Seattle Survives Another Special Teams Snafu
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By Matthew Asher
Given the bizarreness of the last few weeks, the Seahawks should be glad that their 20-13 victory of the Tennessee Titans completes their matches against the AFC South where Seattle went 3-1.
Marshawn Lynch gets an A
Lynch definitely went into Beast Mode against the Titans. Lynch scored both of Seattle touchdowns on the ground and finished with 25 touches (21 rushes, 4 receptions) for 155 total yards (77 rushing, 78 receiving).
Seattle’s defense gets an A
With Seattle and Tennessee coming into the game as the number two and three teams in the NFL regarding turnover ratio, whoever turned the ball over first, or at all, would have an even more difficult time coming out as the victor. It ended up being even with each team turning the ball over twice.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished completing 17 of his 29 passing attempts for 171 yards, but threw two interceptions. In the fourth quarter with the game tied at 13 Fitzpatrick was looking for Nate Washington but Richard Sherman stepped in front to record his third interception of the season. Seattle was able to convert the turnover into the game-winning points of the game.
Seahawks can’t hold onto the ball. D
Seattle had a tough time holding onto the football this game. Four Seahawks fumbled the ball five total times and two of them ended up being recovered by the Titans. Lynch and Derrick Coleman were lucky to have Seattle retain possession on their fumbles but Sidney Rice and Chris Maragos each turned the ball over to Tennessee with Margos fumbling twice.
Seattle’s field goal unit gets a C+
For the second week in a row, Seattle’s special teams had a field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown. This one can be explained by having an unknown field goal unit on the field for the attempt. Earlier in the game Steve Hauschka was run over by Darius Reynaud during a kickoff return.
Hauschka was able to return to the game in the second half, but in the second quarter Seattle punter Jon Ryan was sent in for a last-second field goal attempt. Ryan is usually the holder, but it was back-up safety Chris Maragos who was the holder as Ryan attempted the field goal. If you’re wondering, Maragos did serve as a holder when he attended the University of Wisconsin.
Ryan never got the chance to attempt the kick. The snap appeared catchable but Maragos couldn’t cleanly handle it. Maragos started running for his life when it was clear the field goal attempt had been botched. As he ran, from his captors, Maragos made the worst possible decision by attempting to throw a pass. He fumbled the attempt and Jason McCourty picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown as time expired in the first half.
With no rest for the weary in sight, Seattle has just four days to heal up before their Thursday Night Football game against the 3-3 Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 pm 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.