Takeaways from Seahawks' crazy day in the desert
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was an absolutely bizarre Sunday in the desert. The Seahawks come away with a 20-17 win in a game they probably didn’t deserve to win. Here are some of my takeaways from Sunday in Glendale:
The Digit in the Desert
We have all seen it by now -- Earl Thomas flipping off the Seahawks bench as he is being carted off the field with a broken leg.
The "Digit in the Desert" lacked civility and class and will tarnish Thomas’s legacy in Seattle based on the simple fact you just don’t do that.
3rd and NO
The Seahawks failed to convert on 3rd down all day. They were 0-10 on 3rd down conversions and it’s baffling how they still won. It’s only the 11th time since 2001 that a team has won a game with zero 3rd down conversions.
Alex, Mike Davis for 100 please.
Chris Carson had 32 carries last week and ran for over 100 yards. But Carson injured his hip and couldn’t play Sunday in Arizona. In steps Mike Davis against the Cards. He gets the start and carries the ball 21 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. That gives the Seahawks back-to-back weeks with 100-yard rushers. While the team may have some issues in a number of areas, at least the running game is working. The past two weeks combined Seattle has run for 284 yards.
The Longest Yard
Doug Baldwin returned after missing two weeks. He had some critical catches on 3rd down a couple times and came up a yard short. Baldwin owned it in the locker room after the game saying he knows he should have picked up the yards they needed for 1st downs.
Dungeon of Misery
The stadium in Glendale is a house of pain for the Seahawks. Super Bowl XLIX and that indelible memory will never go away but it is also the stadium that pretty much killed the Legion of Boom. Kam Chancellor’s career ended in Glendale last November. In the same game, Richard Sherman’s Seahawks career ended with a torn Achilles and now Earl Thomas likely put a finish to his time as a Seahawk when he broke his leg in the end zone.
Grey Seattle Skies
The Seahawks broke out the wolf grey jerseys and pants yesterday and they worked again. The Seahawks have lost in them only once. Sunday's win improves the Seahawks to 9-1-1 in the grey. Let’s see the grey more often then.
Goats and Heroes
Often NFL placekickers are heroes or goats. That’s just the nature of the job.
After connecting on 3 of 4 field goals to begin the season, 40 year old Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goals yesterday from 38 and 52 yards in the 1st half.
Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson had a chance to give the Cardinals the lead in the closing minutes but missed a 45 yarder that would have given the Cardinals a 20-17 lead with 1:55 to play. Dawson’s miss turned the ball over and led to Janikowski’s 52 yarder for redemption and the win.
Dawson the Goat, Janikowski the hero and it could have easily been flip-flopped. That’s the life of a kicker.