QB Matt Hasselbeck - Free Agent
|6-4, 220||Born: 9-25-1975||College: Boston College||Drafted: Round 6, pick 1998|
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (30 / 47 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
The Colts' backup quarterback didn't lose the game for Indianapolis, and that's really all the Colts could ask for while Andrew Luck was sitting this one out with a shoulder injury. That being said, Hasselbeck is clearly still a very limited quarterback, and the Colts employed an extremely short, quick passing game to limit his load. Hasselbeck was fairly accurate, but didn't get much help from his receivers, with several drops and a few mis-judged deep balls by T.Y. Hilton. Still, Hasselbeck threw 47 times at just six yards per attempt in Sunday's game, a volume that is not likely to continue. Even if Luck sits out the Colts' Thursday night game against the Texans, don't expect Hasselbeck to be efficient enough to put up big fantasy points.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (18 / 29 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
The 40-year-old quarterback outplayed pretty much everybody's expectations on Thursday, but still finished with a middling 213 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts offense simply isn't going to produce a high-volume passer other than Andrew Luck. Still, it was a good example of how efficient the Colts' offense can be when running a quicker, more balanced offense. The Colts didn't have a single turnover on Thursday and never punted on consecutive drives. Still, Hasselbeck's job was to complement the running game with quick, accurate passes. Even if Luck remains out against the Patriots in Week 6, Hasselbeck will stay a limited fantasy quarterback.
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (23 / 32 / 213 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Though the Colts would embrace the Matt Hasselbeck hero narrative, the truth is that the veteran quarterback really struggled all game. With Atlanta stacking the box and daring the Colts to throw the ball down the field, Hasselbeck couldn't make them pay for most of the game. Outside of a 31-yard screen pass to Frank Gore on the game-winning drive and a 26-yard dig route by Coby Fleener, none of Hasselbeck's 34 drop backs went farther than 15 yards down the field. He also missed a few key open receivers, especially on a few important third downs. Still, with teams stacking the box going forward, Hasselbeck should be good for a couple passing touchdowns per game, as he was in this one. His interceptions were uncharacteristic, but they could continue if teams keep taking Frank Gore and the run game away, and Hasselbeck gets impatient.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (26 / 42 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
After last week's poor showing against Atlanta, Hasselbeck bounced back against Tampa Bay with his best game of the season, his first 300-yard passing performance since 2011. Hasselbeck struggled for the first half against Tampa Bay, but the play-action game worked to perfection in the second half, and the Colts were finally able to get some downfield passing going. Hasselbeck hit T.Y. Hilton for gains of 31, 29 and 19 yards as well as Moncrief for 31 yards. For the game, Hasselbeck threw for 11.7 yards per attempt on play action, and it helped the Colts score 19 unanswered points in the second half. Every secondary won't be as vulnerable as Tampa Bay's, but if the Colts continue to use play action effectively, Hasselbeck can be a decent fantasy asset.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (16 / 26 / 169 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Against a vulnerable Pittsburgh pass defense, Matt Hasselbeck reverted back to the 40-year-old backup that he is, rather than the passable play we saw against Tamp Bay last week. Not only did Hasselbeck's inconsistent accuracy and inability to make plays outside the pocket hurt him, but he failed to make simple, basic quarterback processes. Whether it was getting delay-of-game penalties, missing wide open underneath receivers on 3rd-and-short or tripping his own running back, Hasselbeck had a nightmare of a day. On the bright side, this simplifies things for Andrew Luck owners, ensuring that he will return as soon as possible, potentially for the last two or three weeks of the season. Hasselbeck does get a better matchup next week in Jacksonville, who he had 282 yards and a touchdown against in Week 4.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (18 / 35 / 252 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Another week, another reminder of what Matt Hasselbeck is. The strong performance in the second half of the team's win over Tampa Bay in Week 12 seems like an age ago. The 40-year-old backup quarterback is playing like a 40-year-old backup at this point, and what's happening should be no surprise. Hasselbeck has been especially bad in the red zone, where the Colts have consistently wasted opportunities this season. His passer rating of 66.8 in the red zone this season is one of the league's worst, only Sam Bradford, Ryan Mallett and Nick Foles have worse (for QBs with at least 10 RZ attempts). On Sunday, the Colts went 0-for-3 in the red zone, and Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 25, 21 and 32 yards. Hasselbeck did suffer a rib injury in the fourth quarter, and his status for next week is currently unknown.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (17 / 30 / 147 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Turns out, Matt Hasselbeck didn't get any younger since the last two weeks' debacles. Beaten up and lacking the ability to consistently drive down the field any longer, Hasselbeck may have put up his worst performance of the season against the Texans, with an abysmal 66.9 passer rating and less than six yards per attempt. With Hasselbeck struggling, the Colts once again failed to move the ball down the field, with their 10 points all coming in the first half in drives that started in Houston territory. In the second half, the Colts offense was rendered completely useless. Hasselbeck did have to leave the game momentarily after being pushed out of bounds in the second half, but would return to finish the game, including throwing the game-ending interception. If Andrew Luck cannot play next week, Hasselbeck will likely be questionable.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 15 / 99 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Colts' 40-year-old backup quarterback continued his streak of 40-year-old-backup-quarterback-worthy play, struggling to put together just 99 passing yards on 16 dropbacks before a shoulder injury knocked him out of the game late in the second quarter. Hasselbeck's ball placement continued to be streaky, at best, while he often failed to get rid of the ball before an inconsistent pocket collapsed. Hasselbeck's availability for Week 17 is in doubt, due to what appears to be an AC sprain in his shoulder. Even if Hasselbeck plays, however, there isn't any reason he'd be a usable fantasy asset, at least not after how he's played over the last month. Given the Colts' unsettled quarterback situation (Charlie Whitehurst was placed on IR on Monday), Hasselbeck may have to play Sunday even if not fully healthy.
2012 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 11 / 43 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck led a drive down to the 1 yard line when he first came into the game. He used Kendall Wright on two receptions, but then on the goalline, he overthrew a wide open Hawkins and then missed Cook on a call that many Titans fans thought was a PI. Replay however, showed that it was probably just a great play by Chung to keep the ball from Cook. On the next drive, Hasselbeck continued to show rust, missing a number of receivers. Perhaps he's on the downhill slope of his career, but on this day, he didn't live up to his title of "league's best backup QB", as he was far more erratic throwing the ball than Jake Locker was.
2012 Week 4 vs HOU (17 / 25 / 193 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck replaced an injured Jake Locker on the Titans' second offensive series and was not able to keep the Titans in the game despite a good rushing day from Chris Johnson. Hasselbeck completed 65% of his passes for a respectable 7.7 yards per attempt. The problems came from taking untimely sacks (3 for 18 yards) and three turnovers including two interceptions returned for touchdown which effectively put the game out of reach. Hasselbeck's best throw came on a touchdown toss to Craig Stevens wherein he fired a hard pass between two defenders to Stevens who powered his way forward for the score. Hasselbeck also looked to the outside of the field on short routes to Chris Johnson and Damien Williams that typically are not favored by Jake Locker, who is more of a downfield passer.
2012 Week 5 vs MIN (26 / 43 / 200 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
The Titans offense was terrible against Minnesota and the poor play started with Matt Hasselbeck, who was filling in for starter Jake Locker. Hasselbeck had difficulty finding time in the pocket due to the Vikings pass rush all day. His passes - normally crisp and on target - often off the mark and too short to create substantial gains. While Hasselbeck did throw the ball an astounding 43 times, he barely completed more than half of his passes and was picked off once. Hasselbeck did complete six passes for more than ten yards but spent much of the day looking to his hot reads and outlet receivers. His best throw came on a late touchdown to Jared Cook. On the play, Cook lined up split to the left and ran a go route up the left seam. Hasselbeck threaded the ball between three defenders over Cook's right shoulder for the score.
2012 Week 6 vs PIT (25 / 44 / 290 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was clear early on that Tennessee wanted to exploit Pittsburgh via the air. Missing Troy Polamalu in the defensive backfield and LaMarr Woodley to negate the passing game via the pass rush, Hasselbeck picked apart various portions of the Pittsburgh defense. While some plays were made outside the numbers, it was clear that Tennessee wanted to attacked backup safety Will Allen. Hasselbeck was effective for much of the game but appeared to not be on the same page as Kenny Britt on multiple occasions. Aside from a couple drops by Britt, he and Hasselbeck had some other misfires that appeared to stem from a lack of communication. While he's clearly not on the up-slope of his career, Hasselbeck's veteran presence and decision-making were apparent. He checked down to running backs when he needed to and took calculated risks downfield when they were available. This is still going to be Jake Locker's team, but Hasselbeck showed he's a top-notch backup quarterback - especially when given a couple practices to prepare as the starter.
