Buffalo bills vs Seattle seahawks highlight week 9 2016
The Monday night clash saw Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) beat Buffalo Bills (4-5), a match that was held at the at CenturyLink Field. This helped Seahawk move up to number 2 in the NFC spot, with the 31-25 win. Seahawks’ attacks were mainly by Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson. This might have been statistically the most dominant game that Jimmy Graham played since he became a Seahawk, evidence that Seahawks have learn to trust him. He indeed made the difference in the performance that his team showed, with receiver Paul Richardson saying, “Jimmy is a human highlight reel…I believe when the ball is even in his direction, he’s bound to make something special happen.” Kam Chancellor and MichealBennet, on the other hand, were the most inactive players on the Seahawks’ side.
Christine Micheal performed a 2-yard TD run that saw the Bills take an early lead.
The game was a comeback for quarterback Rusell Wilson, who had been hampered by injuries all year long, but his game was like his old self. Running back C.J. Prosise commented on this saying that it was evident that there was a little difference in that game, which was in their offense, adding that “We’re really excited in what’s coming forward.” Some game analysts had however claimed that Wilson would be the weakness that Bills would use to defeat Seahawks.
Controversy on this week’s game came with Bills’ field goal attempt. This was after jumping offside by Richard Sherman. Since the referee failed to blow the whistle, Sherman continued, touching the ball and roughing Dan Carpenter. Sherman was however not penalized for this, to the anger of Bills’ head coach Rex Ryan. Commenting after the game, Sherman defended himself telling ESPN’s Lisa Salters that since the whistle was not blown, he played on until it was blown. He added that he went straight after the ball, not Carpenter. He added that once the ball is tipped while paling, the rule that applies is that there is no flag.
After the game, Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that this was not the performance that everyone expected from them, implying the injuries of Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett had affected the quality of their play. This, he added, had carried on for the past 8 weeks, as it was evidenced by the struggling running game all along, and the continuous presence of defense in the field. However, even with the bending of the defense, it did not break.
The two teams had met 12 times before this game, and Seattle held an advantage of beating Bills 7-5, and the odds were to the advantage of Seattle, which still won.