The Seattle Seahawks and the CenturyLink Field crowd had some fun in Week 14.
Use whatever descriptor you want, because many would apply to the 58-0 victory.
Blowout. Shutout. Beatdown. Rout. Turkey shoot. Slaughter. Annihilation.
They all work.
The close games are certainly exciting, but it is also nice to dominate every once in a while and get a decisive victory. Hopefully, the Seahawks will be able to carry this momentum into a key road game against the Buffalo Bills.
In addition to the clearly lopsided score, there were some interesting statistics in this game. Most of the numbers fit, while one or two do not necessarily go with the overall outcome.
Two weeks ago, the Dolphins went down the field and made the Seattle defense look a bit vulnerable. Last week, Brandon Marshall put the Bears in a position to tie the game when the Seattle defense should have buried Jay Cutler in his own end zone.
Against the Cardinals, the swagger was definitely back.
Four interceptions. Four fumble recoveries. Two special teams touchdowns.
If Richard Sherman is lost to a suspension, this was certainly a dramatic way to say goodbye for a few games.
Not only did Arizona give up the ball, but the team could not move its offense at all. Seattle gave up a grand total of 154 yards. The longest Arizona drive was 41 yards, and none of the other 12 drives exceeded 27 yards.
Could Arizona quarterback John Skelton have had a worse game?
11-for-22. Seventy-four yards passing. Four interceptions.
You hope that nobody had Skelton on their fantasy team this week.
Skelton’s replacement, Ryan Lindley, did not perform much better. Lindley did not throw any picks, but he was only 8-of-17 for 59 yards. In addition, Lindley got sacked twice.
Say it again. Dominance.
It is exciting to see the Seattle offense produce that many points, but at the same time, you hope that the team can save some of that output.
Against the Cardinals, the ‘Hawks did not need 58 points. With the way the defense was playing, eight points would probably have been enough.
Speaking of fantasy football, owners that had Marshawn Lynch were pretty happy after the game with the Cardinals.
Only 11 carries. One hundred and twenty-eight yards. Three touchdowns. A whopping 11.6 yards per carry.
If the score was not so lopsided, Seattle probably could have gotten 200 yards (or more) out of Beast Mode.
But, since we still like to share in society, the Seahawks spread the ball around. Robert Turbin ran for 108 yards. Even Leon Washington ran for 38 on the day.
You have a feeling that if Seattle would have had another drive or two, it might have had three 100-yard runners in this game.
Who had a worse day? Was it the Arizona quarterbacks or the Arizona running backs?
Only 16 total carries. Forty-three yards. A meager 2.7 yards per carry. Longest run of the day: nine yards.
The Seattle defense was in full run-stuffing mode, and while it did not rack up a ton of sacks, it really did not need to in this game.
Seattle was starting to look a little bit vulnerable to the running attack over the last couple of weeks. The Bears ran for 132 yards, and Miami ran for 189.
Against the Cardinals, the defensive line took care of business, and the running backs went absolutely nowhere.
The offensive line has been critiqued off and on throughout the season. Some of that is deserved, while other criticism may have been lessened with better health and more consistent play.
Against the Cardinals, the offensive line did what it is supposed to do.
The line protected its quarterback, and it opened up holes for the running backs.
A job well-done. Sure, Breno Giacomini continues to make the occasional poor decision that puts Seattle in a position where it misses scoring opportunities.
In addition, the Seahawks were aided by an Arizona defensive line that was not exactly up to the task of tackling Beast Mode.
Still, the offensive line needs to build confidence as it looks ahead to tougher opponents. Against the Cardinals, it had a pretty good day.
Turnovers were obviously the story of this game, but it is also a positive sign when the Seattle defense gets to the opposing quarterback.
It was not a Green Bay-like performance, but three sacks are respectable, particularly when both Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin are able to find their names in the sack column.
Plus, the defense did hit the quarterback six times.
This will continue to be an area that could use some improvement. Against the Cardinals, the defense was stopping the run, and obviously, the secondary was having its way with John Skelton.
The challenge will be when Seattle faces a team like San Francisco. If the Seahawks could get three sacks against the Niners, that would probably have a bigger impact than takedowns against the inept Cardinals.
When a team scores 58 points, it would not be unusual for someone to assume that the quarterback had a monster game, particularly if that person did not see the game.
So, Russell Wilson had a big game, right? Nope.
If I told you that a team won 58-0 and the quarterback completed seven passes, you would not believe me.
Wilson did not have a bad game, but he was not the driving force behind the offensive output.
The reality is that Seattle fans may not be terribly worried when they see that line in the box score. Wilson has quickly established a reputation of being someone who can defer to the hot hand.
The running game was working. Sorry, that is unfair. The running game was absolutely dominating. Why change something just for variety? Feed the Beast.
You like this about Russell Wilson. He appears to have the confidence to lead this team to victory.
Sometimes, leading is about stepping aside and recognizing that someone else is in a better position to put the team on his back that day.