2012 Week 7 vs BUF (22 / 33 / 205 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck and the passing offense fired right out of the gate on Sunday, going six for six for 63 yards on the opening TD drive. It was clear Tennessee wanted to use the passing game early to open up some of the rushing lanes for Chris Johnson. Hasselbeck looked to Kenny Britt early, hitting him on an in for 16 yards. Hasselbeck went no huddle immediately, finding Britt again out of the slot for nine yards on the very next play. Hasselbeck continued to attack the middle with two nice throws to TE Craig Stevens, one of which was nullified by a Bills holding penalty. After a swing to Darius Reynaud in the flat for nine yards, the Titans tried to go no huddle again. Hasselbeck went back to a dragging Britt from the slot, but Buffalo's defense did a nice job, limiting Britt to a short gain. Experiencing little to no pressure and attacking a defense clearly on its heels and reeling, Hasselbeck went back to work on the third TD drive. Hasselbeck continued to attack the middle, taking advantage of an obvious size advantage with his TEs versus the much smaller Bills' safeties. On 3rd down, Hasselbeck found Jared Cook on a post for eight yards. Hasselbeck looked to Britt on the next play, but CB Stephon Gilmore had great coverage on the comeback route and Britt was unable to make the contested catch. Not to be deterred, Hasselbeck converted another 3rd and long. With all day to throw, Damian Williams sat down in the middle of the zone and Hasselbeck found him for 19 yards. After a short completion to Kendall Wright, Buffalo finally was able to get pressure up the middle and force an incompletion. Again facing 3rd down, Hasselbeck was allowed to sit in the pocket all day and wait for a crossing Cook to get down the field for a 29-yard gain. Hasselbeck completed another short throw on play action to Wright before the running game finished the drive off. Hasselbeck and the Titan offense slowed down in the 2nd half considerably after scoring TDs on three of four drives in the first half. Taking advantage of a short field on a Buffalo fumble, Hasselbeck worked a quick screen to Wright and a slant to Williams, both for 11 yards before the running game again finished the drive off with a TD. After forcing a punt and a turnover on downs, Hasselbeck was able to use poor Buffalo tackling and the run game to get into scoring position on the Titans final drive. Facing a 2nd and 18, pressure on Hasselbeck forced a quick throw to Washington. Washington was well short of the marker, but a missed tackle allowed the WR to pick up 17 yards. After a long Chris Johnson run, Hasselbeck threw what should have been a game ending INT. Feeling pressure and locked into a slanting Washington, Hasselbeck was well off target and the pass sailed right into camping safety George Wilson's stomach, but he was unable to hold on to the pass. Hasselbeck's best throw of the game came two plays later as he hit Washington on a vertical from the slot, placing the ball perfectly for the game winning 15-yard TD. Hasselbeck wasn't spectacular, but did enough, especially early to ensure Buffalo could not stack the box. He looked good on the short underneath throws, but struggled getting the ball down field, including underthrowing both Washington and Williams (both open on their respective plays) and badly overthrowing a wide open Britt which should have been a 44-yard TD. Hasselbeck struggled when pressure came, but fortunately for the Titans, Buffalo wasn't able to consistently bring it.
2012 Week 8 vs IND (22 / 29 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck filled in admirably again for Jake Locker. However, despite completing 22 of 29 passes and no interceptions, Hasselbeck had difficulty overcoming untimely penalties and missed third down conversions. Hasselbeck continues to be excellent spreading the ball around completing passes to nine different receivers. His best throw came on a 23 yard deep toss to receiver Kendall Wright. On the play, Hasselbeck placed the ball where only his receiver could catch it. Wright did an excellent job tapping his toes to the end zone for the touchdown. Otherwise, Hasselbeck had 4 completions of longer than 14 yards in the air. He did have three long completions that were all nullified by offensive pass interference penalties, some questionable. The accuracy issues that plagued him at the end of last year appear gone as he is no longer overthrowing receivers regularly. That said, the Titans offense as a whole appears out of sync with penalties, long third downs, and missed opportunities leading to the team's demise. Despite spreading the ball around, Hasselbeck clearly trusts Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt most on short to mid routes and Nate Washington and Kendall Wright on deep routes.
2012 Week 9 vs CHI (20 / 35 / 194 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Despite losing by 31 points, Matt Hasselbeck actually didn't play as bad as you would think. He did have an awful throw that Urlacher returned for a TD. But other than that, he played solid, threw accurate passes, and did a decent job managing the game, despite a great defense. The problem for the Titans was fumbles. They lost FOUR fumbles, many of which came after Hasselbeck had completed the pass. Hasselbeck did a great job of finding the open receiver, and spreading the ball around. His 30 yard lob to Nate Washington was perfectly placed and was his only TD of the day. I don't know if any team could overcome the loss of four fumbles and a blocked punt for a TD. Hasselbeck certainly wasn't great, but he wasn't the reason the Titans lost.
2011 Week 1 vs JAX (21 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck's first start as the Titans quarterback had mixed results. While his statline looked solid enough in completing over 60% of his passes, he was not able to keep drives alive and convert third downs under that immense pressure of the Jaguars front seven. Hasselbeck did show that he still has plenty of arm strength to make all the throws. That said, the Titans inability to rush the ball put Hasselbeck in the unenviable position of having to move the ball almost solely through the air. As a result, it seemed that every solid throw was followed by an off-target throw where Hasselbeck and his intended receiver simply didn't look to be on the same page. His best pass of the day came on a critical third down with about eight minutes left in the game. On the play, Hasselbeck took a seven step drop and waited patiently in the pocket despite increasing defensive pressure. He threw a gorgeous pass to the left sideline where Kenny Britt was waiting between a cornerback and a safety. The play showed that with time in the pocket and comfort in the offense, Hasselbeck can still be effective at putting the ball in to tight spots all over the field. Hasselbeck's final pass of the game was a deep ball intended for Kenny Britt that was a bit long and intercepted by Dwight Lowery, essentially ending any Tennessee hope for a victory.
2011 Week 2 vs BAL (30 / 42 / 358 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck and the Titans pulled out perhaps the weeks biggest shocker in their dismantling of the Ravens. The Ravens possess a defense that does a great job of shutting down the run. But Hasselbeck and the Titans showed no fear of putting the ball in the air, as the offensive gameplan called for Hass to throw quickly and frequently. Though it's late in his career, Matt Hasselbeck has one of the best supporting casts that he's ever had. His offensive line gave him incredible protection. He was never sacked. He really made it look easy. If Hasselbeck continues to get this type of protection, and especially if Kenny Britt keeps up his unbelievable play, he is going to have a very big year. You really have to wonder if the offensive gameplan for Tennessee is now going to change. After the first quarter, the Titans were at a point where the first 5 offensive quarters of the season were pretty subpar. Tennessee is an offense known for their running game, and teams have just been shutting the running game down. In a noticeable shift, the Titans really began throwing the ball in the 2nd quarter and Hasselbeck picked apart an already thin and inexperienced secondary. The Ravens had no cornerback that could match up with Kenny Britt, and Hass exploited that weakness continually. He also used Nate Washington frequently as well. It's been a long time since a Tennessee QB used the wide receivers as much as Hasselbeck did against Baltimore. Hass did make a few errant throws, including one pass that should have been intercepted. But all QB's get a way with a few bad throws. All in all it was a spectacular game for the Titans.
2011 Week 3 vs DEN (27 / 36 / 311 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck continues to turn back the clock and show that he is still quite capable of playing at a high level in the NFL. Despite a fumble when the ball was knocked from his grasp in the pocket, Hasselbeck looked poised and in control of the offense all game. More to his credit, Hasselbeck was able to engineer long drives and pick up key first downs through the air once it became clear that the Tennessee running game was not going to produce again in week 3. Hasselbeck's best pass came on touchdown throw to Nate Washington. On the play, Hasselbeck threw the ball low and outside near the front pylon in a spot that only Washington could catch it. He also had a number of impressive throws down the field including a 20 yard pass in the air to Craig Stevens that split two defenders on the way to a 54 yard gain. Hasselbeck seems to be benefiting greatly from the stellar play of the Titans offensive line. While Hasselbeck was sacked twice and fumbled once from the pocket, the Titans line is doing an extraordinary job on most plays not only keeping the pass rush off of Hasselbeck but also directing the pass rush away from where he wants to go. On rollout and bootleg throws the line successfully pushes the pressure to the middle of the pocket. And on plays that keep Hasselbeck in the pocket, the line is successfully pushing the pass-rush outside. As long as the protection keeps up, Hasselbeck is likely to have a number of productive games as the season progresses. That said, he is still relying on his first or second read in the passing game on most every down. While getting rid of the ball quickly also helps reduce sacks, the Titans still don't have time to develop downfield routes very often before Hasselbeck throws for a modest gain. With Kenny Britt gone for the second two-thirds of the game, Matt Hasselbeck looked fairly unaffected. On the one hand, he continued spreading the ball around to different parts of the field as he had with Britt healthy. On the other hand, he still keyed in on his first and second options. With Britt in the game, that was Britt and Washington. With Britt out of the game that was Washington and either a tight end or running back. Hasselbeck continues to rarely get past the second read before releasing the ball
2011 Week 4 vs CLE (10 / 20 / 220 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck spent the first three weeks of the season quickly releasing the ball and looking for the first available open man in his progressions. He spent week 4 against the Browns being patient and looking for the big play. The results were outstanding: despite a decrease in completion percentage, Hasselbeck had an 11 yards-per-attempt average to go with three touchdowns and one interception. Hasselbeck threw the ball with excellent touch, mixing in soft arcs and hard bullets with a veteran's savvy. Hasselbeck's best throw came early in the first quarter. On the play, he found a streaking Lavelle Hawkins for an 18 yard gain on third down. He deftly placed the ball between two defenders in a position that only Hawkins could receive it. He also threw the ball with velocity not seen much this year, making sure the safety did not have time to close in on the receiver before the ball arrived. Hasselbeck also seemed much more trusting of his offensive line, taking the time to let routes develop instead of throwing the ball as soon as possible. One such example was a pick route that resulted in a 57 yard gain for Nate Washington. On the play, Hasselbeck faced a two man blitz from the right side but waited an extra moment for Washington to break free before lofting a soft pass to him. Hasselbeck is playing as well as ever and the Titans offensive line is doing a stellar job keeping him upright.
