It seems like a number of franchise records have been broken by the 2013 Seahawks. Every week, a new record seems to be tied or broken by the team.
On Sunday, another record can be broken — this one for the most wins on the road in franchise history.
Originally set in 1984 and tied in 2005, the record is five wins on the road in a single season. This season, the Seahawks are 5-1 away from CenturyLink Field and have a chance to be 6-1 if they beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Both the 1984 and 2005 teams finished the year 5-3 on the road. The 2013 Seahawks have one more road game after Sunday’s game in San Francisco. On Dec. 15, the Seahawks will visit the New York Giants (5-7).
The Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) are the only other team in the NFL that has five wins on the road this year. The Eagles are 5-1 away from home, but 2-4 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Last year, the Seahawks started 1-5 on the road before winning their last two road games en route to an 11-5 record.
On Sunday, the Seahawks can also clinch the NFC West for the first time since 2010. That year, the 7-9 Seahawks became the first team to win their division with a losing record.
The 49ers have owned the division title for the past two years.
The last time the Seahawks clinched with a winning record was 2007.
The Seahawks won’t play at CenturyLink Field on Sunday but that won’t stop the 12th Man from showing their pride in San Francisco.
According to CBSSports.com, one hundred Seahawks fans pooled enough money to fly a “GO HAWKS-12″ banner over Candlestick Park before kickoff on Sunday.
The organizer was Cedric James Morris, who made this statement on fundrazr.com:
To show our dedication and support as members of the 12th man…I…propose that we fly a plane with a banner attached that reads “GO HAWKS-12″ over the stadium a little more than an hour before kickoff not just showing San Francisco, but the entire nation that we are the most passionate, the greatest, and the LOUDEST fans in the NFL. The banner would fly for approximately 10 to 15 minutes above Candle Stick!!!…Let’s show the world, and those 49ers what the 12th Man is all about. ARE U FIRED UP? Let’s make this happen my fellow 12′s.
Morris also said that a surplus of funds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West on Sunday with a win. They clinched a playoff spot when the beat the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
A win would also put Russell Wilson’s name in the history books. With a win, Wilson would become 23-6 as a starter in the NFL and would break the record for most wins by a starting quarterback in his first two NFL seasons. He is currently tied with Ben Roethlisberger, who had 22 career wins in his first two seasons.
The Seahawks have won the last two meetings against the 49ers by a combined score of 71-16.
Both of those games were in Seattle. The last time the Seahawks played at Candlestick was Oct. 18, 2012, where they lost 13-6.
I am back after a lengthy hiatus as I added writing for the FanSided homepage as part of my regimen for a while and am excited to get back in the swing with my weekly column for you great Seattle fans. And good lord do I have something for you this week, hope you’re in the mood to read a little. Let’s get it!
I saw this intriguing column by Hayden Kane at our FanSided partner LightlyBuzzed.com and just had to respond. The main bullet point is in the title of the column, “Seattle Seahawks PED suspensions: Seriously, why don’t we care more?” In all fairness he meant general suspensions, PED or otherwise. It’s a pretty interesting concept he brings up and I’d suggest the read to make sense of what you’re about to read as a response.
As opposed to the original negative comments towards this piece, I have to admit I was wondering when this question was going to be posed by somebody, if ever. It IS a valid question and I am SHOCKED that it’s not a bigger deal to the league office. I will say that it seems as if Browner’s suspension (if upheld) is a step in that exact direction. Technically a judgement of a year long suspension for this offense isn’t supposed to fall until til the 4th time around and this is Browner’s first issue in this category, to my knowledge. (Thanks for that assist goes to our old buddy @12thManMyers). The suspension then, could be more of a not-so-quiet but inconspicuous message to the Seahawks from the NFL, more-so than to Browner; “Get it fixed or we reserve the right to expedite the process of penalty against your player(s).” Yeah I might be reaching there, but maybe not.
