Play Of The Day: Matt Hasselbeck threw a desperation pass up for grabs that Deion Branch managed to tip to himself for Seahawks only touchdown. Unfortunately, the score came with one second left on the clock and the game already out of reach.
Handouts to the Standouts: Bobby Engram was one of the few bright spots for the Seahawks on Sunday, grabbing 9 passes for 84 yards and topping the 1,000 yard mark the first time in his career. Engram also recovered a Shaun Alexander fumble that kept a drive alive in the second half of the game.
Things That Made Me Go "Blech": Chris Gray was beaten badly on the
first two running plays of the game for the
Leonard Weaver dropped two passes; both with room to run in front of him, and one killed a drive in Panthers territory.
Offense: The running game was non-existent. The passing game was erratic and fraught with dropped passes. The offensive line play was atrocious.
And if you think I'm being too harsh on the team … here's your first half possessions – Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt. The first three possessions were 3 & outs. The fourth ended after an end around failed on 3rd and short. The fifth drive ended on a dropped pass on third and short. The sixth on an incomplete pass. This is what happens to a team that can't run the ball.
and it was windy, which seemed to bother
Defense: Zero sacks, zero interceptions,
and zero fumbles. The usually opportunistic
Special Teams: It would appear that the long-snapper had quite a bit to do with the troubles in the kicking game. Ryan Plackemeier, who was playing awfully over the last few weeks, was much improved, pinning the Panthers inside their own 10 yard line three times. Josh Brown hit his only field goal attempt of the day, albeit a chip shot. The kick and punt return coverage teams also showed some improvement and Nate Burleson still looks sharp on returns.
The Golden Microphone Award: I'll give Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger a pass on this game. I don't think anyone could have made the first three quarters of this game interesting.
Random Notes: Kelly Jennings make a great defensive
play on the Panthers second drive of the game that prevented a touchdown.
Deon Grant and Marcus Trufant had double coverage downfield on a flea-flicker. Either it was heady football or great closing speed. In any case, they were there and prevented a big gain.
Summary: While it's tempting to say it was "just one of those games", the same old problems seemed to have risen to the surface for this game, namely dropped passes, strange play calls and the total lack of a running game. The Seahawks will need to rebound with a better offensive performance next week to prove that this was the exception and not the rule.
Next Week: The Regular Season Home Finale.
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