Finally. After weeks of worries and questions, the Seattle Seahawks put together the king of performance we all knew they were capable of.
Seattle did not make it interesting against a team with a worse record this time, blowing out the Atlanta Falcons 33-10 on the road. It was likely the best performance the Seahawks have put together since demolishing the San Francisco 49ers back in Week 2.
Head coach Pete Carroll even went further, saying it was the best game the Seahawks have played all season.
There was plenty to be happy about from the Seahawks in all three phases of the game. The biggest thing that stood out was how dynamic and explosive the Seattle offense looked down the field.
We weren’t sure how the Seahawks would adjust without Sidney Rice, but they more than addressed that concern this week. Jermaine Kearse emerged as a legitimate down field threat with 3 catches for 75 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown bomb in the second quarter.
Continuing the impressive receiver play, Doug Baldwin responded to the extra targets well by catching 5 passes for 76 yards. We saw how good Baldwin can be during his rookie year, and it’s important that he gets integrated back into the offense.
Meanwhile, Golden Tate continued to do amazing things with a football by rounding out the excellent day for the Seahawks’ receivers with a game-high 106 receiving yards. His highlight-reel 6-yard touchdown catch near the end of the first half was possibly the best individual Seahawks play this season.
Add Percy Harvin to this group, possibly as soon as next week, and all of a sudden the Seahawks have an offense capable of big plays at any moment. In the 20-point second quarter alone, Seattle had five plays of at least 20 yards.
Russell Wilson was sharp and accurate, as he finally got some decent protection. The offensive line played much better than last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle also did a nice job of incorporating quick, short throws when necessary. Wilson completed 9 of 12 passes on plays where the Falcons blitzed.
This was the best the Seahawks passing offense looked all season, and that doesn’t even take into account Marshawn Lynch’s 145 yards. Seattle is one of the few run-first teams remaining in the NFL, and if it can pass the ball like it did on Sunday, defenses around the league are going to have a problem.
If you want to nitpick, the Seahawks could have gotten into the end zone more, rather than settling for 4 field goals. But with 490 yards and 7.1 yards per play, that should sort itself out.
Seattle looks to keep the momentum up against the Minnesota Vikings, before getting a bye week and a critical chance to heal some injuries.
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