Remember when the Seahawks couldn’t win a game on the road if they started at 10 a.m. Seattle time? Well the Seahawks have once again proven that line of thinking incorrect and put in as dominant of a defensive performance you’re likely to see in the NFL.
Not only that, this Seahawks team has gone on the road for the final time in the regular season. Their 6-2 record outside of Seattle is the best of any team in history.
This is shaping up to be a special season for the Seahawks and they are sprinkling in some big accomplishments along the way.
First, let’s talk about this 23-0 shutout of the New York Giants. It’s only the second time this season that any team in the NFL has been shutout. It’s also the second time this year that it’s happened to the Giants. The first time it happened this year was New York’s trip to Carolina.
The dominance of the defense can’t be overemphasized. Partially due to how the offense sputtered a bit on the road, but mostly because this Seattle defense performed admirably.
Byron Maxwell, a guy who would rarely seem playing time on the field when Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond were healthy, looks like a guy who you don’t want to have on the bench. Two inceptions this week and one last week make him one of the hottest cornerbacks in the league right now.
Jeremy Lane, a guy who should be considered for the Pro Bowl based on his special teams performance alone, was all over the field with seven tackles at corner.
Combined with Richard Sherman’s two INTs and another he tipped to Earl Thomas, the Seahawks picked off two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning five times on their way to the win.
With New York into the red zone, the grab by Thomas helped to seal a shutout win just moments after color announcer John Lynch was quoted saying Seattle had blown their opportunity to blank the Giants. Oops.
Not only was it a big day for the Seahawks defense, Russell Wilson notched the 23rd win of his career to become the quarterback with the most wins in the history of the NFL after just two seasons.
Wilson’s only touchdown pass of the day came in the fourth quarter. The pass to Doug Baldwin to took the score up to 23-0. With the pass, Wilson became just the third quarterback to throw 50 touchdowns in his first two season. With two more, he can pass Peyton Manning’s first two seasons. Dan Marino’s 68 might be out of range though.
Special teams also deserves mention considering John Ryan’s record pace for fewest punt return yardage. Giants only got four yards today, but that came after weeks of allowing nothing at all. Still, Ryan has allowed only 19 yards in returns all season.
This win was important, because the next time the Seahawks win, it will give them the NFC West title, a first round bye in the playoffs, as well as the number-one seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
They haven’t clinched home field throughout the playoffs yet, but the way things are setting up they may only have the chance to travel outside of Seattle one more time this year. If they do, they’ll be heading back to this same field.
Better yet it’s a field that, through four quarters, the defense hasn’t given up a single point.