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Seahawks 20, Titans 13

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm with 39 Comments »
October 13, 2013 4:02 pm

The Seahawks moved to 5-1 after surviving a bumpy afternoon at home against the Tennessee Titans in a 20-13 win Sunday.

A fourth-quarter rally was kick-started by a backside throw to Marshawn Lynch. No Tennessee defender was near Lynch when he caught the pass. He finished with a 55-yard gain.

The Seahawks made it to the Titans’ 2-yard line before going backward. And backward. And backward.

Eventually, they had Steven Hauschka hit a 29-yard field goal.

Lynch ran up the middle for three yards out to push the Seahawks in front 20-10 with 7:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. Lynch finished with 19 carries for 65 yards. He also led the Seahawks in receiving with 78 yards.

Russell Wilson was 23-for-31 for 257 yards on the day.

The Seahawks defense had two interceptions on the day  — one from Earl Thomas and another from Richard Sherman — and a chance for at least two more.

Hauschka hit from 31 yards out to tie the score at 10 with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter.

The first half was strange and sluggish for the Seahawks.

After the Seahawks took a 7-3 lead, kicker Hauschka stuck himself in the way of kick returner Darius Reynaud. Reynaud blasted into Hauschka’s chest, bloodying the kicker’s face. Hauschka was helped off the field, then taken to the lockerroom and looked at for a concussion.

What seemed a minor problem at the time, became a disaster.

The Seahawks took over at the Tennessee 38-yard line with 1:01 remaining in the half. After a completion to running back Robert Turbin brought the Seahawks to the 2-yard line, they were forced to spike the ball to attempt a kick.

Without Hauschka, punter Jon Ryan went out to take the 21-yard field-goal attempt. Safety and special teams participant Chris Maragos was the holder.

Maragos bobbled the snap, grabbed it and began to run. He was being tackled as he appeared to try and throw the ball away. Instead, he fumbled. Titans’ cornerback Jason McCoutry picked up the fumble and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown with no time on the clock.

After the extra point, the Titans led 10-7 at the half.

Lynch’s 1-yard second-quarter run on fourth-and-goal put the Seahawks in front, 7-3, with 2:41 remaining in the first half.

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  1. Maybe SEA needs to have somebody taking some practice snaps, Maragos or whoever, just in case the need ever arrises again. I’d heard Ryan has practiced FGs before, too. It’s also interesting that Miller is the backup LS, so, unless he is getting healthy and ready to return, SEA needs someone else who can longsnap. Unger?, Lem?

  2. Ewalters7354 says:

    Winning without playing your best ball really sets this team in good position for the 2nd half of the season when they do make a real run!Go Hawks

  3. thursday says:

    Frankly, i’m surprised i’m still here. BP had to have been through the roof. Wilson should have held on that ill-advised kick.

  4. CDHawkFan says:

    Thursday, ill advised kick, Wilson?

  5. I asked this last week also, but didn’t see an answer: Our next 2 games are on NFL Network & then ESPN. Does anyone know which stations have the contracts for the local over the air simulcasts?

    BTW, funny story: I bought a $6 RCA antenna at Big lots today. It replaced a $150 powered Philips. Reception is now fine; Kiro came in great!

  6. Once we get Harvin & Okung back (assuming no more significant injuries), it’s super bowl time!

  7. I didn’t agree going for it on 4th and Goal the first time because a FG would have tied the game and it’s not like it was 4th and inches. It was more like 4th and a couple of yards. Anyway, they make it and take a 7-3 lead, which was great.

    With that being said, I was utterly baffled when they were in basically the exact same situation at the end of the 1st half when there was time for one last play (like the 4th and Goal earlier, except it wasn’t 4th and Goal this time). If Hausch was healthy and kicking – I wouldn’t have had a problem with it.

    However, why would you go for it earlier in the quarter with a healthy kicker and your actual holder, but after you lost your kicker and regular holder, why would you kick it instead at that time instead of trying to score another seven? I don’t get it. I didn’t understand the rationale before the Titans got the TD either.

