Seahawks fans pride themselves on being known as the team’s “12th man.”
All due respect to the rowdy bunch, but today that honor goes to Ravens kick returner David Reed.
In one of the most mistake-prone halves in recent memory, Reed has been a gift for the Seahawks, fumbling two kickoffs and earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as well.
While Seattle has managed just six points off the pair of turnovers, it’s also kept the Ravens offense on the sideline and helped the Seahawks take a 19-7 lead into halftime. It’s Seattle’s largest lead of the season and the first time they’ve lead after two quarters.
It’s been a fairly balanced attack for the Seahawks. Quarterback Tavaris Jackson is 10-of-16 for 137 yards and hasn’t been rattled by the Ravens aggressive defense. His favorite target, oddly enough, has been running back Marshawn Lynch. In addition to 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground, Lynch leads the team with four receptions, proving to be a nice check-down option for plays that fall apart in the pocket.
Defensively, the Seahawks have to feel good. The Ravens have dealt with poor field position and the home team hasn’t yielded much, save for a 13-play drive which ended in a Baltimore touchdown to begin the second quarter. Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff has missed two field goals and the Ravens have had the ball for only 11:36.
The numbers for both offenses are close, despite the lopsided score. See below: