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!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ultimate Explosion!! - Week Nine

Well, since Colin isn't going to do this, I thought I'd toss out a few thoughts on the Monday Night debacle (and I definitely do want to use that word, even if it was a victory).

1. Oakland is an awful, awful team.
2. We easily could have lost that game.

People talk about how great Seneca Wallace played, and yes, he wasn't a total statue in the pocket, as evidenced by the one very nice scramble, but...

Seneca Wallace: 18/30, 176 yards
Andrew Walter: 16/35, 166 yards

Exactly how much more impressive was Mr. Wallace?

LaMont Jordan had 63 yards on only 9 carries (although one was a 32 yard jaunt... more on that in a second). Take the long one out and what do you get? 8 for 31, or a nice four yard per carry average. If the Raiders had actually committed to the run, they were moving the ball effectively against our defense. Instead, they kept throwing the football in driving rain and wind, which didn't make any sense whatsoever.

Good news for our defense? Holding the Raiders to a nice 3-15 third down conversion percentage. Bad news? There were some wide open receivers on those plays.

There were four "turning point" plays in the game, from my count.

1. Jerramy Stevens dropping the sure touchdown. He catches it, and the game is never in doubt.
2. Oakland not going for it on 4th and 1 in the 2nd quarter from our 49 yard line. That happened after Randy Moss caught a 11 yard pass on 3rd and 12, which again happened on bad third down pass defense. The Raiders needed the momentum.
3. At the 14:23 mark of the 4th quarter, Andrew Walter missed two wide open receivers for a sure touchdown. One was Courtney Anderson down the middle, another was down the sideline. Our safety (not sure who it was) had to decide between the two and so wasn't covering either. Walter just threw a terrible ball.
4. Grant Wistrom's sack on 1st and 10 at the 13:36 mark on the same drive after Oakland had converted a 4th down try.

The point is, when you're only up 13-0, it is still a two possession game TO LOSE. Not putting away the Raiders, with multiple drives starting with terrific field position, was ridiculous. Another game with 10 penalties was ridiculous (what the heck was Tom Ashworth thinking most of the game?).

Oh yeah, the offensive line. Floyd Womack got abused multiple times by Warren Sapp. I found myself wishing for Rob Sims. That's probably not a good sign.

Our defense gave up ANOTHER huge run from inside the opponent's 10 yard line. That is simply inexcusable. If Jordan Babineaux had missed the tackle like he was trying, it was another touchdown, and my life would have grown a little darker.

You can probably tell that I was completely unimpressed by this shutout win. You would be correct. However, I am still moderately optimistic about our chances on Sunday, of course more on that later. Basically, I'm not that afraid of the Rams, no matter how full of Christian fear that offense makes me.

As for the rest of the NFL, Colin has a post on that coming out later. Look forward to that.

So... how about the Scientific Method? A mediocre 7-7 outing, putting the standings as follows...

Scientific Method: 7-7
Petey Prisco: 9-5
Bill Simmons: 6-8

Season Standings:
Petey Prisco: 83-45
Scientific Method: 79-49
Bill Simmons: 66-62

Ouch, Science. Pick up the pace, huh?

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