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November 23, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Seahawks Post-Game Impressions

Here are three more quick thoughts on Seattle’s win over Arizona today:

1. Was it the team meeting or a healthy defense that made the real difference? Team meetings make for great copy — and if the Seahawks believe that the commitment they made to each other and the team this week made a difference, then it certainly did. But a healthy defense helped an awful lot, too. You could see that coming during the week, as coaches and players talked about the return of Bobby Wagner, the return to form of Kam Chancellor and just a general overall feeling that the defense is finding its stride. Certainly, it was a good matchup for that as Arizona was not well-positioned to take advantage of the one spot where Seattle is not healthy — up the middle, where Brandon Mebane is out for the year. Arizona’s running game was as tepid as advertised, and Drew Stanton as erratic as advertised. But this was also the kind of performance this defense needed as it heads into this critical stretch of the season. And if the Seahawks win, say, five of six from here and then make a deep playoff run, that meeting (described well here by Jerry Brewer) will no doubt be cited as a turning point of the season.

2. So what to make of the offense? I know it was a frustrating effort by the offense in many regards with all of the early red-zone failures — Seattle ended 1-5 in the red zone though really it was 1-4 as the Seahawks didn’t try to score on the last possession at the 3-yard-line. Given the red zone issues early, it’s hard to really say it was an efficient effort. But given the opponent, in a lot of ways it kind of was. Seattle didn’t have a turnover, and hit on 5-13 third-downs —- 4-7 in the second half. Seattle knew it wasn’t going to get nuch downfield, and it didn’t. But Russell Wilson well-executed the proverbial taking-what-he-was-given, completing 17-22 passes — 10-12 in the second half, one of which was the failed trick play to Kevin Norwood and the other a throw-away under heavy pressure. The manner in which Wilson played, I think, makes this a step in the right direction for the offense.

3. Anything and everything still seems possible for the Seahawks. I’ll get into this more over the next few days, as well. But by winning today, Seattle put itself in position to get back into the NFC West playoff picture. But that will all now be dependent on what is another huge game Thursday night at San Francisco. Seattle has to win that to have any chance at the NFC West, obviously. But if it does, then it can sit back and hope that maybe Arizona stumbles next Sunday at Atlanta. Mostly, Seattle has to worry about itself when it comes to the playoff picture. But winning today also allows Seattle to continue to scoreboard watch.

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