Seahawks Start and Finish Strong


The thing about night games is that they seem to be the only thing that exists. It’s like going camping and feeling disconnected from everything except the place you are at. Sunday night “that place” was Qwest Field.

Before the game, Hasselbeck looked good in warmups, and he could have started, yet Carroll went with Whitehurst as he said he would all week. I was surprised to say the least, however, I would be even more surprised if Whitehurst did not start against the Saints

Whitehurst’s biggest play was to Ruvell Martin, a 61 yard pass that blew the roof off the stadium early and created an unstoppable momentum that was bound to finish with 6 points. Whitehurst went 5-5 on Seattle’s first drive. The Seahawks caught a break on a 3rd an 10 when a defensive holding call on R. Bartell negated a sack. Somebody should buy that guy a steak the next time he comes to Seattle.

After a brilliant first drive, Whitehurst played a relatively safe game finishing with under 200 yards and a single touchdown. I wouldn’t go as far as to say he won the game for the Hawks, but he did not lose it for them either.

Whitehurst’s value came on his 8 carries for 30 yards demonstrating that he doesn’t have to throw the ball every play. He has the ability to get out of the pocket and either throw it away or pick up a couple of yards. He didn’t get sacked the entire game.

The Seahawks defense looked as good if not better than it has all season limiting the Rams to just 47 yards rushing and 155 yardspassing. In fact, Charlie Whitehurst had more rushing and passing yards by himself than the entire Rams team could muster. They also provided consistent pressure on Bradford all day especially Raheem Brock who finished with 2.5 sacks and 4 hits on qb.

“The Heater,” David Hawthorne was everywhere collecting 7 tackles on the day, but the real play of the game came from an unlikely source, Will Herring whose interception late in the 4th qtr solidified Seattle’s spot atop the NFC West.

In the end, the Hawks took advantage of the opportunity they were given. Granted it took them the entire 17 weeks to finish, but they did, and now they are hosting a playoff game against Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints.

Stop complaining whiners! This is a winnable game! Stranger things have happened, and the Hawks are looking healthy and confident, and they showed they can play an entire game. New Orleans has a slew of injuries and are not the same team they were last year.

So quit complaining fans, and get on board. The Hawks are in the playoffs, this team exceeded expectations, and anything can happen. Nobody picked The Hawks to beat the Rams, and they did. Remember that as you see the predictions for this weeks match-up.

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  • http://www.thefuryofme.com Hanley

    Damn straight. Get on board and support the team. That’s what the 12th Man is all about. I’m in San Francisco and flying the flag high on my balcony. I apologize to nobody and know that we have a chance against the Saints. With the Seahawks, I know enough to know that anything is possible. So if someone is a Debbie Downer, they need to shut the hell up.

  • Rick

    Why would you start Whitehurst over Hasselbeck? Hasselbeck threw for 366 yards against the Saints in New Orleans againts a top ranked pass defense the last game. Yeah he has had a rough couple of games, but he has had some great games this year also. Other than the 61 yard pass to Martin on the first drive (that was underthrown and should have been a touchdown) Whitehurst threw for 131 yards in 3 and a half quarters against the Rams. Our defense won that game for us. Im tired of people giving Whitehurst the credit for that win. Yes he did not turn over the ball, but he didnt take any risks either. Half of his throws were swing outs to his WR or Rbs. On replays i saw 2 times his tight end was wide open up the seam and he didnt see it, then ran out of the pocket or dumped it off for 2 yards. If Hasselbeck would have played i Guarantee we still would have won, not just because of Hasselbeck, because of our defense. Based on how he played against the Saints earlier this year, his playoff experience, and leadership, you must start a healthy Hasselbeck. After Whitehursts first 3 terrible appearances this year he finally gives an average performance at home against last years worst team in the nfl and people are calling him the second coming of Jesus. I just dont get it.

  • Riley Moore

    Believe me, I love Hasselbeck, and you are right about the last game. He had big numbers except for touchdowns. However, his turnovers are what scares me the most. I do disagree with the statement that Hasselbeck would have won the last game for the Hawks. Not that Whitehurst won the game, he didn’t. But he did manage it better than Hasselbeck has as of late.
    My biggest concern isn’t who starts at qb, but rather which defense will show up. Stop Brees = Win the game.

  • 12thwomanrising

    Straight off the press: Pete Carroll announced today Hasselbeck will be starting on Saturday. Take that, you Whitehurst supremacists.

  • Bigg_House

    Rick is 100% right your crazy if you think we can win with Whitehurst. Hasselbeck has to have a solid game, our run game has to be above average and our D has to play great to get a win Saturday. I wish I could drink the Jesus juice y’all sip on regarding Charlie but he’s a 1st read and check down or scramble type qb and that don’t cut it in the NFL!

  • Dawson

    Seattle Seahawks suck they will lose tomorrow against the chicago Bears BADLY!!!!

    PS ill see you on tuesday in class