In the first game of the season, after a very successful preseason record of 3-1, we headed to Seattle excited about the opportunities that lay before us in the 2009-2010 season. Over the course of the next four quarters the slight spark in out eyes faded as the Seahawks killed us in first downs, asphyxiated us in rushing yards, annihilated us in passing yards, slaughtered us in QB completion percent, massacred us in sacks, and decimated us in points scored (28-0).
In that game we applied very little pressure on Hasselbeck, our offensive output was abysmal, and we were unable to score a single field goal. Our star running back Steven Jackson ran for a disappointing 67 yards (good thing we rested him throughout the preseason). High points of the game included 2 interceptions and surprising offensive output by youngster Laurent Robinson who caught 5 passes for 87 yards (shortly afterwards he was injured and out for the rest of the season).
Since then what has happened? Both of us have played pretty poorly. The Seahawks convincingly beat the Jaguars, while we barely lost to the Jags by a field goal in over time. Both of us beat the Detroit Lions (thank God for small favors). Otherwise, we both have lost the rest of our games. But some thing else has happened. The shear passage of time has occurred.
Since that painful season opener on Sept 13, 2009 we have been kicked, we have been sacked we have been injured. We have traded some veterans for rookies with a lot of potential. We started with one quarter back and then went with another. That QB didn’t work out so we went back to the original. We have seen our star running back Steven Jackson explode and begin to really contribute to the offense in actual points and not just yards gained. The original QB, Bulger, actually started playing better, but was injured and now we are forced to switch to the backup (Boller). Finally, we have flat out gotten tougher, become mentally stronger, and have become a better football team.
We all know we are not playing for the post season at this point. Let’s be honest, the only thing we are really playing for is a little dignity (fortunately or unfortunately, the more that is shattered the higher the draft pick we get). Let’s take the lessons we have learned this year and get some revenge. Outside of saying let’s hurt somebody, let’s kick some butt. Let’s turn our beast of a running back loose. Let’s call some passing plays that complement our quarterback’s abilities. Let’s apply more pressure on Mr. Hasselbeck than he has seen all season (blitz baby blitz). Let’s remember the beating we took and return the favor this coming Sunday.