Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Week Three Recap: Seahawks 42, Giants 30 (Shaun also out!)

Shaun Alexander, after another underwhelming performance against the Giants, is now officially out for the next four weeks, probably missing games against the Bears, the Rams, and the Vikings, who are a combined 7-2 as of today. That hurts, though it was apparent from Week 1 that Shaun was not operating with two healthy feet. I would have preferred that this decision had been reached three weeks ago instead of today, but maybe they just wanted to see if Shaun could make it work. Obviously he couldn't. As it stands, Maurice Morris is a capable backup, Mack Strong can still tote the rock a few times, and we will lean more on the passing attack, as we have the past two weeks, to propel us down the field. Bottom Line: It hurts, but I would rather Shaun is hurt NOW then in December or January. We beat the Washington Redskins with Maurice Morris running the football. We can beat the Rams and the Vikings (not sure about the Bears). Not worth a freak-out, but raises questions about the information that team doctors were operating under, and why Shaun was playing these first three weeks.

Now...... as of the certain game that took place yesterday.....

Our victory against the Giants last year created more doubters then well-wishers in the eyes of the national media. They took note of the three missed field goals, the insane crowd noise, and the critical Seahawks mistakes, and concluded that the Giants were the better team and would probably beat the Hawks if they met again in the postseason. Personally, I didn't want to see the G-Men again, as MY conclusion wasn't too far behind. We had failed to establish dominance, and had lucked one out against a quality opponent at home. An exciting win? Yes. But not a dominant win.

Thus, I picked the Hawks to lose this game when I went through our schedule at the beginning of the year (again, I concluded the Hawks would finish 11-5). That conclusion seemed, if anything, a little stronger after two unconvincing wins by Seattle matched against the Giants' improbable comeback against the Eagles. However, I ended my picking Seattle in my Friday post based on the uber-hype being poured on Eli and the fact that our offense usually took until Week 3 to gel.

And gel it did. Welcome, Deion Branch! Welcome, Nate Burleson (1st game he actually made an appearance in)! Welcome, Chris Spencer (let us never speak of Pork Chop again)! Welcome, Rob Sims (is more athletic than Chris Gray)!

I was speechless for most of the first half. Honestly speechless. Never in a million years did I suspect the absolute butt-kicking that the Hawks were about to enact on the Giants. I expected a close, hard-fought game that would get decided in the 4th quarter. Instead, I received virtual perfection from both sides of the football. This was the first game of the season that I watched and thought to myself, "These are the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks." These are the type of games that brings skeptics like Petey Prisco over to our side (seriously, he remarks on that very fact this week!). We are continuing to build the kind of respect that will last in the national media's minds for years to come. It's been a long, loooooooong process, but we are close to completion. A win next week against the Bears would cement us as the best team in the NFC, by the way, especially if we do it without the former MVP of the league.

The Good:
-- Everything. Every. Thing.

-- In our preview, both Gavin and I called our secondary the glaring weakness of our team. In three weeks they have done all in their power to disprove us, stopping Roy Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Amani Toomer, Plaxico Burress, and Jeremy Shockey. Now they have to stop Muhsin Muhammed and Bertran Berrian (sp?). That's a step down in quality, but it remains to be seen if we can continue our dominance. Still, great job by Hamlin, Boulware, Trufant, and Herndon.

-- We have four awesome wide receivers. Wowsers. Hasselbeck stated that there was a mismatch every pass play. Let's keep that up, because the Giants were powerless to stop our passing attack. I felt like I was watching the Colts for a half.

-- ZERO sacks allowed by our offensive line. Excellent, and puts Spencer and Sims in a very positive light heading into next week. It's taken a few weeks, but we are beginning to cope with the absence of Hutch. Even Walter had his best week of the new season, dominating the Giants' defensive line.

-- We had an excellent game-plan coming in both on offense and defense. Kudos to John Marshall for completely confusing Eli Manning for the majority of this game.

-- Who haven't I mentioned? Tatupu, Peterson, Strong, Hasselbeck...... they were all good. I especially enjoyed the 10 minute drive that concluded in our final touchdown, as the Giants could do NOTHING to stop us and we went up 42-3. The game was over as of that moment.

-- I can't comment on the noise, since I was in a bar where the Cardinals game was getting piped in, but Gavin says that it was hella loud. I honestly don't know what Giants GM Ernie Accorsi was thinking in calling out the fans and the Hawks for cheating before the game. How stupid is that? Complain after the game, not before it, you tard!

The Bad:
-- Shaun still couldn't run, as now we find that we are without him for at least a month. Ouch.


-- The bar only had Sam Adams Light, not the real thing.

The Ugly:
-- Nothing. Nothing. This was a great, dominating performance against a quality NFC foe.

Bottom Line:
For the first week, I am ok with people looking at us as one of the top three teams to beat in the NFC. We finally played like a contender. We can complete that thought if we go on the road and beat Chicago heading into the bye week. 4-0 would be mighty fine, and the Bears looked beatable against Minnesota. This will be a playoff atmosphere, and I predict that the Hawks will be ready to play. Just don't expect to score 42 against that Bears defense.

posted by colin_hesse @ 3:50 PM  4 comments


At 10:02 PM, Blogger nach said...

2 thoughts:

1) I'm still not sold on Spencer. The Giants haven't been sacking anyone.

2) Looks like this is going to be a pass to establish the run kind of season for the Hawks.

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like Mo can't produce the stats that Shaun has put up in these first 3 games. Let Mo show us his stuff and Shaun can rip it up when he get's back. Not a huge blow to my fantasy team either being that it SUCKS!


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Ryan said...

I just want to say, this game brought a tear to my eye from all the way over here in Ohio. Oddly enough, due to wanting to watch Star Trek: DS9, I turned the Seahawks game off (heathen?) at the end of the 3rd quarter, and only later found out about the debacle of the 4th quarter. Nonetheless, as was said already, IT DIDN'T MEAN ANYTHING.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger colin_hesse said...

It is never heathen to turn off a Seahawks blowout to watch Star Trek, unless you are watching Voyager, which never should have happened.


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