A Grip on Sports activities: Regardless of Seahawks defensive points, Cowboys are unable to upend Seattle because of Wilson’s record-setting play
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s been a troublesome 12 months to be a heart specialist. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are most likely conscious of that. It appears as if they’re making an attempt to assist.
• With COVID-19 placing a pressure on hospitals since March, different medical procedures have been placed on maintain in plenty of locations. However the Hawks are nicely on their solution to making certain everybody of their followers have coronary heart points, regardless of the crew’s first 3-0 begin for the reason that 2013 season.
In Sunday’s 38-31 victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys, there have been greater than sufficient moments to trigger rhythm points:
– DK Metcalf celebrating a landing earlier than he obtained to the endzone, after which not scoring as a result of Dallas’ Trevon Diggs punched the ball out to power a touchback;
– Wilson lacking simply typically sufficient to make sure a second-half offensive lull that allowed Dallas to truly take the lead;
– Jamal Adams blitzing again and again, however by no means getting house – as was the case for the protection as an entire for a lot of the competition. Lastly, the security ended up injuring his groin and sitting out the final a part of the sport;
– Trysten Hill’s questionable late-game gator roll of Chris Carson’s leg, inflicting an damage and forcing the Hawks’ finest working again to the sidelines;
– Retaking the lead – on a Metcalf catch – with sufficient time left to permit the Cowboys a shot at redemption, solely to see Adams’ substitute, Ryan Neal, provide you with an endzone interception to seal the win;
– Lastly, the protection’s porous nature, giving up 472 passing yards on this one, seems to be nothing in any respect just like the Hawk defenses of Pete Carroll’s previous and inflicting the 12s to examine their pulse fee ever few seconds.
There have been additionally loads of performs to get the guts pumping for good causes, from Tyler Lockett’s career-high three landing catches to the three turnovers the protection got here up with.
After all, there’s Dr. Feelgood in management as nicely, with Wilson extra trusted than Dr. Fauci within the Puget Sound. It’s powerful to ask extra of your quarterback, however with Adams’ damage, the troubles cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers and Sunday’s absent Quinton Dunbar are experiencing, together with the prospect Carson could miss a while, the Hawks must depend on Wilson much more within the coming weeks.
It might not be the recipe Carroll envisioned when the season started, however the meals have been beautiful so far. Even when they might be a bit too wealthy for our cardiac well being.
• How true is the “next-man-up” principle of the NFL? Nicely, Neal and Shaquem Griffin were both added to the active roster Saturday. And each made massive performs in the course of the Cowboys’ remaining drive.
Griffin was used as a cross rusher for some time, after which as a protection linebacker. And Neal was in the best place on the proper time on Dallas’ remaining offensive play.
• The variety of accidents all through the NFL is staggering. The Hawks aren’t exempt. Their protection may very well be down half of its game-one starters by the point recreation 4 kicks off Sunday in Miami.
• The Mariners’ season is over. As soon as once more, they aren’t a part of baseball’s postseason. No shock there – they haven’t made the playoffs since 2001 and went into the 12 months with the specific goal of working towards 2021 and past – however there have been a number of optimistic indicators.
Take Marco Gonzales for example. The lefthander from Gonzaga became a reliable employees ace, albeit one not minimize from the fashionable mildew. With out an overwhelming fastball, Gonzales will get hitters out the old school means, by altering speeds and hitting spots.
Gonzales tied for third in baseball with seven wins and had a reliable likelihood yesterday to choose up his eighth, which might have tied for the highest spot. He did, nevertheless, lead baseball in strike outs-to-walk ratio (9.143 to 1) and the American League in fewest walks per 9 innings. In different phrases, there have been few pitchers in baseball who had been higher at finding their pitches.
Sure, the M’s have many questions. This 12 months has proven Gonzales’ capability isn’t amongst them.
WSU: Across the Pac-12 and college sports, the Associated Press football poll is sort of out of whack. The group allowed voters this week to vote for anybody, even when they haven’t performed. Some did, some didn’t. In any occasion, Oregon completed 14th. … Whatever schedule comes out, it’s going to elevate questions. … Scheduling seven video games gained’t cease Utah from making funds cuts. … In basketball information, it doesn’t look as if Arizona will likely be enjoying an intrasquad video games this 12 months.
Gonzaga: The Blazers are relying on Zach Collins to achieve his potential subsequent season.
Golf: Corey Prugh gained one other Pacific Northwest PGA Championship not too long ago. That data leads off our weekly local briefs.
Preps: The brand new WIAA schedule of seasons is causing unforeseen problems. Different states are making allowances for it. Washington doesn’t appear to be amenable to doing that.
Seahawks: Our John Blanchette observed the Hawks’ white-knuckle win and has this column. … Theo Lawson stored observe of the NFL yesterday and has a look at how local products performed. … Wilson set an NFL touchdown record Sunday. There are a lot of reasons for that success. … The Seahawk defense isn’t proud of the best way it’s enjoying. Tremendous. Now do something about it. … There are grades. There are at all times grades. … There are injuries. There are at all times accidents. However not usually this many. … Neal came up big. … Metcalf went from goat to one thing of a hero.
Mariners: The M’s finished out the season yesterday with a 6-2 loss in Oakland. … Good or unhealthy, there are awards to hand out. … Seattle isn’t alone in taking a step back. … Kyle Seager played all 60 games. Good for him. He had nearly as many walks this season as he had in 2018, with 155 video games. That bodes nicely.
Sounders: The L.A. Galaxy aren’t nearly as good as they as soon as had been. Seattle’s 3-1 win final evening in Los Angeles extends an extended streak of Sounders’ domination. … We mentioned this a bit yesterday, however there’s a drawback with worldwide call-ups and the pandemic. It must be ironed out. … Portland stopped “host” Vancouver.
• I had a listing of chores to do in the present day. It obtained longer earlier than the clock struck 8 this morning. That nap I had deliberate? It is likely to be placed on maintain. Automobile issues and having to cope with medical health insurance. Heck, if our sewer line occurs to interrupt, I may very well be coping with the Holy Trinity of grownup issues. Till later …