Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the Sehawks’ offense has developed an identity against its opponents: “Take them to a point they’re unwilling to match:”
More than athleticism, more than skill, more than desire, the Seahawks are defined by their toughness.
They aim to take every football game to a physical and mental brink. Can the opponent go there? Or rather, will the opponent go there? This season, the answer has often determined whether the game will be a competition or an endurance challenge that only suits the Seahawks’ stamina. . . .
They’re coming straight at you, at maximum speed, again and again and again.
Can you match it? Will you match it?
“We’re going to be physical and consistent,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “And we’re going to do it until the other team can’t do it anymore.” . . .
The Seahawks’ mantra against Washington: Do what you do — better. It figures. No gimmicks, just grit. No special playoff tactics necessary. Just bow up.
“Keep plugging away,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “Keep doing what we know.”
They’re developing an offense that is almost as much a pain to play as their defense. There are few breaks when going against the Seahawks right now. It’s always a brawl.
There’s probably no aspect of this game that should concern the Falcons more than Seattle’s punishing running game. Spearheaded by relentless running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks are capable of wearing down defenses with power.
Brewer notes that since the midway point of the regular season, the Sehawks have run for 194.2 yards per game. Quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for 47.6 of those rushing yards per game; nearly all of the the rest came by way of battering rams Lynch and Robert Turbin.
That’s potentially worrisome for the Falcons, who allowed more rushing yards this season than any other NFC playoff team. A long list of backs had good days against Atlanta: Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn, Willis McGahee, Alfred Morris, Chris Ivory, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Pierre Thomas, Doug Martin. (So did quarterback Cam Newton–twice.)
During the bye week, the Falcons worked on tackling and path to the ball. They didn’t do any work in pads, though, which is how it goes in the NFL nowadats.
If the Falcons are plagued by the kind of slipshod tackling that surfaced throughout the season, then the Sehawks will have a good chance to get the kind of brawl they say favors them.
OTHER RECENT STORIES