SEATTLE– 2 games into the period, the Seattle Seahawks were winless, and also for as high as they were seeking a success, they were likewise looking for an identity.
On a team packed with youth, it took veterans such as linebacker Bobby Wagner and also offensive take on Duane Brown to remind their young teammates that figuring out that you are takes longer than 2 weeks.
Evaluating by the Seahawks’ 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening, it took something closer to 14 weeks. When Seattle finally found who it is, it was tough to reject that what’s old looks brand-new again.
” Great, stubborn protection, running the ball as an infraction, an extremely physical group, that’s what we tried to produce over the period, as well as we’ve had the ability to accomplish that,” Brown stated. “Tonight was a prime example of that. It was just a grind it out, not an extremely fancy game.”
Sound familiar? It should.
These Seahawks aren’t the same team that lorded over the NFC over the last few years, something Wagner has actually taken upon himself to hammer home to his teammates. They are, nevertheless, following a similar plan that has actually long been a tried-and-true formula for postseason success.
This win was unquestionably unsightly, with backyards difficult ahead by as well as points a lot more scarce. That’s precisely what ought to worry Seattle’s possible playoff challengers.
Mathematically, the Seahawks have not yet clinched a playoff berth. But barring something devastating, the Seahawks will be playing in the games that matter most come January.
At 8-5, Seattle’s chances of reaching the postseason jumped to 99.6 percent, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index computations.
In this, the period of golden-armed quarterbacks and scoreboard-busting crime, there’s still some space permanently defense and a power running video game. The Chicago Bears showed it Sunday night versus the Los Angeles Rams, and also the Seahawks increased down Monday against the Vikings.
For much of this period, the Seahawks’ protection hasn’t looked leading. However if the team that appeared Monday evening can improve shutting down the Vikings, it will certainly be exactly the sort of salted attire that can wreak havoc in the postseason.
The Seahawks had plenty of enjoyable pressing the Vikings around, restricting them to 276 lawns and also 4.9 yards per play. At the heart of that success? A defensive wrinkle the Seahawks call “Outlaw,” which released 7 defensive backs as a means to change things up as well as cover Minnesota’s numerous obtaining threats. Whatever the package, it antagonized Minnesota.
It took the Vikings 7 properties to reach Seattle territory, they really did not get to the red zone till the beginning of the fourth quarter, and also they really did not rate until the video game was out of reach with 1:10 to go.
Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman placed the cherry in addition to a leading protective efficiency with a fumble recovery for a touchdown with much less than three mins to go.
It was the 2nd week in a row that the Seahawks racked up a defensive goal. According to ESPN Stats & Details, it was the first time considering that Week 17 of 2014 as well as Week 1 of 2015 that the Seahawks achieved the task. The last time they did that within a regular season? During their Super Bowl championship season in 2013.
That isn’t to say that this is the 2nd coming of the Myriad of Boom or that Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor is back, something Wagner advises his teammates of frequently. It also doesn’t indicate this group can’t build off what it did Monday evening.
” I believe you simply attempt to let them understand that you do not need to be the men that used to be here,” Wagner claimed. “You can make the setting special yourself. You don’t have to be like Sherm. You do not need to resemble Kam. Those are fantastic gamers, as well as they’re, like, once in a lifetime gamers, so you do not need to be that.
” You just go out there and also do your work and do what God got in touch with you to do and be whoever you are. You don’t get to be any person else, and I believe that’s what it is: Individuals just heading out there, having fun and being themselves.”
The perfect complement for a strong defense? A power running game.
For a group that got in Monday leading the organization with 148.8 rushing backyards per video game and calling a made run dip into a 48 percent rate– unmatched in the NFL because 2014– the Seahawks hammered home the blueprint that has them on the verge of another postseason look.
By the time this ground-and-pound affair more than, the Seahawks had actually run the ball a monstrous 40 times for 216 backyards (not counting kneel-downs) and also approximately 5.4 yards per attempt. Chris Carson led the way with 90 lawns on 22 brings, yet he got plenty of support from other back Rashaad Penny (eight lugs for 44 backyards) and also quarterback Russell Wilson (five for 63).
At one factor (above), Penny covered 83.06 yards of ground for a 17-yard gain– the second time this season he has actually covered 80-plus backyards on a run (the other opted for 30 backyards against Eco-friendly Bay).
The Seahawks allowed the Vikings know right away that they intended to run the sphere and also they meant to do so frequently. There was a misdirection in those runs but very little in disguising them.
” We ran it 40-something times,” train Pete Carroll stated. “I don’t recognize that it was anything aside from just commitment. Our men are respectable at sticking with it.”
On 25 of the very first 42 plays, the Seahawks ran versus the Vikings, the Seahawks aligned in a heavy development with six offensive linemen. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Seahawks called 17 lacks that look, acquiring 105 yards on those attempts. That plan became a staple for the Seahawks beginning in Week 5– they’ve used it on 46 percent of their rushing plays because– and coincided with a general boost in efficiency for the run video game.
Obviously, for all of that to matter, the Seahawks will certainly require the Wilson that appeared Monday evening to pave the way to the one who usually occupies his area. Certain, Wilson lacked leading target Doug Baldwin, however, with the running game having so much success, there were chances for him to make plays down the area, the majority of which he was not able to convert.
An eye the playoff image shows New Orleans’ Drew Brees as the only quarterback as verified as Wilson on any kind of NFC postseason contender. However while the Seahawks’ defense and running game have actually reversed the clock, Seattle will certainly need the Wilson who has actually led the charge the majority of the season– not the one who went 10-of-20 for 72 lawns and an unsightly interception.
Fortunately is Wilson’s performance history would certainly show that this was, however, a blip on the radar, as well as the Seahawks still took care of to win.
” We find a way to win,” Brown said. “That’s the mark of an excellent football team. We are dangerous right now.”
If Monday night was a precursor to the postseason, then the Seahawks simply might be the group nobody in the NFC wishes to play come January.