A few more quick thoughts and notes on Seattle’s 38-17 win over the New York Giants Sunday:
— First, a couple of notes straight from the NFL:
Seattle running back MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 38-17 win against the New York Giants. He joins SHAUN ALEXANDER (three times) and CURT WARNER as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least four touchdowns in a game.
Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 172 yards and added 107 rushing yards with one touchdown, marking his third 100-yard rushing performance this season. The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to have a running back rush for at least four touchdowns and a quarterback with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game.
Wilson joins MICHAEL VICK (2004 and 2006) as the only quarterbacks with at least three 100-yard rushing games in a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
— When the Seahawks say they are a running team, they mean it. After Sunday’s games, Seattle is first in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 170.9, and 31st in passing at 194.4. Seattle finished last year fourth in the NFL in rushing at 136.8 and 26th in passing at 202.2.
— Christine Michael saw a lot of time down the stretch and had a career-high 71 yards, and that might make it tempting to wonder if he’s closing in on Robert Turbin for the backup job, especially with Turbin losing a fumble Sunday. But remember that Turbin has a key role as the team’s two-minute offense back. While Michael might play more going forward — certainly, he’s beginning to make a case for it — seems like Turbin’s role in the hurry-up would continue.
— The Seattle defense turned things around in the second half, allowing no points and 100 yards after the Giants got 17 points and 224 in the first half. Safety Earl Thomas said one key was switching to a scheme that made sure to keep someone over the top in the second half. “I think we started out of character early with not staying on top,’ he said. “But we made the correct adjustments to get everything together. … They did some things that we haven’t seen.”
— Michael Bennett said one thing the Giants did early that Seattle hadn’t seen from them was having Eli Manning throw quickly. “This was the first tie Eli threw the ball in under three seconds,” Bennett said “Prior in every game, he’d been holding it time after time. But today they were getting the ball out really quick.”
— WR Doug Baldwin said one reason the Seahawks ran as well as they did is that the Giants played a “soft” coverage, meaning keeping defenders further from the line. “They dictated the game by just allowing us to run the ball,” he said.
— We probably need to wait another week or two to make much of how the cornerbacks are used now that everyone is healthy. Sunday, Byron Maxwell and Tharold Simon seemed to rotate a bit, and Jeremy Lane also played a lot of nickel with Marcus Burley ailing with a hamstring issue. Best bet is that, when healthy, the team will continue to find ways to play all four of those guys.
Finally, Wilson improved his undefeated streak against Super Bowl-winning QBs:
With Russell Wilson at QB, @Seahawks now 9-0 vs Super Bowl winning QBs (Peyton 2-0, Rodgers 2-0, Brees 2-0, Eli 2-0, Brady 1-0)
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) November 10, 2014