Sunday, November 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks
By Terry Blount
ATLANTA -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 33-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome:
What it means: After several weeks of winning without playing particularly well, the Seahawks finally had the complete game they’ve wanted. Sunday was their best overall effort of the season. The 9-1 Seahawks actually looked like the Super Bowl contender so many people expect them to be.
Stock watch: On the day when news broke that receiver Percy Harvin likely will return next weekend, the Seattle receivers had a spectacular first half and showed they are pretty good without him. Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse each had TD grabs in the first half and Doug Baldwin had four catches in the first two quarters as the Seahawks built a 23-3 lead.
Bailey helps the O-line: Rookie Alvin Bailey was seemingly everywhere on the Seattle offensive line Sunday, and he was darn good wherever he lined up. The Seahawks used a rotation of bringing Bailey in on third downs to play left tackle while moving Paul McQuistan inside to left guard and taking James Carpenter out of the game. Bailey also played a couple of series at right guard for J.R. Sweezy.
Beastly Lynch: The Seahawks did what they do best -- give the ball to Marshawn Lynch and let him run over people. Lynch rushed for more than 100 yards for the second consecutive game. He even had an assist on a 43-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Kearse, a gadget play when Lynch threw it back to Wilson. And rookie Christine Michael ran well late in the game.
Browner and McDaniel hurt: Cornerback Brandon Browner suffered a groin injury in the first half and did not return. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel injured a hamstring late in the first half and also didn’t return.
What's next: The Seahawks return home to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. It could be the return of both starting offensive tackles -- Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini -- and the likely debut of Harvin. Seattle will be attempting to win its 13th consecutive home game. The Seahawks will play four of their last six regular-season games at home.