Top 8 Thoughts On Seahawks’ Fiasco In Cleveland
1) Jim Mora was fantastic as a FOX color commentator. I had never heard the former Seahawks coach doing a broadcast before, and I came away impressed. His opinions and comments were strong throughout. And he gets extra credit for doing such a good job on a terrible game.
Commenting on Kennard Cox’s phantom block-in-the-back penalty, Mora said: “That’s an awful, awful call. That’s an example of an official having too big of an impact on a football game. C’mon, if you’re gonna call it, make sure you see it. There’s no way in the world that was a block in the back.
After the game ended, Mora said of the Seahawks: “That was the worst offensive performance I’ve seen in a long time. They had a horrible day.”
2) My only quibble with Mora was when he suggested that the Seahawks were really hurt when Marshawn Lynch was a late scratch because of back spasms. I doubt that the starting running back would have made that much of a difference. Bodog.com set an over-under line of 55 ½ rushing yards for Lynch on the game – that leads you to believe that he wouldn’t have had a major impact if he had played. I do agree with Mora that Lynch might have made a difference for the Hawks when they had a first-and-goal from the 2 and didn’t score.
3) I won’t be lobbying for Charlie Whitehurst to be the starting quarterback anymore. He was brutal as you know. That was disappointing. I thought he’d really make the most of his opportunity. He didn’t.
4) I’ll just say it – if you bet on the Seahawks +3, you had to thank Red Bryant for getting you a push. Bryant blocked his second field goal late in the fourth quarter that would have given Cleveland a 9-3 lead. Then his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty prevented the Browns from lining up for a field goal inside the final two minutes. After that, the Browns were able to run out the clock by taking a knee, preserving a 6-3 win and a push for Seahawks’ bettors.
5) The Seahawks’ defense was either amazing or the Browns’ offense was just as bad as Seattle’s. To be on the field for 43 minutes and allow only six points is incredible stuff.
6) This from ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando – until yesterday, the Seahawks had been 42-0 when an opponent scored six points or less.
7) This week’s opponent is certainly beatable, but the Bengals are 4-2 and 2-1 on the road.
and #8) The Seahawks are 2-4, which means they’re:
• Three games behind the NFC West-leading 49ers.
• 2 ½ games behind the Andrew Luck sweepstakes-leading Indianapolis Colts.
• And only one game behind several teams in the loss column for a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
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