A Grip on Sports activities: In a surreal begin to 2020, the Seahawks and Russell Wilson reply some questions whereas operating previous Atlanta
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Have been the Seahawks excellent in Atlanta on Sunday? Are they a completed product? We’re you impressed? If you happen to didn’t really feel snug answering sure to all these questions after their 38-25 win over the Falcons, that’s OK. There may be actually just one query it is advisable to reply within the affirmative this morning. Is a street win higher than a loss?
• Certain it’s. Sure, the Hawks’ protection confirmed a few of the identical points up entrance it displayed all final season. And sure, when Russell Wilson had led them to a dominating second-half lead, Pete Carroll and Ken Norton took the stress off, leading to a few fast Atlanta scores. However regardless of yielding extra passing yard than any NFL crew yesterday, Seattle nonetheless dominated. On the street. Within the early window.
It’s one thing that needs to be celebrated.
Till this afternoon a while. After which the Seahawks must get again to work. New England, with its cellular, multi-dimensional quarterback (nobody has written these phrases previously 20 years) involves city Sunday night time.
And that’s simply the beginning of a troublesome first couple months. However that’s for later. For now there’s Sunday’s eye-opening victory.
Eye-opening? How about Wilson preserving a read-option within the first quarter and operating for 28 yards? A fourth-down landing cross to DK Metcalf for 38 yards. Two landing passes to Chris Carson. Jamal Adams coming on the Falcons from everywhere in the area. Bobby Wagner fourth in tackles.
OK, that final one is eye-opening in not one of the best ways, however it’s indicative of how the Hawks destroyed Atlanta’s recreation plan. The Falcons acquired Todd Gurley within the offseason and appeared poised to run the ball extra in 2020. Then they fell behind early and all semblance of a run recreation melted away.
Six of the Hawks’ seven main tacklers have been defensive backs – Adams (12), Shaquill Griffin (7), Marquise Blair (7), Quinton Dunbar (6), Lano Hill (5) and Quandre Diggs (4) – indicative of a crew pressured to grow to be one-dimensional.
That one dimension was fairly good – a crew with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones isn’t going to be unhealthy – however not sufficient to beat what the Hawks, below head chef Wilson, dropped at the desk.
Certain, Seattle had hassle operating the ball. The revamped offensive line had break downs. The Hawks’ entrance 4 hardly ever pressured Ryan. However nobody within the NFL is ideal. It’s about being ok. Sunday, Seattle was.
• So was Gardner Minshew. Really, higher than ok. How else does one clarify Jacksonville’s upset win over the Colts?
In any case, the Jaguars have spent the previous few months shedding expertise. They appear to be hell-bent on enhancing their draft place, what with Trevor Lawrence dangling like a golden fleece within the subsequent draft. And, after each star left, they ripped the group and dissed their former teammates.
And there stands Minshew, the previous Washington State star with the ugly (sure, I stated it) facial hair and a quarantine haircut. The 2020 model of Bobby Layne – sans the Lone Star beer. Able to show to Leonard Fournette and everybody else every week he’s “actually” a quarterback. He definitely was yesterday. And the Jags are 1-0.
Fournette, his actual quarterback, Tom Brady, and the Bucs? They’re 0-1. Within the week-by-week NFL, that’s all that issues.
WSU: Across the Pac-12 and school sports activities, regardless of many faculties taking the fall off, there have been top 25 polls introduced today. I ponder how constructive coronavirus checks at places like BYU impacted the polling. … It’s not a good time to be a fan of a Pac-12 soccer crew.
Gonzaga: One other of the Zags’ targets on this recruiting cycle, Nathan Bittle, will announce his college choice Tuesday. It’s anticipated Bittle will choose both Oregon or Arizona.
Idaho: Vandals’ coach Chris Walsh has earned a nationwide award. That’s the start of this week’s local briefs.
Mariners: The M’s stayed within the hunt for a playoff spot with a win at Arizona, however they’ve a bunch of video games left. It begins with a doubleheader at the moment with the A’s, even when the air remains to be terrible. … The pitching yesterday was not what the M’s hoped for. … Willie Mays was one thing particular. Which makes Albert Pujols’ accomplishment yesterday – he hit his 660th dwelling run, tying Mays for fifth all-time – one thing particular too. … So was Alec Mills’ no-hitter.
Seahawks: It wasn’t a house opener, however John Blanchette has a game story and a column on Adams for the Hawks’ first recreation. … The odd nature of the game in an empty stadium didn’t cease the groups from making a statement. … It was Wilson’s game in a lot of ways. … By the way in which, Adams took some jabs at his former crew, the Jets. … The Hawks earned some decent grades.
Sounders: Portland misplaced once more, this time to a struggling LAFC squad.
Storm: Seattle performed with out two starters yesterday and nonetheless dropped the No. 1 seed-deciding recreation to the Las Vegas Aces simply 86-84. Which means if the groups meet within the WNBA finals, the Aces will put on white extra usually.
• If you happen to had an opportunity to look at any of the boys’s U.S. Open five-set remaining final night time, you noticed two tennis gamers dragging themselves to the end line. And the man who appeared the more serious for put on, Dominic Thiem, received. After falling down two units to none. It was spectacular. … If they’d been scheduled to play in Spokane, the match wouldn’t have occurred. Similar to nothing I had scheduled for yesterday occurred. And now it seems to be like nothing is going to be happening outside all week. Till later …