At any rate consider that the league is fining and flirting with the idea of taking away a draft pick from the Steelers for their coach standing too close to the field of play when a player ran by and almost bumped him. The NFL is extremely sensitive to even seemingly non-issues. Consider also that if the University of Washington were facing this, the question of “death penalty” might be posed, not acted upon, but it would come up eventually through other findings in a stupidly-long investigation of the last two decades of stuff. A bowl ban, recruiting penalties, etc., all would be on the table and the previous coaches would be sought out for penalty if possible.
Thankfully that isn’t the case in the NFL, but the argument of why Seattle has been caught so many times without really having to deal with much flack as an organization is incredibly justified and ultimately, the result is stunning. There’s nothing wrong with having the opinion that this is maybe a bigger deal than we make it out to be.
That being said, to answer your question Hayden in a general sense, comparing football and baseball is comparing the gladiators to the Roman soldiers. One is held to a higher standard and baseball has always self-proclaimed it’s place as “America’s Game.” The other is expected to find a way to that edge for survival and Football was the sport created for the ‘bad boy’ in all of us. Corruption in baseball is supposed to mean more because they hold themselves to a higher standard, so it does.
Also, for the most part, NFL players simply accept their punishment (I said for the most part) as opposed to lying about it and dragging it into the public circle of court or whatever. You lose credibility for your sport by doing that and ultimately being proven guilty. It’s also worth mentioning that this is not Russell Wilson and it was looking like a bigger deal when Sherm was in trouble last year. But yeah, none of these players has the stature of a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez were the flag-bearers for all races in Major League Baseball and all of them lied about it, under oath! Before them nobody would have noticed and honestly, we can ask the question would they have been noticed in their stature otherwise? Yeah probably, but I think that’s the main catch-22 for this whole argument. I mean nobody really talks about Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson in that regard, while questions could easily be raised for both.
But we move on to cover the horizon of the question.
To answer your question as a pure Hawks fan, we don’t care at this point, LOL. We can’t be bothered with that stuff. Simply, we’ve been heartbroken and cheated out of this thing too many times (believe it or not and true or not, that’s how we feel… check the phantom Jets’ TD to end our season in ’99, or the 2006 Super Bowl “pushoff” that stole a TD or “touchdown” that wasn’t or “block in the back” by our QB who was in on the tackle, or the two Playoff losses to Chicago in the last 7 years, or Atlanta in 2013 and etc.). Not all of them were us being cheated but the fact remains we’re starving. We’ve been too good to not have a banner and until we get what’s comin’ we won’t let anything taint our view or stand in the way of our year!!! We deserve this! We can taste this!
Digging deeper, it comes down to the way that Pete Carroll and his staff handle these situations. They don’t let us (or the all important media) dwell on them and those in trouble do not define our team or our team character. When a guy gets suspended, he gets suspended, end of discussion, period. It’s not this “oh woe is us how will we survive this” attitude, our management prepared and did their homework! Every weakness on this team only seems to reveal a bigger strength. The issues that completely destroyed our teams in the past are mere blips on the radar now.
Bad call? Make a play. Down 21? Get tough. Guy injured? Dang it, good thing we drafted homeboy behind him! Guy suspended, WHAT!? (Shrug) we don’t even think about them more than the time it takes us to read it. Oh wait, how many games? Is Russell still our quarterback? Ok, yeah we’re good. There’s no time to whine about it, we’ve been here before and it’s just time to overcome it all. It’s the Pete Carroll way and we’ve all bought in.
Next up, the way this team was built, this is OUR team now! Most are draft picks, which gives the fans a particular sense of pride and entitlement in their performances. On top of that, like 90% of our players are degenerates, passed over or made fun of by the entire league for one reason or another either during the draft or after it. It’s been well documented and we’ve embraced them as the somebodies nobody wanted but now everybody wish they had! Sorry, that’s OUR guy and we’re willing to help him through his issues. Carroll and the 12′s realize that there is a fair amount of risk involved there, but if we can’t embrace you, nobody can. There’s always the T.O.’s that come to town and never fit in, but they kick themselves to the curb anyway.
