The game we’ve had circled on the schedule for about six months is finally here. Ok, the luster it had back in June isn’t quite the luster it has in December, but this is still a big game nonetheless. A Seahawks win here and it locks up both the division and a first round bye. Isn’t that exactly what we were looking for when the season started? I’ve heard some play down the importance of this game saying it doesn’t matter whether we win or lose because we’ll lock everything up eventually. Have these wizards of smart ever watched the NFL before? Have they forgotten how seasons can turn on a dime with a loss that turns into a losing streak. Or worse yet, how an injury or rash of injuries can prevent you from locking up everything in the first place?
Well, not this scribe. This is a very important game in my opinion. Not only do we lock up the division with a win but we get a chance to put at least one nail into the coffin of the Niners in their quest for a playoff spot. And who doesn’t relish the thought of Jim Harbaugh watching the playoffs from his couch? Let’s peek into the crystal ball through the lens of that San Francisco classic (he said sarcastically) Mrs. Doubtfire.
”What a lovely home you have. Did you decorate this yourself? Yes, I did. Oh, it reeks of taste!”: That monument to sub-par construction and traffic gridlock known as Candlestick Park hosts the Seahawks for the last time on Sunday. Forgive me, I need a moment to compose myself and remember the good times…ok that’s enough. This piece of garbage can’t be blown up soon enough. Preferably, it would be with a large contingent of their fan base still in it. The one thing it does have is this new fangled invention that I think they call the escalator. Some smart people built Seahawks Stadium many years ago. You would have thought they would have known about this moving staircase thing.
“Ma’am, are you aware that it’s against the law to possess animals of a barnyard nature in a residential area? What if you’re married to one?”: Or, what if you’re taking one to the game? The weekend furlough program at San Quentin, also known as the 49er Faithful, get their last look at the Hawks before they have to make the trek to Santa Clara where you know they don’t have the kind of money needed to pony up for the seat licenses. Maybe that’ll mean our group makes a return trip to a Niners-Seahawks game in the future. After years of being spit on, having stuff thrown at us, having footballs thrown at girls heads, etc., it just wasn’t worth it anymore. But now that there’s the possibility that the true wine and cheese crowd will be back with those prices, it might be worth taking a look again.
“I hope you bring cocktail sauce. She’s got the crabs, dear, and I don’t mean Dungeness.”: Ahhh…female 49er fans. Don’t leave anybody out, that’s my policy. There’s an old joke that militant feminism was started to give unattractive women increased access to society. Female Niner fans must have led that charge. These gals are often more foul and vulgar than their male counterparts. I’d ask them if they kiss their mother with that mouth, but usually mom’s right next to her giving you the finger.
“I hope you don’t mind me being a tad rude, but… how was he? You know, on a scale of 1 to 10?”: I think that was the exact wording of a question in a press conference with Jim Harbaugh this week when discussing Colin Kaepernick. Talk about a sophomore slump. Defenses have figured out his read-option game. He’s obviously lost that clock in his head about when to get rid of the ball. Maybe he’s lost a step with the 5 pounds of added tattoo ink he got in the offseason. In fairness, his receivers outside of Vernon Davis have been absymal. Wait a minute…fairness shmairness, I love it! It is so much fun watching this guy at the podium after losses. I’d suggest even more tattoos. They’re not that permanent are they?
“Are you OK? Oh, I thought I saw Clint Eastwood, that would make my day! He is such a stud muffin!”: Then there’s the other side of the field this Sunday and Russell Wilson. This guy just continues to impress. What I was most excited about on Monday night was his continuing improvement against the blitz. Rob Ryan sent extra guys early and often and Russell burned them early and often. Of course a lot of the credit should go to the offensive line and their blocking schemes, but I think we saw earlier in the year that Russell was giving up a little too early on some of those blitzes when he had receivers open.
“I admire that honesty, Natalie, that’s a noble quality. Never lose that, because it often disappears with age, or entering politics.”: Or becoming a head football coach. You’ve got Jim Harbaugh unable to admit that Kaepernick isn’t what he was last year. You’ve got Steve Sarkisian saying he didn’t interview for the USC job yet literally an hour later was announced as the new head coach at USC. Then you’ve got Pete Carroll and the Percy Harvin situation. When is Pete going to shoot straight with us concerning Percy? Somehow he went from playing in the Minnesota game, having two weeks off with the bye, but then not able to play in the New Orleans game. I know he’s not a doctor, but someone can certainly tell him things more specific than “he’s got stuff going on with his hip”. Maybe there’s a little gamesmanship going on here making the opposition plan for Percy on the off chance he does play, but I think we’d rather just hear the truth.
“Where the hell have you been? I took the liberty of ordering you another Scotch. Bully!”: Well, it won’t be scotch, but it will be some of the finest beer you’ve ever tasted if you join us at North Sound Brewing in Mount Vernon for the game. We’re d0ing a viewing party and tailgate up there with the owners of North Sound and all proceeds are going to charity. So pack the long underwear, gloves, hand warmers, etc., and join us. It’ll be good practice for staying warm when we’ve got home playoff games.
“Carpe dentum. Seize the teeth.”: Time to seize the opportunity before you Seahawks. Time to go get that division title that is rightfully yours and guarantee yourselves a game at home in the playoffs against the earthquake-causing 12th Man. Time to shut down that sad excuse for a professional stadium with an emphatic victory. If you happened to dislodge a few of Kaepernick’s molars or Gore’s incisors, that’d be icing on the cake.
“I have two girls and a boy. Oh, a boy… I don’t “werk” with the males, ’cause I used to be one.”: Thus sums up the collection of human debris known as Niner fans.
Seahawks 27, 49ers 13
Have we gone through all our leftovers yet? Are you still trying to figure out a way to get rid of that last bit of cranberry sauce? Has the leftover gravy turned into material you could use for a bulletproof vest? A belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and didn’t consume too many adult beverages in order to get through the weekend, because we can’t be having hangovers affecting our performance tomorrow night. After what has seemed like an eternity, the Hawks get back to business on Monday night as the 4-letter circus comes to town. You know the ESPN executives feel like they’ve hit the lottery with this game so they might actually talk about it for half of their pre-game show. But I digress. We have a tradition with my friends and family. Beginning on Thanksgiving Night, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation gets viewed early and often during the holiday season. Let’s preview the game through the antics of the Griswold family.
“Clark, Audrey’s frozen from the waist down. That’s all part of the experience, honey.”: As our Vice President has advised us before, gird your loins tomorrow night because it’s going to be a little chilly. The Weather Channel’s website is calling for temps in the low 30′s at kickoff with the potential for a little snow mixed in with rain showers. I can’t imagine more perfect weather in which to welcome the Saints to Seattle. Drew Brees is a less-than-impressive 2-6 when the kickoff temperature is below 40 degrees.
“Every time Catherine revved up the microwave, I’d piss my pants and forget who I was for about half an hour or so.”: I’ve been trying to come up with explanations and reasoning for why we now have 2 more guys being suspended for drug violations and Cousin Eddie’s makes as much sense as any of them. It’s hard to fully express my disappointment with both Browner and Thurmond right now. When you’re facing suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, it’s not for a first time offense. These guys have already messed up previously in some manner. Ultimately, I believe it to be the height of selfishness and stupidity that hopefully this team can get past. Both of these guys are free agents next year and you have to think they’ve cost themselves a pile of money with this latest brain fart. However, I do believe one of the strengths of this Seahawk team is their mental toughness and their ability to have the next guy up perform at a high level.
“Don’t throw me down, Clark. I’ll try not to, Aunt Bethany…”: But now back to the game itself. Drew Brees comes to town after having his jaw rearranged by the 49ers defensive line. Yet another in a long line of flags that have just frustrated me to no end this year. You can’t hit a QB in the head and I’m fine with that. But hitting him in the chest and then having him dip his head to the point that you slide up into the jaw is not a penalty (or at least it shouldn’t be). We’ve also seen that you can’t hit the QB in the ankles either. It’s getting to the point that you can only hit a QB in the baseball strike zone and even then you’ll probably get a $15K fine for it. Aunt Bethany isn’t back there throwing the ball. Most QB’s are pretty decent athletes and they can take a hit.
