Hail Redskins Nation!!! I know plenty of fans are upset with the latest loss in primetime but there is reason to be optimistic in my opinion. After the embarrassing, turnover riddled loss to the Giants last week this team played a full 60 mins as a unit. None of the units were outstanding but none were as bad as last week either. The team is still inconsistent in some aspects but they are also showing signs of improvement. With Seattle having two weeks to prepare for the Redskins they were able to exploit some of the weaknesses the Redskins have. One thing I noticed in the first half that got exposed was the fact that the OLB's crash down the line hard on run plays and don't hold the edge. That was evident as Russell Wilson ran for 86 yards in the first half, mostly out of the zone read formation. Wilson did tie a record with running for 122 yards but only gained 36 more yards after the defense adjusted in the second half.
Unfortunately the defending champs offense was able to adapt and eventually find a way to extend and keep the lead in this game. The deciding factor in this game for me was the special teams play. The Seahawks constantly pinned the Redskins deep in their own territory with booming punts, great coverage and the ability to flip the field position when needed. The play fake on the FG attempt was perfectly timed and executed. That play was the key to the win. If you look at Seattle they are the prototype for successful team in my eyes. Don't get me wrong I don't like them but I do respect their team, coaches, and approach to building their team for success. All three units of the Seahawks dominate when needed and rarely make mistakes to hurt any other unit on the team. The one weakness they have with their physical in your face type of play is sometimes they make mental mistakes. With 13 penalties for 90 yards and a majority of them on pre-snap penalties that negated three touchdowns in the game. I believe if the Redskins had all hands on deck last night including Robert Griffin III this game may have turned out differently. But injuries are a part of the NFL and next man up isn't just a catch phrase. Not saying Kirk did anything to lose the game but RG III's mobility could've help neutralize Seattle's aggressive pass rush and opened up more running lanes for Alfred Morris. Now let's get to breaking down this game:
Now to the running game and the stout Alfred Morris. I know and understand that Seattle has the best run defense in the league giving up only 2.8 yards a carry but only running the ball only 17 times is not gonna get it. You at least have to keep attacking the defense by making them tackle the workhorse. They were in the game most of the game and was no need to abandon the run. Coach Gruden even said to the sideline reporter at half he has to get Morris the ball more but yet in still I didn't see that happen for the most part. Roy Helu Jr.showed some of his elusive running style while catching passes out of the backfield. The team still are missing that home run threat that teams have to account for every time they are on the field. Hopefully Chris Thompson will be healthy soon and can earn a promotion to the starting lineup. Point blank if this team doesn't run the ball more they will not win games because the running game is the strong point of this team.
Next week we have another stout defense to go against in the Arizona Cardinals. They are having injury issues also and are using a third string QB. I believe Carson Palmer will be back next week but I feel this game is a winnable game. If we match our play from this week and improve on it this could be a much needed win for this team. Be sure to like the It Is Wat It Is page on Facebook and if you'd like to follow on Twitter or Facebook you can hit me up at @Tattooedscorpio on twitter or friend request me on Facebook at Porter III. As always #HTTR4LIFE #BeatDaCardinals