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October 26, 2008 8:26 PM
Posted by Jerry Brewer
Seahawks 34, San Francisco 13
Five observations on the Seahawks improving to 2-5:
1. Leonard Weaver needs to get the ball more. As a fullback, Weaver's job is to do the dirty work. He must block. He must leave the glory to the tailbacks. But after watching him show his jets during 43- and 62-yard touchdown receptions, you can see how uniquely talented he is. Weaver finished with four receptions for 116 yards. The Seahawks must find ways to showcase his athleticism more, especially with the receiving corps still tattered.
2. You know an opponent is bad when the Seahawks rush 28 times for 39 yards and still win by three touchdowns. The run game was out of sorts again, and next week the Seahawks play the Philadelphia Eagles, who have the ninth-best run defense (89.4 yards per game allowed) in the NFL. I think that game might be as simple as this: If the Seahawks manage 100 yards on the ground, they win. If not, expect a return to losing.
3. Seneca Wallace deserves credit for managing the game. He wound up with 222 passing yards, but that stat is a little deceiving, especially when you consider that Weaver's 62-yard reception came after the game had been decided. Nevertheless, Wallace followed up a horrible performance against Tampa Bay with a credible one in this game. I thought getting the ball to Engram early was a big key for him in this game.
4. The D gets a B. The Seahawks still allowed too many yards (388), but they made the big plays they've been lacking. They forced four fumbles, though they just recovered one. Josh Wilson's interception was only the Seahawks' second INT of the year. And the D didn't give up the lead to San Francisco this time. The undervalued defensive player of the game: tackle Rocky Bernard, who finished with two sacks and looked more active than he has all season.
5. Lofa's jinxed season continues. Add a strained groin to middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu's list of injuries. Already this season, he's hurt his knee, his hand and suffered a concussion. Now, his groin injury could plague him for several weeks. It's just been one of those seasons for Tatupu. His injury misfortune has contributed more to the defense's problems than we probably realize.
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