Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Takeaways: Seahawks Dominate Saints on Monday Night Football

By Jackson Safon

Your Seattle Seahawks just dismantled the number two team in the NFC. Absolutely dismantled them. The ‘Hawks were dominant in every phase of the game and the score reflected that, with Seattle winning 34-7. The Seahawks now jump even farther ahead in the race for the number one seed in the NFC and can clinch the NFC West with a win over the 49ers next week. Furthermore, the Seahawks are now the first team to clinch a playoff spot. I expected the ‘Hawks to win this game, but I never would have guessed it would've been in beat-down fashion like this one was.

1. Russell Wilson is perfect (or as close to it as an athlete can come)
The magician can do no wrong. Wilson closed this game with 47 rushing yards to go along with 22/30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He was flawless. Delivering every pass where it had to be from the dime down the left sideline to Baldwin to the laser, back shoulder throw to Kearse. Russell Wilson can do no wrong and it is all coming together at the right time. He finished with his second highest passing yardage total of the season, but it wasn’t just the total he amassed, but the way he did it. Wilson played with poise, tenacity, and the occasional flair as he added to his total of “Houdini’s” tonight. I’m not even sure if the city of Seattle deserves Russell Wilson, but we sure are glad to have him.

2. Best defensive effort of the season
The Seahawks held the third highest scoring offense in the NFL to seven points. Seven. And they held one of the top four quarterbacks in the NFL and the holder of the NFL record for most passing yards in a season to 147 yards. They also had constant pressure on Drew Brees and one of such occasions led to a sack-fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The two newbie’s combined on the play as Cliff Avril had the sack and Michael Bennett returned the fumble back for the touchdown. The defense held a team that averaged 415 yards a game to a mere 188. Byron Maxwell played outstanding. He has been a difference maker since taking over the number two cornerback role from Brandon Browner. He put in a great performance but he was not the only one. Earl Thomas played well, K.J. Wright played well, Clinton McDonald played well. Everyone played well. This was the best work the defense has done so far this season and I only expect it to improve.

Cliff Avril is one of the best defensive lineman in the league at strip sacks.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

3. Where was the run blocking
With the offensive line fully healthy for the second week in a row, the pass blocking was fantastic, but the run blocking was quite the opposite. The Saints defense is right in the middle of the pack in terms of run defense, and the Seahawks couldn’t get anything going in that department. The team rushed for 127 yards but only managed 3.3 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch ran the ball for 16 times and only amassed 45 yards. Not a good day for the running game, but they were picked up by Wilson and the passing game.

4. The Seahawks are undoubtedly the best team in the league
Not only do the Seahawks have the best record, they have the highest rating in several advanced team statistics as well. These two things are enough for most people to rank them number one in the league, but the statement they made tonight is they pass the eye test as well. The Broncos and their offense is nice, but the Seahawks offense can match them point for point, and their stifling defense shut down one of the most prolific offenses in the league. No one is stopping this team. No one in the NFC is coming close to stopping this team at Century Link, which is where the path to the Super Bowl now goes. The Seahawks are Super Bowl bound and they absolutely have enough to win the whole thing.

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