By Matthew Asher
From here on out, the Seahawks are now in uncharted waters, going 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. While getting out of Houston with a “W” is all that matters in the end, it was not a pretty way to win a game.
Other than the result of the game, the big news for Seattle was an injury to Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Bennett, who played high school football in Houston, appeared to have injured his back when going after Texans quarterback Matt Schaub late in the second quarter. He was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher and did not return. The good news is that it appears Bennett did not suffer a serious injury.
Seattle’s ground game gets an A
With Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch combining for 200 rushing yards, it was quarterback Russell Wilson who had the biggest impact on the ground game. It’s a good thing Russell Wilson is not a drop-back quarterback because his legs were needed for this victory.
Wilson ran 10 times for 77 yards including a couple of key first down runs, with one on fourth down, late in the game. Seattle’s other running threat, Marshawn Lynch, did finish with 17 carries for 98 yards and one touchdown but his longest run of the game was for 43 yards and wasn’t a touchdown. Take away that run and Lynch averaged just 3.4 yards per carry.
Seattle’s Defense gets a B+
It’s been said time and again, but it’s really tough to win when you lose the turnover battle. The ‘Hawks did give up about 500 yards of offense but forced three turnovers and converted two of them into 10 points. The Seahawks intercepted two of Schaub’s passes with the second one being turned into a 58-yard pick six by Richard Sherman to tie the game at 20 with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Seattle in the first half get a D-
There’s no nice way of saying this but the ‘Hawks were simply horrendous in the first half. Seattle had five first half possessions, ran just 18 offensive plays and managed only 119 yards of offense. Seattle punted three times and turned the ball over once on a fumble. It gets worse: the ‘Hawks didn’t convert a third down until halfway into the third quarter.
Seattle started the game the same way they ended it: via a Steven Hauschka field goal. After the first field goal, the ‘Hawks simply fell apart. All 20 points Houston scored took place in the second quarter. Houston only had one more first half possession than Seattle, but ran 48 plays and gained 334 yards of offense. That means the Texans ran 30 more plays and gained 215 more yards than the Seahawks did in the first half. Ouch.
Seattle’s passing game gets a D
Seattle’s running attack nearly gained double the yardage that their passing attack did. The Seahawks ran for a combined 179 yards and scored their only offensive touchdown on the ground. Wilson threw for 123 yards, but was sacked five times meaning Seattle picked up just 91 net yards through the air.
The Seahawks will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium next week to take on the Indianapolis Colts for their third of four straight games against the AFC South. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PDT.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.