    We all know Ryan isn’t a “real” NFL placekicker so the probability for him kicking it (with a good hold) must be higher with him kicking it into the arms and hands of the defenders too (and for them to score that way too).

    We got the win though and that’s all that really matters.

    ***I really thought that James Carpenter would turn into a solid LG. How wrong I was! I cannot believe how bad he looks out there. At least with Sweezy, you can tell that he has more potential to be good in comparison to what Carp has shown. If you scramble the words from “Carp” up a bit you can get what his quality of play looks like on pretty much every given Sunday.

  8. I agree, Carp sucks.

  9. After Brady threw the late pick – I turned the game off “knowing” that the Saints won.

    Wow. I wish I could have actually seen what happened when it happened.

  10. Props to luke willson. I think he’s answering questions about his blocking. Showing good awareness and timing with his assignments.

    I did notice a couple broken routes though.

    Also, pass blocking on the line was improved but still not great.

    Coleman didn’t get blown out as much either.

  11. hawkfan777 says:

    Bobby, I saw the end of that game. Brady was pretty clutch in that last drive.

  12. Hammajamma says:

    This blog is dying. Step it up, Todd.

  13. Southendzone says:

    BK: You’ve got a good point on if they went for it earlier, why not go for it again those 2 choices should probably be the same.

    My thoughts are that both times going for it are probably a good decision. It’s close but I’m thinking that even if you fail in that first one, you’re at home and TEN gets the ball at the 1 or 2 yard line, that’s bad news for them and we’re real likely to get a favorable field position after a 3 & out.

  14. hawkfan777 says:

    I wonder if I will get to enjoy any stress free Seahawks games this year? Why do they wait until the fourth quarter to start doing something on offense? It seems like the first three quarters they play not to lose rather than playing to win. I hate that because if you do make a mistake you are going to fall behind.

  15. ChrisHolmes says:

    Carpenter… not NFL material.

    Wilson: glad he’s ours.

    I thought RW made some pretty quick (and good) decisions today. Seemed like TN had some good coverage as well. I’m interested to look at the film this week and see what really happened on passing situations.

    Rice’s tapdance was killer.

    I loved the first 4th & 1 call.

    I hated the idea of kicking it when Haushka out, and sure enough the WORST thing that could happen did happen. Nightmare.

    Glad our team rose above. 10-7 at the half and we dominated the 3rd and 4th. Sherman’s INT was classic. Really, you want to test him that way? Good luck…

    It’s a win. I’ll take ‘em any way we can get ‘em.

  16. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Clemons hurt: Defensive end Chris Clemons has a hyperextended elbow and his status for Thursday’s game at Arizona doesn’t look good.

  17. O-line is abysmal. The team has been dumb (Carpenter in the 1st round) and dumber (Sweezy, a d-lineman) drafting guards.

    Really need to get Miller back to help with blocking.

    Pass rush has no consistency at all. Cliff Avril blew contain at his LDE position several times today resulting in a couple of big run against us. We may have a variety of pass rush options and depth, but the Seahawks have not been able to make use of it.

  18. This weeks game against Arizona is going to be brutal….. can’t have the kind of stupid mistakes we had today and have any hope to win.

  19. Never understood Jon Ryan holding for field goals – whatever happened to the back-up QB being the holder?

  20. The current seahawk front office is not dumb. No explanation needed.

  21. I’ll throw out a couple of thoughts on other thoughts here –

    1). I think the reason the Seahawks went for it on one and not the other, was in keeping with Soundendzone’s line of thinking. The Defense was playing lights out and having the Titans with the ball backed up surely would have meant a drive for the Seahawks starting with great field position.

    2). The punter is the holder for most teams because it allows the Punter and Kicker to practice with each other during the week. What else will they do during the week?

  22. Plus any criticisms of the defensive play is just silly.

  23. thursday says:

    Ill-advised kick = the FG attempt at the end of the half if anyone hadn’t figured that out yet. Idg using our punter in that situation when we’d already gone for it earlier with a healthy Hausch. And I meant, Wilson hold for the kick, instead of Maragos. At the very least he wouldn’t have been dumb enough to toss at a Titan upon muffing the hold.

