"For two, Shaun Alexander had a great game, racking up 140 yards and two touchdowns...."
And it only required he carry the ball 31 brutal, gut-checking times. I bet he wanted a forklift to help him get out of bed this A.M. Thirty-one times?
That is far too many touches for the kind of production he put out yesterday, and it is a sure indication of the current state of the offensive line.
The good news is the formerly listless Rams are still alive for a wild card slot. It's a long shot, but stranger things have happened (see: World Series Champions St Louis Cardinals)...
Well, it sucked to watch the Hawks lose like that. They needed to play and did play a great defensive game to snuff out LT (pretty much) and take advantage of a poor throwing day for Phillip Rivers.
You really felt that the corners and safties gave the game away by not covering Vincent Jackson in the end zone at the end of the game when someone the dumbness of myself knew that the Chargers had to go zone. You think that screen to LT the play before had the CB's subsequently confused?
Still, Jackson is the obvious guy not to let get three strides past the last two guys back if not also since he had the most attempts/receptions in the game as well as the other SD TD. Rivers had been going to him all day for pete's sake. Bonehead mistake on an otherwise good effort by the Hawks D.
But hey, at least it wasn't the play that knocked us out of the playoffs. We back in with the loss nonetheless, and that deep fuck up is much better serving as THE GODDAMNED THING TO REMEMBER TO NOT FUCK UP next time around. Smelling salts, one can only hope.
Switch to Firefox 2.0, Bradley. It has a spell-checker built in, and you will never again face the embarrassment of having written "abliged".
Yikes! Thanks BC, it's fixed.
Bradley. I am going to need a wee bit more positive attitude from you. Get behind your team. After all they will even let you back in the stadium after falling down 30 flights in the upper deck against the vikings! They are steep though.
My dad and I watched the game on TV here in Vegas from wire to wire. The Seahawks are clearly not as good as they were last year (Hutch, I keep telling you, losing Hutch from up front was the big hit)... but they are a better team than what we've been seeing lately. Lacking a sense of urgency, all the DROPS from Stevens and DEION BRANCH (seriously, drop after drop from that guy; nice T.O. impression), forcing the run defense to stop L.T. 100 out of 100 times to win, which obviously they could not do despite holding him in check for the most part.
And then there was the zero coverage on Vincent Jackson on the knife-in-the-heart TD. This after the Hawks, on their last drive, with a chance to run out the clock, meekly ran the ball up the middle three times and punted, leaving the Chargers with plenty of time to score the go-ahead TD. WHAT. Typical Holmgren call: remember the Packers-Broncos Super Bowl where he let Terrell Davis score thinking, "OH, we'll get the ball back and score." and of course they couldn't.
They also spent all game running up the middle, running up the middle, running up the middle against that Chargers buzzsaw of a front seven. Granted, the Chargers did the same thing and, if they had run a few more early sweeps, they likely beat the Hawks easily. But Seattle just would not mix things up, and played not to win but to not lose.
One and done, again. I agree, Bradley. The Cowboys themselves are reeling, but I like their chances if they have to play a Wildcard game at Seattle.
Why do I post without closing my point....
... my point is that this team could probably hang with everyone in the NFL if they're focused, but they're clearly not, and they're playing mostly with trepidation, rather than with confidence.
That said, Shaun Alexander woke up yesterday. BIG game in a losing effort. That was the Shaun Alexander we remember.
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