2011 Week 5 vs PIT (29 / 49 / 262 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck came out looking like the surprisingly hot quarterback he has been in the past few weeks on Tennessee's first drive. He took the team downfield with help from the run game, but the drive ultimately resulted in just a field goal due to red zone struggles. Once Pittsburgh jumped out to a lead, however, Hasselbeck seemed to lose his accuracy and appeared to press. He regained his form late in the third quarter on a drive that was capped by a one-yard Chris Johnson TD run. The drive was 9 plays, 77 yards and all but the final play was through the air. Hasselbeck continued to make better throws in the fourth, but much of his statistical totals came against soft prevent-type defenses. His outlook going forward shouldn't be changed much by this game though. It's still evident the new head coach Mike Munchak is much more pass-happy than former head coach Jeff Fisher was.
2011 Week 7 vs HOU (14 / 30 / 104 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After a hot start, Hasselbeck came crashing down to earth against the Houston Texans, throwing two bad interceptions; both overthrown with one returned for a touchdown. Hasselbeck was under duress and it showed in his decision making and accuracy. On the first interception, Hasselbeck just didn't get enough on the ball, although at his age his arm is far from ideal for a long bomb. On the pick-six, Hasselbeck dropped back but immediately found himself facing Texans in his backfield. His throw was rushed and a bit high, and then deflected by his receiver, Donnie Avery. It's possible Avery might have been able to make a better play on the ball but it was not a good pass. The quarterback was replaced by rookie Jake Locker very soon after the second interception. Hasselbeck was able to connect with tight end Jared Cook for a score, but it was a small glimmer of sunshine in an otherwise dark day for the Titans quarterback.
2011 Week 8 vs IND (23 / 33 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The whole day could be summed up with one word "patience", there really wasn't much for memorable plays it was mostly taking what the defense gave him. The Titans staff seemed content to run a pretty vanilla scheme allowing Hasselbeck to target his running backs a whopping 13 times in the day versus the Colts weaker cover two defense. Hasselbeck found wide receiver Nate Washington for a 14-yard touchdown pass that was half-heartedly covered by the downtrodden Colts defense. The day could've been better had the quarterback thrown the football a couple yards ahead of Washington instead it was ruled a backwards pass thus resulting in a 3 yard rushing touchdown. Hasselbeck displayed great game management paying dividends for his team in the win column. He also shows pretty good chemistry with Damian Williams resulting in a couple very nice 27 yard sideline completions.
2011 Week 9 vs CIN (24 / 41 / 272 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck started the game with an assortment of dinks and dunks around a solid dose of the running game. It took 6 passes before he connected on a pass more than 2 yards downfield and even that was a short cross on 3rd and 19. He finally got rolling in the 2nd quarter with a pass to a wide open Craig Stevens on a seam route. That led to his first touchdown pass, a perfectly placed 8 yard strike to Damian Williams in the back of the end zone. Williams was tightly covered, and made a great play to stay inbounds. When he got the ball back he went right back to work with three straight throws across the middle to his big tight end, Jared Cook. Cook was tightly covered on all three throws and Hasselbeck looked comfortable throwing the ball to the big target. He finished the drive off with a 16 yard pass to a wide open Lavelle Hawkins in the corner of the end zone. Hasselbeck was just 4/12 in the second half before the final drive of the game and it was every bit as ugly as it sounds. Three times he far over threw receivers streaking down the field and he had a bad miscommunication with Williams that led to a throw landing 10 yards from anybody. Two of the four passes he did complete were dump offs to Johnson, who they were obviously trying to get involved. He did complete 4 of 5 to start the final drive of the game, but they were short passes in the middle of the field with less than 2 minutes left and no timeouts. All in all, the Titans ran 9 plays in 1:55 for a total of 48 yards. The drive was killed by first a penalty when Hasselbeck snapped the ball before his team was set and then a sack when he had a wide open receiver streaking down the middle. The final 30 yards of the drive came on a catch and run from Lavelle Hawkins from their own 38 with 7 seconds left.
2011 Week 10 vs CAR (15 / 27 / 219 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck had a controlled, poised game under centre for the Titans, keeping the offense on schedule. The Titans offense actually struggled in this game after taking an early 17-0 lead, going three-and-out several times. Hasselbeck did not have any spectacular standout plays; he simply kept things chugging along. Hasselbeck tossed a touchdown pass early to Damian Williams who sauntered into the end zone thanks to some poor tackling from the Panthers. Hasselbeck could have had a couple more interceptions than he did in this game as he was fortunate with a couple of passes thrown away under pressure. His lone interception came on a pass to the outside intended for Donnie Avery. Avery ran a lazy route and did not come back to the football, allowing CB Chris Gamble to pick it off.
2011 Week 11 vs ATL (13 / 25 / 124 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck finally began to show his age in week 11 against the Falcons. Despite playing indoors on turf, Hasselbeck's feet looked tired and his dropbacks looked a beat slow. While he was not heavily pressured, many of his throws were off target or did not give his receivers a chance to make a play after the catch. He struggled to complete half of his passes and checked down to Javon Ringer and Chris Johnson for short gains too often to sustain any long drives. While Hasselbeck continues to be affected by the poor rushing game of his team, there is no excuse for missing wide-open receivers at this point in the season. Hasselbeck's interception came on an awful throw off his back foot intended for Lavelle Hawkins. On the play, Hasselbeck was off-balance and off-target, allowing for a diving interception deep in Titans territory. Hasselbeck was extremely angry with Hawkins after the play although the ball was nowhere near the receiver. Hasselbeck injured his right (throwing) arm and stood on the sideline cheering on Jake Locker for much of the second half. It remains to be seen how much longer Hasselbeck will remain the Titans' staring quarterback with Locker waiting in the wings and the team having lost 4 of 5 games.
2011 Week 12 vs TB (19 / 34 / 160 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Hass had a pretty atrocious start to the game and went 1 out of 5 for 5 yards and an interception on a terrible decision as he had 2-3 Bucs DLinemen draped all over him and he threw the ball to TB LB Geno Hayes. He settled down and engineered a 6 minute drive that unfortunately did not amount to any points as Rob Bironas could not connect from 42 yards out. In the 1st half Hass only had a 4.5 yd per attempt avg. His 2nd interception was in the 2nd half after a series of turnovers from both teams and this one cost the Titans as Aquib Talib undercut a short pass over the middle and was in the end zone before you could blink. That put the Bucs up 17-10. Hasselbeck continued to struggle much of the day but he did manage to help the Titans come back and get the win although it wasn't on his shoulder but rather Chris Johnson's legs. Hass threw the 4th and goal TD to the back of the end zone to find Damian Williams.
2011 Week 13 vs BUF (16 / 25 / 140 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Titans stuck mostly to the ground game again this week in a win over the Bills. Hasselbeck had some trouble operating against one of the league's weaker pass defenses and only threw for 140 yards. He did manage the game well, however, and avoided making any big mistakes as the Titans protected their lead in the second half.
2011 Week 14 vs NO (5 / 7 / 44 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck was mediocre before leaving the game in the second half with a calf injury. Hasselbeck appeared to be injured trying to fight for a pass batter at the line of scrimmage. Prior to the injury, he struggled to sustain drives and mostly checked down to the outlet receiver for a short gain. Hasselbeck's best pass came on a screen early in the game to a wide open Chris Johnson resulting in a 14 yard gain. Hasselbeck seems to have regressed on the field this year. After beginning the year with command of the offense and an on-target deep ball, Hasselbeck looks more and more like Kerry Collins by the week. The loss of Kenny Britt no doubt has affected his ability to throw long passes, but Jake Locker had no such problems in finding receivers downfield when he replaced Hasselbeck. Most significantly, Hasselbeck isn't audibling as much at the line of scrimmage as much any more and it shows. Receivers are not getting open downfield and Chris Johnson has very little room to run. While not all of the offenses struggles can be pinned on the veteran quarterback, the lack of sustained drives comes down to his ability to execute at key moments. For now, Hasselbeck does not seem confident or in control as the Titans quarterback.
2011 Week 15 vs IND (27 / 40 / 223 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was awful against the Colts. Despite a fairly reasonable completion percentage and yards per attempt, he was unable to lead any sustainable drives. As a result, the Titan offense looked lethargic with him under center. Making matters worse, the Colts defense was clearly fired up and ready to take the game to the Titans. Tennessee, unfortunately, was flat in its response. Hasselbeck routinely chose to make short passes on 2nd and 3rd and long and was completely erratic in throwing the ball long. His two interceptions on the day came on a pass that Jeff Lacey returns for a touchdown and on a deep pass in to triple coverage. Both interceptions came on throws off of his back foot. Despite being a solid and steadying presence for the Titans in the first third of the season, Hasselbeck has been awful in recent weeks. Late in the game he was replaced by Jake Locker. It remains to be seen if he regains the starting role as the Titans play out the string as the loss to the Colts essentially ruins their playoff aspirations.
2011 Week 16 vs JAX (24 / 40 / 350 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)
After two weeks of being an average quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck played a game with the fire and skill that will be necessary to hold off Jake Locker for the starting job in 2012. Hasselbeck had most of his success in the middle of the field. His best throws all came between the hashmarks on large gains to Nate Washington (26 yards), Damien Williams (48 yards), and Jared Cook (a 55 yard touchdown). His accuracy to the sidelines was less impressive. The best part of Hasselbeck's performance against Jacksonville was the touch he displayed. Hasselbeck showed masterful velocity control on most every down and distance and routinely placed the ball in a position that only his intended receiver could catch it. Most of his mistakes appeared to occur when the defense made a late shift before the snap or when the defense was in zone coverage. Otherwise, Hasselbeck's performance was his best of the season.
2011 Week 17 vs HOU (22 / 35 / 297 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck's play in week 17 was some of his best of the year. Unlike last week when most of his throws were to the center of the field, Hasselbeck spread the ball around to all distances and kept the Houston defense off balance. Despite a significant pass rush bearing down on him most of the time, Hasselbeck remained poised in the pocket and showed good touch on most of his passes. Most surprising was Hasselbeck's sharp velocity on out routes. He threw a number of balls that quickly reached their target and gave the receiver a chance to make something happen after the catch. Hasselbeck started the game with three straight completions including a nice pass on a wheel route to Chris Johnson that showed excellent awareness of the defense and his own team. Hasselbeck's best throw came on a back shoulder pass to Donnie Avery in the left back corner of the endzone that put the Titans ahead for the first time.
2010 Week 1 vs SF (18 / 23 / 170 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
Ouch. Hasselbeck's first throw picked off. And the Seahawks offense as a whole sputtered the first few times out. But then a funny thing happened. Hasselbeck settled into a groove and began picking apart the 49ers zone defense. He had an impressive rapport with all of his receivers, throwing to Butler in a gap for the easy touchdown, and to Branch on a timing play in the end zone. For an encore, Hasselbeck ran one in himself. He continued to spread the ball around, using his TE and RB to do damage as well. He made a lot of extremely accurate throws, and the receivers were all catching the ball well. In an odd twist, as the running game faltered, the passing game actually seemed to get better.
2010 Week 2 vs DEN (20 / 35 / 233 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 21 / 1 rush)
Hasselbeck did a lot of things right - he spread the ball around, read the defense well, and in general ran an efficient offense. He also had plenty of time in the pocket to make his reads. But the interceptions were game-changers, thrown at the end of long drives that could just as easily have ended in a score for Seattle. The first one was terribly underthrown; later on, he threw a deep pass to John Carlson that looked on target, but the defender, who was a half-step behind, put on the jets at the last second and caught the ball. Hasselbeck showed a nice rapport with slot receiver Deon Butler, and the debut of Golden Tate was a showstopper, so there is potential for Hasselbeck to be a little better than serviceable, but he his ill-timed mistakes held him back on this day. Hasselbeck did redeem himself fantasy-wise with a smart read of the man-to-man defense that allowed him to scamper 20 yards for a rushing TD.
2010 Week 3 vs SD (19 / 32 / 220 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Seattle moved the ball extremely well prior to halftime, with Hasselbeck simply taking what the defense gave him and picking them apart with pretty good ease. He was spreading it out fairly evenly and getting plenty of time, and ended up with over 200 yards passing in the first half alone. He should have had an additional touchdown pass to WR Deion Branch, but Branch fumbled the ball inches before the goal line as he was about to score. It was knocked out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a touchback and San Diego possession. About his only blemish came on a deep ball intended for WR Mike Williams in the end zone that was intercepted by Quentin Jammer. It was a bit confusing why Seattle would call a jump ball for Williams, who had previously left the game with a shoulder injury and may have had trouble getting his arms up. Another odd scenario was on a curious call late in the half with Seattle driving to score. Seattle had no timeouts left and fourteen seconds remaining in the half with the ball deep in San Diego territory. Rather than throwing the ball into the end zone or bringing the field goal unit out, Hasselbeck tried to keep it himself on a run up the middle. The Chargers stuffed him, and time expired before the Seahawks were able to get their field goal unit onto the field. The second half was another story entirely, as Hasselbeck threw for less than twenty yards the rest of the way. Seattle really took the air out of the ball and got extremely conservative, and Hasselbeck's biggest contribution was a negative one - taking a safety at a critical moment in the game. He nearly had a touchdown on a pass to John Carlson, but the big tight end couldn't haul it in.
2010 Week 4 vs STL (20 / 36 / 191 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was able locate open receivers when he had time, but that wasn't very often in this game. He also missed on a few throws and didn't really drive the ball with good zip when he did step into his tosses. His improvisation on third and goal on the one good drive the Seahawks had was unsuccessful and maybe unneccessary. In Hasselbeck's defense, the protection was poor and the blitzes from the Rams were effective, but there's no reason to think that other teams won't imitate the Rams defense gameplan and frustrate Hasselbeck.
2010 Week 6 vs CHI (25 / 40 / 242 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck had a consistent, mistake free game in which he was helped out a lot by his entire team. His offensive line held its own for most of the game and in particular, Russell Okung did a nice job holding off Julius Peppers in many one on one situations. Hasselbeck also benefitted nicely from a stellar running game and could utilise play action and mix in run or pass as he chose. His defense also forced many three and outs, which gave Hasselbeck more possession. The Seahawks were leading for most of the game so he did not have to force any throws. When he did throw, he targeted Mike Williams on most of his passes. Due to the rushing threat by Seattle, Hasselbeck thrived on one on one match ups with most of his targets. He frequently looked to Williams when progressing through his reads and often threw his way. Hasselbeck viewed every one on one situation with Williams as a mismatch that he could exploit and used Williams to convert many different situations into first downs. Hasselbeck had a laid out a perfect touchdown pass in front of Butler early on the in game, but Williams was the most reliable and the go to receiver for him in this game. He had good pocket awareness and did not take a sack, but was very close to many times as he would often hold the ball until the very last second before dumping it on the grass. It seemed like his success was largely due to the running threat and very manageable third down situations he was found in, but he executed a very solid game overall.
2010 Week 7 vs ARI (20 / 38 / 192 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
He was efficient if nothing else. Did not throw any interceptions and did a good job of managing the game. That doesn't help out fantasy owners much but Hass was very careful with the football and took whatever Arizona was willing to give to him. He doesn't have the weapons on offense right now to be an elite QB but he shows his knowledge of the game and is able to win football games. I'm sure Arizona wouldn't mind having him on their roster right about now. He found Mike Williams repeatedly on Sunday even though the gains were short they kept drives moving and allowed the Seahawks to kick FGs when they could and win the football game. It wasn't pretty but it was effective.
2010 Week 8 vs OAK (13 / 32 / 160 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was a scary Halloween indeed for Hasselbeck and the Seahawks. Hasselbeck was sacked on two of first three plays, and his day spiralled progressively downward from there. For most of the first half, the Raiders only led by a small margin, but it didn't matter, as the veteran QB couldn't generate any momentum for his team. He finally appeared to be getting on track near the end of the half, but still wasn't consistently move the chains. One sequence, for example: a completion to Carlson, a deep throw to Williams, just barely overthrown, followed by an apparent first down catch by Tate, only to be called back on a penalty. To be fair, the awful day was an all around team effort - no running game, drops that could have been touchdowns, and a tough defense all conspired to keep Hasselbeck in check. Sure, the coverage was good, but it seemed like 90% of his passes were safe throws, designed to be out of reach of the defender. Which might have worked if he were able to put the ball within reach of his own guy once in a while. Eventually, one has to wonder, is the defense really that tough, or is Hasselbeck making them look good?
2010 Week 10 vs ARI (22 / 34 / 333 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck showed good poise in the pocket, exactly what you'd expect from the veteran, and a very accurate arm. Early on, the Seahawks offensive line had some trouble picking up the blitz, giving Hasselbeck trouble. But once he got warmed up, there was no stopping him. He mixed up his plays well, keeping the defense off balance: He was able to toss the ball softly, over the shoulder to tight end Chris Baker for a big gain, throw a bullet to Mike Williams while he was heavily covered, and hit Ben Obomanu on a crossing route with room to run. One major difference that led to success in this game, is that his O-line held the pocket longer than they've been able to all season, which led to plays like his deep throw to Deon Butler for a 63-yard TD. Another difference was a dependable go-to receiver in Mike Williams, who caught 11 of 17 targets, many of them in tight coverage. Near halftime, Hasselbeck hit his non-throwing hand on a helmet and sat out the early part of the third quarter. When he returned, he made a beautiful throw to Ben Obomanu that should have been a TD (but was dropped), so his hand seemed to be just fine. Playing with a big lead, Hasselbeck got a got a little sloppy near the end and had trouble converting in the red zone. He was lucky not to be intercepted as he forced the ball to a well-covered Forsett in the flat, then way overthrew Williams on a corner route in the end zone. It's a little too soon to proclaim the Seahawks offense a well-oiled machine, based on this game alone, but clearly Hasselbeck is still capable of carrying them.
2010 Week 11 vs NO (32 / 44 / 366 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck, who played with a heavily taped broken left wrist (his non-throwing hand), came out gunning, going deep on each of the first three drives. He overshot the first one, to Deon Butler, but nailed the second, to Mike Williams for a 68 yard gain, and then to Ben Obomanu for a 42 yard pickup. The same problem continued to plague Hasselbeck: he couldn't convert in the red zone; instead the Seahawks settled for two field goals. He finally overcame this seeming curse, engineering a drive that culminated in a 2 yard TD pass to Obomanu near the end of the half. Playing from behind in the second half, Hasselbeck took advantage of the cushion the defense gave him and led the Seahawks halfway down the field while throwing exclusively to his running backs. If not for the two Marshawn Lynch drive-killing fumbles, the Seahawks could potentially have been only down by a field goal, instead of the 18 point deficit they faced. Hasselbeck did whatever it took to march his team down the field, getting first down yardage up the middle on one occasion, and repeatedly finding the open man, although late in the game that meant a lot of dump passes to his running backs. Hasselbeck's play gave the Seahawks hope until near the end; but he couldn't overcome the two untimely turnovers to keep up with the Saints high scoring offense.
