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Week 1 vs. STL
Passing: 25 - 36, 279 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
The Seahawks had to be happy to see old Matt Hasselbeck back. He did make some questionable decisions, forcing the ball into double coverage and sometimes locking on to a receiver - both of which resulted in interceptions - but for the most part, Hasselbeck was totally in sync with his receivers on short and intermediate routes, nickel and diming the Rams defense to death. He had a lot of time to throw even though he was without bodyguard Walter Jones. Hasselbeck got more patient as the game went on, and he definitely has great timing with Nate Burleson and TJ Houshmandzadeh. He's looking like a great QB2 and sometimes QB1.
Week 2 vs. SF
Passing: 10 - 18, 97 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 12 / 0
Hasselbeck was injured on Sunday when he cracked a rib in the 2nd quarter. He was briefly admitted to the hospital. Initial reports said X-rays were negative but today (Monday) brought reports of the fracture. There is some concern that he may miss a game or two. What's worse, Hasselbeck was inefficient before the injury completing 10 or 18 passes for a pedestrian 97 yards. The Seattle offense does not appear to be as strong as expected, at least not yet.
Week 5 vs. JAX
Passing: 18 - 30, 241 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 23 / 0
In his first game back, Hasselbeck didn't miss a beat. If anything he played BETTER than he had before the injury. He had a good rapport with each of his receivers, did a nice job avoiding the sack, and played without fear of getting hit - a good sign that his rib injury is fully healed. The Seahawks used the no-huddle offense a fair bit, with which Hasselbeck was both effective and efficient. His greatest asset was his ability to put the ball where his receivers could catch it, which is slightly different in each case. He made a lot of smart plays and spread the ball out easily, which resulted in a four touchdown day and not much to nitpick at.
Week 6 vs. ARI
Passing: 10 - 29, 112 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Hasselbeck started off well, with a 14 yard completion to Nate Burleson. For Hasselbeck, it was all downhill from there. An incompletion, followed by a lost fumble, and the Seahawks offense did not see the ball again until the second quarter. Playing from behind --- a 17-0 deficit --- Hasselbeck seemed to take it all in stride, but wasn't able to get anything going. His throws were inaccurate at times, and his receivers had trouble getting open, while dropping a few that they shouldn't have. It added up to a lot of three-and-outs. The closest he got to scoring was when he almost connected for a long TD to Deon Butler, but the pass was just barely out of reach. The Cardinals defense kept him off balance throughout, with constant pressure and good coverage. It's hard to fault the play calling or Hasselbeck's decision making; bottom line, the defense had him rattled and he was never able to establish a rhythm.
Week 8 vs. DAL
Passing: 22 - 39, 249 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Hasselbeck was harassed all day by the Cowboy defense but still managed a respectable 22 completions in 39 attempts for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hassselbeck's biggest problem is the lack of consistent protection by his ever-rotating offensive line. When given time to the throw, as on both touchdowns, Hasselbeck and the Seahawks have a fairly potent passing game. But more often then not, Hasselbeck is under fire, particularly to the outside of the tackles. He continues to throw the ball down field and the Seahawks are trying to work the ball all over the field, but a lack of protection makes 7-step drops and deep balls a rarity for Hasselbeck. On a handful of plays, Seneca Wallace entered the game as quarterback and Hasselbeck lined up as a receiver. However, he did not catch a pass.
Week 9 vs. DET
Passing: 39 - 51, 329 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
After throwing an interception on his first play from scrimmage, Matt Hasselbeck completed his next 13 passes in a row. Despite being down 17-0 at the end of the first quarter, he kept his team focused and brought them back to eventually win the game. He mixed up his tempo, running a hurry-up offense at some points then slowing things down in an effort to confuse the defense. It worked and he picked them apart for almost 40 completions. Hasselbeck was patient for the game after the INT, throwing to whoever was open, working the short and medium passing game to perfection. He completed passes to nine different receivers, and six of them finished with five receptions or more. He checked down to his RB and TE when the WR were not open, and worked the sidelines and crossing routes when they were. Despite only one passing TD, Hasselbeck had an excellent game.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Passing: 26 - 52, 315 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 7 / 0
Hasselbeck passed for over 300 yards for the second game in a row, but continually came up short in the red zone. He dealt with constant pressure from the Arizona pass rush, and for the most part handled it well, but was still sacked four times. Hasselbeck often had to throw on the run. He looks like he is finally in synch with T.J Houshmandzadeh, hooking up with him for over half of his total pass yardage. The connection was apparent early on, when he threw a perfect over-the-shoulder bomb to him for 53 yards. He later found a wide open Carlson for a 31 yard score. Hasselbeck made the most of the Cardinals errors (like the botched coverage on the Carlson TD) but turned over the ball twice in crucial moments, and that made the difference in the game.
