Hey, kids! Defense wins championships!
|Sea-Tac Airport officials demonstrate their new security procedures on an unknown volunteer.
? AP ? Elaine Thompson
Then, from the 2nd quarter on, it felt like we were just Waiting for Deion.
Maybe it had something to do with the presence of Cortez Kennedy, as he was entered into the Ring of Honor at halftime, but the only reason this game never felt like it was in serious doubt was because the Seahawks played outstanding defense.
|'Tez steps into a burning Ring of Honor (after raising the XXIIth Man flag)
? AP - John Froschauer
Yes, I'm trying to avoid discussing the offense. We had a problem or five. I don't know how drastic it has to get for our offensive line to improve, but the breakdowns up front disrupted Hasselbeck and restricted Shaun Alexander to one touchdown and 89 yards on about a million carries. We had our biggest breakthrough runs from Mo Morris and Mack Strong (and in one hilarious sequence, Bobby Engram), in plays that felt designed to fool the Cardinals defense into losing the ball carrier.
|For your consideration: Jackson hauls in TD pass
? AP - John Froschauer
Darrell Jackson had a great game, with over 100 receiving yards and a TD under his belt before the second quarter. I commented to our seat neighbors that it seemed Darrell was really hoping to have a job next week. And to be honest, his game was far superior to his mates on the outside. The Deion-in-the-wings jitters instead seemed to afflict Nate Burleson, who really shouldn't be watching tapes of the 2003 receiving corps.
But we're doing pretty damn good, considering. A division victory against the most formidable opponent in the NFC West at this point, and a game that wasn't in too much serious doubt after the first quarter. A 2-and-0 start, even with the sense that our offense can only get better. And we should, soon, with the New York Giants coming to town next week after an incredible comeback win in Philadelphia this afternoon. For some reason the Giants are ticked off about their last Seattle experience. Whatever for?
|"We're trying to hear the f****** song!"
Look, I realize if we don't take off our hats for the Nat'l Anthem then the terrorists win (even though bare heads are clearer targets). But I think perhaps she could have let this one go, since everyone in Section 329 was shooting us dirty looks because of her, and not the hat-wearer. Section 329 was not impressed that we'd found the lost sister of the Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot.
Drunk Super Patriot Girl, you are this week's Section 328 Drunk Fan of the Game!