Watching the Seattle Seahawks this season has made me feel like Steve Martin in the film “Parenthood” watching his kids struggle through growing up. I’ve felt the exhilaration of watching them win a big game, and experienced the soul-crushing heartbreak of watching them give away a game they should have won. So, at this stage of the season, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride, because whatever direction the team is headed today, it could turn around and head back the other way tomorrow.
Now, onto this week’s Game Sim: Last week, Madden 2005 accurately predicted a Seahawks victory, bringing the season record to 8-5. This week, for only the second time this season, the Silicon Swami is predicting a Seahawks loss…and a sound loss at that.
For those of you new to the GameSim, we run 5 CPU vs CPU games with 6 minute quarters at All-Pro Level on Madden 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and take the average results of the five games.
Curtis Martin was just too much for the beleaguered Seahawks defensive line, averaging over 100 yards per game. Chad Pennington had a harder time of it, tossing an average of two interceptions per game although ultimately prevailing in each of the five contests.
The Seattle offense managed to establish a running game in a majority of the contests but the blitzing Jet defense kept Hasselbeck on the run, and twice knocked him out the game. Trent Dilfer did not fare any better, with the combined average of the both quarterbacks averaging under 200 yards per game and a 1:1 TD:INT ratio.
The lone bright note for the Seattle offense was Darrell Jackson who enjoyed success running deep posts. Unfortunately, the bread and butter of the Virtual Seahawks this year, the short crossing route, was completely denied to them, in part due to the great reaction time of rookie MLB Jonathan Vilma, and in part due to the DB’s getting good jams on the Seahawk slot receivers on the line.
In a game that Seattle needs
to have, the Silicon Swami doesn’t foresee a victory. Final Score: New York Jets 25, Seattle 19.
Dylan Johnson writes for Seahawks.NET. He’s also well-known as “NJSeahawksFan” on our Fan Forums. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com.