Orchard Park, NY - Sitting in section 335 gave me a great view and cold bones as the rain came in sheets at times during the Bills overwhelming 34-10 defeat of the Seahawks today. The initial tone was defense, as the weather dominated early. Passing was a terrible idea, and between seven back and forth possessions, one first down occurred between the teams. Chris Kelsay, Marcus Stroud and Kawika Mitchell each blew up plays early to set a tone that the defense wasn't going to let the Seahawks dictate any tempo.
Eventually, the Seahawks defense broke first, as Marshawn Lynch opened the scoring with a great run through a gaping hole opened by left guard Derrick Dockery and right guard Brad Butler.
Bobby April's special teams were the order of the day, as the unit showed their diversity in helping the team to victory. Roscoe Parrish put the Bills up 14-0 with a highlight-reel 63 yard punt return touchdown which included dekes, fakeouts, twirls and swirls so dynamic they would make the Russian Ballet jealous.
Later, in the third quarter, with the Bills up 20-7, the fireworks continued, the team executed a sneaky fake field goal. Placing ten players in the huddle, while lining up defensive end Ryan Denney along their own sideline, then lining the ten players up in field goal formation and leaving Denney alone at the sideline, uncovered and unnoticed by anyone. He became an easy target for FG holder, punter Brian Moorman, who completed the pass for a 19 yard touchdown, to put the Bills up 27-10 to a stunned crowd.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bills linebacker (and Orchard Park native) Jon Corto laid a blistering hit on Seattle returner Josh Wilson, who fumbled the ball and was recovered by Bills kicker Rian Lindell. The Bills went for the hammer on the next play, as Trent Edwards laced a perfect 30 yard pass into double coverage to tight end Robert Royal, who fell into his tacklers, who also happened to be in the end zone for the final score of the game.
The Seahawks, decimated by injuries, couldn't do anything of note offensively or defensively. Their sole touchdown, a pass from Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson, came on a drive which was gift wrapped for them by the referees. The Bills defense smothered the running game consistently, had five sacks, constant pressure, and confused Hasselbeck often. Any time the Seahawks started to gain momentum, the Bills were able to stop it, then turn it back around.
Overall, the Seahawks were clearly out manned, out performed and out coached in this dominating win for the Bills.