  24. If Cable remains our OL coach, I think Sweezy is going to turn out fine (he fits the ZBS more than another scheme, IMO). He may not be a Pro Bowl player, but I think he’ll be part of the eventual solution and not problem. Mentally, I would thinking having Unger back next to him this week was big (and now on the other side he’s still got a rookie lining up next to him). Personally, I’m not going to whip on Sweezy because of this. But the time has come for Carp to put up and the frustrating thing with him is that I just don’t see potential translating into production and even though he’s been hurt too often – he’s still a third year player in the NFL which means the excuses for lack of production are running out. If he’s not whiffing on a block, he’s getting penalized for something, or just plain playing slow when everyone around him isn’t.

  25. aelliott11 says:

    Man, I was hoping for some actual content on this blog a full 2+ hours after the game. A recap and an open ended question, and that’s it? No injury report, no analysis, nothing from the locker room?

  26. Just wanna say this: I think Hauschka’s attempt at a tackle actually saved a lot of yards, maybe a TD. That guy was slicing through us, and if Hauschka hadn’t slowed him down I’m not sure the guys who eventually tackled him would have gotten their hits in.

  27. So, is Wilson’s height becoming an issue? It might be the o line, but did we even throw it down field one time? Finally, I was at the game today, first time this season, and every time the Hawks got a first down, the announcer would say “another Seahawks” and the crowd would yell “first down”. This really annoyed me, 1 it sounded like I was at a game show, 2 it felt like we were celebrating 1st downs like they were new to us, and 3 it’s awesome when you hear this like 7 times in one drive and we go down and kick a field goal. Should be celebrating TDs, not 1st downs in such a cheesy way. Go Hawks.

  28. The issue with having the punter as the FG holder became evident today. Considering how short the FG try was, they probably would have been better off letting Ryan be the holder and having someone else make the attempt.

    All-in-all a horribly played game that we were lucky to come away with a win. I’m not sure I’ve a PC coached Seahawk team play as poorly mentally as we did today. Far, far too many mental mistakes.

    And when To Tell Truth Tuesday rolls around Thomas needs to man up and admit he’s been taking a few too many chances and missing his coverage rolls. Part of that is the amount of man-to-man we play with Quinn as the DC, but Thomas needs to play a little smarter assignment-wise.

  29. Interesting article about what’s happening with Matt Schaub and Houston:

  30. raymaines says:

    Essentually I agree with everything everybody has said so far, but if nothing else’s the game was totally entertaining. Great theatre and the good guys won. Really, an NFL game doesn’t get much better than this.

  31. montanamike2 says:

    We won but it didn’t look like we put all our effort into it, almost nonchalant like we knew we would win in the end. If we’re playing this good when we play like shiite what will we be like when we’re healthy and focused. I’m glad the Saints lost, too bad the niners won.

  32. Most any other year, given the amount of injuries we have had the team would be 3-3 at best right now so our record speaks volumes. Our O-line even when healthy was average/mediocre. I’ve learned not to “expect” anything in the NFL. No team is going to lay down for us just because we are the anointed Seahawks. Got to fight every time. If we can keep scraping together wins while mending though that’s the what really matters.

    Got to say that watching the “kick” was just one of those plays I could hardly believe took place. Specifically Maragos… what… was… that???

  33. JoeinKirkland says:

    I was at the game today and frustrated at the several times RW had someone open deep but instead chose the short pass option. The most obvious one to me was the play where Rice fumbled. Baldwin was open in the second level for a big play. After the play he was standing there by himself wondering what it would take to get the ball.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love RW, but I think he has been too conservative.

    The redzone play calling was horrible. The first time, when we ended up scoring on the 4th down run, we had first and goal from the 2 yd line. Two of our first three plays were passes. Seriously? Pound it over left guard…a quick dive play. I know Carp has been struggling with pass protection but he is a road grader.

