Seahawks are very balanced

Joe Theismann takes a look at the Seattle Seahawks' offense.

Originally Published: February 3, 2006
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
Super Bowl XL is going to be a dogfight in the trenches. We won't see a 45-10 blowout or a 35-31 game. Instead we'll see two well-coached, well-prepared teams fighting it out in the trenches. Let's take a look at how the Seattle Seahawks' offense matches up with the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense in the passing and running games.

Contrary to popular belief, Seattle is not a one-man team (MVP Shaun Alexander). The Seahawks can throw the ball, too, and QB Matt Hasselbeck has the ability to lead his team, even in the face of Pittsburgh's suffocating blitz scheme. He will be helped Sunday by the fact that he has more than one weapon in the passing game.

Whenever Hasselbeck drops back to pass, he'll have options such as TE Jerramy Stevens and WRs Joe Jurevicius, Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson. That will be helpful because the Steelers won't be able to focus on taking one receiver out of the game to stymie the passing attack, as the Hawks did to the Carolina Panthers and WR Steve Smith in the NFC Championship Game.


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Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to ESPN.com and has contributed to the NFL Draft.

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