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Let the games begin
Before the announcement of the schedule I was willing to bet money that the Seattle Seahawks would host the Denver Broncos to open the NFL season. Week two, in an unusual move, I expect the Seahawks to travel to San Francisco to open Levi Stadium against the 49ers.
In all actuality the Seahawks will host the Broncos in week 3 and will not play in Levi Stadium until Thanksgiving.
The NFL missed a golden opportunity to place the Super Bowl Champion in 2 epic match-ups to start the season. If I’m being honest it’s a very disappointing NFL Schedule for Seattle in 2014.
The Seahawks got a dealt an awful hand by the schedule makers this season.
When analyzing a schedule I like to take the approach of breaking the season up into four quarters.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4, when they hosting the Green Bay Packers ( as stated above it should have been the Broncos).
The game does have added interest as the Packers were the last defending Super Bowl Champion to win the NFL Kickoff Game.
The Seahawks kickoff the NFL season on September 4
Ten days later the Seahawks travel to Southern California to play the San Diego Super Chargers before heeding back home in a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately the Seahawks drew the short end of the stick when they were handed a week 4 bye. Week 4 is the first week in the NFL schedule with a bye.
The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams join Seattle with a poor bye draw while the 49ers don’t have theirs until week 8.
That is quite a break for San Fran.
The Seahawks end their 1st quarter in Maryland against the Redskins.
Early prediction: Seahawks open the season 3-1
I guarantee Tony Romo was not happy when he looked at week 7 (Seahawks 6th game) and saw that he had to travel up to Seattle to play in CenturyLink Field.
An evening in Super Bowl Boulevard
The day after my arrival
Where does Bruce fit?
Well Bruce Irvin definitely fits on the teams 53 man roster, that is for sure.
For now the Seahawks have a one week roster exemption to get Irvin into playing shape. Pete Carroll and the coaching staff will evaluate him this week in practice to see if Bruce is ready to play.
If he is, which I fully expect, they will need to start thinking about who they are going to release.
I suspect that player will be Benson Mayowa. After breaking out in the preseason Mayowa has been quiet during the regular season. Benson’s most notable play came in week 1 when he missed a tackle on Cam Newton that would have been a sack.
The most telling sign might be that Mayowa was inactive during the Seahawks matchup against the Texans on Sunday.
Truth be told, Seattle has a plethora of defensive ends who can rush the passer. All of which are more capable and better players than Mayowa at this point in their careers. That doesn’t mean I want this to be the end of Mayowa in Seattle.
Seahawks 4-0 for 1st time
After the game I was having a conversation about dramatic victories the Seahawks have had in the recent years. I threw out the fact that the Bears game was the turning point of last season. It was also Russell Wilson‘s coming out party as he grew from the Seahawks starting quarterback to a household name.
Because of those reasons I said it was the most dramatic.
After the conversation though I might have to lean towards this game being a more important come from behind victory.
Yes, that was a great moment for Wilson and the 2012 Seattle Seahawks but Sunday’s victory over the Texans was as historical as it was dramatic. Of course we don’t know what the season will bring but it has been a great start!
We are not talking about historical as far as the NFL is concerned, however, it sure was historical for the franchise. For the first time in 38 seasons the Seahawks are 4-0.
It won’t be an easy task to be 5-0 after next week but for now we can bask in the victory that was.
I have to admit I did not expect the game to go into overtime, especially how lop-sided it looked as far into the game as halfway through the third quarter. I did however expect a close game with a spectacular finish.
In my “Seahawks blueprints to victory” piece I wrote:
I look for a close game where the Seahawks are trailing until late in the 4th quarter. That is when Russell Wilson leads the team down the field and scores the game winning touchdown with less than six minutes left on the clock. Seattle win 24-21
Because of that I felt pretty confident going into the second half despite trailing by 17 points.
Huge impact play by Smith forcing the Tate fumble.
Seahawks go for 4-0
Game in and game out the Seattle Seahawks‘ biggest obstacle will be themselves. I don’t know what it is about this team, whether it’s over-confidence or Pete Carroll’s preaching about not being able to lose a game in the 1st quarter, but they always start slow.
No matter the cause, Sunday the habitual slow start will be compounded by a 10:00 AM Pacific start time.
Somehow, Seattle must find a way to weather the early storm while keeping Houston close going into the second half of the game.
To accomplish this, the Seahawks must find a way to slow down the Texans’ passing attack. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are ranked 17th and 20th respectively in receiving yards. The Houston wide-out duo is averaging nearly 10 first downs per game; however, that could all change Sunday when they face the league’s best secondary, the Legion of Boom.
Andre Johnson returned to practice on Thursday after missing time in last week’s game when a cornerback’s knee landed on his shin.
Even if Andre is at 100 percent Richard Sherman is more than capable of matching up against the large, physical receiver.
The Seahawks must lock down Andre Johnson on Saturday.
To be honest. . . More
Seahawks beat Jaguars 45-17
The score seems like a pretty decisive victory but to be honest the game was not even that close. After jumping out to a two touchdown lead by early in the second quarter the Seahawks played a fairly vanilla game, both offensively and defensively.
Zach Miller‘s first touchdown of two in the game was anything but vanilla. When Zach threw what appeared to be a typical Seahawks chop block everyone, including myself, thought he was nothing more than a blocker on the play.
The way he popped back up to his feet and became wide open in the end zone was completely by design, hats off to Darrell Bevell for the design and call.
