GameSim: Bills at Seahawks

"Here we go again. Believe it or not, there are some folks out there who aren't happy that the Seahawks leading the division and controlling their own destiny. They're concerned with how good the team LOOKS while playing and not what the end results are."

Here we go again. Believe it or not, there are some folks out there who aren’t happy that the Seahawks leading the division and controlling their own destiny. They’re concerned with how good the team LOOKS while playing and not what the end results are. As far as I’m concerned, looking good while winning games is something that 9-1 teams have the luxury of worrying about. At 6-4, the Seahawks’ main concern must be to win – a feat they accomplished last Sunday without 4 key starters: QB Matt Hasselbeck, RT Chris Terry, WR Koren Robinson and OLB Anthony Simmons. They reclaimed the division from the struggling Rams and currently stand with the 3rd best overall record in the NFC. In fact, were the Playoffs to be held today, Seattle would be hosting Minnesota; the first home Playoff game for the Seahawks since 1999 and only the 4th home Playoff game in franchise history.

Sure, there are things the team needs to work on; but, and this may come as a surprise to some of you, there are things the Eagles, Steelers and Patriots need to work on, too. The fact is that even if the Seahawks aren’t playing up to your expectations as a fan (and even the most pie-in-the-sky optimist would agree that they are not), they are playing well enough to stand in the division lead with the 3rd best record in the conference. They answered a tough road loss with a tough home win. Good teams find ways to win, and this past Sunday, Seattle found a way to win a crucial game that enabled them to wrest control of the division back from St. Louis. For this fan, that’s a good week’s work. You can call it ugly if you feel the need to qualify a win, but I stand firmly with FB Mack Strong, who uttered this phrase after a close win last year: “Anybody that apologizes for a ‘W’, I don’t care if it’s 3-0, something is wrong with them. They don’t understand how hard wins are to come by in this league.”

Well, time to climb down off of my soapbox and get on with this week’s game sim. Usually I wait for the Wednesday injury reports to make my roster, but I’ll be spending Thanksgiving in sunny LA this year, so I had to run the sim based on my best-guesstimate for rosters. For Seattle, K-Rob was benched and Anthony Simmons was out with injury, while I gave Michael Boulware the start as a reward for leading the NFC (along with Ken Lucas) in interceptions. For the Bills, Troy Vincent and Josh Reed were out with injuries.

Last week the Silicon Swami won, bringing its’ season record to 7-3. As usual the sim was run on Madden 2005 for Playstation 2 with 6 minute quarters at All-Pro difficulty level.

During the first two match ups, Matt Hasselbeck managed to pick apart the Buffalo secondary on 10-20 yard hookups with his WR’s (including an 82-yarder to Darrell Jackson) with a liberal sprinkling of screens to Shaun Alexander. Alexander struggled on the ground against the Bills, averaging just 60 yards in each of the first two contests.
On defense, the Hawks front four pressured Bledsoe with an occasional LB blitz, leading to 9 sacks and 5 INTs. The trouble for the ‘Hawks came in trying to stop Willis McGahee who racked up over 100 yards in both games.

The third game in the sim was definitely not the Seahawks best outing. There were 2 interceptions by Hasselbeck and another interception and a fumble lost by Dilfer who came in for an injured Hass in the 3rd Quarter. The defense had no answer for Bledsoe and Moulds and Buffalo trounced Seattle 35-10.

A return to form punctuated the final two games in our series of 5, with Alexander breaking 100 yards in his final outing, and both Rice and Engram picking up TDs in each contest. Hasselbeck looked stronger with only one interception and several long touchdown tosses to Darrell Jackson on post patterns.

Willis McGahee still created problems for the Seattle defense but after falling behind to the Seahawks, Buffalo was forced to the air where Michael Boulware and Marcus Trufant collected one interception each along with a tipped pass INT run back 32 yards for a score by Isaiah Kacyvenski.

The Silicon Swami’s Final Prediction: Seattle 26 - Buffalo 18.

Dylan Johnson writes for Seahawks.NET. He’s also well-known as “NJSeahawksFan” on our Fan Forums. Feel free to contact him at djohnson6004@comcast.net.

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