With the Seahawks and 49ers having the spotlight to themselves Thursday night, the national media had plenty to say about Seattle's victory.
Sometimes, a short week can translate into a short memory.
Remember when the Seahawks were 2-4 and the sky was falling? Exactly.
Certainly, it’s not all fine and dandy now. The Seahawks have started 3-4 seven times in team history and their best finish out of those was 9-7 (three times, most recently in 2001) and they never rallied into a playoff spot in any of those seasons.
But hey, a win is a win, especially one over a nemesis like the 49ers (diminished though they may be nowadays). Marshawn Lynch was doing Marshawn Lynch things, the defense showed some life and it was generally looking familiar again.
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And suddenly, Seattle goes from staring at the abyss of a 2-5 start to being a win away from getting back to .500 heading into the bye week, with a prime-time showdown at home against first-place Arizona coming up on Nov. 15.
With the Seahawks and 49ers having the spotlight to themselves Thursday night in the game kicking off Week 7, the national media had plenty to say about Seattle’s performance.
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated said a short week was just what the doctor ordered:
“Through its greatest moments, Carroll’s teams have been defined by a dominant run game and a killer defense, and both aspects showed up in this (20-3) Thursday night win over San Francisco. Marshawn Lynch had his first 100-yard game of the season, busting through San Francisco’s game defense for 122 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. … Seattle’s defense clamped down all the way through the game, putting all talk of a fourth-quarter collapse to rest.”
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog lamented the death of a great rivalry:
“With the loss (by the 49ers) came the death of one of the NFL’s best rivalries not long ago. Seahawks-49ers used to be appointment TV. It was strength on strength. Guts on guts. Pete Carroll vs. Jim Harbaugh. Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick, which was brewing as the Brady vs. Manning of its time. Time to stop milking a dead cow. You can call it: Time of death was roughly 8 p.m. West Coast time when this awful game finshed ever so mercifully.”
ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia remarked on the potential spark Thursday’s win could provide:
“The biggest thing the Seahawks have going for them is they’re one of the healthier teams in the NFL. Their entire starting defense from Week 1 played Thursday night and should be intact going forward. Perhaps all the Seahawks needed for a spark was to face a familiar foe. With the team’s back against the wall, the defense led the way, just as it has during the past couple years.”
Lindsey H. Jones of USA Today said issues still remain for the Seahawks:
“In the second half, the Seahawks offense went stagnant, much like last week against
Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com said whatever success the 49ers’ offense achieved in recent weeks turned out to be fools’ gold:
“Colin Kaepernick again was dominated by his nemesis as he was sacked six times, four times in the first half, and passed for a benign 124 yards. At least he made it a third consecutive game without an interception as he completed 13 of 24 passes. … Kapernick is now 1-6 against the Seahawks in his career, including the playoffs. The Niners fell to 2-5 and into last place in the NFC West. The Seahawks have won the past three meetings by a combined score of 56-13.”
The San Jose Mercury News’ Mark Purdy said it’s become clear this is a rebuilding year for the 49ers (See? It could be a lot worse, Seahawks fans):
“But the blunt fact is, from this point forward, every 49ers decision needs to be made with 2016 or 2017 in mind. For example, it makes no sense to have someone like Reggie Bush on the team, a 30-year-old running back who is often injured and even when he is healthy doesn’t help you that much.”