“You surprised to see us, Clark? Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.”: I’ll freely admit, I didn’t think the Saints had any chance to be in the position they are right now. Did you see that team last year? That was the textbook definition of a dumpster fire. I get that Sean Payton not being there really sent that team in a tailspin, but I didn’t think the guy meant nearly this much. Do you remember that defense last year? Even the 2008 Washington Huskies were embarassed by that defense. A tip of the cap though is in order to Sean Payton because after last year’s debacle, the Saints really could have turned into a multi-year rebuilding project.
“What’s that sound? You hear it? It’s a funny squeaky sound. You couldn’t hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant.”: Warning! Potentially unpopular opinion coming! So, apparently we’re going to try and yet again break the Guinness world record for noise at a stadium tomorrow night. I’m sorry, but I am absolutely done with this garbage. It feels like a combination of a stupid junior high one-upsmanship contest and a way for irrelevant Seahawks alumni to keep their name in the media. News flash people, we already know we have the best home field advantage in football. The 12th Man has always prided themselves on creating the most hostile environment for visiting teams to come into. We don’t need Guinness and their possibly rigged decibel meter to prove it to us. Ultimately we may break the record tomorrow night and we may not. All I care about is whether we are walking out with a win.
“Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big? Bend over and I’ll show you.”: I can’t see that quote without thinking of Marshawn Lynch. Beast Mode will be on the big stage yet again and I think we all remember what happened the last time the Saints came to town. Unfortunately this time, Tracy Porter won’t be there to be stiff armed into next week (he’s in the NFL hell known as Oakland). To state the obvious, Marshawn is going to be the biggest key to the Hawks ability to win this game. If they can run the ball effectively, it keeps Drew Brees on the sidelines. With the weather forecast, the Hawks passing game may have a little bit of trouble as well. While the noise record thing bugs me to no end, I certainly wouldn’t mind trying to cause yet another seismic event.
“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”: The Seahawks have the great opportunity on Monday to leave the Saints for dead, at least as far as the #1 seed in the NFC is concerned. Little has changed as far as the path to the #1 seed since the Hawks last played. It’s still win your remaining home games and it’s yours. I think we all know the best chance the Hawks will have to get to the Super Bowl is to have all their playoff games in the cozy confines of CenturyLink Field. While Russell and company exorcised the demon of not being able to win playoff games on the road last year, I think we all would feel better if he was able to sleep in his own bed for the month of January.
“You want to hurry this up, Clark? I’m freezing my baguettes off.”: Sorry, sorry. I got a little wordy today. Here’s what we know. You don’t come into Seattle and beat Russell Wilson. The 12th Man is a force that is difficult, if not impossible, to reckon with. National pundits prove yet again they don’t deserve the paychecks they’re getting, as many have picked the Saints to win. This just feels like a team of destiny. Forgive the Rudy reference, but no one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around.
Seahawks 28, Saints 20
Happy Thanksgiving and Blue Friday 12ers.
The Seahawks are 10-1. The Seahawks are the best team in the history of Monday Night Football. Whew, I just had to get that out there!
My family and I are on the road in a little town called Pink, Oklahoma. I am using my father-in-law Darryel’s computer as we speak. Sherry, Anna and I were lucky enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of my Army life, Paralegal life, and the ever stressful Harker Heights High School life for a few days to come spend Thansgiving with family, way out here in the country. I am thankful for not only my family and friends, but also my brothers and sisters in arms who cannot be with their loved ones because they serving away from home in various regions of the world. To all, I say, “Thank you.”
Over 30 pounds of bird saw the delicious sizzle of the boiling peanut oil yesterday. The green bean casserole was in abundance, along with stuffing mashed Taters, roasted asparagus, Uncle Mike’s dry (no it wasn’t) ham, cranberry, beer, and of course , football. Before it ended I had consumed a Soldier’s share of the goods along with half of a pumpkin pie. Then came the coma. Excellent times.
In a few days the 10-1 Seattle Seahawks take on the visiting Saints in the Clink on Monday Night Football. There could be no better show-case for what may end up being the most important regular season game for Seattle this season. The Saints will march into Seattle with a record almost as impressive as Seattle’s. They will be attempting to knock Seattle down a notch and take Russell Wilson’s home record from perfect to not. The Seattle Seahawk’s resiliency will be tested to it’s core. I can’t wait.
I am hoping to see the following this coming Monday night:
1) Ground game gets going early and keeps New Orleans on their heals.
2) Offensive line holds fast and provides Russell time to find Tater, Dougie Fresh, and JK open downfield. I also hope that JK is back from concussion, or this won’t work.
3) Boo-boo gets many touches and is at least half as exciting as he was during his two in the last game.
4) 12 gets the record back and smashes the decibel mark, so that it might not ever be duplicated.
5) The Clink is registered on the richter scale and the few fans that New Orleans scrapes together panic and run.
6) The Seahawks remain the best team in the history of Monday Night Football
This has been probably the toughest bye week in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. Two players who are very important to the current state of the Seahawks, have been suspended for drug use. I am going to go out on a limb and say that, “I agree with Tater, in that the actions of those two players was selfish, and it hurt the team.” I won’t go further into detail because I am not a judge nor an executioner. I am a fan, and right now the Hawks need 12′s to be bigger than ever. The Hawks need 12′s to rise above in spirit and voice, waive their undying flag, and help elevate our team to victory.
Seattle signed Perrish Cox, to my chagrin, then waived him to my delight, and signed DeShawn Shead from the practice squad. I am excited to see what Shead can do. You should be too. He is highly praised by the staff, plays safety and corner, and has been earning a roster salary on the practice squad. In case someone hasn’t been paying attention, one thing that Carroll and Schneider do better than anyone is evaluate defensive backs and employ them accordingly. If Pete says this kid is the real deal, then he is the real deal. Welcome to the “Legion of Boom” DeShawn, here is to hoping that you are able to take advantage and be the next man up that we are hoping you may be.
On Monday night the 12th man will once again break the record for fan noise. They will not try, they simply will. Kansas City, bless their hearts, had to use prompts and 10,000 extra fans to beat our previous record by 1 decibel. It is on. That is all.
The bye week has allowed players to rest and get healthy at the right time. The offensive line should be in well rested form, and the returning starters have now had an extra week to get back into game shape. Percy Harvin got his feet wet, these sweet fleet feet. Who else is excited to see what he has up his sleeve now that he is back? The defense and offense had an extra week to scheme and plan for the upcoming challenge. Although Seattle has not done well coming off the bye in years past, this years isn’t about the past. In years past they couldn’t win on the road, they do now. In years past they couldn’t win those nail biting close games, they do now. In years past they couldn’t recover from costly turnovers and big mistakes, they can now. The Seahawks will be ready. Just watch.
The 12s worldwide have been organizing themselves with unheard of fervor. Volume12 has dedicated a site to helping Seahawk fans around the globe organize and get together each week. Another group called “Beast-Quake” is rallying the 12thman to stomp their feet during the game to see if they can reproduce the seismic reaction that occurred the last time the Saints came to town.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I suppose a safe
Black Blue Friday! Go check out Richard Sherman’s site for some great deals on 12 gear. And don’t forget to shake a Veteran’s hand and tell them thanks. Until next week, 12thman now, 12thman forever, Go Hawks!
Happy Blue Friday everyone! As our Fighting Birds of Renton come home to continue this amazing season, I thought I’d throw a few things out there for you to chew on. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this stat, but if the Seahawks win on Sunday, it will be the first time in team history that they’ve had back to back 10+ win seasons. With a win on Sunday, Russell Wilson will be No. 1 in winning percentage for a starting QB in NFL history (minimum 25 starts). Even with a 12-0 record at home, Russell has a higher passer rating on the road than he does in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field (99.1 vs. 103.5). And just a reminder, if the Hawks can win their remaining four homes games, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs is ours.
Now, the team that formerly had the Purple People Eater defense wings its way to the Emerald City. The Vikings limp into Seattle at 2-7 but they are coming off a home win against Washington last Thursday night. That should take the edge off a little bit and make things a touch easier for the Hawks. Let’s take a look at this game through the antics on Minnesota’s frozen ponds and The Mighty Ducks.
“Take the fall! Act hurt! Get indignant!”: But before we dive in, can we address an issue from last week’s game in Atlanta? What is the NFL coming to when it allows defensive linemen to get cut blocked on every play, but you get a 15-yard penalty for grabbing the QB around the legs when you’re already on the ground?! Then not only do you penalize the team (allowing Atlanta to get their only TD of the day), but you fine Michael Bennett $15K?! The Competition Committee has to look at this in the offseason. I certainly understand the desire to increase player safety and the additional protections put in place for the quarterbacks that drive NFL revenues, but we’re getting dangerously close to having this be a game we don’t recognize.