2010 Week 12 vs KC (20 / 37 / 282 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck didn't look too good in this game, and apart from an 87 yard touchdown pass on a busted coverage from the Chiefs, he was rather ineffective. Hasselbeck settled for the check down to Stokley most of the time as the Chiefs pressured him often behind his porous offensive line. He had two really awful interceptions, one of which was late down the middle on what play-by-play announcer Rich Gannon called "a force", the other on a late throw to the outside with the DB squatting on the route.
2010 Week 13 vs CAR (17 / 30 / 229 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It wasn't a very pretty day for Hasselbeck, as he tossed two ugly int's and struggled to get on the same page as his young receiving corps all game long. But in the end, he managed to lead the team to 31 points and get the victory. Without Mike Williams, Hasselbeck turned to Cameron Morrah and Brandon Stokley in the passing game. It's a new offense and there are new faces everywhere, but at times this passing game looks entirely out of sync, and then the next series looks lethal. Without Mike Williams, there is no receiver that Hasselbeck relies on, as he spreads it around to the open man.
2010 Week 14 vs SF (27 / 42 / 285 / 2 / 4 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had an uphill battle from the start. He was playing without starting receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu. Which essentially left him with four slot receivers, 3 interchangeable tight ends, and two running backs with good hands. At the start, he went with the short passing game, allowing his receivers to make the play after the catch, but once the Seahawks were playing from behind, Hasselbeck began to really air it out. This is when the trouble began. His receivers were simply not up to the task of beating the 49ers in the secondary. Hasselbeck made a few great plays, but they were more than offset by how badly overmatched the entire receiving corps was. Yes, he made a great play to a wide open Ruvell Martin in the end zone - which he created with a well timed pump-fake - and showed great accuracy and zip on the ball throughout - but as he took more chances, the Seahawks hole just got deeper. The four interceptions were a combination of poor decision making (i.e.: a botched fade pattern to Brandon Stokley that ends up in the "what were you thinking?" file) and improper personnel. Hasselbeck also added a fumble when he was blindsided in the second quarter. Hasselbeck did have a few drives in each half in which he was gaining momentum, but most often they ended in a turnover, killing any chance of a comeback.
2010 Week 15 vs ATL (10 / 17 / 71 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck looked like a washed up QB that needed to be benched on Sunday. After one efficient early drive, Hasselbeck began to force the ball where it could not be thrown and he made numerous game changing mistakes. He began with the horizontal passing game, as Seattle mixed the run and short passes well. However still early in the first half Hasselbeck looked to be frustrated and began forcing throws. He overthrew well covered targets like Williams and Obomanu deep when the check down should have been taken instead. He made a really bad decision that resulted in a touchdown for Atlanta, simply trying to make too much happen and fumbling in his endzone rather than throwing it away. He had two passes intercepted and was benched for Whitehurst.
2010 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 4 / 24 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Hasselbeck led an efficient opening scoring drive, which culminated in a rollout play that Hasselbeck ran in himself for the short TD. Unfortunately, he was hurt on the play, suffering a hip injury though he went in completely untouched. He did not return.
2010 Week 18 vs NO (22 / 35 / 272 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
If before the game viewers were told that it would be difficult to tell which quarterback had the better game, the assumption would be that perhaps Brees had played just average. The playoffs are surprising though, as Hasselbeck played the game of his career - lofting touch passes over Saints defenders and finding holes in the defensive coverage all game long. Picking which pass of Hasselbeck's was his best might be tough do. The first great pass was on a slant-and-go to backup tight end Cameron Morrah. Hasselbeck faked out the cornerback and then threw a high lofting pass in the face of a fierce rush, allowing Morrah to run underneath it in stride. His touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley was a thing of beauty as well. Stokley broke out of a three-man bunch and streaked down the field past safety Roman Harper. Hasselbeck hit him in stride with a deep pass for a touchdown. The 38-yard touchdown to Mike Williams was similar in nature. There were defenders on the inside and the outside, but Hasselbeck placed the ball perfectly for Williams to catch and score.
2010 Week 19 vs CHI (26 / 46 / 258 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck did a good job in this game getting the ball out on time to his receivers and running the offense to the best of his ability. He was simply let down constantly by his receivers, who dropped the ball on many occasions. The Bears played a lot of press coverage against Seattle's slower wideouts and the plan worked perfectly. Hasselbeck tried to complete some timing routes on back shoulder throws to the outside, but each time the CB in coverage batted the ball away. Hasselbeck could not go downfield often because of the pressure exerted by the Bears front four, and hence the offense as a whole was limited to check down routes, after which the Bears rallied to the football to prevent a big gain.
2009 Week 1 vs STL (25 / 36 / 279 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 2 vs SF (10 / 18 / 97 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 5 vs JAX (18 / 30 / 241 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 6 vs ARI (10 / 29 / 112 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 8 vs DAL (22 / 39 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 9 vs DET (39 / 51 / 329 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 10 vs ARI (26 / 52 / 315 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 11 vs MIN (19 / 26 / 231 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 12 vs STL (14 / 25 / 102 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 13 vs SF (25 / 34 / 198 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 14 vs HOU (24 / 35 / 247 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 15 vs TB (27 / 46 / 256 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 16 vs GB (19 / 37 / 198 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 17 vs TEN (15 / 30 / 175 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
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.
2008 Week 1 vs BUF (17 / 41 / 190 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck looked rusty to start, but came out throwing right from the start. Unfortunately, he had very little to work with as two of the Seahawks top receiving options are injured. He made the best of it, and did not throw a pick until the final play of the game, when it no longer mattered if he took the risk of throwing into heavy coverage. Most often, two things happened on passing plays: Either he overthrew the pass (because the target was covered) or the open receiver dropped the ball. The Buffalo pass rush was tough as well, and he didn't often have much time to throw. His completion percentage was awful, but when he does get his WR options back, he should be productive. There was talk of a nagging back injury leading up to the game, but he did not seem to be affected by it.
2008 Week 2 vs SF (18 / 36 / 189 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Considering the injuries to his depleted receiving corps (two more lost in this game), Hasselbeck's performance was pretty good, despite the poor numbers. He had eyes for rookie TE John Carlson, who seemed open all day over the middle. Hasselbeck also connected with the recently signed WR Billy McMullen for a nice 31 yard grab, though McMullen promptly coughed up the ball. Both of Hasselbeck's INTs came on tipped balls, which were obviously not his fault. He also had a 12 yard scramble late in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 3 vs STL (12 / 20 / 172 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck loves playing St. Louis. While his final stats only showed 12 completions for 172 yards and one touchdown, his QB rating was 104.6. After they built a big lead in the first half he only attempted seven passes in the second half. He hopes to get Engram and Branch back into the lineup week five after Seattle's scheduled bye week. He entered this game with a 48.6 QB rating, but in his last four games against the Rams he threw eight touchdowns.
2008 Week 5 vs NYG (11 / 21 / 105 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Though his top two receiving options both returned for this game, it wasn't nearly enough to offset the fierce Giants pass rush. Hasselbeck didn't have a lot of time to look downfield, instead preferring short passes over the middle to Bobby Engram for much of the game. He finished the day completing just over 50 percent of his 21 attempts, for 105 yards, while throwing an ugly interception into double coverage. On Seattle's first drive he was tackled and stayed down for a few minutes with what appeared to be a knee injury, but he returned to the game their next possession.
2008 Week 11 vs ARI (17 / 29 / 170 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck looked rusty returning from a six week layoff and missed a lot of his receivers. He was pressured often and sacked twice on the day. His touchdown pass came on a first and ten at the 13 yard line when he hit Maurice Morris out of the backfield. Seattle's points were scored on offensive drives of 14, 19 and 11 yards.
2008 Week 12 vs WAS (12 / 24 / 103 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Despite his two touch downs on the game; it's hard to be complimentary of his play. Hasselbeck appears to still be shaking the rust off after a long absence from injury. He and his receivers lacked timing and rapport throughout this contest. Often Hasselbeck over threw open receivers or threw to spots where there was no receiver. This is an obvious sign of the offense not being in sync at all. The worst miss was with Bobby Engram who had a full step on his man and was open, but was well over thrown. To save a terrible stat line, Hasselbeck had hook ups with Maurice Morris and John Carlson.
2008 Week 13 vs DAL (22 / 38 / 287 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was in fine form early in the game as he spread the ball around the field and seemed to have little trouble connecting with all of his receiving targets on his way to 170 yards in the first half. Unfortunately, the combination of Seahawk fumbles, penalties, an ineffective rushing attack and some ill timed sacks prevented him from turning that early success into scores. By the second half, however, the Dallas defense had figured out how to shut down Hasselbeck's passing lanes and get consistent pressure. As a result, Hasselbeck spent much of the third and fourth quarters just scrambling around trying to survive. Given this set of circumstances, it was perhaps inevitable that Hasselbeck would get caught trying to do too much, and it happened midway through the final quarter. While scrambling for his life in the pocket, he reared back and tried to get the ball deep downfield for WR Deion Branch. Instead, the pass ended up as Hasselbeck's sole interception on the day.
2007 Week 1 vs TB (17 / 24 / 222 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was steady in leading his club against the Buccaneers, completing 17 of 24 passes for 222 yards, including a 34 yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to RB Maurice Morris that helped seal the deal for Seattle. Hasselbeck completed passes to seven different receivers for the game.
