Tarvaris Jackson, Marshawn Lynch Key to Seattle Win: A Fan’s Reaction

When it comes to giving out game balls in the Seattle Seahawks win over the Baltimore Ravens, it's important to start with the tip of the offense. The tandem of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) and running back Marshawn Lynch(notes) was key to the Seahawks winning this game so easily. The defense and special teams also stepped up in a big way, but getting 22 points against one of the best defenses in the NFL was a nice accomplishment.

Working within the confines of the offense, Jackson and Lynch might not have put up ground-breaking numbers, but they got the yards when it mattered the most on Sunday (Nov. 13). Sure, there are areas that could use some fine tuning by the offensive coaches, but when the offense goes an entire game without a turnover that is a step in the right direction. Jackson was 17-for-27 in passing, throwing for 217 yards on the day. He didn't get a touchdown pass on the day, but he also didn't throw any interceptions. There were also a few passes in the end zone that could have easily become touchdowns if his receivers had held on to the ball.

Lynch ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and worked hard in the trenches to get all of those yards. He didn't back down from the impressive defensive line of the Ravens, and was continuously putting his own hits on the linebackers moving up to fill the holes. The game showed that he is really ready to take on a large number of carries each game, and that his body is ready to take the beating again. It is now apparent that he is close to overcoming those early season injuries that hampered him a bit.

Another player that needs to get a mention in this game is linebacker David Hawthorne(notes), who had six tackles, a pass deflection and an interception that he ran back 34 yards on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco(notes). He was one of several defenders that really helped lend a hand in the outcome of this game. Now if Jackson, Lynch, and Hawthorne can just continue to show up every week this could spell the turn-around point in the season for the Seahawks.

With the 22-17 win over the Ravens, Seattle improves to 3-6 on the year.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a lifelong fan of the Seattle Seahawks that continues to hold out hope that the team is heading in the right direction with a new coach, a weak NFC West, and some great young players on defense.

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Updated Sunday, Nov 13, 2011