The Seahawks’ extraordinary performance in beating the New Orleans Saints on national TV drew a lot of raves in media around the country. Some quick samples:
As for the AFC powers like Denver or New England or Kansas City, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Even NFC West rival San Francisco should be afraid at home next week. The Seahawks may be favored at Candlestick Park, a mind-boggling thought for 49ers fans.
Every team talks that “next man up” stuff, but it’s just a cliché for most teams. Not for this one. The next man up for Seattle is better than the first man down for many teams.
So what should we take from this late-season dominance? It’s worth looking at the Seahawks surge last season and wondering if they can pull it off this year too. After their Week 11 bye, Seattle caught absolute fire, averaging 35.7 points down the stretch. They lobbed up a pair of 50 burgers on the Cardinals and Bills before laying the prime time hammer on the 49ers. They appear to be trending similarly as well this year, throwing up 27, 33, 41 and 34 points respectively. That they “only” put up 34 points against the Saints on Monday is a testament to how well the defense played.
What a statement.
And when it was over, after the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the team that Sean Payton and Drew Brees represent, they merely walked off the field Monday night like a team expecting a lot more.
That’s what the Seahawks wanted to express with their 34-7 romp over the New Orleans Saints.
Never mind the prime-time stage on national TV. Forget the quality opponent and high stakes. It was another day at the raucous home office.
On Monday night, it happened to the Saints again — same loss at “The Clink,” same seismic event, same beatdown when it counted. Only this time, two things were different — the game wasn’t close at all (it was actually more lopsided than the 34-7 final might indicate), and it wasn’t (Marshawn) Lynch who defined things for the Seahawks this time. This time, it was second-year quarterback Russell Wilson who riddled New Orleans’ defense in every possible way. It was also different in that this Seahawks defense did not in any way resemble the one that allowed 474 yards, 32 first downs, and 36 points to Drew Brees’ offense back then. This time, it was 12 first downs, 188 total yards, and seven points in what can only be called a signature performance for a defense that was already among the league’s best.
On first look, it seems difficult to imagine anybody predicting this type of domination.
But looking back on the Seahawks’ 34-7 dismantling of the Saints on Monday night, perhaps we should wonder how we all didn’t see this coming. What’s more, maybe we as a nation have been underestimating Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, as difficult to believe as that sounds.
All Wilson did against the Saints was complete 22 of 30 throws for 310 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions — good for a 139.6 passer rating. Oh, and he had a game-high 47 yards rushing on eight carries, to boot. …
Well, if this is what we’ve come to expect from Wilson, especially when he’s working behind a patchwork offensive line that rarely gives him much protection, it’s not a stretch to put Russell in the MVP discussion. I’m not handing him the hardware, but he deserves to be in the discussion.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t just outduel his idol, Brees, he out-Drew’d him. He put on a fair impersonation of Brees for four quarters. His line was most Brees-like: 22-of-30, 310 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer-efficiency rating was a stellar: 139.6.
Brees, meanwhile, had the least productive night of his career, throwing for 147 yards, his fewest yards since joining the Saints in 2006.
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