Seahawks vs. Falcons: Takeaways from Seattle's 33-10 Win over Atlanta
The Seattle Seahawks went on the road and dominated the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 33-10. The Falcons had no answers for Seattle's offense, and were only able to put together one sustained drive against Seattle's defense.
A beautiful day for the Seahawks! It's such a cool thing to play that well on both sides of the ball! #LeaveNoDoubt— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) November 10, 2013
It was Seattle's fifth-straight victory, and extends their lead in the NFC for another week. No other team has more than seven wins in the NFC this season.
Seahawks: 9-1 for first time in team history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 10, 2013
The Seahawks now get to come home and get ready to take on the suddenly resurgent Minnesota Vikings. Before everyone moves on to the next game, here are eight takeaways from this week's close win over the Falcons.
All stats taken form ESPN.com.
It Is Time for Everyone to Stop Claiming Seattle Isn't Good on the Road
The Seahawks went on the road and dominated the Falcons. It was one of those "dreaded" East Coast games that analysts love to talk about when they claim that the Seahawks aren't as good when they play on the road.
The Seahawks are now 5-1 on the road this season. They are also 8-2 on the road dating back to last season including the playoffs. The Seahawks are no longer a poor road team. It is time for the pundits to figure that out and stop pushing that storyline.
Carroll said "it doesn't matter what time zone we are playing in, we can rally."— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) November 10, 2013
Seahawks Actually Can Play 4 Good Quarters of Football
The Seahawks have had a problem with slow starts all season. When they actually did get off to a fast start against the Colts, Seattle stumbled in the second half.
In what seems like the only time all season, the Seahawks were able to put together a complete four quarters of football. This is the type of performance the Seahawks have needed, and it demonstrated just how good this team can be.
Carroll: "I think this was the most complete game we've played all year." #SEAvsATL— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 10, 2013
Marshawn Lynch Won't Be Denied
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch's stat line for this game is quite impressive. He finished with 24 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also added three catches and 16 yards in the passing game.
Even more impressive is how those yards were compiled. Lynch ran hard and picked up large chunks of those yards after contact.
Lynch sets the tone for everything the Seahawks do on the offensive side of the ball. When he runs like he did on Sunday, Seattle's offense is very hard to stop.
Russell Wilson Just Makes Plays
The Seahawks and their fans have known this for over a year, but it is worth noting after a game like this. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson just makes plays.
Wilson was 19-of-26, for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 11 yards per pass attempt and didn't turn the ball over.
This is what Wilson can do when he's given protection by his offensive line. Now the Seahawks must find a way to continue to give him that level of protection each and every week.
Seattle's Offensive Line Is Improving
For the second week in a row, Seattle's offensive line looked surprisingly competent. They opened up some nice holes for Marshawn Lynch and Seattle's running game, and they were able to give Russell Wilson plenty of time to look downfield.
The Seahawks are now likely to get all three missing starters back for next week's game. It is possible that Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini and Max Unger will all make their return next week against Minnesota.
Carroll really speaking highly by the performance of the offensive line today. Mentioned Alvin Bailey several times.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 10, 2013
Seattle's Run Defense Was Much Improved
After games in which the Seahawks gave up 200 and 205 rushing yards, Seattle's defense put up an impressive performance stopping Atlanta's running game.
Atlanta running back Steven Jackson finished the game with just 11 yards on nine carries. The entire Falcons offense finished with just 64 yards on the ground.
This is the type of performance that the Seahawks need out of their run defense if they are going to win in the playoffs.
Carroll: "I think we turned a corner in the running game today." #SEAvsATL— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 10, 2013
The Seahawks Won on Third Down
When the Seahawks struggle, both offensively and defensively, it shows up in their performance on third down. Seattle was 9-15 on third down, while Atlanta was just 4-12.
The Seahawks clearly won the battle on third down this week. Now they need to make sure they can replicate that success over the rest of the season.
The Bye Week Cannot Come Soon Enough
The Seattle Seahawks were banged up coming into this game. They then lost starting cornerback Brandon Browner and starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to injuries.
The Seahawks could really use a week off to get healthy and to integrate players like Okung, Unger, Giacomini and wide receiver Percy Harvin back into the offense.
The Seahawks have one more game before the break. They play the Vikings at CenturyLink Field next week, and then finally get their week off the after that.
Carroll said Brandon Browner has a groin injury and Tony McDaniel a hamstring strain. Unsure of prognosis on either at this point.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 10, 2013