“Just so you know, we really suck. Hey, I’ll decide who sucks around here.”: Sorry Minnesota, but we can’t hide it anymore. You’re not good. 29th in defense against the pass. 25th in offense throwing the ball. That’s a recipe for disaster against a Seahawks team that found their passing rhythm last week and a secondary that feasts on mediocre QB’s.
“Keep swingin’. Maybe you’ll give them a cold.”: At the top of the list of the Vikes problems is Christian Ponder. I look at his career stats and I think “combo of John Friesz, Kelly Stouffer, and Rick Mirer”. 36 TD’s, 32 INT’s, 18 fumbles, and career passer rating of 77.2. As Foghorn Leghorn would say “eeEEEEeeehh”.
“Rink’s gotta be around here someplace. Just look for a sign that says ‘Personal Hell’.”: Then there’s poor Adrian Peterson. This guy probably has a couple herniated discs from having to carry this team on his back the last few years. He’s this generation’s Barry Sanders. The amazing thing is what he’s been able to do when teams stack the box with eight guys and he’s still able to average 4.5 yards a carry. You shudder to think what he’d be able to do behind a real offensive line.
“Flying V!!!”: The Seahawks can finally put together their Flying V now that Percy is in the mix. I get a little excited at the thought of a 4-receiver set and the Vikings having to pick their poison. Do you try and keep up with Percy’s speed? Do you try and cut off Doug Baldwin’s crossing routes? Do you double-team Jermaine Kearse since he showed the ability to catch anything sent his way last week? Or, do you try and take away the bubble screen to Golden Tate who will make at least five guys miss? That is an unenviable task for Minnesota’s defensive coordinator.
“You got somethin’ to say to me Bombay? To think, I wasted all those years worrying about what you thought. You’re going down Reilly.”: It’s obvious that Pete Carroll could care less what everybody thought when he was first hired. Yours truly included, there were many that thought his rah-rah routine wouldn’t work here. He had already flopped in New England and New York. Plus, there was more than a little suspicion that he was getting out of town at the right time before the NCAA brought down the hammer on USC. But Pom Pom Pete and his Pint-Sized Pal John Schneider have definitely made believers out of me and Seahawk Nation. I would like to publicly say I’m sorry for doubting.
“A team isn’t a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn.”: I think that best sums up this Seahawks team right now. This isn’t just a collection of talented players. This is a cohesive unit that picks each other up when the chips are down. This is a group that when one goes down to injury, the next guy is ready to step up and contribute. Apart from Cliff Avril launching into a diatribe on the sidelines last week, this is a team that seems to genuinely like each other and gets along. All these things will go a long way in deciding how this season ultimately turns out.
“Because it’s not worth winning if you can’t win big!”: In contrast to the team, it feels like the fan base has become Coach Reilly at times. A shaky victory against Tennessee. A low-scoring win in St. Louis. Then the 21-point comeback against the winless Bucs at home. I know we all want to see a repeat of the Atlanta game every time the Seahawks take the field, but that just isn’t the NFL. On paper, the Hawks should win this one going away. However, as we’ve seen at times, these guys tend to play down to the competition at times, particularly at home where they think they’re unbeatable (with good reason by the way). I think we’re in for a close one on Sunday if for no other reason than I’m still a little unsure that the defense will be able to bottle up Adrian Peterson which allows Minnesota to have longer drives and keeps the Seahawk offense on the sidelines.
Seahawks 24, Vikings 17
Who is ready for some true Seattle football tomorrow? As I write this, the wind is howling, the power’s gone out 3 times at the house this morning, and it’s been raining sideways. While thankfully it sounds like it’ll calm down for tomorrow, you know those boys from Florida are nowhere near ready to deal with this kind of weather.
Have we all thoroughly calmed ourselves after Monday night? I know it was an ugly, ugly win. It most definitely put the spotlight on some glaring weaknesses with this team. I take solace in the fact that even though the Seahawks brought their D-minus game to St. Louis, they were still able to win. It definitely says something about a team that they’re able to do that after playing that badly.
Thankfully now we get the soft landing known as the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. If there was ever a game where we can get healthy, here it is. Let’s take a look in the crystal ball through the classic, Swingers.
“Hi, how are you ladies doing this evening? What do you drive?”: Wow, kind of gets right to the point, doesn’t it? No messing around here. Yes, the Seahawks looked as bad as we’ve seen probably since the game in Cleveland where Clipboard Charlie was forced into duty. But as I touched on earlier this week, that was a stretch of four out of five games on the road, they went 4-1, and we now have five games here at home to end the season and I think we all know how that should work.
“So let me get this straight. The party started at eight. Why are we going to a bar at ten?”: A quick reminder to set your clocks back tonight. Although if you don’t, I suppose the only issue is that you’d get to the game early as opposed to late. I know we in Hawk Alley will be taking full advantage of our extra hour of tailgating tomfoolery.
“You know what you are? You’re like a big bear with claws and with fangs…”: And that goes over like a lead balloon with NFL players Greg Schiano. I know you want to be the next Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick who rules with an iron fist and strikes fear into his players. Well, you know why that worked for them and why it doesn’t work for you? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because they win??! When you’ve yet to post a win, you may need to re-think your strategy.
“There’s nothing wrong with letting the girls know that you’re money and that you want to party.”: Just try to not pass along your staph infection to them. Apparently Tampa’s keeping their facilites about as clean as a public bathroom in Calcutta. Although, I shouldn’t joke. I know what it’s like when you get a staph infection in your brain fluid, having gone through that last year. Oh hell, never mind, it is funny. Particularly when you know what those antibiotics do to you, it’s kind of funny thinking about that happening on an entire NFL team. Picture the sounds from Austin Powers when he’s drowning the guy in the toilet. Okay, now that you’ve lost your lunch, we’ll move on.
“You’re so money and you don’t even know it!”: Maybe Russell Wilson does know it, but it never hurts to emphasize. This guy has taken an absolute beating the past few games behind that Division II offensive line. Yet, he still makes plays. Thankfully even when he leaves a pass about 10 yards short, he has receivers like Golden Tate to bail him out and turn it into six. It would be awfully nice to see Russell be able to go out there tomorrow and look like he did the last four games of the regular season last year. He needs that confidence boost as the New Orleans and San Francisco games loom in a few weeks.
“Excuse me darling. I’m sorry. Wow. I want you to remember this face here, OK, this is the guy behind the guy behind the guy.”: We may very well need the guy behind the guy at running back. With word that Marshawn has a bit of a knee issue brewing, Turbin and Michael may see a lot more action. The P-I reported yesterday that Lynch is still expected to play, but you know with the way he runs, there’s always the risk of aggravating an injury like that.
“I’m gonna make Gretzky’s head bleed for super fan 99 over here.”: Even though they risk fines, I thoroughly encourage the Legion of Boom to let off some of the steam in the general direction of Mike Glennon. No, that’s not the ball boy for the Bucs, that’s actually their quarterback. You’d be excused for confusing the two though. Actually, I think he’s a dead ringer for Happy Gilmore’s caddy.
“You ready hip hop? You ready New Kids on the Block?”: You ready 12th Man? You ready to make yet another unsuspecting victim feel your wrath? I’m sure after Monday’s game, there’s some pent up energy that’s just waiting to be unleashed upon the Bucs. Let’s get this Dare to Dream Express back on track.
Seahawks 31, Bucs 6
Happy Blue Friday 12ers! Let’s Tawk Hawk.
Last Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks left the nation of 12 scratching their collective heads. Every 12 nationwide knew that this week’s Hawk Tawk was going to be a little abrasive. Seattle’s offense looked completely inept. There was no creativity, no adjusting, no answers, no coaching. Thank the football Gods that the defense held up in the Red Zone, but golly gee Wally, that was terrible. Let’s Tawk about it. Ughh.
