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Hawks Playbook Podcast Episode 92 Seahawks Fly Past 49ers and Vikings Preview
Welcome to another edition of the Hawks Playbook Podcast! In this episode, Bill and Keith go back and take a look at the dominant win at home vs the San Fransisco 49ers, Seattle’s 3rd win in a row, and solidifying the Seahawks chances to earn a spot in the NFL Playoffs in January. This game was full of big plays. Two players that led the way were Russell Wilson on offense and Bobby Wagner on Defense. Both had amazing games. Russell threw 4 touchdowns on only 17 attempted passes and ended the game without a turnover and a QB rating of over 140. Wagner had one of his best games as a pro as he filled the stat sheet in almost every category. 12 tackles, 2 QB hits, 2 tackles for loss, 2 passes defended, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery……and after doing all of that, had an interception at his own 1-yard line and returned it all the way for a touchdown! A 99-yard pick six was a Seahawks record for longest returned interception and touchdown, and it went to the perfect player in Bobby Wagner at the pinnacle of his career in Seattle.
While Seattle did have its struggles on the defensive side of the ball, primarily allowing 4th NFL game starter Nick Mullens throw for over 400 yards on them. It didn’t matter. Seattle did everything else right and stormed away with a 43-16 victory to rise to a 7-5 overall record and the 5th seed in the playoff race. If Seattle can win next Monday night against the 6-5-1 playoff hunting Vikings, The Seahawks will have close to a 100% chance of making the playoffs, possibly needing only one more win out of the remaining 3, two of which come against 2 and 3 win teams.
The Seahawks have clearly exceeded almost everyone’s expectations this season. In fact, I had predicted in September that the most likely win total for this team was 7 wins. That’s where they are at right now as we just entered the month of December with 4 games remaining. Seattle has a clear shot at winning 3 of 4 and an outside chance at running the table and being a feared opponent in the playoffs. This was suppose to be a reset year. A Rebuild-lite. But the Seahawks are having none of that. It’s all about the wins….and right now, Seattle is doing plenty of that!