2007 Week 2 vs ARI (22 / 36 / 281 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck showed outstanding patience and incredible poise in the first half of this game, as very little went well. His top receiver, Deion Branch, was in blanket coverage; the running game was going nowhere. Down by 17 and nearing half time, Hasselbeck found WR Nate Burleson with a quick strike inside the ten yard line that Burleson trucked into the end zone. As evidenced by Hasselbeck's total of 281 yards passing, things improved in the second half. They found a way to get the ball to Branch, and the running game found its legs, allowing a little more freedom in the air. Typically, he spread the ball around (to nine different players), but also showed strong chemistry with Branch in the second half. On the down side, he and Shaun Alexander also teamed up to botch a handoff late in the game. Gerald Hayes broke through before Hasselbeck was able to hand off the ball, resulting not only in a lost fumble, but on the ensuing drive the Cardinals kicked the game winning field goal.
2007 Week 3 vs CIN (24 / 37 / 248 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
To say Matt Hasselbeck was on his game may be an understatement. From the first snap to the end of the game, he carried the team, throwing precision passes at will, and compensating for a ground game that didn't show up until late in the fourth quarter. The two interceptions were not his fault, and he was throwing into heavy coverage all day long, since the aforementioned rushing attack was no threat. Hasselbeck was simply outstanding.
2007 Week 4 vs SF (23 / 31 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck led an efficient game, utilizing all of his resources and finishing with a passer rating of 88.2 with an average gain over nine yards per passing attempt. Hasselbeck's interception came on a sideline route where Nate Clements was blanketing his receiver and Matt made a poor decision.
2007 Week 5 vs PIT (13 / 27 / 116 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had trouble finding his receivers. The Pittsburgh coverage was very good, so he had to be perfect to beat them, and he wasn't. The interception came on one of many throws into tight coverage - but in this case it was in the end zone, with seven seconds left in the half. At this point, the Steelers were only up 7-0, so it was a definite turning point. Hasselbeck did throw deep on a few occasions, usually almost connecting, but in each case, an incomplete pass was the result. His frustration was evident on some throws, in which he threw directly into coverage, trying to make something - anything - happen. Not one bounce went his way. Losing his top receiver in the first half didn't help any.
2007 Week 6 vs NO (26 / 43 / 362 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck played very well, and nearly had a flawless game before throwing up a jump ball in the fourth quarter that was intercepted and essentially sealed the game for the Saints. He preferred his three wide receivers in the passing game, throwing double digit targets to Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram, and Ben Obomanu. Hasselbeck threw two scores, one to Obomanu and one to Burleson. His 362 yards was a season high.
2007 Week 7 vs STL (18 / 35 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was back to his very efficient self. He threw a lot in the first half (25 attempts) and much less in the second (ten attempts) as the Seahawks were protecting a reasonably safe lead. In the first half alone he targeted eight receivers, keeping the Rams off balance. With the absence of top wideout Deion Branch, Bobby Engram became his favourite target. Both touchdown throws were not only to the same player, but were a result of running the exact same play. One worry: He was hit hard in the second quarter, and though he kept playing, showed some discomfort in his ribcage area.
2007 Week 9 vs CLE (30 / 47 / 318 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck completed 64% of his passes for an average gain of 6.8 yards per attempt on the afternoon, however the play which will likely stick most in his mind is an overtime scramble in which he was initially rewarded with the first down only to be overturned. The Seahawks were stopped on fourth down on the next play, setting up optimum field position for the Browns to claim the overtime victory. Hasselbeck consistently looked to Bobby Engram in this game, but also showed confidence in D.J. Hackett in his return. Without the aid of a strong running game against the Browns, Hasselbeck was unable to hang onto the early lead which the Seahawks had built.
2007 Week 10 vs SF (27 / 40 / 278 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 16 / 0 rush)
On Seattle's first series of the game, Hasselbeck came out firing, completing eight of 11 passes for 69 yards and capping the drive with a one yard scoring throw to TE Will Heller. He finished the first half completing 18 of 27 passes for 200 yards and the one touchdown. In addition to his stellar passing numbers, Hasselbeck also rushed for 13 yards on two rushes through the first two quarters. Though he would only throw for 78 yards in the second half, Hasselbeck did toss his second touchdown pass early on in the fourth quarter to WR D.J. Hackett. On the play, Hasselbeck's pass sailed just out of the reach of two San Francisco defenders before landing in the hands of his wide receiver. He did throw his only interception of the game in the third quarter, when an errant pass to WR Bobby Engram was intercepted by CB Nate Clements.
2007 Week 11 vs CHI (30 / 44 / 337 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was awesome, going 30 for 44 for 337 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He could have padded those stats in the fourth quarter, but with even the slimmest lead, Holmgren's play calling is quite conservative. He also threw a sure TD pass to D. J. Hackett with seconds remaining in the first half, but the pass was dropped as he went down in the end zone. He spread the ball around the entire game, forcing the Bears to cover the whole field.
2007 Week 12 vs STL (21 / 38 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had a rough day. The Seahawks first four plays from scrimmage: two sacks, an incomplete pass, and a safety. That sums up the direction his first half went; in the second, he was pressured just as much and was sacked twice, but finally found his wide receivers and put some points on the board. His patience and poise won the day as he took what the Rams gave him. His longest pass play of the half was 22 yards, but he completed enough of them to give the Seahawks the lead late in the game. He hooked up with Deion Branch a lot, and especially late in the game after Hackett aggravated his ankle.
2007 Week 13 vs PHI (19 / 34 / 187 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck did not have a great game statistically, but he was able to make plays and find the open receiver. He led the Seahawks on scoring drives on two of their first three possessions, with both possessions starting in the red zone. After missing on his first two attempts, he completed ten of his next 12 to close the first half, with one of the incompletions on a pass that was bobbled and dropped by Leonard Weaver. He connected on two scoring passes, one of which came on play in which he hit a wide open Nate Burleson on the 30 yard line and Burleson took it the rest of way in. Hasselbeck was victimized by dropped passes and turnovers in the second half. On the first series of the half he hit the receiver, but the ball was immediately fumbled and lost. Later, he threw an interception on a deep ball to Deion Branch in which the defensive player made an excellent play to gain position for the interception. He also threw three other passes that could have been interceptions, but the defensive player dropped the ball.
2007 Week 14 vs ARI (22 / 33 / 272 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck started the game hot hitting 13 of his first 15 throws and had 203 yards and three touchdowns at halftime. The offense scored on its first four possessions and five of six first half possessions. Hasselbeck hit seven different receivers and threw the ball with great accuracy. He was in control of the offense from the onset and played a mistake free game.
2007 Week 15 vs CAR (27 / 41 / 274 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Statistically, Hasselbeck had an ok game completing 27 of 41 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for Seattle, the play of the game was when Hasselbeck was sacked and fumbled in the fourth quarter. Three plays later, Carolina scored on a 35 yard run to put the game out of reach. It took until the fourth quarter before he was able to drive Seattle for a score. His touchdown to Deion Branch came at the end of the game with just a few seconds left on the clock and Seattle down by ten points. The pass should have at least been knocked down and probably intercepted. It bounced off the defender's hands and Branch was able to come down with the touchdown.
2007 Week 16 vs BAL (18 / 27 / 199 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had an up and down game, but benefited from a pass heavy game plan that earned the Seahawks the lead and an easy victory. He threw two touchdown passes as well as two interceptions in the Seahawks' explosive second quarter. Hasselbeck hit Nate Burleson for the first and Shaun Alexander for the second. Once the score was decidedly in Seattle's favor, the Seahawks changed their game plan to one of primarily running the ball and eating up clock. Hasselbeck attempted 21 passes in the first half compared to six in the second.
2007 Week 17 vs ATL (15 / 25 / 147 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was efficient but also gave up a costly fumble. He was under pressure often and was lucky to get the ball off at all when he hit a streaking Bobby Engram at the goal line for his only TD of the day. He spread the ball around pretty evenly, but TE Marcus Pollard was his go to guy on third downs. Hasselbeck sat out the second half.
2007 Week 18 vs WAS (20 / 32 / 229 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck completed 20 of 32 passes for 229 yards with one touchdown, and two interceptions. Hasselbeck had sufficient time to run the offense that started in a three receiver set, however seemed to be under the microscope for some inaccuracy issues, and questionable decisions on third and longs where he dumped the ball off. He threw an interception in the second quarter where Redskins safety LaRon Landry jumped a D.J. Hackett route in man coverage. Later in the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck again found the wrong team, as Landry picked him on a ball that sailed over Bobby Engram's head for an easy pick. He would later make up for that, in finding Hackett for a 20 yard touchdown to put the Seahawks up for good. Hasselbeck fumbled the ball once, but it was recovered by Seattle. He ran once for one yard, on a play where he took a huge hit to the thigh that had him eventually flipping through the air. He stayed in the game.
2007 Week 19 vs GB (19 / 33 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck completed 19 of 33 passes for 194 yards, and one touchdown with no turnovers. Considering the weather conditions got out of hand, and the Seahawks running game provided little support, this was a good effort by Hasselbeck. His receivers did not do him any favors, most notably Bobby Engram and Marcus Pollard who each had two drops. One of Pollard's would have been an easy touchdown, and the Seahawks had to eventually settle for a fieldgoal on the drive.