The offensive line was exactly what we knew they were going to be going up against a Divisional opponent. With some, or at least one, of the best rush ends in the league, Seattle’s offensive line looked like a play-dough fun factory. Shove the handful of dough in one side and 7 brightly colored quarterback sacks were squeezed out the other. Rookie Michael Bowie and Paul McQuistan are just simply not getting their jobs done. For the past few weeks I have made it known that I thought Bowie was an upgrade over Giacomini, or at least would be in the near future. I believe I also said, “Giacomini will never start another down for the Seahawks.”. I have changed my mind. I would, at this point, rather have Giacomini back. At least he is nasty and mean. At least he can push people around, [sic] tackle defensive pass rushers, and protect someone, sometimes. At least he would take action if he kept getting smoked in pass protection. We all know he would have had at least 5 or 6 holding calls in that game. I have said it all year, the offensive line is not good. I do not see that improving past mediocrity, and that will only happen when they get the starters back. Okung will be huge for the left side, but the right side is hopeless. Sweezy is like a small Giacomini, at least he holds just as well. I hope that by having their butts smoked on MNF, the coaching staff will finally take their play into account and design an offensive game plan around it. Which brings me to my next point.
Some of you saw that Seattle tried to run and were not very successful. I saw that Seattle tried to run in their basic zone block scheme a few times and weren’t successful, so they quit. I saw that they weren’t successful because they did not seem to attempt to help the two tackles in any way. I didn’t see any two tight end (pulled in tight) sets. I didn’t see more than a handful of quick out or slant reads. I didn’t see dual back sets to set up screens. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see them give any real consideration to trying to defeat the pass rush at all, ever. Maybe we can get Clay Mathews to do a handyman commercial in Seattle. I doubt a Fathead would fix Seattle’s offensive line, but heck I’ll try anything at this point. It almost looked like they just said, “Well I don’t know what else to do so let’s just hope we get lucky.” We are happy that they did get lucky, but man, I was disappointed. There is a major hole in the road to the Superbowl my friends. The offensive line is causing problems not only for Russell Wilson, but obviously for the offensive game plan as a whole. The offense looks like a Junior Varsity playbook compared to what they normally do. So, it is here I will stop with my whining. They won, and it was important that they did. My heart can’t take too much more, though.
The Seattle Seahawk defense looked better than the offense. I didn’t say great, because they were not great. The defense allowed a scrub quarterback to march his team down the field too many times. Yes, they only allowed 9 points and had a great goal line stand to win the game. However, it should have never allowed those drives to happen in the first place. I am not going to pretend that I understand the complexities of coverage schemes, but I am willing to say that the coverage was nowhere as aggressive as it should have been. An inexperienced quarterback versus the Legion of Boom translates to, “make him beat you with his arm.” Instead, Seattle gave up 200 yards on the ground and consistently left holes in the line open that had no right to be open. The Rams ran all over Seattle defense. I am dumbfounded as to why Seattle didn’t stack the run and go man press in coverage. But, aren’t we all. Oh, “But they got two interceptions you say?” Both interceptions were on very poorly thrown balls, and the only football players who had a chance to catch them were Seattle Seahawks. ”If Seattle doesn’t make those two interceptions they lose the game you say?” How many times did Seattle turn those interceptions into points? At any rate, they didn’t break, they just got a little twisted. Don’t get me wrong here, I really did see some great things. Bruce Irvin looked awesome flying all over the field racking up tackles and looking like Sherman on that interception. There was decent pressure, but Seattle only sacked Clemons three times. I would like to say that the LOB kept the passing game in check, but the Rams did that to themselves. Seattle didn’t do anything to force the Rams to throw, and they almost paid dearly for it. On a much lighter note, I would like to say welcome back Bobby Wagner, we missed you and Earl Thomas, you are freaking awesome.
Mike Rob didn’t have much of an impact on the offensive game, but I am glad he is back. Nobody really did except Tater Salad, and though he provided points, I hope his premature JV celebrations are truly over. That was embarrassing. Sidney Rice is gone for the year, and that is going to sting. Not that he was a huge impact on the direct success of the offense week in and week out, but he certainly is Seattle’s biggest receiver in stature. Seattle used Sidney to clear backfields and to draw coverage deep. They are going to be depending much more on Tater, Dougie Fresh, Kearse, and maybe even Lockette. Yes I know Boo Boo is coming back soon, but he doesn’t fit the role that Rice filled. To be completely honest with you, I am not too worried about the receivers. Tater and Dougie Fresh have enough talent to hold down the Nest, while Lockette is a speedy guy who can come in and draw some coverage. Kearse needs to take advantage of this opportunity. If he doesn’t, I don’t know that we see him going forward into next year. Anyone want to bet that Rice is probably done as a Seahawk? I hate to say it, I really do, but his Salary going into next year is way too much for an oft injured receiver with declining numbers. I am excited to see Dougie get some reps, as he is one of my underdog kind of favorites, but what I really want is for the receiving corp to step up, start getting open, and figure out how to be consistent. Once again though, the injury bug bites hard.
Marshawn Lynch was very upset about his under use in that game. I do not blame him one iota. The Seahawks really screwed the pooch in the running game, and only giving Marshawn 8 or so carries isn’t going to make anyone happy. The coaches are all Tawking about how they are mad too, but they are the knuckleheads who made the calls. They better let Lynch get 200+ on the ground this week, no excuses. The Seahawks coaches put on a show on Monday night and it was called, Absolutely the worst offensive coordination I have ever seen.”
Against Tampa this weekend Seattle has lots of explaining to do. Not with words and excuses mind you, but with play on the field. The defense needs to play like they can, and the coordinators need to let them. The Seahawks need to run the ball like they can, and the coordinators need to let them. The Seahawks need to sack Mike Glennon at least 6 times, but then thank him for helping the entire saga of Russell Wilson to play out the way it did. Seattle did a great job not turning the ball over, not sure how, but they did, and they need to continue that this week. The legion needs to cause havoc in the backfield and cover everything that flies. The run defense needs to come back, not sure where they were vacationing at, but please come home. 12thman needs to be big for the home team this week, they need us. Lastly, way back in the preseason I predicted that this week, ”Revis” Island, much like the Louisiana Territory, is purchased for a four-year $2,222,424 contract and is renamed Sherman’s Peak.” Make it happen Seahawks, Make it so.
Football. 12thman now, 12thman forever, GO HAWKS!!
How fun was last Thursday night? If we go back to the preview before the season started I proclaimed the Arizona game one of the most important because it was a road game against an inferior team on a short week and that’s been an issue for the Hawks in years past. How do they respond? Oh, just driving the ball with incredible efficiency to build an early 14-0 lead (and that hasn’t been happening on the road lately). Sure, they let the jobber Cardinals (sorry, pro wrestling term there) off the mat for a minute but ultimately finished them off with a superkick underneath the chin.
Now it’s on to the Gateway City. For the second week in a row, the Seahawks will have the nation’s full attention as the four-letter network brings its traveling circus to St. Louis. Let’s preview the game through the antics at Harrison University and Old School.
“Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!”: The Hawks get some national exposure once again. It tasted pretty good last week. I gotta think it’ll be pretty refreshing this week too. ESPN gets graced with the ability to showcase our Seahawks this week. After the gong show that was the game in New York last week, I think even Mike Tirico will appreciate calling this one.
“No. That’s a piece of crap. We stopped selling that six months ago. Nice gesture, though.”: Just when you thought you’d heard it all, the Rams apparently were inquiring about the availability of Brett Favre this week. What, Vinny Testaverde turned you down already? Jeff George was out of town? Couldn’t get Rich Gannon out of the announcing booth? I get that Sam Bradford going down with an injury is tough. Nobody wants to hand over the reigns of an NFL team to Kellen Clemens, but would it kill you to maybe give Vince Young a call? Maybe Matt Leinart? I certainly understand not calling Tim Tebow, but come on Rams. Let’s act like an actual viable NFL franchise shall we?
“Well, Columbus wasn’t looking for America, my man, but that turned out to be pretty okay for everyone.”: Meanwhile in Renton, we weren’t necessarily looking for standout defensive linemen when we signed Avril, McDonald, and Bennett, but boy did we get it. We were just looking for some super glue to hold the line together while we waited for Irvin and Clemmons to return. That display last Thursday in Glendale was very impressive. Eight sacks by seven different guys tells me that the Cardinals offensive coordinator had absolutely no idea how to set up their blocking schemes. You know Brian Schottenheimer saw that and you have to think an ulcer may have started once he realized he has to scheme for them this week.