Week 11 vs. MIN
Passing: 19 - 26, 231 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 0
Hasselbeck had a good game considering how much his team was completely dominated the entire game. Hasselbeck maintained his composure and played as well as he could given the fact that he was under constant pressure and had no running game support to take the pressure off of him. When he was looking downfield, he frequently targeted Nate Burleson, and Nate came up for him a few times. In general though, the Minnesota defense was too much for Seattle to withstand. Seattle only had the ball for 17 minutes on offense for the entire game, and their receivers were well defended. Hasselbeck's one interception was more the fault of Deion Branch in the fourth quarter when Branch broke off his route early and Hasselbeck threw it to the designed spot where it was picked off. All in all it was a good performance by Hasselbeck given an impossible situation.
Week 12 vs. STL
Passing: 14 - 25, 102 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 18 / 0
Hasselbeck was efficient, and played mistake free football while handing off the ball (and the spotlight) to Justin Forsett. He came close to scoring on a couple of red zone passes to Houshmandzadeh, but they missed connecting by a matter of inches. On one play, Hasselbeck fooled the entire defense with a bootleg to the left for first down yardage, but overall it was a very quiet day for Hasselbeck.
Week 13 vs. SF
Passing: 25 - 34, 198 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 31 / 0
Hasselbeck had a rough start, but was able to get enough going to finish with a decent stat line, and a win for the Seahawks. Nothing seemed to be working early on: Nate Burleson couldn't find an easy pass; the Seahawks had terrible field position; Hasselbeck had the ball knocked out; then he was sacked. It was a tough start. Near the end of the first quarter, the Seahawks recovered a muffed punt, and Hasselbeck capitalized with a very nice throw to Deion Branch in the end zone. After that point, Hasselbeck was more effective but not consistently. On some drives, he seemed to have the defense on their heels, and on others he was running for his life. No one go to receiver stepped up in this game, but Hasselbeck spread the ball to ten different players.
Week 14 vs. HOU
Passing: 24 - 35, 247 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 0 / 0
Matt Hasselbeck's stats against the Texans are a bit misleading. The Seattle offense was atrocious in falling behind 24-0 in the 2nd quarter. After falling in to such a hole, Hasselbeck started completing quite a few passes outside the hashmarks. His best drive came on the Seahawks only scoring drive of the game. In succession, Hasselbeck completed a shovel pass to Nate Burleson for 22 yards and a first down, followed by a TJ Houshmandzadeh catch to the Houston 8. Soon after, Hasselbeck hooked up with tight end Jon Carlson for a touchdown. However, despite this drive putting some life back in to the Seahawks, Hasselbeck found Texans defensive back Bernard Pollard on the next drive that resulted in Pollard taking an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. After that, Hasselbeck was relegated to completing short passes as the Texans had dropped back in to a prevent defense.
Week 15 vs. TB
Passing: 27 - 46, 256 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
One of the commentators in the game described Hasselbeck as being "a little off today", which is putting it mildly. For what it's worth: Hasselbeck was playing mistake free football until the Fox commentators had mentioned that Hasselbeck had 0 sacks, hits, or hurries in 18 dropbacks, and the next two plays were a sack and a hurry, which resulted in an interception. He did throw a nice play action pass to John Carlson for a touchdown, but that would be the only highlight of his day. He lost a fumble while attempting to scramble, and really should have tucked the ball in by that point. He was efficient on short passes, but had very little success getting the ball downfield. Even when trying to come back in the late going, Hasselbeck was still only completing short stuff.
Week 16 vs. GB
Passing: 19 - 37, 198 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Hasselbeck threw an early pick that has to be up for the 'worst throw of 2009' award. It was a cold day and the ball may have slipped out of his hand, but there was simply no one in the direction he was throwing (except for the Green Bay linebacker, who caught it easily). After three series, it was painfully clear that the Seahawks simply had no intention of throwing downfield; Hasselbeck's only completions were to the running backs. Just when things were looking up, his receiver slipped in the end zone, resulting in another easy interception. And that's the story of the game. Each time good things were happening for Hasselbeck, they would end in disaster. Hasselbeck threw into some tough coverage, yes, but mainly because he had no open receivers. He was sacked often and intercepted often. Hasselbeck had a terrible game in every way.
Week 17 vs. TEN
Passing: 15 - 30, 175 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Hasselbeck's previous two games look like this: 2 TD, 8 INT. But he still came out passing on the opening series. He threw one incompletion, one short completion and the was sacked. In what has been a familiar story lately, Hasselbeck once again struggled all day. On the plus side, he found some success in throwing to Deion Branch on shorter routes, and managed to find red zone favorite John Carlson in the end zone. Without a reliable deep threat, the Titans were able to limit the passing game. Also on the plus side, Hasselbeck only threw one pick. Clearly, he needs a better supporting cast to excel in this offense.