Whether from the years of painful setbacks or the idea that nobody could be bothered with us or our players, we’ve all developed the underdog mentality, killer instinct and forgiving attitude for those that wish to be forgiven.
Most importantly, each and every one of these players are heavily involved in the betterment of their community and have formed an unbelievable bond with the people and media of Seattle. The Russell Wilson’s, Richard Sherman’s, Marshawn Lynch’s, Golden Tate’s, Doug Baldwin’s and Earl Thomas’s are killers, trash talkers and unreal natural athletes on the field, but as a unit they probably best represent what the NFL is all about outside the field of play, in fact better than most any other group. Media spin is easily positive towards that type of endearment and to a man the team is never “too good” for a quick interview. That earns brownie points.
The guys are ambassadors for their sport and for their city. In Seattle our team is recognized as citizens and friends before we recognize them as players! We know the face before we know the number on the jersey. When they win, we all celebrate together! When they lose, the city is gloomy. We feed off each other on a daily basis, which is part of why we have the loudest crowd in the world. I mean it’s always been loud here, but when everybody cares about the guy making the play more than the play itself, well… Special Happens.
I guess it also doesn’t hurt that it’s nice to be the ‘bad boy’ for once, as opposed to getting beat up by him. Heck, we lived in the AFC West for three decades! Oakland, KC and Denver were always a combination of the dirtiest and best teams in the league. It was like getting punched in the face by big brother ALL THE TIME! When we moved into the NFC West we were the punch-line upon arrival. We were never supposed to be allowed to catch up to San Francisco, St. Louis, Arizona. The banners and trophies said it all.
But things have changed, the Aldon Smith’s of the world are getting caught on illegal gun charges in San Fran while the Cardinals are picking up a Tyrann Mathieu with all of his personal problems because he’s a heck of a baller! He got like a million retries at LSU and still couldn’t figure it out, but heck, the Cards were desperate.
We have to be desperate! So our guys took a couple pills and a joint for a leg up, who cares? Nobody’s totally clean, that’s football. If you get caught, own up and do the time. Maybe it’s the wrong attitude to have, but it’s not changing because a few more penalty flags are thrown. We NEED a championship.
We all have issues and it’s always been like this, the great teams face adversity and simply press the “dismiss” prompt on their screen til nobody can see it. For the rest of the league it must really piss them off that the perceived weakness of the week is actually not going to be any easier to attack than it was before. But that’s how it is with every great NFL team.
We’ve been on the other side of the fence too often! Meh, what’s a few suspensions? Next man up til dude gets back! Besides, look at the Tomlin deal. The league is so busy trying to figure out what to do with the next guy that they can’t focus on who’s doing what in Seattle for too long. Suspend the guy and let the 12th Man play!
Heading into Week 14, the Seahawks have the best record in the NFL at 11-1 and are one of just two teams with 10 wins this year (the Denver Broncos are 10-2).
Fansided’s 2014 Mock Draft order has been set and if the season ended today, the Seahawks would have the last pick in the first round.
Fansided believes that with the No. 32 pick in the NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks would select Ra’Shede Hageman, defensive tackle, Minnesota.
Hageman was named to the All-Big Ten team this season as a Gopher. He recorded 34 tackles — 11 for losses — and had two sacks, an interception and nine passes defended.
To defend the selection, Fansided says:
The Seattle Seahawks are the cream of the crop in the NFL and they lack any big weaknesses on their roster. However, if there was one area the team could benefit from improving at it would be their interior defensive line.
Seattle has been spending plenty of time over the past few offseasons stockpiling talent at defensive end, so imagine the damage the Seahawks defense could do if they are able to bolster defensive tackle.
