4:05 PM ET, September 23, 2007
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
SEATTLE (AP) -- Nate Burleson and Deion Branch speeding for scores on perfect throws from Matt Hasselbeck. Shaun Alexander sprinting for key first downs. And Deon Grant making plays for the first time as a Seahawk.
For Cincinnati, it was a different week but the same old issues. This is not a disciplined football team. It had 10 penalties, four turnovers and once again were sub-par on special teams. The biggest issue right now is on the defensive side of the ball. This team can't generate pressure and is scared to blitz because it will leave corners Deltha O'Neal and Jonathan Joseph on an island. Both O'Neal and Joseph consistently struggle to plant and get out of their breaks and they cannot defend the out route. QB Matt Hasselbeck hit that route all day, especially on Seattle's game-winning TD drive. The Seattle receivers, like the Browns last week, did a great job of adjusting their routes in this game. When the Cincinnati Bengals played off, the Seattle receivers ran short to intermediate out routes. When the Bengals tried to play bump-and-run, the Seattle receivers took them over the top. Basically it was the same old story -- Cincinnati does not have anyone in the back end that can cover anyone.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
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Rudi Johnson left with a hamstring in the third quarter and LB Anthony Schlegel, starting for Ahmad Brooks, left with what the Bengals said was a back injury. Lewis said "I can't tell you right now" the severity of the injuries. ... The lack of healthy LBs forced third-string veteran Dhani Jones, signed this week, into the game and Cincinnati into five defensive linemen looks.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.5||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||13:31||Bobby Engram 18 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||0||7|
|TD||06:18||T.J. Houshmandzadeh 35 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick)||7||7|
|FG||10:20||Shayne Graham 43 Yd||10||7|
|TD||02:06||Deion Branch 42 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||10||14|
|SF||11:19||Matt Hasselbeck Tackled By Lemar Marshall In End Zone||12||14|
|FG||09:57||Shayne Graham 24 Yd||15||14|
|FG||06:00||Josh Brown 23 Yd||15||17|
|TD||02:42||Kenny Watson 8 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)||21||17|
|TD||01:00||Nate Burleson 22 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||21||24|