2006 Week 1 vs DET (25 / 30 / 210 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck took severe punishment in this game. He was forced to unload passes to his check down options quickly far too often to keep the Seattle offense moving. Twice during the game he took hits that looked as if they might keep him on the sideline. Once was a helmet to helmet hit that rang his bell, the other was a shot to the chest that may have bruised some ribs. Hasselbeck owners will want to pay close attention to his injury status this coming week. His 25 of 30 passing numbers were somewhat deceiving in that lots of his passes went for only a few yards. He was unloading the ball to avoid sacks as his offensive line was struggling badly to give him adequate time in the pocket. Hasselbeck pulled it all together on their final drive converting two long second down plays and changing another play at the line of scrimmage to a successful run that gave PK Josh Brown a chance to win the game.
2006 Week 2 vs ARI (12 / 27 / 221 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was not his usual, efficient self, completing less than 50% of his passes for the first time since November 14, 2004. He wore extra protection around his sore ribs and that may have been a factor. His lone touchdown came on a deep ball to Darrell Jackson on Seattle's second possession of the game. Hasselbeck threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was a very ugly, under thrown ball intended for Darrell Jackson. Overall, his offensive line did a better job of protecting him than they did last week against Detroit, but Hasselbeck still saw more than usual pressure and had to pick himself up off the field turf more often than he'd like. He finished with 221 yards on 12 of 27 passing.
2006 Week 3 vs NYG (24 / 33 / 227 / 5 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had a huge first half, throwing for 176 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He looked sharp, capitalizing on early Giants turnovers and turning them into Seattle scoring strikes. While he threw for five touchdowns, his yardage numbers weren't huge, mostly because of the short field they played on for most of the first half. In the second half, Seattle resorted to running the ball and playing a conservative offense in an effort to shorten the game. One of Hasselbeck's touchdowns did come in the third quarter, but he threw for only 51 yards and turned the ball over twice on interceptions in the second half. For the game, he finished 24 of 33 for 227 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. The addition of Deion Branch seemed to give Seattle's offense a big boost, and Hasselbeck and the Seahawks' passing attack will no doubt benefit from the newly acquired wideout.
2006 Week 4 vs CHI (16 / 35 / 196 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was constantly harassed by the Bears' pass rush, and it affected his performance. He was sacked five times, but was under pressure nearly every time he dropped back to pass. Hasselbeck threw two interceptions, the first where he misread a defender, and the second on a pass on the run, where he was chased out of the pocket by the Bears' pressure. Both turnovers led to Chicago scores. He never got into any rhythm or flow, and as such he ended up with poor numbers. His favorite targets were wide receivers: Darrell Jackson, Bobby Engram, and Deion Branch. Hasselbeck finished with less than 200 yards and no touchdowns. He had a 19 yard scramble near the end of the first half.
2006 Week 6 vs STL (19 / 34 / 268 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck had a solid opening drive, finishing with a 14 yard touchdown pass to Deion Branch, but the Seahawks' offense went into hibernation for the rest of the half. The lack of a running threat allowed St. Louis' defense to key on Hasselbeck and he completed only two passes the balance of the half. He fared better after the break, finishing the game with 268 yards on 19 of 34 passing and three touchdowns. Hasselbeck's completion percentage continues to drop, but the big plays made up for it this week and helped the Seahawk's record a win.
2006 Week 7 vs MIN (7 / 17 / 127 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck played well before Minnesota LB E.J. Henderson rolled into the side of his leg after an incomplete pass and ended his day. On the Seahawks' fourth offensive play of the game, Hasselbeck adjusted to a Vikings' blitz, putting WR Darrell Jackson into a quick slant that he took for a 72 yard touchdown. That would be his game highlight as Hasselbeck was unable to return with a sprained knee. An MRI is scheduled for Monday.
2006 Week 12 vs GB (17 / 36 / 157 / 3 / 3 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck returned after missing the previous four games, and he started very badly. His second pass was tipped and then intercepted by Charles Woodson. Al Harris intercepted a pass intended for Deion Branch on the Seahawks' second drive, and Woodson had his second pick on the following drive as Hasselbeck again looked for Deion Branch. Hasselbeck then began to find his rhythm only to see D.J. Hackett drop a 23 yard pass in the end zone on the Seahawks' fifth possession. Hasselbeck was sacked later in the half and the ball fell into the waiting hands of Abdul Hodge who returned it for a touchdown. Hasselbeck was almost intercepted in the end zone on the Seahawks' last drive of the half. He then threw a catchable ball to Jerramy Stevens in the end zone, but Stevens appeared to make little or no effort to catch the ball and it fell incomplete. In the second half, Hasselbeck played much better. He found D.J. Hackett for a 23 yard touchdown on the Seahawks' second drive of the half and then threw a four yard touchdown pass to Darrell Jackson on the ensuing drive. Hasselbeck's numbers might have been better, but his receivers dropped nine passes on the night. Jerramy Stevens was the main culprit, dropping two long passes after being hit by defenders. Hasselbeck did manage to find Stevens for a two point conversion and then a three yard score with just over six minutes remaining. Hasselbeck wore a knee brace during the game, but was able to scramble effectively when required.
2006 Week 13 vs DEN (16 / 28 / 168 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was affected by his injured left (non-throwing) hand and still-sore knee, contributing to an off game. He managed to complete 57% of his passes, but was regularly off target. Hasselbeck threw no touchdowns, and one interception. The interception came on a play when he targeted Darrell Jackson deep down the right sideline, but Champ Bailey picked it off in the endzone. Hasselbeck was only sacked once. His favorite targets were Jackson and tight end Jerramy Stevens.
2006 Week 14 vs ARI (20 / 28 / 243 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 32 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck started slowly but had his best game since returning from a knee injury in November. His day started badly with a three and out. He was sacked and lost a fumble on the following drive. Hasselbeck started to play well on the Seahawks' fourth possession, finding D.J. Hackett for a 47 yard gain and then immediately afterwards for a 23 yard touchdown. Hasselbeck showed good scrambling ability, despite continuing to wear a knee brace. He converted a third and 11 with a 15 yard run, and then ran for 18 yards on third and 12. On the Seahawks' final possession of the half, Hasselbeck connected with Deion Branch for a 20 yard gain and then hit Nate Burleson across the middle for a five yard touchdown. The Seahawks' opening drive of the second half saw Hasselbeck continue to look good. He converted a third and five with an 18 yard pass to Darrell Jackson who was tackled at the two yard line. Then on third and goal, Jackson was the recipient of a two yard touchdown pass. After losing the lead, the Seahawks had an opportunity in the final minutes of the game. Hasselbeck moved the ball well with passes of 23 yards to Darrell Jackson and 16 yards to Deion Branch. He overthrew D.J. Hackett who was open in the end zone and was forced to try and convert a fourth and 20 with a minute left in the game. Hasselbeck found Deion Branch but the tackle was made with Branch a yard shy of the marker and the game was over. Hasselbeck was still playing with two fingers taped together on his left hand due to a broken finger.
2006 Week 15 vs SF (20 / 37 / 220 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was able to complete passes under poor weather conditions in the first half, but threw two costly interceptions. He was sacked three times and threw his only TD pass with nine seconds left in the game. He completed 20 of 37 passes for 220 yards.
2006 Week 16 vs SD (17 / 37 / 189 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck faced a heavy pass rush early in the game. He was sacked on four of the first five Seattle possessions. However, he threw the ball fairly well and accurate with the exception of two specific overthrows. Each was tipped by a receiver and intercepted during the first half. Hasselbeck gutted it out and continued to step forward into the pocket all game long. He didn't get much help from his receiving corps that dropped an inordinate number very catchable passes. The return of WR Bobby Engram was a big boost to the Seattle passing game. Hasselbeck hooked up with Engram converting long third down plays on both touchdown drives.
2006 Week 17 vs TB (17 / 29 / 216 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck played the entire game, even though it had no implications on the Seahawks' playoff seeding. Still wearing a brace on his previously injured knee, he moved up and around in the pocket well, avoiding Tampa's pass rush and suffering only one sack. When situations were hopeless, he threw the ball away rather than trying to force it into traffic as he often does. Overall, it was a good tune-up game for Hasselbeck as he recorded 216 yards on 17 of 29 passing and a lone touchdown.
2006 Week 18 vs DAL (18 / 36 / 240 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck marched the Seahawks down the field on their first drive completing four of six passes including a long one up the middle to WR Bobby Engram. However, he threw an interception on the first play of their next drive. The pass was badly wobbling as it left his hand and floated down field. He continued to struggle through most of the first half. The pressure in his face had an obvious impact on his ability to calmly survey the field. He hit LB Bobby Carpenter in the hands with a pass on a slant and CB Terrance Newman in the hands on a pass to the back of the end zone. He lucked out that each was dropped. He got the Seattle offense clicking early in the third quarter hooking up with TE Jerramy Stevens for two completions including a fifteen yard touchdown pass. He was aided by the strength of a ball control running attack on that particular drive. He got lucky on the following drive when he hit CB Aaron Glenn in the chest on a third down play. Glenn jumped a slant route and nearly picked off the pass. On the following possession the Seahawks went at CB Terrance Newman with a double move and lobbed a deep ball down the sideline to WR D.J. Hackett. Newman ended up tipping the ball back to FS Roy Williams who intercepted the pass before stepping out of bounds. Hasselbeck put great touch on a deep corner route to WR Bobby Engram midway through the fourth quarter for 30 yards. The drive stalled when Seattle couldn't push the ball in from first and goal at the one, but the Seattle defense responded with a safety on the first Dallas play. Hasselbeck came back with a 37 yard touchdown to Stevens when he beat the Dallas safeties deep down the middle of the field to give the Seahawks the lead late in the game.
