Sports — 06 October 2013

SportsTalk with Chad DoingThe Seahawks are now 4-0 after the first quarter of the NFL Season with a big matchup against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts up next.  The Seahawks latest effort was a comeback win in overtime at Houston last Sunday 23-20.  Houston dominated the first half on both sides of the ball and held a 20-3 lead, but everything would change at the start of the 3rd period.  Seattle got more aggressive on defense by playing more man coverage.  The defensive line shut down the run, and started putting pressure on Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub, and the result was a major-shift in momentum.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch in the fourth-quarter cut the Texans lead to 20-13, and that’s when Richard Sherman saved the day for the Seahawks.  Sherman stepped in front of a Schaub pass, and returned it 58-yards for a score to tie the game at 20-20 with 2:40 remaining in the game.  The defense held Houston Scoreless the rest of the way, and with 3:19 left in the overtime period, Steven Hauschka connected on a 45-yard field goal to give Seattle the win.

This win was significant for several reasons.  Last year, Seattle struggled on the road with only three-wins all season.  So far this season, Seattle is 2-0 on the road.  The team is proving they have the ability to win close games on the road, and that they have the maturity to handle adverse situations.  The Seahawks are a tough football team.  In the NFL, if you stop the run on defense and run the ball well on offense, you will have a chance to win most games.  Seattle does both very well, and when you combine that with Russell Wilson, you have the right formula to win games in the NFL.  Wilson didn’t have a great game, but he protected the ball and made plays when he had to with his legs.

The Seahawks are young, athletic, well-coached, and very hungry.  When this team starts clicking on all cylinders look out.  Seahawks fans have a lot to be excited about.  Seattle is clearly one of the best teams in the NFL through four-games.

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