Groz’s ’05 Seahawks Rewind: Offense finds its strength — running left

Oct 14, 2021, 2:28 PM | Updated: 2:32 pm

Seahawks Shaun Alexander...

Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander makes a move as he carries the ball down the field for some of his 141 yards at Qwest Field on Oct. 16, 2005. (Getty- Photo by Kevin Casey/NFLPhotoLibrary)

(Getty- Photo by Kevin Casey/NFLPhotoLibrary)

With Mike Holmgren and Matt Hasselbeck going into the Seahawks Ring of Honor this year, we look back at their finest hour: the 2005 Super Bowl season.

A week after the Seahawks had hammered the Rams in St. Louis, they appeared to have an easy one on Sunday Night Football. The Houston Texans were winless and struggling under coach Dom Capers.

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Only a pretty severe letdown it seemed could stop Seattle, and while there is always the chance of playing down to your opponent, that did not happen. Instead Seattle gave a pretty convincing look at what they had already become: a beast.

The Seahawks put together three long scoring drives in the first half, and for good measure doubled their score in the second half as they won going away 42-10.

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It was becoming apparent that Shaun Alexander was having a special season, as were the two guys blocking off him on the left side: Hall of Famers Steve Hutchinson and Walter Jones. Seattle’s running attack buried the Texans for more then 300 yards with Alexander and Mo Morris both going over 100, and Alexander scoring four TDs.

Seattle put up 31 first downs, and just two weeks after the season was in doubt, it had grabbed a hold of the division. Matt Hasselbeck was playing efficiently and leading effectively. Mike Holmgren knew what he had, and running left became the Seahawks’ go-to offensive play.

Up next was big, bad Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys with NFC supremacy on the line. It was also a chance for the Seahawks to separate even more from the NFC West if they could pull off a ‘W.’

Groz’s 2005 Seahawks Rewind

Week 5: Breakthrough vs Rams starts Super Bowl run
Week 4: A comeback falls short as season reaches crossroads
Week 3: Offense solves itself vs NFC West rival
Week 2: Defense saves the day against Falcons
Week 1: A surprising start to Seattle’s Super Bowl season
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