Archive for October, 2010

Seahawks at Raiders: Week 8 GameDay Preview

Seattle Seahawks (4-2, 2-1 1st in NFC West) at Oakland Raiders (3-4, 2-0 2nd in NFC West)


Stadium: Oakland Coliseum

Announcers: Ron Pitts (Play-by-play) and John Lynch (Color Commentator) FOX

Last time they met: Seneca Wallace led the Seahawks to a 16-0 win in Seattle as Josh Brown kicked three field-goals. Maurice Morris rushed for 138-yards and Deion Branch led the receiving core with a touchdown and 61-yards.


Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t thrown an interception in two-weeks and is getting Mike Williams involved more. The Seahawks running game has helped open up the passing game as well. The important thing is the offensive line has been doing well enough to allow Hasselbeck time and the Beast Mode to take full control. Brandon Stokley is going to play which will take some pressure of having to just rely on Mike Williams. Deon Butler could also get some passes thrown to him as well as Ben Obomanu. If the Seahawks passing game also gets going that will allow the running game to get going as well. If Hasselbeck continues his smart passing decisions it would help the Seahawks drastically.

Defensively the Seahawks have been strong, but the Raiders offense is coming off of a huge week against Denver last week and deserves recognition. The Raiders will be running with Darren McFadden quite a bit with the Seahawks missing Brandon Mebane for a third straight game. If the Seahawks can contain McFadden and force either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski to throw to its receivers it could turn out good for the Seahawks. Kelly Jennings is out again, but so is the Raiders top receiver which will even out for them. The key for the Seahawks this week will be limiting the run and not allowing McFadden to run all over them. If that’s the case expect Seahawks to have a much longer ride home from Oakland than it normally would take.


-DE Chris Clemons spent 2007 with the Raiders starting two games and playing in 16. He had 20 tackles- a career high until he recorded his 21st tackle last week for Seattle. He also had eight sacks for the Raiders and two forced fumbles all career highs.

-WR Mike Williams tried to revive his career after disappointing two-years with Detroit in Oakland. He played in six-games and started one in 2007 before being let go. He had seven catches for 90-yards, but no touchdowns.

-Seahawks Special Teams coach Brian Schneider coached for the Raiders from 2008-09.

-Raiders third-string QB Charlie Frye spent 2007-08 on the Seahawks roster. He played in only two games- starting one passing for 83-yards and two touchdowns.

-Raiders Defensive Coordinator John Marshall coached the Seahawks linebackers from 2003-05 before he moved to the Defensive Coordinator position (2005-08). He left when Jim Mora decided to bring in his own guys.

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks let go of RB Chris Henry and brought back Quinton Ganther.

Streaks Snapped?:

-If Seahawks win it’ll be the first time since 2007 that they’ve won back-to-back road games.


-If Lawyer Milloy records a sack he will become just the 11th player in NFL history to join the elite 20-20 club. 20 interceptions and 20 sacks.

Making Seahawk Debut:

OG Chester Pitts



CB Kelly Jennings

RB Michael Robinson

DB Walter Thurmond

LB Matt McCoy

OL Allen Barbre

OL Russell Okung

TE Anthony McCoy

DT Brandon Mebane


WR Louis Murphy

CB Chris Johnson

RB Michael Bennett

LB Travis Goethel

LB Thomas Howard

DT John Henderson

WR Chad Schilens

Flex Games: Slowly Approaching

So far the Seahawks haven’t had a nationally televised game since Thanksgiving week of 2008 in which they lost to the Dallas Cowboys. 2008 was also the last time the Seahawks appeared in a Sunday Night Football game.

Since 2008 the Seahawks have won only nine games. Something that doesn’t earn you national praise, but off to a 4-2 start and in sole position of first in the NFC West the Seahawks might earn the chance to play a night game. The final seven games provides the NFL the chance to move more marquee games to the Sunday Night spot.

A look at the seven games that might allow the Seahawks to appear on NBC:

Nov. 21st at New Orleans- If Seattle beats the Raiders, Giants and Cardinals they would be 7-2. If they lose at least one would be 6-3 and playing the defending Super Bowl Champions. That’s a good mix for an NBC formula to televise the game.

Nov. 28th versus the Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs are just like Seattle at this point 4-2 and atop of the AFC West. It’s possible NBC would televise this if both teams are at 6-3 or better. It would also be a renewal of the AFC rivalry the two had when Seattle was in the AFC West.

Dec. 5th versus Carolina Panthers- This is a game that won’t even get brought up in the talks to move the game. Most likely will be the normal 4 PM start as scheduled in April.

