Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 13
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- A review of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks' 34-7 victory against the New Orleans Saints:
Big plays galore: Monday night was a big-play extravaganza for the Seahawks. The biggest play probably was the 22-yard fumble recovery by defensive lineman Michael Bennett, grabbing the ball in the air after defensive end Cliff Avril knocked it out of Drew Brees’ hand. Other big plays included a 60-yard catch and run by tight end Zach Miller and a 52-yard deep throw to Doug Baldwin when Russell Wilson burned the New Orleans all-out blitz.
Happy homers: The Seahawks have won 14 consecutive homes games. They haven’t lost at CenturyLink Field since the end of the 2011 season. Over that span, Seattle has outscored its opponents by an average score of 31-13 and has a plus-21 turnover margin. Wilson, of course, is unbeaten at home, having thrown 29 TDs and only six interceptions at the CLink.
Brees-less: All you have to do to understand just how good the Seattle defense played Monday night was to look at some key stats involving Brees. After throwing for at least 200 yards in 43 consecutive games, Brees had only 147 yards passing. And here's the stat that seems impossible to believe: Brees did not complete a pass all night that was thrown more than 15 yards downfield. He was 0-for-8 on those throws. He had completed at least three passes downfield of more than 15 yards in every game this season before Monday night.
Unflappable Russell: Wilson was at his best Monday night when the Saints tried to attack and pressure him. When New Orleans sent five or more pass-rushers at him, Wilson completed 8 of 9 throws, including two for touchdowns and an 18.9-yard average per pass. Wilson is tied for the second-best quarterback rating against added pressure at 84.3. He has a 99.9 QBR against added pressure in each of his past three games. Wilson was a perfect 3-of-3 passing for 66 yards and a touchdown when the Saints blitzed a defensive back.