2006 Week 19 vs CHI (18 / 33 / 195 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck nearly opened the game with an interception. Trying to avoid a blitz he unloaded a quick out in the direction of WR Darrell Jackson. The pass hit a defender in the chest and bounced into the air where it luckily fell into the hands of Jackson for an eight yard gain. On his second possession Hasselbeck marched Seattle down field completing four passes capped by his touchdown pass to WR Nate Burleson. He took several big hits early in the pocket, but Seattle adjusted with more max protection soon after. Hasselbeck nearly threw another interception deep down the middle of field on a pass intended for Jackson. LB Brian Urlacher was running with Jackson on the play and easily knocked it away. Hasselbeck was one ten yard completion away from giving PK Josh Brown a chance to win the game on several plays, but couldn't put the capper on drives giving him a chance.
2005 Week 1 vs JAX (21 / 36 / 246 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck looked sharp to start the game, completing his first two pass attempts to Darrell Jackson, both for double-digit gains, and picking up eight yards on a scramble. His second quarter touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicious showed the strength of his offensive line. Hasselbeck looked right seemingly forever and then checked down to Jurevicius who was alone in the left corner of the end zone. On the next drive, he overthrew Darrell Jackson on a sideline go route and then badly overthrew Bobby Engram for a Jacksonville interception. He capped the first half by leading his team on a strong drive, culminating in a Darrell Jackson touchdown. In the second half, things started falling apart. The Jaguars' defense made some halftime adjustments that kept Hasselbeck off balance for the rest of the game. On a crucial drive in the fourth quarter, with the Seahawks still in the game, Hasselbeck made his most damaging poor decision in throwing an interception into heavy coverage.
2005 Week 2 vs ATL (20 / 31 / 281 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Matt Hasselbeck was on fire during the first half. He went to the locker room after completing thirteen of sixteen passing attempts for 192 yards and two touchdowns. However, Hasselbeck missed on his first six attempts in the third quarter as the Seattle offense ground to a halt. It got slightly better in the fourth quarter when he lead the Seahawks on a nine play 82 yard drive from their own nine yard line, but it ended with three consecutive penalties and a Bobby Engram fumble. Seattle was definitely hanging their heads with memories of several blown leads in the back of their minds from the past few years. Hasselbeck gave them a lift when they needed it.
2005 Week 3 vs ARI (20 / 31 / 242 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck dissected the Arizona secondary leading the Seahawks on three eighty yard touchdown drives during the game. He started the game hitting nine of his first 11 attempts and continued to pick apart the Cardinals all game long. Hasselbeck was never under much of a rush and got to stand in the pocket without worrying about getting hit after delivering his passes. His sore elbow didn't appear to bother him in any way.
2005 Week 4 vs WAS (26 / 38 / 242 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was very solid in executing the Seattle passing game. He accurately delivered passes and made good decisions while facing a very tough Redskin defense. Hasselbeck looked to be locked into WR Bobby Engram in the first half as the two connected for five hookups on five attempts. In the second half Hasselbeck looked nearly unstoppable, except for the fact that they only had the ball four times during the entire half with time on the clock. He led the Seahawks on 85 and 91 yard touchdown drives to tie the game up. Two other possessions ended in missed field goals, and only one possession ended in a punt. During the Seahawks' game tying drive Hasselbeck had what appeared to be a designed scramble for ten yards.
2005 Week 5 vs STL (27 / 38 / 316 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was sharp and efficient completing 71% of his passes and leading Seattle on seven scoring drives. The Seahawks went three and out only twice during the game and Hasselbeck played a huge part in that. Hasselbeck stood tall in the pocket keeping his eyes downfield while under a fairly heavy pass rush. He was sacked four times in the game, but the Rams were able keep bodies all around him on most plays. Further, Hasselbeck did a nice job of moving around in the pocket and rolling away from pressure.
2005 Week 6 vs HOU (14 / 20 / 168 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 40 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck played the type of game that makes Seahawks fans happy, but fantasy owners pull their hair out. He completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for only 168 yards and an easy touchdown to Joe Jurevicius. He scrambled for positive yardage three times, two of which resulted in first downs. Unfortunately, the lopsided score of this contest made the passing game virtually unnecessary after halftime and Hasselbeck attempted only six passes in the entire second half.
2005 Week 7 vs DAL (23 / 42 / 224 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck took a beating from the Cowboys. He was hit more by Dallas than any other team so far this season, mostly from blitzes up the middle. His 23 out of 42 passing effort (55%) was his lowest for the season. Although Hasselbeck was only sacked once in the game, he was flagged twice for intentional grounding and threw two interceptions after being hurried more than he's accustomed to. To be fair, both of his interceptions were balls that hit his intended receiver in the hands, but each was deflected up in the air and picked off. Hasselbeck showed solid decision making when he was under the heavy rush. Down by seven points with the clock ticking down the Cowboys played more prevent defense and stopped bringing the intense pass rush. Hasselbeck was able to complete all four of his attempts on their final drive.
2005 Week 9 vs ARI (13 / 20 / 158 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 1 rush)
Hasselbeck was sacked on the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage, but the play was negated by an Arizona penalty. Nobody wearing red entered his zip code again until the ten minute mark in the third quarter when former teammate Chike Okeafor blindsided him for a sack. With Shaun Alexander and the Seahawk running game dominating, Hasselbeck wasn't asked to do much. When he did drop back, he had all day to survey the field, locate his open receivers and connect.
2005 Week 10 vs STL (17 / 29 / 243 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was very effective directing the Seattle offense on five drives of at least 60 yards, and another of 47. He was able to stand alone in the pocket and survey the field without much to worry about from the Rams. On the few occasions he was pressured, Hasselbeck was able to slide side to side in the pocket well keeping his eyes down field. Both interceptions in the game were not his fault. One should have drawn an illegal contact penalty and the other bounced off the chest of his intended receiver. There were a few nervous moments late in the game when Hasselbeck couldn't connect with WR Bobby Engram on consecutive plays failing to burn some time, but he came through on the final Seattle drive completing both of his attempts moving the offense well when they needed a play.
2005 Week 11 vs SF (19 / 31 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 7 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck was sharp and efficient for most of the game, but didn't get a lot of help from some of his receivers. He put several balls on target during the game that receivers could have made a play on, but no one was able to make the big play that would have put the game out of reach. However, Hasselbeck also had a couple of passes that could have been picked off after being deflected up in the air. His touchdown pass to WR D.J. Hackett was a nicely thrown tight spiral and right on target. He nearly had a second touchdown pass to WR Joe Jurevicius in the second half, but instant replay put him down on the one yard line after the play was originally ruled a touchdown. Hasselbeck showed more of a tendency to leave the pocket and scramble today. He had plenty of time to survey the field, but did run for positive yards three times without sliding. At the end of the first run on the first Seattle drive Hasselbeck fumbled and turned the ball over, but instant replay overturned the play and led to the first Josh Brown field goal. During the fourth quarter Hasselbeck had WR D.J. Hackett open deep behind the defense, but threw the pass terribly short.
2005 Week 12 vs NYG (21 / 37 / 249 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck has become the prototype of quarterback efficiency, completing roughly two-thirds of his passes game in and game out. This game was no different as Hasselbeck completed 21 of 37 passes for two touchdowns and only one interception. He saw quite a bit of pressure and took three sacks. His lone interception should have been thrown out of bounds as Hasselbeck was well out of the pocket and nearly sacked when he made the errant throw.
2005 Week 13 vs PHI (8 / 15 / 98 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck led his team down the field on an impressive 16 play touchdown drive to start the game. He enjoyed great pass protection, looked comfortable in the pocket, and threw the ball accurately to his receivers. The drive ended with an 11 yard touchdown pass on which Hasselbeck rolled right, waited for his receiver to get open, then threw a strike back across his body to a wide open Bobby Engram in the middle of the end zone. Thereafter, with Seattle leading the game by a wide margin, Hasselbeck was in the game primarily to hand the ball off to his running back. He left the game at the end of the third quarter.
2005 Week 14 vs SF (21 / 25 / 226 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck put up his best fantasy showing of the season, throwing for four touchdowns and completing 21 of 25 passes for 226 yards in only three quarters of play. He showed excellent confidence in moving up into the pocket when pressure was applied and was sacked only once. Hasselbeck was picked off heading into halftime when he under threw Bobby Engram just shy of the goal line.
2005 Week 15 vs TEN (21 / 27 / 285 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 1 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck came up big when his team needed him against the Titans. He responded to a ten point deficit by quickly marching the Seahawks 83 yards on three plays for a touchdown that pulled Seattle to within a field goal of the Titans. On the game winning drive he completed six of eight passes eating up the clock and giving his defense a chance to rest. Hasselbeck made great decision all game long with the exception of one play that resulted in a sack. Off a naked bootleg Hasselbeck was spun to the ground by a defensive end, but just after his knee hit the ground he attempted to sidearm a pass downfield that was nearly intercepted. Other than this one play Hasselbeck was composed and in charge.
2005 Week 16 vs IND (17 / 21 / 168 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Seahawks opened the game passing and Hasselbeck completed his first two passes. He connected with Jerramy Stevens for a 15 yard touchdown pass. Hasselbeck threw his second touchdown pass to Shaun Alexander at the start of the third quarter. Hasselbeck was extremely accurate and connected with ten different receivers in the game.
2005 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 8 / 76 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hasselbeck didn't have much a chance to move the Seahawks in the first half. He was sharp and accurate completing six of eight attempts, but it was obvious that the Seahawks were committed to getting RB Shaun Alexander the rushing title. This regulated Hasselbeck to not much more than the person handing the ball off. Backup QB Seneca Wallace entered the game at halftime while Hasselbeck went to the sideline