Despite a hairy debut, the Seahawks had their way with the Lions in Detroit, showing everyone that this team is indeed a playoff contender.
DETROIT – For the last three quarters in a 28-14 victory over the Lions On Sunday, the Seahawks hit just about anything they left the park.
This included a baseball-style celebration following one of their three touchdowns in the second quarter, when the receivers were playing an avalancheous brawl.
"That was fun," said quarterback Russell Wilson, who made a short, unprogrammed cameo in the party and said, "I came from the Bullpen."
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The situation changed in the fourth quarter as Lions entered Seattle twice as they tried to reduce the Seahawks' lead to one point.
But each time the defense made a big game – A fumble of Frank Clark and Justin Coleman's jump intervention on the 1-yard line.
When it was over, the Seahawks celebrated a victory that meant a little more because it was the first game after the death of owner Paul Allen. (Bert Kolde, Allen's close friend and vice chairman of the team, got the ball in the locker room.)
But apart from the emotional significance, this win also served as the clearest illustration of how Pete Carroll introduced the team as one Offseason coaching staff and staff rejuvenation staged.
Carroll wanted to get the Seahawks back to running the football to pitch big games in the passing game.
Check and check on Sunday when Seattle ran a season 42 times higher ("I could not be more excited," Carroll said about that value) for 176 yards, while Russell Wilson scored 14 of 17 passes for 248 Yards completed a team record, which would have been an average of 14.5 per attempt, if he had had three more tries.
Wilson also threw three touchdowns – all during a 21-point second quarter that eliminated a 7-0 deficit and pretty decided the game – giving him nine in the last three games and 16 for the season. He had a perfect pass rating of 158.3, the first in Seahawks history.
"Nice game," Carroll said as Wilson played. "It's really hard to beat you if you play like that."
Carroll also wanted to continue Seattle's reputation because he was able to stop the run as he got more bags and forced more sales.
Check and check when Seattle had held a Lions raid attack that had won 248 yards against Miami on just 34 at 13 tries last week. The Seahawks limited rookie Kerryon Johnson to just 22 yards, and dismissed Matthew Stafford – who has been fired 10 times in six previous games – three times.
Seattle also won the sales battle 3-0 and is at plus 10 for the season.
"We were really able to play the way we want it," Carroll said. "We want to get football, we do not want to give it up, no turnovers today, and take advantage of that and run out of football."
Seattle also won the Special Teams battle – Tedric Thompson forced a kick-off return in the second quarter, which led to a Seahawks touchdown that brought Seattle home forever.
Seattle then won Playing with the kind of creative, unprepared and easy fun the good teams seem to play: The decision of Punter Michael Dickson to run instead of taking a safety lead to a first downhill with a two-minute advantage.
"Well, there were a few superlatives or whatever you call them," Carroll said. What went through his head when Dickson turned around his right end when he saw an opening and renounced it He will emerge from the end zone to get to safety. "But I thought it was great, I can not love a piece more than that."
And he can not love the way a team plays more. The Seahawks have won four of their last five, with the only loss being a 33-31 thriller against the unbeaten Rams.
The Seahawks average 134.7 yards per game, almost the same as the 136.8 Super Bowl winners in 2013. Wilson averages 8.5 yards per round, compared to 7.2 in the last season.
And while Wilson has a TD-to-Interception ratio of 16-4, the Seahawks Defense has 10 interceptions and allowed only 10 touchdowns.
"I talked about it three years ago," said recipient Doug Baldwin. "Run the ball, play a strong defense and do not turn the ball around, this is successful football, I do not think it can be easier."
The victory also covered a distance of five road games from seven to the Season, and allowed Seattle, 4-3, to over .500 for the first time this season. These are all signs that a team was on the rise in a season many had described as a rebuilding year for the Seahawks at best, and at worst a sad ending to the Carroll era.
There were no significant injuries as well. Sunday all added to Carroll's good spirits – as became clear throughout his follow-up news conference.
At one point they asked about the "glove" that the team faced with games against teams like the Chargers, Rams and Packers, Carroll instantly became sarcastic.
"Gosh, I do not know," he said. "We're going to somehow find a way, we roll, I do not know, we're jacked up, and we're just going to work on it and blow our tail out and practice really hard and do not change anything – do exactly what we do."
What Carroll liked best on Sunday was that the Seahawks did not really surprise the Lions with anything (well, maybe different than when a punter ran out of his demise)
The Lions knew Seattle would try it They still could not stop it, even with the newly acquired defensive device Damon "Snacks & # 39; Harrison reinforcing the center."
And when The Seahawks had to stop the Lions, the They did.
"That's a nice crew," Carroll said. "I like our team. I like what's going on, I like the way it works, and I like the way it feels. It is really clear; There is no secret how we want to try it. We will not fool anyone. "
Only maybe, those who did not see it coming.