Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday at CenturyLink Field:
What it means: The Seahawks can find a way to win despite themselves. A field goal attempt returned for a touchdown and numerous offensive mistakes didn’t stop Seattle from improving to 5-1 against an inept Tennessee offense without starting quarterback Jake Locker.
Stock watch: After some shaky play the past two weeks, the Seahawks' defense kept the Titans' offense out of the end zone. And the Legion of Boom was back to its intimidating self with two interceptions -- one for safety Earl Thomas and one for cornerback Richard Sherman. The Seattle offensive line played much better overall with Max Unger back at center, but left guard James Carpenter continues to struggle. He likely cost the Seahawks points when he was whistled for holding. He also had a false start.
Field Goal Nightmare 2.0: Having to go to a backup plan on a field goal attempt at the end of the half backfired on the Seahawks. Kicker Steven Hauschka was being evaluated for a concussion, so punter Jon Ryan went in to attempt a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. But that also meant a new holder (Ryan normally holds) and backup safety Chris Maragos fumbled the snap. He tried to get up and run, but lost the ball and cornerback Jason McCourty grabbed it and ran it back for a 77-yard touchdown and a 10-7 Titans lead at the half. It was the second consecutive game a Seattle field goal attempt was returned for a score. Hauschka returned in the second half.
What’s next: A short week and back on the road for a Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks lost the 2012 season opener at Arizona 20-16, but defeated the Cardinals 58-0 in Seattle on Dec. 9. Seattle lost 13-6 at San Francisco the last time it played on a Thursday night one year ago.