Play Of The
Things That Made Me Go "Blech": Matt Hasselbeck was simply awful, overthrowing open receivers left and right, that is, when he wasn't trying to force the ball into tight coverage. Hasselbeck finished the day 13-27 for 116 yards and 1 interception, and was lucky to have escaped with only one pick. What made Hasselbeck's performance all the more troubling was the fact that he had all day in the pocket for most of the game and still seemed lost.
John Marshall appeared to have learned absolutely nothing from last weeks victory
Poor clock management at the end of the first half forced the Seahawks to have to pass for a chance to score which led to a rushed throw and a pick on what could have been a game-tying score to end the half. Does anybody talk to Mike Holmgren thorugh that fancy headset of his or it just for show?
WR Ben Obomanu dropped an easy first down pass immediately after the Steelers 10+ minute scoring drive in the third quarter, putting the poor Seahawk defense back on the field after a mere 1:30 rest. The Steelers would predictably score on the ensuing drive.
Craig Terrill missing out on two sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. Either Big Ben was covered in Pam (and I don't mean Ms. Oliver) or Terrill's got to do a better job of wrapping up the quarterback after he gets to him.
Offense: For the fifth consecutive week, the offensive line has failed to open running lanes for Shaun Alexander, and this week it was particularly painful for the team as Alexander couldn't get to the outside either. The pass blocking was up to the high standards of past games, but Matt Hasselbeck couldn't do a thing with all the time the offensive line afforded him. WR Deion Branch left the field in the 2nd quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return to the game. Considering that the Steelers were missing Pro Bowlers Casey Hampton and Troy Polamalu, the Seahawks inability to move the ball was all the more frustrating. This one rests squarely on the shoulders of Matt Hasselbeck who played the worst game I've seen from him since 2004.
Defense: The stat sheet on the game is going
to show that the Seahawks defense played a poor game, which is a shame because
they played extremely well until the first drive of the second half, and,
even then, it would appear to be dubious play calling that helped keep the
Steeler drive alive. Three times the Seahawk defense put the Steelers in
third and long and three times the Steelers converted on passes in front of
Special Teams: P Ryan Plackemeier had a feast or
famine game, sending off several booming punts and one fantastic high bouncer
that was downed on the one which would be offset
by several short punts that gave
Additional Notes: Shaun Alexander made a fantastic block during he second half of a blitzing CB buying Matt Hasselbeck time to complete an 11 yard dart to WR Bobby Engram.
The Golden Microphone Award: Troy Aikman continues to impress with his skills in the booth, while Joe Buck continues to ride his fathers apparently huge coattails. My favorite Buck moment was after a statistic flashed up on the screen showing that Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 6 red zone interceptions over the 2006-2007 season, Joe piped in about how Big Ben "just doesn't make mistakes like Rex Grossman". Later in the game, after a Willie Parker touchdown was overturned by a Seahawks challenge, Buck chimed in with "Well, I guess he'll stay with one touchdown." Uh, Joe, Najeh Davenport scored the other touchdown. Parker finished the day with none. For his continued mediocrity in the booth, despite his high opinion of himself, Mr. Buck wins this week's Golden Microphone Award.
Summary: The Seahawks offense not only sputtered out of the gate, they stalled completely, leaving the defense out to dry. A non-division, non-conference loss might allegedly sting less, but a shutout is never easy to take. All the Seahawks can do is regroup and prepare for the reeling 0-4 New Orleans Saints next week.
Next Week: MMQB will feature a guest columnist,
as Dylan is headed to Vegas, baby.
Dylan is a die-hard Seahawks fan trapped in Eagles Country and firmly believes that "Live At Leeds" is the single greatest live performance since a deaf Ludwig Van debuted his final symphony in