By adding Hageman with the final pick of Round 1, Seattle would have a star-studded defensive front to go around with their stellar secondary.
The Seahawks are stacked on the defensive line but their best lineman — Red Bryant, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril — are defensive ends. The defensive tackles are currently Tony McDaniel, Brandon Mebane, Jordan Hill and Clinton McDonald.
While I understand the theory that adding a defensive tackle would be a big gain, I think the Seahawks defense is looking good right now.
Instead, perhaps the Seahawks could use that pick on an offensive lineman who could help protect Russell Wilson. That seemed to be the biggest weakness on the Seahawks this year.
What are your thoughts? If the season ended today, what position would the Seahawks need to improve using players in the draft?Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
Richard Sherman was the most recent athlete analyzed on ESPN’s Sport Science with John Brenkus.
Sherman, who has 34 tackles and four interceptions this season, went through an obstacle course and showed off the speed and skill that makes him one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
One of the things that makes Sherman such an impact is his size. Listed at 6-foot-3, Sherman is two inches taller than the average wide receiver.
His quickness is also tops in the NFL. According to the Sport Science data, Sherman can accelerate to 19.8 miles per hour in just 2.7 seconds. From a stand-still, he can cover seven yards in 1.3 seconds.
Sherman was drafted by the Seahawks in the 5th Round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Stanford. Since joining Seattle, he has posted 153 tackles, 16 interceptions and four forced fumbles.
After blowing out the Saints 34-7 last night it’s starting to seem like no one has the ability to beat the Seahawks at home this season. If the Saints, who have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL can only muster 188 total yards and 7 points at CenturyLink Field, what chance does anyone else in the NFC have?
It’s not like the Saints didn’t try everything possible to deal with the crowd noise either (custom fitted earplugs come to mind). The bottom line is, no matter how hard teams try there just is no good answer for dealing with the 12th man. Especially when the stakes are high and the crowd really gets going.
Speaking of high stakes, the Seahawks clinched a playoff spot by beating the Saints on Monday night. The stakes for Seattle don’t get any higher than being in the playoffs with the possibility of having home field advantage. Having said that, what team in the NFC might have the best chance of coming to CenturyLink in the playoffs and walking away victorious?
Based on the current NFC playoff field(which will likely explode in the next few weeks) the five other teams Seattle might face are: New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Carolina, and San Francisco. So which one of these teams should scare the Seahawks if they come to town?
After New Orleans performance against Seattle last night it seems apparent that the Saints have trouble marching anywhere that isn’t the Superdome. If a rematch with the Seahawks happens in the playoffs it’s likely that the Saints will have the same troubles with crowd noise and weather.
Similar to New Orleans, Detroit is an indoor team that sometimes has outdoor troubles. Plus, Calvin Johnson struggled against Seattle last season and a bad game from him would be bad news for the Lions.
Then there is Dallas. Tony Romo and Big D have had their struggles in the Northwest for quite some time now and I don’t believe that would change if they came to town in January. In fact one of the only teams that’s had more trouble in Seattle lately that than the Cowboys is the 49ers.
That leaves Carolina. It’s no secret that the Panthers have completely transformed over the last several weeks of the season. They are a talented defensive team with a young quarterback that is starting to become the leader everyone thought he could mature into. The trajectory of the Panthers this season is very similar to the Seahawks last season. By the time the playoffs roll around Carolina could be even hotter than they are now. With they’re ability to run the ball and play lights out defense the Panthers just might have what it takes to control the crowd and game if they ventured to Seattle in the playoffs. It’s still too early to say Seattle will be hosting playoff games this season, but if they do, the Carolina Panthers might be the team they should fear.
Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards, rushed for 48 more and threw three touchdowns as the Seahawks rolled past the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football for their NFL-leading 11th win of the season.
The Seahawks scored 17-straight points in the first quarter and never looked back, handing the Saints their third loss of the year. The Seahawks, meanwhile, extended their home-winning streak to 14 games, the best in franchise history.
