Welcome to a new feature on the blog. Every morning after a game, I’ll come up with a few second thoughts on the game of the day/night before. They could be actual second thoughts about something that happened, or just some news, notes and stats that slipped through the cracks.
Here are five from Thursday might’s win over the Packers:
1. So any objective rating of the top five-or-so QBs in the NFL right now would include Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Seattle has played each of those in its last four games dating to last year’s playoffs. In those three games, Seattle has allowed three passing touchdowns — each either on the last play of the third quarter (Brees) or the fourth quarter, long after the outcome had been decided, with the Seahawks winning those games by a combined 102-39. Just adding to the legend of the Legion of Boom.
2, Russell Wilson said earlier in the week that the team calls tight end Zach Miller because the tight end simply always does everything right. You saw that Thursday night when he might have been the most underrated player on the field. Not only did he block well, often helping provide support for rookie Justin Britt on the right side,, but he also had three catches for 42 yards, including a highlight-reel over-the-shoulder grab. Unlike a year ago, when Miller missed a lot of preseason time with a foot injury, he has been healthy throughout camp this season and it appears to be showing.
3, So far, anyway, all the talk of Seattle being impacted by the new emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact appears to be much ado about nothing. After not getting called for a single defensive holding in the preseason, the Seahawks had no penalties in the secondary in their first regular season game. They did have one pass interference penalty, that coming on linebacker Bobby Wagner who was covering Green Bay slot receiver Randall Cobb 44 yards down field — an obvious call on what was a tough matchup for Wagner. Otherwise, Seattle was spotless on defense penalty-wise other than an offsides call (in fact, Seattle had just four penalties total, which Pete Carroll was glad to point out afterward).
4, The one big injury question mark from the game is Jeremy Lane, who again hurt his groin — and obviously re-injuries are always somewhat ominous. Tharold Simon is already likely out for a few weeks with what Carroll said on Wednesday would be minor knee surgery. If Lane is out, then Seattle may be forced to make a roster move to add someone in the secondary. DeShawn Shead plays both corner and safety, but he’s not really a nickel, as you saw Thursday when the Seahawks went with Marcus Burley there, instead. Burley went from playing the final preseason game of the year for the Colts last Thursday to suddenly playing in a real game with the defending Super Bowl champions the next. A heady turnaround, but he seemed to handle it well.
5, Another move I expect the team to make soon is adding an offensive linemen, likely at the expense of a receiver — the team had eight on its 53-man roster Thursday, six of whom were active. Seattle had just eight OLs for Thursday, seven of whom were active. The starting five were able to go to the whole way, however, with Garry Gilliam seeing some time as an extra tackle. Still, the Seahawks are almost certain to want to get to nine OLs on the 53-man.