Ferreri: Takeaways in Seahawks 21-7 win over the Vikings
Laying the Lumber
Rashaad Penny had a run to one side of the field and back to the other side for a gain of 17 yards. It would have been a loss of yards if not for a block dished out by 180-pound Tyler Lockett on two defenders hot on Penny's heels. Lockett is a fun player to watch even if he doesn't have the football. Penny is fun too even if he does run 80 yards back and forth across the field before picking up 17 yards.
Russell Wilson didn't exactly shine in primetime Monday night. His passing numbers were terrible. Wilson completed 10 of 20 passes for only 72 yards, threw an interception and had no TD passes.
The interception came on an ill-advised throw to end the 1st half when the Seahawks were close to scoring. Rather than just taking the sack he threw awkwardly and was picked off by Eric Kendricks, brother of Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Wilson was lucky it wasn't returned for a touchdown.
Wilson finished last night with the lowest passer rating of his career: 37.9. His previous worst was 38.7 against the 49ers in San Francisco during his 2012 rookie year. I have no doubt he will rebound next week.
My Eyes Hurt
I don't like the bright color rush jerseys, and I realize there are those that really do. Maybe it's because they remind me of the year Jim Mora coached the Seahawks, or maybe because it looks like a bunch of Teletubbies are running around Centurylink Field. The bright green teletubby is named Dipsy by the way. Hopefully it's the last time we see those highlighters until next season.
Soft Hands Fant
Seahawks offensive lineman George Fant was a tight end in college at Western Kentucky but only after his basketball career came to end. All season long, the Seahawks have been using Fant as a jumbo tight end of sorts and every time he has to report as an eligible receiver. Fant had been empty in the catches category until Monday night when he hauled in his first career catch on a designed play that went 9 yards before Fant stumbled just short of the first down. His burst up field wasn't bad and he showed his hands are just fine to catch anything Russell Wilson throws his way.
As for the ball he caught, Fant kept it, said he will bring it home and put it in his man cave.
Wags The Great
Bobby Wagner's dominance from last week's game against the 49ers just carried over to the Monday Night game against the Vikings. Wagner had 9 tackles and more importantly blocked a field goal in the 2nd half.
If he's not the best middle linebacker in the National Football League then tell me who is.
DJ Fluker didn't play against the Vikings, he is out with a hamstring injury and Jordan Simmons started in his place for the 2nd time this season. The other time Simmons started for Fluker was last month in LA against the Rams when the Seahawks ran for 273 yards. Last night the Seahawks ran for over 200 yards again, 214 to be exact, and once again Simmons was at the guard spot for Fluker.
While Fluker is the heart and soul of the running game revitalization in Seattle there is a lot to be said for Simmons and his ability to run block.
Think about who he has faced and handled in his two career starts; Aaron Donald and Ndamokong Suh of the Rams and Linval Joseph/Sheldon Richardson of the Vikings, not bad for a guy that was cut by the Raiders on Sept. 1 and quickly claimed by the Seahawks.
Stay Cool Seattle
It was pretty cool to see Seattle portrayed so well on national television for Monday Night Football, it always is. From the shots of downtown to shots of the stadium we live in an awesome place with some of the best fans in the NFL.
ESPN showed a lot of cutaways of fans, especially a lot of the ones I have come to know that get dressed up week after week for games. Big Lo, Captain Seahawk and the Grinch all were in their usual spots but most of all it was terrific to see the stands packed with fans making it miserable for the opposition.
Keep it up 12's, keep it up.
The Seahawks play in Santa Clara Sunday where the Seahawks can earn a playoff spot with a win against their old buddy Richard Sherman and the 49ers.
Not bad for a "Middle of the Road" team huh?