Wilson is now a perfect 14-0 at CenturyLink Field.
In the first quarter, the Seahawks used an explosive offense and brutal defense to score 17 points and keep the Saints off the scoreboard.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 26-yard field goal before Michael Bennett returned a Drew Brees fumble for a touchdown. With just under two minutes left in the quarter, Zach Miller caught Wilson’s first touchdown pass to make it a 17-0 game.
In the second, Brees hit Jimmy Graham for a 2-yard touchdown to narrow the margin to 17-7. Graham was relatively quiet, finishing with three catches for 42 yards and the touchdown.
The Seahawks countered with Hauschka’s second field goal of the night and, with seconds left in the half, Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin that gave Seattle a 27-7 lead at halftime. Baldwin finished with four catches for 77 yards and the score.
New Orleans’ 20-point deficit was the largest halftime deficit the Saints had faced since 2007 when they were down 21-0 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Seattle scored the only points in the third quarter, an 8-yard strike from Wilson to Derrick Coleman that gave the Seahawks a 34-7 lead. It was the final scoring play of the night.
Wilson finished the game going 22 of 30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Coming into the game, the Saints defense was only allowing 198 passing yards per game.
Brees finished with 147 passing yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks defense helped snap Brees’ 43-game streak of throwing at least 200 passing yards. The Saints passing game averaged more than 317 yards per game coming into the meeting.
Marshawn Lynch rushed the ball 16 times for 45 yards but was held in check for the most part. Miller led all receivers with 5 catches for 86 yards and the touchdown.
The Seahawks are now 11-1 and have a significant lead in the race for best record in the NFC. With the Saints loss, they move to 9-3 and into a tie for the NFC South lead and the second-best NFC record with the 9-3 Carolina Panthers.
The San Francisco 49ers (8-4) have the NFC’s third-best record and will host the Seahawks on Dec. 8.
Monday Night Football is at 5:40 p.m. tonight as the Seahawks look to extend their 13-game home winning streak against the second-best team in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints enter the contest with a 9-2 record though both of those losses have come on the road.
This game has been dubbed as an NFC Championship preview and both teams need to win to preserve their hopes of home-field advantage in the playoffs. The winner will have a major upper hand in the NFC and may become the favorite to reach the Super Bowl. (Speaking of, you can find Super Bowl information and tickets from Vividseats.com.)
Will the Seahawks show the nation that they are as good as their 10-1 record shows? Or will the Saints upset Seattle and move closer to taking control of the NFC?
Here is the broadcast information so you don’t miss any of the action:
Game: New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
Kickoff: 5:40 p.m. PT
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
TV: Broadcast nationally on ESPN
Radio: 710 ESPN Radio & 97.3 FM
Online: NFL Game Rewind, which will be available as soon as the game
This week I had the opportunity to talk to John Hendrix, the co-editor of Who Dat Dish. John offered some insight on the New Orleans Saints as they prepare to visit the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
Here is the conversation:
1. The Saints are known for their offense but how effective can their defense be on Monday?
We’ve seen the Saints defense play some unbelievable games this season. It’s one thing to hold an offense like the Cowboys under 200 total yards of offense, but who honestly thought in back-to-back games the defense would also hold the 49ers to under 200 total yards of offense? I mean, we’re statistically talking about the world’s worst defense in 2012. Rob Ryan has proven that he can be very effective, and it could cause a problem for the Seahawks, unless Russell Wilson tries some type of hurry up (see Tom Brady).
Ryan loves to match up personalities, and rotate everyone but about two guys (Curtis Lofton/Malcolm Jenkins). To think that this defense is tied for the league lead in sacks (37) is quite an accomplishment. It can also be there downfall, as the aggressive nature has hurt them at times. Marshawn Lynch will be the key focal point for the Saints, and they’ve only surrendered two 100-yard rushers (Doug Martin/Chris Ivory) all season. In a way, they want to make sure Russell Wilson has to beat them.
