1. Rush Defense - After halftime, the defense clamped down on the Panthers but in that first half, whew, that was like trying to make out with Pepe LePew. Not only couldn’t the Seahawks tackle, they couldn’t seem to find someone to tackle.
2. Adjustments - Yes, the Seahawks made some adjustments, and they worked. But did we really have to wait until halftime to make them? Against Carolina, or any other bad team, that didn’t kill the game, but against a good team like the Giants or Falcons? The score would be so lopsided by halftime that there would be no chance at a comeback.
3. Leon Washington - Just watch the video here. You’ll thank me later.
This game highlights a pattern for Seattle this season, at least recently, anyway. They get off to a very slow start and can’t do a thing offensively while the defense can’t tackle a wet paper bag. Halftime rolls around and it’s like a switch went off, and the team explodes back into the game.
Against Kansas City last week, it was way too little and way too late. Carolina is a bad enough team that Seattle was able to make that comeback.
When you start thinking about playoffs though, if Seattle does win the NFC West, there isn’t going to be a team that will allow Seattle to come back on them. Even the worst playoff team can hold onto a lead.
Seattle has to figure out how to come out from the opening bell instead of trying to flip the switch at halftime. How Pete Carroll and the Seahawks adjust, that remains to be seen. I’m interested in watching it though.
Interested enough that I’ll be keeping the tattoo, for now.