If last weekend was a perfect football weekend, consider this an extremely flawed football weekend. The Beavs showed fight, but had a TD take off the board and produced a clunker of a fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Seahawks gave up a fake touchdown to the Chargers in one of the worst officiating snafus I’ve ever seen. And outside of their opening drive, the Seahawks looked anemic until the usual too little, too late rally.
Here’s what’s swimming through my mind on a Monday Morning:
- Another slow start hurt this team as they fell down 21-0.
- Once again they showed fight, and played USC much closer than the 38-21 final score.
- USC won in the trenches. Completely overmatched Oregon State there. This is an area we all know Oregon State needs to improve, especially on the d line. Depth would go a long way.
- On a related note, Jermar Jefferson was bottled up much of the game, until one drive late in the third quarter.
- Luton shined again and threw some absolute darts. He was surgical for a big chunk of this game.
- And of course Hodgins, Bradford and Hernandez all benefitted from the big fella’s arm. Really gives a glimpse of what this wideout group is capable of with a QB that can stretch the field.
- I will never understand how a team could give up so many yards on 3rd and long. I’m not just talking about Saturday’s game… I’m talking about the entire season. 3rd and 19 should be an automatic punt. Instead it turns into a first down or 4th and so close that any coach with half a brain is going to go for it.
- As Con pointed out, the Beavs had four possessions to tie the game at 28 and came up empty. That was killer. Had they tied it, I really think the Beavs find a way to come out on top.
- This officiating crew made a horrendous mistake on the Matthew Tago strip play. He clearly ripped the ball out before the back was down, but even if the officials saw it as close enough to doubt, they have to let it play out. You never ever, ever, ever blow the play dead when it’s bang, bang like that. Yet this crew did just that. TD off of the board…Chalk up another one for the PAC 12 refs, Larry Scott and this conference as a whole. What a mess.
- This defense needs to learn how to intercept a football. It is wild the amount of balls that should be picked, but instead end up fluttering to the turf. It feels like the beavers miss out on 2-3 interceptions a game. Those are lays that good teams make.
- Overall, good fight and I think this thing can really turn next year. But I’d like to see more encouragement in the final three games.
- When a player steps out of bounds three times while carrying the football en route to the end zone it shouldn’t be ruled a touchdown. I may sound dumb stating the obvious, but apparently the officiating crew on Sunday missed that section of the rule book. Poor officiating was unfortunately a major theme this weekend. Brutal, especially in a game that came down to a single score…
- Russell Wilson had a ROUGH outing. Took killer sacks, missed some open throws and just looked out of sorts all afternoon. Hopefully he got that out of his system heading into the Rams game.
- He threw an almost identical pick six to the one that effectively ended the Bears game earlier this year. That’s pretty wild to see him be fooled twice like that in crucial situations. Without those picks there is a real possibility the Seahawks could be sitting at 6-2 rather than 4-4.
- Can’t put it all on Russell, he still had the Hawks in the game to the final play.
- Would’ve liked to see David Moore catch that. It wasn’t easy, but it did hit him in the hands.
- Still a lot of season left to play, but the Seahawks are going to need to find a way to win six of their final eight to have a legitimate shot at postseason play.
- 7-3 after a frustrating loss to the Lakers and a romp over the T-Wolves.
- I’ve said it before, but they really could have 8, 9 or even 10 wins fairly easily.
- Next up, the Greek Freak. This is going to be a tough matchup, but a game the Blazers need to find a way to win.
- Yes I realize it’s super early, but it’s never too early to set the standard of taking care of good teams at home.
- It’s finally here, game 1.
- Need to win by a minimum of 20.
- How will this squad play together?
- Are Tres and Stevie going to be the dominant forces we expect?