Instant replay: A brief sketch of the Seahawks' victory over Philadelphia
Posted by Jerry Brewer
Seattle Seahawks 31, Philadelphia Eagles 14
Why the Seahawks won: Seattle (5-7) was dominant from the start against the listless Eagles. After a Kam Chancellor interception in the first quarter, running back Marshawn Lynch scored on an incredible, 15-yard touchdown run in which he seemingly disappeared into a pile of players, only to re-emerge and rumble into the end zone. He avoided six tacklers on the play. Early in the second quarter, Lynch added a 40-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0. The Seahawks never looked back from there. Lynch ran for 148 yards. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was an efficient 13-of-16 passing for 190 yards. And the Seahawks defense intercepted four of Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young's passes. Cornerback Brandon Browner had two of those picks, and in the fourth quarter, David Hawthorne returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown. It was the Seahawks' most impressive performance of the season.
Why the Eagles lost: Philadelphia (4-8) didn't come to play. Young was erratic and finished with a 52.7 quarterback rating. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the kind of speedster who should be the prototypical troublemaker for the Seahawks' big cornerbacks, wasn't a factor. Running back LeSean McCoy did rush for 84 yards and catch four passes for 49 yards, but he didn't hurt the Seahawks that much. The Eagles didn't make many big plays outside of Riley Cooper capitalizing on a blown coverage and catching a 47-yard pass to set up Philadelphia's first touchdown. And the Eagles' maligned defense couldn't stop Lynch and the Seahawks early in the game. The Seahawks gained 245 of their 347 yards in the first half.
Key play: Chancellor's diving interception in the first quarter set up Lynch's touchdown run. It was also the first sign that Young was destined to make many terrible decisions in this game.
Player of the game: Lynch. He has now rushed for 100 yards in four of the last five games. He has rushed for at least 88 yards in six of the past seven games. Lynch has 854 rushing yards this season. Barring injury, he figures to become the Seahawks' first 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander's MVP season in 2005.
Shame of the game: It had to be Young's play. The Seahawks wound up scoring touchdowns after three of Young's four picks.
What this means in the big picture: The Seahawks are now 3-1 in the second half of this season. They don't play again until Dec. 12, a Monday night game against St. Louis. If the Seahawks had finished off that game against Washington last week, they would be a .500 team right now. Nevertheless, they are still playing well and improving at an impressive rate. But left tackle Russell Okung injured his pectoral muscle late in the game, and if he joins right tackle James Carpenter and right guard John Moffitt (not to mention wide receiver Sidney Rice) on injured reserve, the Seahawks will be down another one of their most important offensive players. Potentially down three starting offensive linemen? Are they healthy enough on offense to finish what they've started in this second half? This roster doesn't have a good backup left tackle option. But the Seahawks have done a solid job this season replacing injured starters, so perhaps they can find an answer if Okung is out.
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