“I see Blue, He looks glorious.”: I don’t think that was the exact quote, but Richard Sherman could have said something similar after that hit from Larry Fitzgerald last week. Thankfully, no such danger exists this week. St. Louis has gone the way of trying to get short, speedy receivers with their biggest guy being 6′ 3″, 220 lbs. and he doesn’t play all that much. But as we saw in Indy with T.Y. Hilton, those short, speedy guys can give the Legion of Boom trouble. They’re going to need to have their communication on the right wave length. Which should be pretty easy because….
“We’re going streaking! We’re going up the quad and to the gymnasium.Who is? Th… W… There’s more coming.”: You could probably go streaking through the Edward Jones Dome on Monday night and nobody would notice. They’ve either streaked up to Busch Stadium for Game 5 of the World Series or they’re watching the game on their phones. That place is a pretty sterile, quiet environment to begin with, but when you have a baseball city with its team in the World Series compared to a mediocre team that just lost its starting quarterback, the only people who will be into this game will be the traveling contingent of the 12th Man.
“Guys, this is a very special occasion. The Godfather himself has decided to grace us with his presence.”: The way the media talks about him, you’d think Percy Harvin was the Godfather himself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited at the thought of adding Percy to this offense. This passing game needs him desperately. But we may need to temper the enthusiasm just a touch. He may very well come out and not have a great game Monday night. He may not do a whole lot next week at home either (although he should, did any of you watch Tampa last night?). We need Percy for December, January, and February. The schedule’s a little soft through November which will give Darrell Bevell time to work him properly into the offense. So if we get to the bye and he’s only got 10 catches and 1 TD, let’s not freak out just yet.
“Damn, I gonna end up workin’ at Red Lobster.”: Unlike the 15 coaches they’ve had between Dick Vermeil and him, I think Jeff Fisher’s job is safe at least for this year. Of course after the Hawks get done with his lambs, he may wish he was serving up cheddar biscuits and shrimp scampi.
Seahawks 38, Rams 10
Before we get started, wanted to quickly apologize for the lack of previews the last couple weeks. There are times where work, illness, and Oktoberfest in Leavenworth (the illness was unrelated) conspire to limit the amount of time in the day to be able to properly muse about our beloved Seahawks. But no more. The Hawks are 5-1 and are making their annual trip to the desert to take on the Cardinals. Let’s look back a little bit and look forward through the prism of the movie at least partially made in Arizona…Major League.
“Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill.”: First though, I just wanted to take a second and thank all of you who having been stopping by our tailgate in Hawk Alley this year. This past Sunday alone our Hawk Strong and Blue Line Express groups raised over $1,500 for ChildHaven. And thanks to all of you we were left without a drop of beverage or crumb of food when we left for the game .
“Don’t you guys go anywhere. I plan to put on a hitting display.”: Like Willie Mays Hayes, the Hawks made us think they could put on an offensive display last Sunday only to have it end up like his infield bunt single. At least it got the job done. There’s been a lot of hand-wringing and angst surrounding that win against Tennessee. Let’s calm down a little bit people. I know we expect to blow out every team that comes into the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field, but we need a little reality check. This is still the NFL. The Titans used a defense they hadn’t been using all year and it took a while for the Hawks offense to figure it out. The Hawks made some boneheaded mistakes that they normally don’t make. And yet they still won the game by seven points. If they had lost, okay fine, let’s lose our minds, but not after a win. Baltimore had more than one ugly loss last year and I think that worked out ok for them in the end.
“Call the stewardess, Vaughn. I need one of those bags. There aren’t any stewardesses. I wonder if they are any pilots.”: Now the Hawks wing on down to Glendale to meet the Cardinals on a Thursday night. These Thursday night games are one of the biggest glaring hypocrisies the NFL has going right now. They say they’re worried about player safety yet they give teams 3 days between games. Apart from the increased risk in injury is the fact that these games have been almost completely unwatchable so far this year. I know this is 100 percent about making money, but it’s things like this and the possibility of putting a team in London that may well start to turn the golden goose a shade of blue.
“What’s that stuff on your chest? Crisco….Bardol….Vagisil. Any one of them will give you another two to three inches drop on your curve ball. I haven’t got an arm like you, kid. I have to put anything on it I can find. Someday you will too.”: Contrary to popular opinion, that was actually a conversation between Carson Palmer and Russell Wilson. Carson Palmer has been doing his best Matt Schaub impression lately throwing 11 interceptions so far this year. He trails only the “great” Eli Manning for most INT’s in the NFL. Hmmm…a QB prone to interceptions going against a secondary prone to catching said interceptions? That sounds like a good recipe.
“In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.”: While it won’t be quite to the level of old Memorial Stadium, the big toaster known as University of Phoenix Stadium won’t have too many more fans in attendance tomorrow night. After all, that 5:30 p.m. start time is right in the middle of the early bird special. It’s kind of nice to be going on the road and knowing your own fans will probably be 30 percent of the attendees.
“I thought you said we didn’t have any high priced talent. I forgot about Dorn because he’s just high priced.”: Sorry, that was an unnecessary shot at Larry Fitzgerald. The dreadlocked and spectacled one gets his semi-annual look at the Legion of Boom on Thursday night. The Legion has been having some troubles on the road lately (see Houston and Indy) and I’m sure they’re looking to rectify that situation. They better because with some of the offensive struggles lately, they’re going to have to make some plays to keep this thing in hand.
“Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down by one in the ninth. You got a chance to be a hero on national television… if you don’t blow it. By the way, saw your wife last night, hell of a dancer, you must be very, very proud. I mean that guy she was with, I’m sure he’s a close personal friend and all. But tell me, what was he doing wearing her panties on his head.”: Keep this one in your back pocket Hawks. You never know when Jay Feely will need reminding of his ineptitude against you. Ultimately, I think this one does come down to a field goal. These Thursday night games don’t tend to be high scoring. It’s a good thing we’ve got one of the best kickers in the game, assuming he remembers to get out of the way when someone’s looking to truck him again.
Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17
The Seattle Seahawks travel into Arizona to face the Cardinals on the Week 7 edition of Thursday Night Football. The Seahawks rebounded after taking their first loss of the season to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 to defeat the Tennessee Titans 20-13 in Week 6. Seattle comes into the game at 5-1 and on top of the NFC West. Arizona is fourth in the West, but, at 3-3, has the best record of any last place team in a division. Arizona Cardinals tickets for this game are averaging $131, 19% more the average Cardinals home ticket in 2013. However, this is a 28% less than the average price for Seattle Seahawks tickets on the road. The get-in price is currently $41 and prices for the game are also up 2% in the last week.
The last time the two teams played at University of Phoenix Stadium was last year’s season opener. Ticket prices for that game were just $89, 32% cheaper than this year’s game.
The Seahawks have used their running game to beat down opponents this season. Some of this is in part to Seattle having the lead late in games, so they are running to kill the clock, but the run has been effective either way. The Seahawks have failed to gain 150 yards on the ground in just one game this season. Marshawn Lynch has been the main component of the running game averaging 19.5 rushing attempts per game and 4.2 yards per attempt. Seattle has two other dangerous backs in Robert Turbin and Christine Michael who are both averaging over four yards per carry in limited touches.
In the passing game, Russell Wilson must be aware of Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson. Peterson has become one of the best cornerbacks in the league in his third season and already has three interceptions in 2013. Wilson is averaging just 26 pass attempts and 206 yards per game, and is throwing a touchdown on 5.1% of those pass attempts.
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Happy Blue Friday! Last week was brutal, was it not? I really did think that they would figure out a way to make it happen and they didn’t. Right when I was convinced that Seattle would have enough common sense to play man coverage, they decided to go zone. I will not spend this week trying to explain away that decision because it was not mine. I will not spend this week harping on the fact that Seattle should almost never be in zone coverage. Okay, maybe I will, just a little.
The Seattle Seahawks have a luxury that possibly no team in the history of the NFL has ever had. Every starter in the defensive backfield is an all-pro player, when they are playing together, in the same back field, on the same team. Mr. Quinn, if you happen to read this, and I know you will because everybody is doing it, please take heed. You have quite possibly the the most fearsome pass-rush potential in the NFL. You have Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Michael Bennett (I know he’s hurt) and they are all pass-rush specialists in some fashion. You have the best defensive back field in the NFL. You have Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. You have Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. When a commoner such as myself combines those two units, what it means is that you play man coverage, and bring the freaking house on passing downs. For the Seahawks to be on the “under” side of the sack ratio is ridiculous. I do have faith that you will get this corrected, please do so soon. I like to pretend that it is a grand scheme to keep the rest of the NFL from knowing just how dangerous the Playoff Seahawks will be, but I know better. Seattle is not built for zone coverage, they are built for heavy press, man on man, shut down coverage. Tell me I am wrong.
