Jared Leingang, Print Reporter
The Seahawks started the season with a down to the wire win over the Miami Dolphins. It was a low scoring, slugfest with the score 6-3, Seattle, heading into the fourth quarter. Miami scored a touchdown with 4 minutes left in the game which gave them the lead and gave the ball to quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson engineered another fourth quarter comeback, the 14th of his career, and 19th game winning drive of his career according to pro-football-reference.com. Wilson hit wide receiver Doug Baldwin with a two yard touchdown pass, with 31 seconds left in the game to seal the win.
After the win against Miami, the Hawks had the Los Angeles Rams and their stout defense to deal with for the next game. The Rams have won four of the past five games against Seattle. The low scoring affair went back and forth with a pair of field goals in the first half. The second half would be much like the first with the only scoring coming by a Greg Zuerlein field goal for the Rams. Russell Wilson had the chance to lead another comeback but running back Christine Michael fumbled the ball with 57 seconds left in the game which gave the Rams the win. The final score was 9-3 with the Rams taking the victory.
With fans feeling deflated the Hawks came back to Seattle and hosted the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The game was the opposite of the first two games of the season with the first touchdown scored within the first minute of the game. Christine Michael rushed for a 41 yard touchdown. Michael put on an encore and rushed for another touchdown with four minutes left in the first quarter. Tight-end Jimmy Graham had arguably his best game as a member of the Seahawks with a six catch 100 yard and one touchdown performance. Graham looked to be fully recovered from the torn patellar tendon suffered last November.Receiver Doug Baldwin also continued his consistent play with a 164 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions. Wilson was injured with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter when he was pulled down awkwardly on a sack by San Francisco linebacker Eli Harold. Wilson missed the first play of his career before returning to throw one more pass which led to a field goal for the Seahawks. Wilson had a brace placed on his leg and was replaced by rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin. The Seahawks ultimately cruised to a 37-18 victory. The Seahawks had not allowed a 100 yard rusher in the past 24 games but Carlos Hyde on the 49ers rushed for 103 yards on 21 carries according to ESPN.com.
With the quarterback Russell Wilson injured, the Hawks limped into New York to face the Jets. Wilson looked like he was in midseason form and threw three touchdown passes despite having a sprained medial collateral ligament and led Seattle to a 27-17 victory over the Jets. Wilson sported a brace on his leg but threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and winning for the first time at MetLife Stadium since beating the Denver Broncos there in the Super Bowl in 2014, according to ESPN.com. Running back C.J. Spiller, who was signed days before the game, made a quick impact with an eight yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter. Seattle Guard Germain Ifedi made his NFL debut after missing the first three games of the season with a high ankle sprain. Ifedi started at right guard after going through a full week of practice and his presence in the offensive line will help protect Wilson.
The Seahawks have many injuries to tend to and will use the bye week to get healthy. With a slew of notable injuries to monitor like Wilson’s ankle and knee, wide receiver Tyler Lockett’s knee, tight end Nick Vannett’s ankle, linebacker Mike Morgan’s hip, defensive end Cliff Avril’s hamstring, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed’s hip. Wilson is undergoing constant treatment on his knee to prevent swelling from increasing. Wilson has made 78 consecutive starts to begin his career and is yet to miss a start or practice since being named the starting quarterback back in 2012 according to NFL.com. After the week off for recovery Seattle hosts the Atlanta Falcons with kickoff being the standard 1:25 p.m. The Falcon’s boast a record of four wins and one loss and are coming off an impressive victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Falcon’s cornerback Desmond Trufant, who starred at the University of Washington from 2009-2012. The Falcons lead the league in yards per game with 457.4 yards of total offense while the Seahawks are the league leaders in defense, only allowing 264 yards per game according to NFL.com.
The first half of the game was all Seattle, with the score 17 to three going into halftime. The Falcons came out blistering out of halftime and put up 21 points in just the third quarter. Wilson led another fourth quarter drive that was capped off with a Christine Michael 1-yard touchdown run with 4:47 left in the game but the extra point was blocked by the Falcons so Seattle still trailed 23-24.
After safety Earl Thomas intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Seattle kicked a field goal with 1:57 remaining to give them the lead 26-24. In typical Seahawks fashion the game ended with controversy. Cornerback Richard Sherman and Falcons receiver Julio Jones were involved in a pass that Sherman ultimately broke up but the whole Falcon’s team screamed for pass interference.
Another incident involved Sherman early in the third quarter when he erupted on the sidelines and had to be restrained by teammates after the Seahawks gave up a touchdown.
Up next was a sunday night division game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are underachieving with 3 wins and 3 losses this year after going 13 and three last season and winning the division. Defense was the catalyst for both teams with no touchdowns being scored in the game by either squads. The Cardinals won the game statistically with having 443 yard to Seattle’s 257 and led 23-11 in first downs, according to ESPN.com.
The Seahawks did not score until the fourth quarter when kicker Steven Hauschka kicked a 40 yard field goal with four minutes left which tied the game at 3-3. Onto overtime, the Cardinals received the ball, quickly advanced it and kicked a 45 yard field goal to give them the lead.
Seattle returned fire with a field goal of their own and the game was tied once again. Steven Hauschka and Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro both had opportunities to win the game with a 27 and 24 yard field goal but both missed kicks that are usually called routine chip shots. The game ended in a tie 6-6. It is the first tie in the NFL since the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals tied in a game back in 2014, according to ESPN.com.
Seattle travels to New Orleans and will battle Drew Brees and the 2-4 Saints at 10:00 a.m. pacific time on sunday, October 30th. Seattle has not played in New Orleans since 2010 and owns an all time record of 8-6 against the Saints, according to Footballdb.com.
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