That play will set up plays in the future
Teams will see what Miller did on film which will cause the outside rusher to hesitate before they crash down on the line. In situations where the Seahawks only need little yardage any hesitation can be the difference in a positive outcome versus a negative one.
It was evident early on that the Seahawks intended to win the game but Pete Carroll and his team had no intentions on embarrassing their former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Despite the loss Jacksonville can hang their hat on the fact that they scored 7 more points against theSeahawks defense than the Panthers and 49ers did combined. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for twice as many yards than Colin Kaepernick did last week and nearly twice as many as Cam Newton had against the Legion of Boom in week 1.
Offensively the Seahawks seemed to be able to move the ball at will gaining a season high 479 yards of total offense.
Wilson after a punter?
Russell Wilson tied a career high with 4 touchdown passes in less than 3 quarters of work Sunday. Unfortunately he threw a pass slightly behind Golden Tate and the pass bounced off his hand leading to Wilson’s second interception in as many games.
Wilson had a nice day. 4 TD passes.
A play that really bothered me was when Russell was trying to avoid. . .More
Seahawks keys to success
Lets face it, the Seattle Seahawks are head and shoulders a better team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. That doesn’t mean the Jaguars cannot come up to Seattle and steal a victory in front of the 12th man while ending the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
Coming off of a decisive win against a team that is one of the best in the league, like the Seahawks did last week, and following it up with a game against one of the worst teams in the league leaves the door wide open for the dreaded “trap game.”
You probably know by now that Richard Sherman has teamed with Peter King to produce a Monday Morning Quarterback article.
This week Sherman wrote about the topic of avoiding a let down performance. Richard gave a glimpse into his thought process and that of his teammates.
Easier said than done . . .
The Seahawks have a great chance to show that they can practice the principles that Sherman preaches in his article. If Seattle can play Seahawks football then the game should be a very decisive victory. More. . .
We here the word swag thrown around a lot these days. By definition it can either mean ornamental flowers or money taken by a thief. Based on the later definition Aaron Curry and Brian Bosworth would have to be at the top of the list.
However, I don’t think that is what is meant today when people say “swag.”
Like many words the kids today use, it means something completely different. Who makes these definition up?
I do not know but what I do know is that a ratchet is something I use to work on my car, not a person’s behavior. Now that we have established that I am an old fuddy-duddy, what is swag?
Obviously it is the acronym S.W.A.G.
- S – Seahawks
- W – Winning
- A – Association
- G – General
Though the team has a ton of S.W.A.G. there are 5 players who stand above all others in my eyes.
Seattle could not ask for a better young man and role model. He exudes excellence.
All week Russell spends honing his craft trying to become the best quarterback he can be. That kind of dedication rubs off and builds the respect of his teammates and coaches.
…Read more here.
Stern gets his way
Usually I spend my time writing about the Seattle Seahawks. Every once in a while something happens in sports that I just cannot resist commenting on. What happened in Dallas at the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting today is one of those events.
I’d like to start off by thanking Chris Hansen for all the hard work he has put in while attempting to bring the NBA back to Seattle, not to mention the money. If he ever has to buy a beer in this city again it is a shame. I’m sure that right now he is wondering if there was anything more he could have done, but there isn’t.
If I could tell him one thing it would be that he did more than we could have ever dreamed of.
Chris fought for the Seattle sports community. He took on the Port of Seattle, and won. He took on the Seattle Mariners, and won. He took on the tree huggers, and was going to win that as well.
Unfortunately there was no way to beat Howard Stern’s ugly old troll brother David.
David Stern has had it in for the City of Seattle ever since the city wouldn’t play ball with him. He wanted a new stadium for a franchise that was part of a failing business model, in a city that was still trying to pay off the new renovations to the recently remodeled Key Arena. Seattle wasn’t having it.
There has been a lot of animosity towards Howard Shultz for selling the Sonics to Clay Bennett. While I agree that it was pretty clear that Clay wanted to move the team, Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen weren’t looking to buy the Sonics from Schultz, in fact no local ownership group was.
Personally, I think Schultz would have rather sold to a local group who wanted nothing more than to keep the team in Seattle, but you can’t sell anything to people who aren’t there. Clay Bennett and his investment group were there, and they were there with $350 million to allow Shultz to walk away from a business model that was broken and a poor investment that crushed the love that he had once had for the game.
It is not the popular opinion, however I do not blame him for selling the team, I would have done the same thing.
I’d like to hand it to Sacramento, they got a lot done in a short amount of time with the help of David Stern. Somehow he was able to piece together a smoke and mirror show that convinced 22 NBA owner groups to vote to keep a team in a small market. A small market that has nothing concrete in place for a new arena deal nor do they have a big pocket owner. Smart business men chose to keep the team in that situation rather than agree to move the team to a much larger market. A city that had an MOU in place to build a new stadium in downtown of an area. A city in a region that is home to 8 Fortune 500 companies and many other potential corporate sponsorship giants such as Alaska Airlines and Boeing. To reject selling the team to a group of owners contained not 1, but 2 billionaires, one of which (Steve Balmer) would have been the richest owner in the NBA.
David Stern is a wizard more powerful than OZ. Congratulations to David, the City of Sacramento, and the Seattle Mariners, you got what you wanted all along. I feel ashamed that I let myself believe that the Sonics were coming back. It will not happen again, I won’t let it.