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”
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