Dec. 12th at San Francisco- If and a huge IF the 49ers win out from here on and Seattle is still atop of the West it could be tossed around in discussions to move the game to NBC. It would be a huge if Seattle takes the win and gets the head-to-head match-up of the two, but otherwise this game stays at the 4PM start.

Dec. 19th versus Atlanta Falcons- If Seattle keeps winning this game very well could be played on NBC. It would consist of the NFC West first-place team and the NFC South first-place Falcons. Also would be a match-up of two Boston College Quarterbacks battling it out.

Dec. 26th at Tampa Bay- Isn’t it ironic the last game the Seahawks played on a Sunday night was against the Buccaneers? Tampa Bay is currently in second with a 4-2 record just like Seattle and given the right wins by both teams could kick-off at 8:15 instead of 1PM.

Jan. 2nd versus St. Louis- If Bradford keeps the Rams in the battle in the West and doesn’t fade out this would be a good match-up. It could give the Rams a chance to take the season head-to-head battle from Seattle and would keep them alive in the West title crown. Having said that I think this game remains a 4PM start.

With the right wins the Seahawks earns it’s possible that the streak of national recognition ends this season, but Seattle still has a lot of work and this is the NFL we’re talking about- nothing is a guarantee. Not even a Sunday Night Football game.


Peter King of Sports Illustrated did has weekly Monday Morning Quarterback Column and in the column he does the Fine 15. Ultimately it’s the top 15 teams in the NFL. With Seattle standing atop of the NFC West in sole possession at 4-2 you would think that would get some recognition, but not with the rankings.

In fact King ranked the 2-4 Minnesota Vikings at the 15th spot. So why is Seattle unranked given an undefeated record at home and a 2-1 division record?

Seattle’s four wins have come against in my opinion so-so teams. Other than Chicago on the road none of the wins are that glamorous. San Diego isn’t the team they were last year or when they had Ladian Tomlinson and the other home wins have come against San Francisco (1-6) and Arizona (3-3 with a rookie QB starting against them).

The offensive hasn’t been as good as it used to be under a younger Matt Hasselbeck and truthfully it’s the defense and special teams keeping them in the games. Minus Leon Washington’s two kick returns for touchdowns against the Chargers and Seattle is 3-3 at this point.

Seattle travels to Oakland this week and if they win it would be the first time since 2007 in which they won back-to-back road wins. It was also the last time the Seahawks clinched the division and a playoff spot. Oakland has been playing decent lately beating the Broncos this past weekend a team that Seattle lost to earlier in the year in Denver.

Pete Carroll has the Seahawks buying into his gameplan and that could be key down the road, but still a lot is left to play in the NFL and as we’ve seen many times especially this season- nothing is for sure in the NFL.

Maybe with a win in Oakland giving them a three-game win streak and a good close battle at home against the New York Giants will help the Seahawks crack King’s Fine 15. Until then the only thing they’re at the top of is the NFC West, but that’s all you need to play in January.

Cardinals at Seahawks: Week 7 Game Preview

Arizona Cardinals (3-2, 1-0 T-1st NFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2, 1-1 T-1st NFC West)

Stadium: Qwest Field

Announcers: Chris Myers (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Arizona defeated Seattle 31-20 as Kurt Warner passed for 340-yards.


With a win the Seahawks could be in position to make some moves for sole position of first-place in the West. Matt Hasselbeck last week connected with Mike Williams for 10 receptions and this week expect some of the same thing if the running game can get going. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett got things going in the Beast Mode and look for them to try and get that going again this week. The offensive line didn’t give up a single sack for the first time since opening day in 2009. Russell Okung is starting his second consecutive start this week and should start feeling familiar with the line and Hasselbeck. That will only help them out in the long-run. If the line does their job it will open the running game which should lead to the passing game opening up like last week.

The Seahawks are taking on a rookie quarterback in a loud and tough place for even veteran quarterbacks to play in. If the defensive can create the same blitz schemes like they did last week when they got to Jay Cutler six times look for Max Hall to have some trouble. However if Seattle treats him like they did to Sam Bradford it could be trouble for the Seahawks defense. Hall has weapons in Larry Fitzgerald and Walter Thurmond III will have challenges covering him. The defensive line has been on task lately with the coverage of the running game and hopefully that continues this week. The Cardinals are still the defending two-time NFC West Champions and Seattle has to take them seriously or it could be a long game.


No Connections this week

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks signed RB Chris Henry to the active roster and released OT Breno Giacomini.



CB Kelly Jennings

DT Brandon Mebane

DE Dexter Davis

CB Nate Ness

OL Allen Barbre

OL Chester Pitts

TE Anthony McCoy

DE EJ Wilson


-The first Cardinals False Start will be the 100th at Qwest since 2005.

