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Review: Seahawks 30, Browns 13

20 Dec
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Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

It was not quite the blowout we all thought was possible but at the end of the day there should be no room for complaints. The Seahawks took care of business as expected on Sunday, defeating the Cleveland Browns 30-13. With the win the Seahawks improve to 9-5 and thanks in part to the New York Giants loss earlier in the day Seattle has clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season. Cleveland’s record falls to a dismal 3-11. Here now are some brief thoughts following today’s win.

Wilson Stays Hot: For the fifth straight game quarterback Russell Wilson avoided throwing an interception. He finished his day 21/30 for 249 yards and 3 touchdowns before turning the reigns over to Tarvaris Jackson late in the game. In the last 5 weeks Wilson has thrown for 1,420 yards, 19 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Once again two of his touchdown tosses went to Doug Baldwin who continues his own hot streak of 10 touchdown receptions over the past 4 games. Last week I briefly talked about how Wilson’s performance is coming at the best time and with two more games before the playoffs this is a perfect time for this wave of momentum to continue. Unfortunately I believe the only thing that is keeping his name out of the MVP race is the Seahawks record. Wilson may be the quarterback opponents do not want to face the most, especially at this point in the season.

The Upper Hand: Bryce Brown had the longest run of the game but he was not the more consistent running back. Christine Michael led all Seahawks running backs in carries with 16 and he made the most of his opportunities, rushing for 84 yards and a 5.3 yards per carry average. I had a feeling Michael would make the bigger impact because of his experience in our offensive system and his knowledge of the playbook. Ball security was something that also had me smiling, as neither Michael nor Brown coughed up the ball. Moving forward I expect Michael to be the Seahawks lead back and it would not surprise me to see Brown phased out of our game plan entirely for our final two regular season games.

A Long Wait: When people think of what makes a game “ugly” the first thing that usually comes to mind is turnovers. I thought this game would be a perfect opportunity for the Legion of Boom to feast on multiple Cleveland mistakes. At least that was the assumption. Unfortunately it took 47 minutes and 43 seconds for the Seahawks to record their first and only takeaway of the game, an interception by cornerback Marcus Burley. With strong safety Kam Chancellor inactive Seattle’s defense was not at full strength. Nevertheless forcing only one Browns turnover was disappointing. My hope is that the defense just had an off game. Here is something to keep in mind going forward. The Seahawks have recorded multiple takeaways in only 6 of our 14 games. Going up against another conservative quarterback next week it may be hard to force turnovers yet again.

Thoughts on Cleveland: On Sunday I could see Johnny Manziel’s potential playing out on the field. Unfortunately he will likely be one of only a handful of players that will continue their careers with the Browns in 2016. This franchise is once again in need of a complete overhaul. Mike Pettine is not a good fit to be the head coach of this team and Ray Farmer has not done enough in his limited time as general manager to prove to owner Jimmy Haslam he deserves more time to put this team together. Even Haslam may not be the best owner for this franchise and that really says something about just exactly how bad it is in Cleveland. This team needs to put together a couple of solid draft classes in the next couple of seasons before I can consider them a team ready to challenge for a playoff berth.

Random Thoughts: It’s semi-disappointing we gave up any sort of lead to the Browns. Cleveland’s early 7-0 lead didn’t last and that didn’t surprise anyone. The mood inside the stadium was still one of unwavering confidence that we would get the job done… For the most part I am not the type of person that boos opposing fans but seeing the few Cleveland Browns fans in the stadium, you couldn’t help but feel sorry for them and their fandom. I would be more inclined to hug a Browns fan instead of boo them, just because of all the pain and suffering they have endured throughout their lives… It was nice to see Michael Sinclair raise the 12 Flag. I thought Sinclair would be big enough of a name to raise the flag on alumni day (the home opener) the past couple of years but I guess not. His presence at the stadium today brought back great memories of him, Cortez Kennedy, and Chad Brown along the defensive line in the late 1990’s… One more home game next week before the long 8 month break before the 2016 preseason. Unless of course the Seahawks somehow get to host the NFC Championship Game for the third straight year.

What’s Next: The number one game in my #10for10 series will be published on Christmas Eve. Look out for my preview of next week’s game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday morning. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas. Go Seahawks!

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12 Years Ago

26 Mar

I remember the morning of March 26th, 2000 like it was yesterday. On this day, 10 years of childhood memories came crashing to the ground in a form of concrete and dust. For those of you who don’t remember this day or what I am talking  about, here’s a big hint…

I attended a large handful of Mariners games in the Kingdome from 1996-1999. As much as it pains me to admit, I only attended one Seahawks game in the Kingdome; a 41-7 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on August 28th, 1999. Despite this being my only Seahawks experience in the Kingdome I have great memories of this night. As a kid I was terrified of sitting in the Kingdome’s 300 level. As a 9-year-old kid I had a slight fear of heights but on this night I could not have been more calm. Seahawks fans are different from Mariners fans and Husky football fans. Even for a preseason game, it was the rowdiest experience I had been a part of to that point in my life, and I loved every single second of it. The two biggest memories I have of the game are Chad Brown and Cortez Kennedy dominating the Cardinals for the first part of the game, and the constant chants the entire stadium participated in when the Seahawks gained a first down.

After the game was very emotional for me. The Mariners had already moved into Safeco Field and knowing that it was unlikely I would attend another Seahawks game during the 1999 season, I came to the realization that this was probably going to be the last time I ever stepped foot into the Kingdome. After the game, Me, my dad, and my two cousins went up to the top of the upper deck and touched the bottom most part of the Kingdome roof.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love CenturyLink Field. It is the most beautiful building in the National Football League. However, there are times when I do have nostalgic moments with my friends and the Kingdome always come up in our discussions. It is yet another part of my childhood that has disappeared and sometimes I wish I could go to one more sporting event in the Kingdome. I am astonished to see younger kids at Seahawks games and think “they never had the chance to go see a game in the Kingdome, that is too bad.”

I cannot believe it has been 12 years since the implosion. I loved that building no matter how ugly, cramped, and dark it may have been. My memories in the Kingdome are something that will never crumble, just as the building did 12 years ago today.