“Giacomini is statistically the worst or second worst starting player at his position in the entire NFL according to the stat junkies”
It was exciting to see the offense moving the ball fairly well, as that is something we have not seen very often this season. The running game looked fantastic until they decided that they had to pass for no reason. Russell Wilson is fighting from behind a beleaguered offensive line, isn’t he? When you start a game with four starters sidelined, yet run the ball at will, why would you stop? Russell is an absolute Houdini when it comes to escaping a crowded pocket, but good grief. If Wilson was not behind center, Seattle would have given up nearly thirty sacks so far this year. No stretch there either, he has truly avoided that many sacks with his magic DangeRuss hustle. I am looking forward to seeing the team fire on 8 cylinders this week, as it has not happened yet. Seattle has either been a defense on fire, or a methodically purposeful offense, or an absolute dominate special teams. They have not put all three together yet, and it needs to happen soon.
The offensive line has been hurting Seattle all year. Giacomini is statistically the worst or second worst starting player at his position in the entire NFL according to the stat junkies. His replacement Michael Bowie, actually, has played pretty well all things considered. If you don’t believe me go check out Keith Myers’ brilliant piece on Michael Bowie . I normally would not link to another sight, but Keith was the Editor of 12thmanrising.com when I first met him. He is the one who gave me my chance to fulfill a 12thman dream. I just wanted you all to know who’s fault it really was. The back ups have done an admirable job of getting small holes open for Marshawn Lynch, but are equally as successful in letting the opposing team get to Wilson, and that absolutely has to stop. Penalties, BMHOTFW. That means “banging my head on the freaking wall,” for those not in the know. Seattle sometimes suffers from the stupid penalty syndrome, and it is bad. Against the Colts, Seattle suffered from crappy officiating, and it was much worse. I will not go so far as to say that the officiating cost Seattle the game, but it most certainly cost Seattle momentum and field possession. Regardless, I believe Seattle lost the game because of zone defense, lack of pass protection, and crappy special teams play. I’m right.
Marshawn Lynch was running with that look in his eye, was he not? Boy, was I excited to see him moving like that. I think the next couple weeks are going to be exciting. I would really be interest in seeing more throws to the running back as well. The offensive line predicament spells it all out in blue and green. The lack of pass protection means run the ball and quick passes until the defense softens up. Seattle seams to get in the groove periodically and I get super excited when they do — primarily because it lends credence to the voices in my head, but also because it is best way to get their offense in a groove. The offense moved the ball well for the most part and looked pretty impressive when they weren’t being penalized for imaginary penalties or not benefiting from the referees not seeing the real penalties that the Colts got away with. I regress, Seattle lost the game because they got beat, or the fact that the defensive scheme failed.
Max Unger is back, that is a good thing. Bobby Wagner is hurt, that is bad. The pass rush will suffer once again as the linebackers are shuffled around to fill the starting lineup. Overall I think K.J. will be fine filling in, he is a great player. I am a little concerned about seeing what Irvin does at strong side, but this is his chance to shine. Percy is back in practice after the game, and that my friends cannot be overlooked, nor should we over-emphasize his return. Seattle has a very capable receiving group, but they have some flaws so far. The receivers have not been gaining the early separation necessary to defeat a strong pass rush in the passing game. I have absolute faith in Rice, Tater, Dougie Fresh, and Kearse but they need to step up their games a bit. Russell Wilson needs to have a receiver ready to puts hands on the ball within a few seconds of his third step in the drop back. They haven’t constantly done so, so far, but we will see. Harvin will most certainly add another aspect to the game, and I do think he will be that quick open Russell so desperately needs. I think his biggest impact will be grabbing attention. Nobody in the league is going to ignore a player as dynamic as Percy, and that may just allow the other receivers to get space to grab a few throws here and there.
My buddy Ted has a new roommate and I would like to welcome his new Buddy “Snort” to Hawk Tawk. Long story short, some dude in a brown van dropped him off on the porch the other day, and now him and Ted are best of friends.
This week I am going to Jedi mind trick the Seahawks into a well balanced attack of running the football and dumping quick outs for the first quarter. If they follow my game plan they will look like a well oiled machine. Well, maybe not, but it would make me look good, eh? I expect the defense to be challenged in the flats because the Titans will expect Seattle to stick with their worthless zone coverage. That is why Schaub threw the pick six that Sherman got a few weeks back. They thought zone coverage, because there was a release rush on from the end. They were wrong. I expect an interception before the end of the first half. I also expect Lynch to get the century mark this week. Russell will throw for 250 and two TDs. One to Tater and one to Kearse.
Who knows right? I just want the Hawks to win because this is a game that they should win, 12thman now, 12thman forever, GO HAWKS!!
This week in Hawk Tawk, I am going to try not to focus on the negative. I am going to concentrate on Tawking about all of the good things that came out of that epic win over the Texans. If you have read Hawk before, you know how I feel about saying it like it is, and calling out poor play. This week I want to call out the good things. Let’s Tawk Hawk.
Last week’s game against Houston is why I do not focus on statistics. Statistics show that Seattle played poorly. Stats show that Houston is a very good football team. Stats do not show how inspired the defense played in the second half, or how hard the team fought when it mattered. Statistics do not show what won that game for Seattle, because there is no statistic for heart.
Last Sunday, we all witnessed what may be the most important victory of the season for the Seahawks. That was an ugly, ugly, ugly win. The Seahawks looked like a tricycle racing a corvette for most of the game. I am not sure why they looked so bad, but the fact is that they did. When you get pushed around, punched in the mouth, and have your lunch money stolen, you are supposed to curl up in a ball and try to survive. You are supposed to just accept the fact that you lost and try to save some face. Not the Seahawks, nope they are going to fight back, no matter how big you are. They are going to keep swinging until they find a way to kick you in the nuggets, then take their money back while you lay there crying.
The game started well enough. The defense had a great take away on a text-book tip drill and everything looked like it was supposed to. After the initial drive yielded a field goal I thought to myself, “Okay,that was a good drive, just stalled a little by an aggressive defense.” Then, I just paced back and forth cussing for the remainder of the first half. Everything was going wrong. The patchwork offensive line was terrible, as we knew they would be. The running game looked like it might get going until, well, until it didn’t. Russell Wilson was being chased relentlessly by the Texan pass rush. The defense got torn apart by the Texans running game and their passing game. Halftime couldn’t come soon enough. But it did.
In the second half, the defense tightened up. The Seahawks bent, but did not break. They kept Houston off of the scoreboard which in turn gave the offense time to try to figure out how to move the ball. The passing game just did not come around and seemed like it was in slow motion. Yet, it was the passing game (in a way) that moved the ball down the field on that huge touchdown drive. Russell would drop back to pass, feel the pressure and then somehow escape yet another sack and run for a first down. Russell threw the team on his shoulders and managed to move the ball down the field. The Texans certainly helped the Seahawks out with a few ill-timed penalties, but it was up to Seattle to capitalize on those situations, and they did.
Seattle’s defense seemed to remember the benefits of putting pressure on Schaub in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks finally turned it up a notch. It was a critical second down stop, and a well-timed third down pressure that created the game tying interception by Sherman. I don’t remember ever seeing a more glorious Seahawk moment than that pick six, it was simply magical. When he crossed the goal line, I knew Seattle had taken the Texans last breathe. I knew they were going to win that game. As I danced around screaming and yelling, I realized I had just witnessed the play that would allow Seattle the chance to go 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Can you imagine how loud it would have been if that play happened in the Clink?
Championship teams win those kind of games. When a high-caliber team sputters on offense and defense, but can find ways to win games like these, it means so much more than a win in the win column. Seattle showed that this team has the heart and soul of a fighter. There was no option other than victory, and they found a way to make it happen.