    The sequence at the end of the half I don’t know who to blame, the offensive coordinator or RW. We had first and goal from the 8 yard line with 20 seconds left and no time outs. We should have thrown 3 times into the endzone and if it wasn’t open then out of the endzone. The thing we had to avoid was getting tackled in play short of the endzone. And yet, the first down pass goes to Turbin for a 4 yard gain. He didn’t even have the forethought to hand the ball directly to the umpire and it cost us one more shot. Again, the throws needed to be in the endzone or on the sideline.

    Thank God we went up against a weak offense. I thought our D played great, especially against the run. We need to step it up against the Cards on Thursday. It is going to be a very tough game.

  34. JoeinKirkland says:

    One more thought about the end of the half. Carp’s false start caused us to use our last time out. In retrospect we would have been better off not using the time out and taking the 10 second run-off if we were considering any play that might end up short of the end zone.

    I’d have to see the play again, but my recollection (it happened right in front of me) is that he wasn’t a safety valve but either a primary or secondary target. I don’t think Turbin had a chance to get out of bounds. Just a bad decision (or play call) to throw it to him.

  35. CDHawkFan says:

    Joe, you touched on the 2 guys I am the most frustrated with; Turbin and Carp and I need to vent.

    Turbin did redeem himself a little with a 1st down (13 yards) run in the 4th (his only carry), but along the lines of not knowing the time/situation, there was a time near halftime where he caught a pass and didn’t have anyone in front of him for 10 yards and decided to run straight and not cheat towards the sideline. Going straight didn’t help him, he didn’t get anymore yards and the clock was moving. We then took a false start penalty, then had to burn the last time out because he didn’t just run out of bounds.

    Carp; whole different story. People keep calling him a road grader, that is only if the guy in-front of him made a mistake/guessed wrong and got in Carps way. I’ve seen way too often Carp whiff, or get a hand on a guy, just to see them put a good lick on RW. Its happened all season, guys that overpersued RW, or are chasing him and Carp has an opportunity to level them, but he just brushes them and they get a shot in on RW. He also looks lost in a lot of run plays, just whiffing and not knowing who to block in the 2nd tier. I can deal with Sweezy as you see effort and a guy that wants to hurt the other team, Carp’s just fat and doesn’t have the drive to ‘beat’ the other guy, but I am sure he looks pretty good pushing a blocking sled. He will be out of the league 2 years after his rookie deal expires, a team or two will give him a shot because he is huge (fat), and was a first rounder.

    Waiting for JCIB to appear.

    Also, J Lane, just hit the ball out of bounds.

  36. seahawkfan97 says:

    I’m thinking Maragos was thinking IIII….ve….ju…uuu…ssstt gggg….ooooottt….to…oooo… m..m..maaaa…kkkk…eeee …..aaaaaaaa(that hurt) pppplllll…..aaaaa…..yyyyy!!!
    Same thing with Rice’s extra yard attempt/fumble..PC has it so engrained in these guys to make plays, that some of these bonehead maneuvers come from that in the heat of the battle…The game is so quick and sometimes bad decisions are the result…thoughts on that?

  37. Southendzone says:

    seahawkfan97, I think the 2 plays have different motivations / causes.

    Maragos, was just pure terror, surprise, and most of all unpreparedness. He made the wrong choice of course but was forced into duty really when he shouldn’t have.

    Rice fumble, was more that he was pressing when he didn’t need to. He’s not having a great season overall but he does KNOW what to do in that situation, if you’ve made the first down, unless there’s a reasonable chance you will get a TD, just protect the ball and go down. That was a huge mental error and PC even called it out pretty sharply in his post-game comments.

  38. grizindabox24 says:

    Just curious, where was Irvin, did not notice him the entire game.

  39. raymaines says:

    griz: Irvin started at SAM, had two tackles and survived in pass coverage. The Titans had only 223 yards of offence and no offensive touchdowns so I think all of the LB’s must have done OK.

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