2. We all know about Drew Brees and how dominant he is, but who is a player on the Saints that not many people know about who could end up being a game-changer on Sunday?
Let’s face it, there’s players on both sides of the ball that we are equally unfamiliar with. Last week against Atlanta, Keyunta Dawson was a player that only a handful of Saints fans knew even existed on the team, and he made the play of the game with his sack/fumble of Matt Ryan. Everyone knows a fair amount about the usual suspects like Graham, Colston, Thomas, Sproles, etc.
A guy you might see as the big game-changer on offense is Kenny Stills. With the Seahawks secondary ailing, you can absolutely expect Brees to look his way, as he has filled in as this year’s Joe Morgan. His deep threat and big play ability is one that Brees would love to take advantage of on Monday, but he has to have the time to do that, and I know the Seahawks front four know that as well.
As for defense, I would say Akiem Hicks. He is a huge presence on the offensive line, and a player that many are just now starting to hear about, mainly because of that whole Matt Ryan non-call thing. However, Hicks took over for Kenyon Coleman after he went down in training camp with a torn pectoral muscle, and he has played a major part in the run defense. He’s had 3.5 sacks on the season and he was one of a smidgeon of defensive players who graded out positive last year.
Let’s also not forget the return of the former Seahawk, David Hawthorne. That always makes for a great storyline.
3. The Seahawks have won 13-straight games at CenturyLink Field, but the Saints are the toughest opponent Seattle has faced this year. What does New Orleans have to do to beat the Seahawks on their own turf?
I think it all stems from Drew Brees. We’ve seen road games in which the Saints can get down or rattled early. While they are relentless, his mistakes, or mistakes in general, are usually the difference in putting up a win or loss. Drew Brees loves to audible out of plays when he sees the opposing defense, but with the tremendous noise he faces, that will be something to watch. You know he will target Jimmy Graham a good bit, and in order for everything to happen, it all starts with the offensive line.
If we can get through Seattle without making a mistake, or at least win the turnover battle, I think it’s going to be the difference.
4. The Saints run game averages fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground. How important is it for the Saints to get the run game going? Or will it make a difference with Drew Brees slinging the ball in a pass-friendly offense?
I think it’s imperative that the Saints don’t abandon the run. With the Seahawks defense giving up almost 113 yards per game this season, it plays more to how the Saints should attack. The Seahawks have only given up 180.4 passing yards per game to opponents, which happens to rank 2nd in the NFL. We’ve seen the contributions of the ‘Hydra’ I call it, with Sproles-Thomas-Ingram creating fits for opposing defenses. Should they have success, they’ll likely not change anything. Last time these two played in Seattle, Brees went 39-for-60 for 404 yards and two touchdowns. They passed it 60 times to 22 rushes. Granted, that was with Julius Jones as the featured back (Bush was hurt). Once you stop peeing yourself with laughter from that statement, we don’t have those guys running the ball.
5. What is your prediction for the final score of Monday Night’s game?
I don’t see a huge shootout here, and most of the betting world is giving this game around 45-50 points. I’m honestly looking at this coming down to the final quarter, and it likely is decided by a field goal. I’ve also said in my articles that I believe the pressure is more on Seattle to win as opposed to the Saints going in to beat them. With that also being said, I don’t think this will be the final time we see these two play this year. Either way, this should be an amazing game.
Saints 24, Seahawks 20
Special thanks to John Hendrix and Who Dat Dish for the interview.
Percy Harvin, who made his Seahawks debut in Week 11, is listed as doubtful to play against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
Harvin did not practice on Friday or Saturday and is dealing with hip soreness, according to Terry Blount at ESPN.com.
“He’s just sore,” Coach Carroll said on Saturday. “So we don’t want to push it. It’s not worth it.”
