the fact they gutted out a tough win. For example-

*Despite having a guy who was a loan officer and one who was a hunting guide last week starting at cornerback and having to cover two elite receivers with a pro-bowl QB (what a joke that is) throwing, the Hawks defense allowed only one offensive touchdown.

*Jerramy Stevens- 5 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDS. Stevens has had a good stretch the last few weeks and is becoming a solid offensive weapon.

*Bobby Engram- 4 catches, 88 yards. Great game to keep the chains moving, at least 2 clutch 3rd down conversions. You're crazy if you don't think the Hawks missed Mr. 3rd Down during the long stretch when he was out with a thyroid problem.

*Return of the hustling chase-the-ball defense. Last year the Hawks lead the league in sacks and were up there in the rankings of points allowed. A lot of this was due to a bend-but-don't-break style. They would give up a big play here and there, but their constant pressure and aggressive pursuit of the ball carrier made the opposing teams pay. That style of play has seemed to return the last few weeks.

All this is to say, the Seahawks are a good team that won a tough game. Let's not forget, without the kick return TD by the Cowboys, they probably wouldn't have been in a position to botch the final field goal in the first place. Add that to a great stop by Lofa Tatupu on 3rd down to prevent a TD or first down and Babineaux making a great tackle to keep Romo out of the end zone and kept him from getting the first down, well that's pretty cool. Bottom line- the Seahawks made the plays that mattered and the Cowboys didn't. Give respect where respect is due.


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