Seahawks at Bears: Week 6 Game Preview

Seattle Seahawks (2-2, 1-1 2nd in NFC West)at Chicago Bears (4-1, 1-1 1st in NFC North)

1 PM

Location: Soldier Field

Announcers: Chris Myers (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Bears won the last meeting between the two in the week three matchup of the 2009 season 25-19. The Seahawks wore their lime green jersey’s for this game.


The Seahawks return to action after their bye week with a new running back and a new receiver at the flanker position. Those moves are what Seahawks fans are hoping to be the keys to getting the offense going, but that won’t be the case. Offensively the Seahawks line has to give Matt Hasselbeck time or the Seahawks might be seeing Charlie Whitehurst in Chicago. Russell Okung is healthy and should get his second career start in his rookie season, but he needs to stay healthy from here on for the Seahawks to have a consistent line. Marshawn Lynch should get the running game going, but there will still be some problems with the running game. Hopefully though they can establish an improved running game so the ball won’t have to be in Hasselbeck’s hands to throw it away.

Jay Cutler returns from his injury and the Seahawks should send blitzes every time Cutler will pass. Cutler has shown if he’s pressured he will make mistakes with the ball and that’s what Seattle has to feed off of. The defense has kept the team in the game only to watch Hasselbeck give it right back to the opposing offenses. Hopefully this week the defense stays consistent long enough for the offense to get things going with a new running back in the house.


-Seahawks Assistant Line Coach Luke Butkus left the Bears to come over to Seattle after spending 2007-09 with Chicago.

-Bears Tight Ends coach Mike DeBord coached the Seahawks from 2008-09.

-Bears Offensive Line coach Mike Tice played tight end for the Seahawks from 1981-88.

Seahawks News of the Week(s):

-Seahawks acquired the 2008 AFC Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch early in the week leading up to their bye week.

-Seahawks traded WR Deion Branch to the team that drafted the one-time Super Bowl MVP- New England Patriots.

-After acquiring Lynch the Seahawks cut ties with RB Julius Jones. He signed earlier this week with the defending Super Bowl champions the New Orleans Saints.

Seahawks Making their Seahawk Debut:

-#24 RB Marshawn Lynch.



CB Nate Ness
CB Kennard Cox
OL Allen Barbre
OL Breno Giacomini
OL Chester Pitts
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
DE E.J. Wilson

S Major Wright
CB Joshua Moore
RB Kahlil Bell
LB Lance Briggs
OL Roberto Garza
DE Charles Grant
DT Marcus Harrison

Todd Collins is the third quarterback.

Live Seahawks Talk

Come join us at 12:00 PM PST to talk all things Seahawks related. Sign up and let’s talk Hawks!

Let’s start with how we feel about a 2-2 record. How do you feel now? And how would you have felt about that before the Season started?

Lynch a ‘Hawk

The Seahawks acquired 2008 AFC Pro Bowl Running Back Marshawn Lynch for a 2011 4th-round draft pick and a 2012 conditional draft pick.

Lynch is expected to get right into action with the Seahawks according to Head Coach Pete Carroll. Lynch has played in four games- starting three of this year piling up stats of 164-yards and a fumble.

Julius Jones was not at Seahawks training facility today.

The Seahawks also re-signed OG Chester Pitts today.

I will have more on the Lynch trade later on in the night.

Brett weighs in on the trade:
The more I sit back and think about the trade the more I like it. The Seahawks were able to add a hard nose back who will not only compliment Justin Forsett he will give them the most talented back they have had since Shawn Alexander. This move is clearly sticking to the “win now” philosophy and should help take some pressure of the passing game. I see much better things to come as far as the running game is concerned this season. Not just Lynch but having Okung back really increases the running potential.

Seahawks at Rams: Week 3 Game Preview

Seattle Seahawks (2-1, 1-0 T-1st NFC West) at St. Louis Rams (1-2, 0-1 3rd NFC West)

1:00 PM

Stadium: Edward Jones Dome

Announcers: Ron Pitts (play-by-play) John Lynch (color commentator) (FOX)

Last Meeting: The Seahawks won their 10th straight versus the Rams on Nov. 29th in St. Louis with a 27-17 win.


The Seahawks offense hasn’t been its strength this year. Matt Hasselbeck is putting up solid numbers given no true No. 1 receiver on the roster and not a strong running game. However the offensive line is doing its job of protecting Hasselbeck and giving him time to find the open guys. Expect this week to be a decent game for Hasselbeck in St. Louis. Look for the Seahawks to try and get a running game going against the Rams and if Justin Forsett gets going look for Hasselbeck to spread the ball this week, but my fantasy sleeper today on the offense is TE John Carlson. He’s had a slow season, but the Rams will be a good time to get things going.

