Some interesting tidbits as we move towards the end of the honeymoon period and into next week:
- The Seahawks held the 49ers to 1 of 15 on third downs. That’s incredible. Of the 14 allowed first downs throughout the game, ten came on passes, four came on runs, and none were on penalties. That’s key! Penalties were absolutely rampant and killer last year for the Seahawks, especially in crucial situations.
- Frank Gore was successfully bottled up. Our defensive line looked incredibly stout, and they consistently were pushing the 49ers back and disrupting any potential for running lanes. Colin Cole was my MVP for this game, a guy that I thought might lose his starting job. He impressed me, and I take it all back, big boy!
- Two sacks. That’s what we registered. That’s not great, but boy, that’s not bad either. Much more importantly though, Chris Clemons had Alex Smith perpetually in fear for his life. He was way more disruptive than we knew he could be. I think he had his hands on Smith at least 6 times, despite not recording any sacks. They’ll come.
- I get the impression that the opening play interception Matt threw will be his last until the Bye week. It just feels like one of those things, doesn’t it? He made great decisions the rest of the game, and he trusted his receivers to know their routes — something that he and Housh never got down.
- Let’s not fool ourselves, there is a ton of work left to do. Tyler Polumbus faces his biggest test next week when he goes against the team that cut him and knows every one of his many weaknesses. The running game looked awful, with Forsett’s garbage time 32-yarder inflating the stats for what was otherwise a pathetic effort by all the backs (well, maybe not Michael Robinson). The Hawks will need to run the ball in Denver.
- The Seahawks used two or more tight ends on 25 of their 47 offensive snaps. They used three tight ends on seven plays. This is an interesting one to watch as we move into the season, especially once we get Okung back. I doubt we’ll see many three TE sets, but we know Bates loves his TEs.
- On offense, the only players to play every snap were Matt Hasselbeck, Max Unger, Chris Spencer, Sean Locklear and Tyler Polumbus. Ben Gibson left with an injury, and Ben Hamilton took over for him at LG. John Carlson was in the game for 45 of the 47 snaps.
- On defense, the only 100% men were Earl Thomas and Lofa Tatupu. Trufant was in for all but two snaps.