For the Seattle Seahawks Monday now seems like Wednesday. That’s because of the very quick turnaround for this Thursday night’s road game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Hawks overcame a wheel barrow full of mistakes to hold off the Tennessee Titans 20-13 Sunday. Seattle ran its unbeaten streak at home to 11 in a row. Russell Wilson remains undefeated at CenturyLink Field as the Seahawks starting quarterback. The 5-and-1 start to the season is the best for Seattle since 2003.
Richard Sherman’s interception off Ryan Fitzpatrick cemented a solid bounce back performance by Seattle’s defense. As Sherman told reporters after the close victory, “It’s a great outcome any time you can win the football game. You gotta win ugly some times. We’ll take that, take the ugly girl to the prom, and still win!”
Seattle shut down the Titans speedy runner Chris Johnson and did not allow a touchdown. It took a fluke injury to kicker Steven Hauschka to open the door for a Tennessee score just before half time. With doctors checking Hauschka for a possible concussion, punter Jon Ryan was asked to try his first NFL field goal, and back-up safety Chris Maragos became the emergency holder.
“We took like 25 snaps on the sideline, and I got the ball down with laces up and spinning it, I mean it was beautiful,” said Maragos. “We got out there in the game and I caught it good, but the ball was a little slick and I tried to get the tip of the ball down, and it hit funny and slid right out. It was a freak thing, kind of weird actually.”
Maragos made matters worse by trying to throw a pass while being tackled. Jason McCourty scooped up the loose ball and took it to the house for a 10-7 Titans lead at intermission.
At his Monday press conference, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the special teams error, “egregious”, and said he can’t accept fumbles in any way. It will be an obvious area of attention in practice.
Seattle came out of the Titans game fairly healthy. Defensive end Chris Clemons left the game with an elbow injury and did not return. Carroll said an MRI showed some “stuff” in Clemons elbow, and his pain tolerance will be a key factor.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (sprained ankle), tight end Zach Miller (hamstring), and right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), were all held out against Tennessee. Carroll said Wagner is making faster than expected progress, and Miller should be ready to play Thursday.
Receiver Percy Harvin (hip surgery), is also eligible to come off Seattle’s PUP, (physically unable to perform) list this week. Carroll said with the limited practices it’s highly unlikely Harvin will be active to play against the Cardinals.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)