One could say that the Texans lost the game instead of Seattle won the game. I disagree, Seattle most certainly won the game. The Seahawks appeared to be beaten for over 90 percent of the game, on the road and against a very very good Texans team. What Seattle did was to never give up. A lot of teams say they never give up, but that is just ear wash, saying what they want others to believe. Seattle showed everyone who watched the game that they truly never give up, they showed it, they didn’t just talk about it.
It was an amazing finish to a huge victory for the Seahawks, emotionally if nothing else. Now it is time to get ready for next week. The Seahawks travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and Andrew Luck. This week has all of the makings of another tough game for Seattle. If they can find a way to win, they will be 5-0. The offense will certainly need to find a way to work around the current offense line trouble. The defense will need to get themselves right again. Andrew Luck and his Colts are no pushovers which makes this road game just as dangerous as the last. Hopefully, Seattle has regrouped, taken a deep breath and is ready, because another performance like last week’s may not be enough for a win this time.
Seattle stumbled last week and came away with the win which is encouraging. I really am excited to see what happens when this team is firing on all cylinders. Bruce Irvin is back this week, Bennett somehow might play and when you add Clemons and Avril to that mix, they should be putting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. So the Hawks have their defense in tact to keep Seattle rolling until the offense finds their groove. When they get the offense rolling, they are going to be very, very scary.
Did you know that there is a large group of Seahawk fans right down the road from me in Austin, Texas? I didn’t until a week or so ago. They are almost 100 strong and get together every week to take over a local pub and cheer on their Hawks! I haven’t had the opportunity to meet them in person yet, but am looking forward to in the very near future. I wanted to use this opportunity to make sure that 12ers know that they exist. By the way, Ted is on vacation this week, so I will have to check back with him next week. Until then, 12thman now, 12thman forever! Go Hawks!!
Tomorrow, the Seahawks will visit the Houston Texans (2-1) in their bid to go 4-0 for the first time in the history of the franchise.
To better understand the opponent, I had the privilege of speaking to Stephen Forsha, the co-editor of the Toro Times which is the Houston Texans website on Fansided.
He offered some insight on a few questions I had regarding his feelings on this Houston Texans team, which started the year strong before collapsing against the Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
Here is the conversation:
My thoughts are mixed with that comment from Reed. I do believe these two teams have an opportunity to be Super Bowl contenders, but it is way too early in the season to say this is a Super Bowl preview. I really like the Seahawks’ chances to be in the Super Bowl over the Texans, just for the fact that if the Texans want to play in the Super Bowl they will more than likely have to beat the Denver Broncos, and I don’t know if anyone will be able to stop them.
Again, though, if the Texans can turn around their season with more consistency starting with this game, and prove they belong back in the higher tier of teams in the AFC, maybe Reed’s “prediction” will come true.
Garrett Graham, tight end — The reason I choose Graham is the fact he can be sneaky in scoring situations as the focus will be on either of the two main running backs, Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins or Owen Daniels, the No. 1 tight end.
Graham this season does have two touchdowns, and is averaging 8.1 yards per catch this season. He has seven receptions for 57 yards, but that’s what makes him so sneaky. The Seahawks should keep an eye on him when in the red zone, but more than likely he could be the one who gets the mismatch opportunity this week.
I think their biggest strength is having two running backs who are good enough to be starters in the NFL in Arian Foster and Ben Tate. This could be considered a weakness to a point as well as neither players gets the chance to get into a rhythm in the back field.
Right now the weakness seems to be the quarterback play thus far as Schaub had four interceptions in three games, and a QB rating of 87.3. It’s been well documented this week about the play of Schaub, and he’s even said he needs to play better as well.
One key is staying healthy. That seems to be a problem for Houston this season with Andre Johnson not finishing the past two games and tackle Duane Brown missing the game last week.
Other keys for the game are the Texans’ need to not make turnovers, because the turnovers have really hurt the Texans this season, including last week with Schaub’s interception being returned for a touchdown. Remember in the first week of the season Schaub had an interception that was nearly returned for a TD.
I also believe if Foster can rush for 100 or more yards the Texans can win the game. The 23 times he’s rushed for that amount in the regular season the Texans have won the game.
This is a tough one, and Texans fans may not enjoy this answer, but after seeing the way the Seahawks have played this season my prediction is the Seahawks 21, Texans 17.
I see this game being a game of defense, and I just need to see more consistency in a positive way from the Texans’ offense for me to think otherwise.
It’s time for some Hawk Tawk. This week here, the Seattle Seahawks travel to Houston to take on them rascally varmints, the Texans. I had hoped to be at this weeks rodeo at Reliant Stadium, but the Army had other plans for me….so be it, I will just have to yell loud enough for them to hear me from Casa de Blanco.
Last week, the Hawks took on more of the persona we had come to know over the last half of last year. The run game looked dominant. The offensive line did a much better job of run and pass block, and there were great improvements in the penalty department. I don’t want to make too much of this because it was the Jaguars, but any improvement is still an improvement. Russell Wilson had a decent game minus the two turnovers, and he didn’t have to scramble around so much in the process. We also got to see what our second string could do against an NFL defense. Relax, I didn’t say a good NFL defense. It was also a good game for all of us in an emotional sense. I got to rest my heart for a few quarters and in turn kept my blood pressure at somewhat healthy levels. This week, I do not expect the same. I am stocked up on Tums and Tomato juice , just in case. Let’s Tawk some Hawk.
The running game, as I have been trying to explain for three weeks, is the heart of the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks heart is finally starting to beat strongly. Run the ball. When the Hawks run well, everything else is well. You know the running game is going well when the opposing team gets exposed to Christine Michael. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Seattle is going to continue to work Marshawn Lynch with the ball. I know, I know…it’s a stretch, but I am risky like that. Run the ball. Besides, they need to show the Texans what a real running game looks like. Arian Foster is a quality back, and Ben Tate isn’t a slouch either, but I will take the Hawks running backs straight up in this one, no need for a spread. Run the ball. If Seattle can establish the running game early, Russell Wilson should be able to take flight early and often. The Texans have a couple of troublesome defensive players that will need to be dealt with to do that. J.J. Watt is the biggest concern. He has a knack for getting after quarterbacks and swatting balls at the line of scrimmage. Russell Okung is out, so the Hawks offensive line will have a real challenge to keep him contained. Run the ball. Russell will have to make reads at the line and get the ball out quick. He has the receivers to really take advantage of the Texan’s scheme. Run the ball. I am going to be looking for quick slants away from Watt, and Skittles right in his face. Run the ball. Overall though it will be important to run the ball. I am sure I could emphasize this more, but I am not sure how.
The defense looked very, very good in the first half against the Jaguars. They were supposed to and they did. The second half saw some garbage time points go up for the JJ’s but other than ego, they didn’t hurt the Hawks. I am going to be looking for the defense to come up big in the take away department. I am expecting the run defense to continue convincing coaches to give up running completely and try throwing it. If that happens, well, you know. That is when the Legion takes over. I am very interested to see if they can continue the trend of quarterback pressure this week. Nothing looks nicer than a Schaub on his keester. It would be really nice to see a seven-sack game.
Special teams have really been the game changers so far this year. From field position, to field goals they have been excellent. This week should provide an opportunity to keep the Texan offense tucked into their own side of the field. A game full of five or six touch backs by Hauschka would be nice eh? I also think the Hawks would benefit from not punting the ball, just never get to fourth down, easy right? Hopefully Hauschka doesn’t have to try any field goals, just five or six extra points. Yep, that sounds like a plan.
Overall, I just want the Seahawks to walk away with a victory. They need at least a split on this back-to-back road trip, but a sweep is the better alternative. Most of the TV talking heads are saying that this week is a possible Super Bowl preview. I am not sure about how I feel about the Texan’s chances of making the Super Bowl – they have the talent, but if the Seahawks do what I hope and believe they will, that will mean back-to-back losses for the Texans. Maybe they recover, maybe they don’t, but let’s hope the Hawks earn their victory first.
This week has been a challenging one, so this Hawk Tawk will be shorter than the rest of my ramblings. The Army has had me writing all week, and I fear my eyes are starting to cross. I predict a 32-10 Seahawks victory, and that is me showing some compassion. The starters will play the whole game this time though. My buddy Ted picked up his girlfriend from the airport last night, and you won’t believe this, but she is a Texan fan. She seems like a nice girl, but he said she seemed a little strange. He went on to explain that her being a Texan has had adverse effects on her. I started to feel bad, but then I realized what was going on when he sent a picture.
