Week one for the Seahawks is in the books with first year head coach Jim Mora Jr. getting his first regular season win (fifth overall win).
Jim Mora Jr. now joins Josh McDainials (Broncos), Rex Ryan (Jets), and Jim Caldwell (Colts) who are the only first year coaches who got a win today. Everyone else out of the original nine coaches will have to wait till week two.
Now back to the Seahawks-Rams game. There are many ways to describe the first half. Weird/horrendous/clumsy and in the Seahawks case over aggressive.
Let's take a look and recap the game and see which word fits best.
SEA- 1-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck to John Carlson. 13 plays. 73 yards and 6:15 TOP
SEA- 12 yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson. 12 plays. 69 yards and 3:55 TOP.
SEA- 33 yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck to John Carlson. Seven plays. 99 yards and 3:55 TOP.
SEA- 62 yard touchdown run by Julius Jones. One play. 62 yards and 0:10 TOP.
Final Score: Seahawks 28- Rams 0
The first quarter looked like a muddy, back yard, 10-year-old's game with all the turnovers, penalties, and nonsense.
Not even on the first play of the game unless you call the kickoff a play the St Louis Rams kick returner/wide receiver Donny Avery fumbled the ball on the opening kickoff which was recovered by linebacker Will Herring on the St Louis 19-yard line.
One the first series for the Seahawks everyone in attendance and watch the game could tell that the Seahawks were going to be an aggressive offensive team.
Well it turned out to be a little to aggressive for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. On the third play of the game Hasselbeck threw an intended pass to WR TJ Houshmandzadeh who tipped it away and into the hands of James Butler for a touchback.
However, the Rams didn’t capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt.
Fast forward two more series (one Rams and one Seahawks) the Seahawks had the ball one more time.
However after starting to look good on the drive the over aggressiveness came into effect again when wide receiver Nate Burleson tried to do too much and wound up fumbling the ball and wound up being recovered by the Rams.
Than one more time in the first quarter, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had the right idea but not the right zip on his intended pass to wide receiver Nate Burleson.
But Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe jumped the route and picked off Matt Hasselbeck for his second interception of the game.
After that the Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck got into a great rhythm and scored 28 consecutive points in route to a 28-0 win.
Now let's take a look at some key players for the Seattle Seahawks today.
QB Matt Hasselbeck: 25/36, 279 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs.
RB Julius Jones: 19 carries, 117 yards, and one touchdown.
WR Nate Burleson: 7 receptions, 74 yards, and one touchdown.
TE John Carlson: 6 receptions, 95 yards, and two touchdowns.
LB Aaron Curry: 4 tackles
MLB Lofa Tatupu left in the third quarter with a strained hamstring
OLB Leroy Hill left the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury (returned in street closes).
The Seahawks shut out the Rams for the first time in their season series and improve to 9-0 in their last nine games against eachother.
Matt Hasselbeck started off a little unsure but found a rhythm and got the game in motion with John Carlson, Nate Burleson and TJ Houshmandzadeh.
Julius Jones got the questions off of his back and showed he is a great starting running back in the NFL and can hit the holes with power as he did against the Rams.
Nine different players caught at least one reception in today’s game. (Burleson, Carlson, Houshmandzadeh, Wallace, Butler, Griffith, J.Jones and Obomanu.
The Seahawks featured the wide cat offense with Seneca Wallace throwing to WR Matt Hasselbeck, who threw it back to Wallace for a long gain instead of throwing it to an open Edgerrin James.
So all in all the Seahawks bounced back early and never looked back to start off the Jim Mora Jr. era with a bang against an important NFC West opponent.
As of now here is the NFC West standings.
Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0
San Francisco 49ers- 1-0-0
Arizona Cardinals 0-1-0
St Louis Rams 0-1-0
Next week Seattle travels to SF to play the 49ers.