The Seahawks are 24th in the league in passing yards per game and would have liked to have Harvin’s play-making abilities against the NFC’s other top team.
The Saints pass defense is 3rd in the league, allowing 198 yards per game through the air.
The Seahawks have played all but one game without Harvin this season, so while playing without him isn’t desirable, it won’t be detrimental.
Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have all played exceptionally well and can handle the duties at receiver.
Kearse is listed as probable for Monday’s game after suffering a concussion in Week 11. Running back Marshawn Lynch is also listed as probable with knee soreness.
Harvin’s hip was sore after his debut on Nov. 17, but even the extra rest of the bye week wasn’t enough to get him to 100 percent.
After Monday night’s game, the Seahawks will play the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8. The Seahawks would like to have Harvin back for that game, but they won 29-3 back in Week 2 without him.
Friday is the the 25th birthday of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback who has played beyond his years and is off to one of the best career starts in the history of NFL quarterbacks.
When Wilson was drafted out of Wisconsin in the 2012 NFL Draft, few scouts believed he would amount to much, as most Seahawks fans know.
But who could have predicted that Wilson would be this valuable to the Seahawks? It’s hard to imagine how Seattle would be 10-1, the best record in the NFL, without Wilson.
It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks would win a franchise-record 13-straight games at CenturyLink Field without Wilson.
It’s hard to imagine that a team with numerous injuries and distractions off the field could stay as focused as they have without Wilson.
And, in all honesty, the idea of a Super Bowl wouldn’t seem as possible as it does now, had Wilson never played for Seattle.
Russell Wilson has the best winning percentage by a starting quarterback in the league right now. At 21-6, Wilson has a .778 winning percentage that is better than Tom Brady (.774, 144-42), Peyton Manning (.694, 163-72) and Drew Brees (.600, 108-72), according to Clare Farnsworth at Seahawks.com.
I wrote an article a week and a half ago that discussed the record Wilson could tie with a win on Monday night. He could tie Ben Roethlisberger with 22 career wins, the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons:
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson is one of just five quarterbacks since 1966 to win at least 20 games in his first two seasons in the NFL. He joins some impressive company, according to mynorthwest.com: Ben Roethlisberger (22), Dan Marino (21), Matt Ryan (20) and Joe Flacco (20) are the only other quarterbacks to reach that number.
One of the big reasons Wilson has such a high winning percentage is because he has never lost a game at home. At CenturyLink Field, he is a perfect 13-0.
He will have a chance to go 14-0 on Monday against the New Orleans Saints when they visit on Monday Night Football. A win could help decide the best team in the NFC in the race for home-field advantage.
Regardless of the outcome, it is clear what Wilson means to the Seattle Seahawks. I can’t count how many tweets I saw yesterday that said Seahawks fans were thankful to have Wilson as their quarterback.
Wilson responded by tweeting that he was thankful to be the Seahawks quarterback:
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 28, 2013
An overall class act, let’s celebrate Russell Wilson and his accomplishments on a very exciting Blue Friday.
Happy birthday, DangeRuss.
— NFL (@nfl) November 29, 2013
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!
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Yes, you read that right.
On Wednesday, the Seahawks announced that they released corner back Perrish Cox, just one day after signing him, this according to Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com.
To take his place, Seattle promoted DeShawn Shead from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Shead, 25, is in his second season out of Portland State. He is listed at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. The defensive back does not have a tackle in his NFL career, but has much potential after a great career in college.
According to The News Tribune:
Shead was a playmaker at Portland State. A four-year starter for the Vikings, Shead finished his college career with 11 interceptions, 211 tackles, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 29 pass deflections in 44 career games. After three years at cornerback, Shead played safety his senior season at Portland State.
It can now be expected that either Byron Maxwell or Jeremy Lane will get the nod to start opposite Richard Sherman against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
This year, Maxwell has 17 tackles in 11 games, including a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Lane has played in 10 games and has recorded seven tackles.