For every great play, there's an opponent who got pancaked, got burned, made a bad read, got his jockstrap handed to him, we'll just call it a bonehead play, that Seattle players skillfully took advantage of, to turn into a key play during the season. Let's keep it to the regular season, with a special eye towards opponent blunders that positively stand out on replay, even if they weren't obvious at game speed.
I'll start the list with the top 3 plays I can immediately think of:
1. Houston game: #51 for Houston takes a bad angle and whiffs on Wilson, allowing Wilson to scramble for a 1st down on a key 4th down play. Whitney Mercilius could get honorable mention on the same play, but #51 clearly makes a far more bonehead play. #51 must have been cut right after this, as I can't find who this player is from Houston's 2013 roster.
2. Same Houston game, late in the 4th quarter, Schaub lofts up the pick-6 wounded duck gift that Sherman happily accepts and runs in for a score.
3. Rams game, at St. Louis, Janoris Jenkins gets outleaped by Golden Tate for a Wilson Hail Mary pass that Tate then turns into a long TD play.
olyfan63 wrote:SoulfishHawk wrote:The 4th down conversion by RW vs. the Texans. Still can't see how the hell he got that, they had it bottled up and he got past that 1st down marker. HUGE
Yeah, that one!
That was truly a Houdini, a Tarkenton-esque play. It made no sense how he escaped Whitney Mercilius, then outran JJ Watt and Justin Tuggle to the marker, but the key to the play was #51 of the Texans, who came flying in, had Wilson dead to rights, apparently trying for a big hit, and Wilson subtly juked him and changed his angle, such that #51 missed the tackle, and Wilson got the 1st down.
Anyone know who this Houston linebacker #51 is? I couldn't find him in the 2013 roster list. I wouldn't be surprised if he got cut the week after that play. Positively an Aaron-Curry-esque play by that dude. I know what you're thinking--why pick on Aaron Curry, and not Kelly Jennings? Well, Kelly Jennings would have hit Wilson square and then bounced off, but this was closer to a whiff, so it was Curry-esque, not Jennings-esque.)
Anyway, I nominate mystery player #51 of Houston for making the biggest opponent play of the Seattle 2013 season. (maybe tied with Schaub's pick-6, but if #51 doesn't f-up this play, Schaub's play is moot. Heck, let's just give this #51 stiff a Super Bowl ring already for his contribution. I suppose "top opponent (bonehead) play of 2013" would be an entertaining thread while we're waiting for training camp to start. Alright, I'll start it already.