Just about everything that could wrong today DID go wrong today. Matt Hasselbeck played fairly well until Vikings linebacker E. J. Henderson rolled into his knee, spraining it and taking him out of the game. After that, everything went downhill for the 'Hawks. Seneca Wallace got picked off twice and fumbled once (which was recovered in the end zone for the TD). The defense allowed two flashbacks to SBXL (a 95 yard TD run by Vikings RB Chester Taylor and a TD on a pass from Vikings RB Mewelde Moore to TE Jermaine Wiggins).
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NFL referees are still alarmingly inconsistent in protecting their QBs, which they allegedly are supposed to do. Referee Walt Anderson watched Matt Hasselbeck go down and DOESN'T THROW THE F---ING FLAG! Henderson is down on the ground and instead of picking himself up, he rolls into Hasselbeck. Seneca Wallace gets his face mask grabbed (not bad enough for a 15 yard penalty, but enough for a five yarder) as he slides on a scramble and there is no call. Meanwhile, a questionable holding call on Walter Jones brings the play back. Obviously, these non-calls don't cost the Seahawks the game, but still are blatant enough to merit some concern.
Oh yeah, WHERE THE HELL WAS THE O-LINE TODAY? Still in St. Louis? The 'Hawks only had 52 yards rushing and allowed 4 sacks. I know Shaun Alexander is still out, but the Vikings got consistent penetration on most of the running plays. If Matt Hasselbeck wasn't good at eluding pass rushers, the Vikings would have gotten two or three more sacks.
The players of the day were Darrell Jackson and Julian Peterson. D-Jack had 7 catches for 136 yards and a TD (on a brilliant audible by Hasselbeck). J-Pete had 8 solo tackles, 4 assists, and 2 sacks.
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