Coming off a big win at home, the Seahawks look to keep their playoff hopes alive. At the halfway point of the season, the defending Superbowl champions have a record of 5-3, which is worse than many expected. Last year at the halfway point, the Seahawks had only one loss which came on the road against the Indianapolis Colts. Midway through the week the Seahawks are motivated to keep the wins coming.
After some late game heroics on the road to beat the Carolina Panthers in their third meeting in the last three years, the champions had a home game against the winless Raiders. The Seahawks got off to a start that made the fans believe the Hawks of old were back. After forcing a couple of turnovers and having a 24-3 lead at halftime, the game looked to be the blow out that most fans expect.
During the second half of the game, the Seattle rain came down hard and both the offense and defense began to sputter out. The Raiders lead a furious comeback attempt outscoring the home team 21-6 in the second half. The Seahawks were able to hang on and get the much-needed home victory, but still left fans with many questions about the team.
Richard Sherman was able to snag his first interception of the season after back to back eight interception seasons, which put the Century Link crowd into an uproar. Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr looked like a rookie at times, and like the future of a franchise at other times. For Raiders fans, the future could look bright with the young signal caller.
Two of the three Seahawk losses came from opponents coming off Monday Night Football losses. In week two they lost to the San Diego Chargers in the 120 degree heat, after the charges lost in the last minute to the Arizona Cardinals. After the Rams blew a 14-0 lead and loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks went into St. Louis and lost after a few unforgivable special teams plays. On Monday night in week nine the New York Giants looked completely inept against the Colts suffering a blow out loss to the Colts. The Giants make their way to Seattle for a week 10 match up.
Century Link Field is widely regarded as one of the hardest stadiums for opposing teams to play in, and easily one of the loudest places to play. The stadium originally got the reputation back in 2005 against those very same Giants. In one game the Giants missed three field goals, and the crowd noise helped cause a record 11 false start penalties. After that game, then coach, Mike Holmgren dedicated the game ball to the twelfth man and it sits at Century Link Field to this day.
The Seahawks have been decimated with injuries this season, missing almost half of their starters. According to Coach Pete Carroll, many of those starters will be ready to go for this match up. Included in the starters expected to return are center, Max Unger, Safety Kam Chancellor, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, cornerback Jeremy Lane, left tackle Russell Okung, and Superbowl MVP linebacker, Malcolm Smith.
The match up looks to be another easy win for the home team, but if last week proved anything it’s that there really are no easy wins in the NFL. The Giants, even at 3-5, are not completely out of the play off picture. Their division rivals Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys both are suffering from injuries to their starting quarterbacks. As bad as the Giants looked on Monday night, they are a team that desperately needs a win and will be fighting to stay alive in the playoff race. Game time is at 1:05pm in Seattle.
Commentary by Andy Lapic
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