Defensively the Seahawks have been a force. Last week they shut out the Chargers when CB Marcus Trufant was in the game (good news 12th Man he’s active today) and look for him to be splitting time at the position. The Seahawks have to put as much pressure as they can on the rookie QB Sam Bradford. Steven Jackson is hurt and being bothered by a groin injury if St. Louis is going to beat the Seahawks let it be through the air. Look for a long game if they create pressure and also watch out for Aaron Curry blitzes.


-Seahawks Secondary-Cornerback coach Jerry Gray started his NFL playing days with the Los Angeles Rams in 1985-91.

-Seahawks Offensive Line coach Art Valero coached the Rams in 2008-09.

-Kicker Josh Brown signed with the Rams after the 2007 season after spending 2003-07 in Seattle.

-Rams Punter Donnie Jones played in six games for the Seahawks in 2004 which was his rookie year. He averaged 38 yards a punt with one block.

-Rams Wide Receivers coach Nolan Cromwell worked with the Seahawks from 1999-2007 under Mike Holmgren.

-Rams Defensive Coordinator Ken Flajole spent 1999-2002 with the Seahawks as a Defensive Backs and Linebacker coach during that span.

-Rams Defensive Back coach Clayton Lopez coached the Seahawks in 1999 until 2001 as its Defensive assistant/quality control coach. Then he took over as assistant secondary coach in 2002 until 2003.

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Let go of OL Chester Pitts as he is making slow progress with the knee.

-Placed LB Leroy Hill on the season-ending injured reserve.

-Seahawks signed WR Brandon Stokley  and he will be active today.

-Brought back DT Craig Terrill after being let go September 7th.

Making NFL Debut:

-First-round and sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft OT Russell Okung could earn his first start today at left tackle.

Seahawks Inactives:

RB Julius Jones

CB Nate Ness

OL E. Dietrich-Smith

OL Allen Barbre

OL Breno Giacomini

TE Anthony McCoy

DE EJ Wilson

DT Craig Terrill
Rams Inactives:

TE Michael Hoomanawanui

DT Clifton Ryan

TE Billy Bajema

WR Laurnent Robinson

S Darian Stewart

OT Ramon Foster

LB Chris Chamberlain

DT Dorell Scott

Seahawk (2-1) at Rams (1-2)

When the Rams have the ball
The Rams will try to catch the Seahawks defenders out of position using a heavy dose of play action passes, counters, and screen passes. Mark Clayton (89) is the go to guy on passes from 8-20 yards. Their big play threat is Danny Amendola (16) he is quick and their biggest play maker excluding Steven Jackson who is questionable with a groin injury. The majority of the pass plays will be under 7 yards where Sam Bradford has been pretty proficient. A handfull of times they will go deep but these have not been successful for them this year. They run to the middle and right 97% of the time. The Seahawks linebackers need to avoid being sucked in on the play action and the miss direction plays if they want to avoid being picked apart by this much improved Rams offense.
When the Seahawks have the ball
They will need to us the play action and miss direction to slow down this heavy blitzing agressive defense. Ball protection must be a priority because much like the Seahawks defense the Rams are looking to get the ball. The Rams are susceptible to the rushing attack outside either tackle. Middle range pass plays (8-20 yards) will take advantage of the soft spot in their secondary.
Special teams
The Rams have a decent special teams unit. The punt coverage has had a few mistakes but nothing too big. I do believe that one of those mistakes Golden Tate could have returned for six.
My Prediction
The Seahawks will join the Huskies in removing the road monkies off their backs as they manage to beat the Rams in similar fashion. I expect a close game, a tough game with some tempers flaring. These Rams have fight in them and they are not going to lose without a fight. 21-20 Seahawks win.

Hill Placed on IR, Terrill Re-Joins Seattle

Leroy Hill was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with an Achilles injury Friday.

To fill Hill’s spot on the 53-man roster the Seahawks brought a familiar face back- defensive tackle Craig Terrill. Terrill was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Purdue he was let go September 7th. He has a career total of 90 tackles and eight sacks.

Hill could very well never suit up again in Seahawk colors. Hill has been involved in legal problems the past two-off-seasons involving marijuana charges and a domestic dispute with an ex-girlfriend. Throughout his NFL career he’s played in 68 games piling up 376 tackles, 14.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries- one for a touchdown. His contract also expires after this season.

It’s unknown if Terrill will be active Sunday against the Rams.

-OG Mike Gibson was also added to the 53-man roster filling the spot created by Chester Pitts release Thursday.

-WR Mike Williams is expected to play this week despite being nicked up with hip and shoulder injuries.

Go to Top