12thman now 12thman forever, GO Hawks!
So, this is what it feels like to be one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. You’re never mentioned as one of those teams that’s 3-0 but possibly a fraud. You build a little nest there at the top of everyone’s Power Rankings. You dispatch of a vastly inferior team at home, just as you should. To top it off, you’re a favorite on the road against one of the better teams in the other conference. Not even torrential downpours during your home games can get you down. Instead of running for cover, you splash in the puddles and don’t give a damn that you’re getting wet. Yes indeed, it is a lot of fun being on top.
Now, the Flying Birds of Renton get on their Delta charter and head for Houston. Without question, this is one of our toughest road games on the schedule this year. Early game, good opposing offense — the opposing defense is No. 2 in scoring (I’ll let you guess who’s No. 1). To get this through this, the Hawks are going to have to be crafty. One might even say they’re going to have to know how to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.
“Oh! Right in the testicles! Ouchtown, population you, bro!”: Something tells me Gus Bradley and his band of Jaguars would have preferred a large rubber ball in the testicles to the beat down they suffered at the hands of the Seahawks last Sunday. At least that pain would have only lasted a few minutes.
“Las Vegas. A city built of hot sand, broken dreams and $5 lobster. A city where you can get a happy ending, if you pay a little extra.”: Houston. A city built on a hot swamp, shady energy derivatives, and humidity you can cut with a butter knife. But at least you can get barbecue. Granted, it’s not as good as you get in the Austin-San Marcos-Lockhart triangle of Texas, but at least it’s not that garbage they feed you in Dallas. It’s also a city that those of us in Seattle can look to for hope. They had their NFL team snatched away by a no good, inbred, loud-mouthed, sonofabi— in Bud Adams and ultimately did get a team back because that’s a major league city. Seattle is a major league city as well and when that Napoleon Complex-having David Stern finally retires maybe the NBA will realize that again.
“Prepare to be humiliated on cable television!”: Well, at least on Fox, which has definitely at times has had the ratings of a cable network. The Seahawks will see their old friends Chris Myers and Tim Ryan in the booth on Sunday. For what little it’s worth, they’re 1-0 this year when those two have called the game.
“And will someone catch a goddamn ball? It’s like watching a bunch of retards trying to hump a doorknob out there!”: Not sure if Patches O’ Houlihan was giving the pep talk to Average Joe’s or to the Texans last week. Either way, didn’t work. The Moo-Cows scored a total of nine points against Baltimore last Sunday to go along with their pedestrian 170 yards passing. Matt Schaub sure had an “elite” day, wouldn’t you say? Oh, he’s not elite? Better tell the “experts” at ESPN who consistently rank him ahead of Russell Wilson.
“I’m being told that Average Joe’s does not have enough players and will be forfeiting the championship match. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.”: Both the Seahawks and Texans are the walking wounded this week. The Hawks are going to have to duct tape that offensive line together with both Okung and Giacomini out this week. There was also a report that Max Unger is dealing with some kind of arm injury. It’s a good thing we’ve got a QB who knows how to scramble and is very effective when doing so. On the other sideline, Andre Johnson’s been dealing with a lower leg injury that could keep him out. One of their main corners Jonathan Joseph didn’t practice on Wednesday either with a toe injury. Could very well be a battle of attrition on Sunday.
“Come on! I get better runs in my shorts!”: The Fantasy Football darling Arian Foster has a grand total of 190 yards and one touchdown through the first three weeks. That’s gotta be helpful for a bunch of you out there. Of course the Bowing One could break one at any time. So, it’ll behoove the Seahawks defense to make sure they stuff the run and force Schaub to try and pick on the Legion of Boom. Good luck with that.
“Son, you’re about as useful as a poopy-flavored lollipop!”: While I wouldn’t call Gary Kubiak “son” since he’s older than I am, I’d say his usefulness is summed up well there. This guy somehow has hung around after posting a very mediocre 61-55 record. At least he got this team to the playoffs the past couple years. Of course, the only team they could beat was Cincinnati, so take that with about a tablespoon of salt. It’s yet another week where when they show the split-screen of the coaches, I’m much happier with our guy than with their guy.
“It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the awkwardly feminine from the possibly Canadian.”: It’s time for the Seahawks to show their fans and the nation that they are for real. No better way to do that than to exorcise some long-time demons, namely beating a quality team on the road in an early game. Thankfully, unlike many teams of Seahawks past, I think this team has the mindset and attitude to do just that. On top of that, they’ve got a quarterback who hasn’t been below a 90 passer rating on the road in his last seven games.
“You’re going down like a sweet muffin!”: Or maybe a few slices of brisket with some burnt ends and a couple spareribs on the side. Mmmmm….barbecue.
Seahawks 24, Texans 13
Have we all recovered? Are everyone’s vocal cords back to their upright and locked position? Everyone’s livers sufficiently detoxed after Sunday? Good. I think I speak for most when I say that to be a part of one of the great days in Seattle sports was something I’ll always remember. However, we must keep in mind it’s one game (although one very important game since it’s in the division) and it’s time to move on to the next one. Thankfully, the soft landing known as the Jacksonville Jaguars make their way cross-country to come into the lions den known as CenturyLink Field. Let’s look back a little bit on Sunday night and get ready for this week with a preview through the 1980 classic, Airplane!
“I need the best man on this. Someone who knows that plane inside and out and won’t crack under pressure. How about Mister Rogers?”: Fred Rogers may have done a better job than Colin Kaepernick last Sunday. How awesome was it to watch him turn into a complete puddle of goo when facing the Seahawks defense? Even better was watching the river of human debris (a.k.a. Niners fans) walk dejectedly yet again out of the CLink.
“Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison?”: Something tells me ol’ Douchebag Harbaugh Style would have preferred a Turkish prison to the torture he was put through on Sunday night. Going back and watching the game again on Monday, that was obviously a man who had no clue what to do to get that team back on track. It was a thing of beauty. Mysteriously, he also did not show up for his scheduled radio interview with the San Francisco media on Tuesday. The “rationale” given was that he only does that every other week (which would be different from every NFL head coach). Sure Jimmy.
“Do you know what it’s like to fall in the mud and get kicked… in the head… with an iron boot? Of course you don’t, no one does. It never happens. Sorry, Ted, that’s a dumb question… skip that.”: Now our old pal Gus Bradley brings his toothless tigers to Seattle and will have to endure the kicking in the head with the iron boot. I really feel bad for Gus. He got himself into a massive rebuilding project that he probably won’t get more than about two years to do before the owner gets impatient and fires him.
“It was a rough place – the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It’s worse than Detroit.”: Or the Jacksonville locker room. Last week the Legion of Boom had Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis to tangle with. This week? Cecil Shorts III and Mike Brown. The first guy sounds like he belongs in an old Benson episode. The other guy could possibly be either the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals or the old coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In either case, you know the LOB is licking their chops at the prospect of facing these guys.
“Our only hope is to build this man up. We gotta give him all the confidence we can. Striker, have you ever flown a multi-engine plane before? No, never. [to McCroskey, with the microphone still on] Sh*t! This is a God damn waste of time! There’s no way he can land this plane!”: Poor Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Neither of them could land this plane called the Jaguars. I’m envisioning their plane is like the “Indian Express” from Major League. Now, while it’s still up in the air a little bit, it looks like Henne will get the nod while Gabbert “rehabs” the hand injury he’s got. You know Gabbert was in the training room this week putting forth his best second grade performance about why he didn’t want to go to school. There’s no way he wants any part of this Seahawks defense or the 12th Man.
“There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”: Screw that, I’m alarmed! Is there anyone else that can play left tackle? While hopefully the injury to Russell Okung is something that will only keep him out a few weeks, if it’s longer than that, it may be something that takes this Seahawk plane out of the sky. After Wilson and maybe Lynch, Okung is probably the most valuable player on an offense that has struggled a bit the first two weeks.
Would you like something to read? Do you have anything light? How about this leaflet, “Famous Jewish Sports Legends?”: Or perhaps “Re-caps of Jaguar Wins”? Ultimately, I think we all know what to expect from this game. The Seahawk defense will have a field day against a vastly inferior Jags offense. The Seahawks offense gets out of their rut against a mediocre Jag defense. And we all frolic out of the CLink after a fairly easy victory. What, you don’t frolic? Oh, you’re missing out.
Seahawks 38, Jaguars 3