Dec 16, 2012; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) during the second half at the Rogers Centre. Seahawks beat the Bills 50-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Last week we were all blown away by the Seahawks dominant 58 point performance against their division foe Arizona Cardinals. In week 15 the Seahawks were favorites in this international game against the Buffalo Bills played in Toronto, but nobody could have predicted the Seahawks putting up another 50 points. That is exactly what happened as the Seahawks became only the third team to ever put up 50 points in back to back weeks and the first in 62 years. Although, the competition may not be the best in the NFL, these are still professional football teams and this is a feat that we will soon not forget.
This game showed the world again that the Seahawks offense is coming into its own and finally starting to catch up to the strong Defense that the Seahawks have. Pete Carroll keeps saying that Russell Wilson is able to run the whole offensive playbook and that was very evident in this huge win. Wilson had 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 passing touchdown. He rushed for 92 yards and threw for 205 yards while playing only 3 full quarters and 1 drive in the 4th quarter. Wilson has clearly become the leader that this offense so badly needed. Wilson was running circles around the Bills defenders in the backfield. Wilsons emergence as a dual threat has opened the door for Lynch to consistently run for over 100 yards a game. Lynch had a 54 yard run enroute to 113 yard game with 1 touchdown.
The Seahawks receivers continue to impress with a team first attitude. Sydney Rice had 76 yards continuing to be the sure handed possession receiver we thought we got last year. Golden Tate had 64 yards with a large chunk of it coming on a Wilson to Lynch to Wilson to Tate gadget play. Zach Miller is continuing to show why the Seahawks chose him over John Carlson in the offseason. Miller is able to use his size to be the sure handed reliable Tight End the Seahawks need.
The Offensive line struggled at times picking up the blitz packages that the Bills brought. Although, Wilsons ability to move around in the pocket, and his ability to throw the ball outside of the pocket disguised the lines hiccups on the blitz’s.
After the first 2 drives of the game the Buffalo Bills were able to successfully run the ball on the Seahawks. The Seahawks continue to give up big games to opposing running backs. The Seahawks are without Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond which forced the Rookie Jeremy Lane to line up opposite Richard Sherman. Lane filled in admirably although against stronger competition he may be too inexperienced.
Carroll stressed at halftime the importance of the Defense coming up with turnovers. Carroll got his wish right away in the 3rd Quarter. The Seahawks had 3 turnovers, one that was returned by Earl Thomas for a Touchdown. Thomas dove to intercept the pass putting his hands under the ball and then picked it up and returned it 57 yards for a pick 6.
Special Teams A-
This was a pretty standard week for the consistent Seahawks special teams. Steven Hauschka made 3 field goals. Jon Ryan only punted 2 times pinning the Bills inside the 20 yard line once. Leon Washington had a huge punt return for a touchdown called back by two very soft penalties committed by the Seahawks punt return team.
As hard as it is to repeat a performance quite like the Cardinals the Seahawks came awful close. This was a huge win that suddenly has the entire league beginning to see how good this team is, Sportscasters are wondering whether the Seahawks Offense has become better than their much talked about Defense. Only time will tell